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Critique My Final 955 Build plz

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January 26, 2010 4:57:19 AM

OK so I use the computer for moderate gaming and video downloading/unzipping/converting etc, as well as everyday computing tasks

RAM - $115

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD0466&v...

Case - $83

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC2711&v...

PSU - $50

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC1267&v...

HDD - $61

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=1508179511J&v...

GSU - $115

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD8475&v...

Arctic Silver - $9

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10460AC8077&v...

Monitor - $190

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

CPU - $177

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360AC6599&v...

DVD Burner - $40

Haven’t decided which one yet but not an issue

MOBO - $137

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD1847&v...


Is everything compatible? (this is my first build last thing I need is to screw something up)
Is it overkill for what I need it for? should I downgrade the MoBo or RAM?
Is that a poweful enough PSU? Is it reliable?
I've read that the 955 runs warm, Do I need extra cooling? (I don't plan to OC)
Any other suggestions/comments?

Thank You in advance!
January 26, 2010 5:15:24 AM

Well everything looks good! The 5670 GPU is nice and should work well, but at 1920 x 1080 resolution, your probably going to have to turn settings on some/most newer games. If you want better settings than I'd suggest getting at least the 5770 GPU. The next jump up from there would be the 5850, but that is about double the price of a 5770 these days :( 
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January 26, 2010 5:22:00 AM

I'm not worried about newer games, I'm not really into the whole gaming scene. I play one and it's not anything extreme AT ALL, slightly better graphics than Warcraft 3 lol.

Don't think I went overboard on anything based on my uses?
Underboard on anything?
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January 26, 2010 5:29:20 AM

No, your CPU heavy (from a gaming standpoint), but everything looks good to me :)  If you playing games around the Warcraft 3 era, than even onboard GPU's will do. The 5670 is even a good dedicated GPU to have!! You should love it and should be able to play the latest games even, if you decide you want to try one out. :)  You'll just have to adjust the settings for the best game play.
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January 26, 2010 5:44:06 AM

IMO, a 700w PSU for this build is an overkill. You may want to look for something like a Corsair VX450 / VX 550.
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January 26, 2010 5:47:18 AM

Even the Corsair 400cx will do. :)  And yes the 700w PSU is a bit much for a 5670 based GPU system. I forgot to mention that.
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January 26, 2010 6:05:46 AM

thx guys, what about the CPU running warm?
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January 26, 2010 6:37:12 AM

If you don't plan to OC then no need to worry about the temps. The stock cooler is enough to handle that. Plus have a nice airflow inside your case and everything is fine.
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January 26, 2010 7:03:54 AM

Stock settings or even with the OC (no voltage changes) will be just fine with the stock CPU HSF.
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January 26, 2010 12:54:19 PM

well the reason I'm going with that PSU is for one it's OCZ from what I understand they ahve good PSU's and it's $50, the Corsair vx450 is $80 where I live. $30 more for a downgrade?

Yeah but if I OC at stock voltages how much am I REALLY going to gain? would it even be worth it? and doesn't it void the warranty on the cpu?
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January 26, 2010 1:57:45 PM

No you don't void the warranty on the CPU for OC'ing it. They unlocked the multiplier on the CPU, so you COULD OC it! :)  You should be able to OC it to 3.6-3.8 gHz on stock settings, that is why I suggest getting that CPU.
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January 26, 2010 5:28:43 PM

I have the same CPU - and had no problem OC to 3.6 on the stock cooler. Although I had to turn the fans to high on the case.

I also got a deal on the OCZ 700 - it runs quite and is problem free.

AMD Phenom II X4 955BE OC 3.6GHz
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W
Antec Three Hundred Illusion
Plextor Blu-ray Combo Px-B320SA
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