Critique My New Build

This is my first time building my own computer from scratch. I'm majoring in Journalism and Web Design so I need something that runs Adobe CS4 pretty smoothly. Let me know what you think and any other suggestions or add-in's you think I need. I will answer any questions to help.

MoBo: MSI P55M-GD45 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130246R

Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

Video Card: POWERCOLOR AX5450 512MK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB 64-bit DDR3 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131339
**Pretty Basic, but I liked it because it was affordable**

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5Q-4GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231136
**Figure I'll start with 1 stick, then buy another once I can afford to and keep adding on**

SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016
**For Windows 7, CS4, MS Office, and other boot programs**

Wireless Internet: SYBA PCI 1-Channel CardBus Host Controller Card Model SY-PCI-PCM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124021

Case: RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156241
**Liked this because of the extra slots and possibility for expansion and updates.**

Hopefully all this is compatible, it took me forever to make this list. Do I need another fan, or anything else you experts can think of?

I appreciate any and all feedback. I'm not looking for a gaming machine or a super machine, just something that I can multitask and run a few CS4 programs on simultaneously.

Thanks again!
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  1. I wasn't sure about a power supply. Or if anyone knows a better idea with the case/PSU together that would be great. I've never had a problem with computers overheating.
  2. Your mobo needs DDR3, not DDR2. Get the cheapest sticks from a major brande (Corsair, Crucial, OCZ, Patriot etc.)
    I would up-grade your video card to a 5770.
    As of PSU, get a Corsair or Seasonic around 500W.
  3. galta said:
    Your mobo needs DDR3, not DDR2. Get the cheapest sticks from a major brande (Corsair, Crucial, OCZ, Patriot etc.)
    I would up-grade your video card to a 5770.
    As of PSU, get a Corsair or Seasonic around 500W.


    I was trying to buy 4GB sticks, but I don't think that's possible with DDR3. Do you think 3 2GB stick will be ok? I just want to make upgrading easier if necessary, and having 3 of 4 memory slots full wouldn't leave me with many options.
  4. Ok I upgraded the video card to a 5770

    POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131327

    Still looking at memory.

    Any other critiques?
  5. welshmousepk said:


    Yea but I've got 4 memory slots, and taking up 2 with a total of 4 GB's. Do you think that's enough to multi-task and not have any speed issues with programs and such?
  6. yes it should be fine.

    unless you are doing some serious multi-tasking (and i mean, HEFTY) then 4gb is actually quite alot. most programs sit fine with less than 256mb of RAM.

    and it made for dual channel, so its fastest with 2 or 4 sticks.
  7. OK, I changed the MoBo to:
    GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425
    **Wanted USB 3.0 and enough USB 2.0 ports to power my mouse and other attachments**

    Also added Memory:
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail

    And PSU:
    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
  8. Another Case/PSU combo you might be interested in

    Cooler Master HAF 922 + OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W

    As for RAM, start out with 4 GB, if you find that it is slowing you down, simply buy another kit and plug it in.
  9. JackNaylorPE said:


    Thank you for the input. I've heard about OpenGL with Dreamweaver and some other CS4 programs, I'm trying to find the cheapest Radeon like you suggested, but also want the OpenGL
  10. I added this videocard with OpenGL and DDR3:
    ECS N9500GT-512MUL-F GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134080
  11. Do I need a Sound Card too??
  12. Sound Card? First check the quality of the sound from the mobo - usually, it is surprisingly good. After that, you can decide whether you need a separate sound card, and if you do, disable the integrated sound from the mobo.
  13. Oh ok that's what I wasn't sure if it was integrated or not. But that's fine. Thanks a lot.

    Just my luck Newegg ran out of the Intel SSD I wanted.
  14. Hoover16 said:
    Ok I upgraded the video card to a 5770

    POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131327

    Still looking at memory.

    Any other critiques?



    if your not gaming you dont really need that good of a video card. i would ether just stick with the one you had before or maybe go for a 5670 or something

    ok actually i see that youv switched to the 9500 which is probably a good choice.
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