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Opinion on the build so far.

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February 19, 2010 8:34:01 PM

Im almost 100% sure on the following spec. Im a gamer but im also a computer science student so i do alot of programming, some video editing and graphics design work. I was going to go with the AMD phenom 2 965 but chose the i5 because of better performance when running applications other than games. I would love peoples opinions , and where i can improve. I might overclock but im not too concerned about that right now , im mainly buying from and tiger direct in canada (can get a discount from a friend who works there).
Intel Core i5-750 ~ 200

Graphics card
Radeon HD 5770 ~ 200

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ~ 150
(dont know whats the difference between the two mobo's except for the sound channels.)

OCZ (OCZ3G1600LV4GK) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Gold Edition Low Voltage 4GB (2x2048MB) Dual Channel ~ 110

Apevia X-Discovery Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Temperature Display, Front USB and FireWire Ports ~ 92

although i did consider the following cases

Ill be getting these parts in the next day or two but I need some help picking a power supply, im not sure what wattage PSU i need and what company would be reliable and budget for PSU is < 100$. Recommendations for harddrives are also welcome, i dont need more than 500 gigs.

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February 19, 2010 9:00:04 PM

Can't help w/ GFX card w/p knowing monitor resolution.

The Asus USB 3 implementation doesn't cripple PCI-E slots

CAS 8 memory for $109 versus CAS 7 for #120

I'd avoid Apeiva

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):


Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.
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February 19, 2010 9:58:24 PM

thanks for the quick reply ...

Dont have a monitor picked out yet , probably 19'' HD

Ah gotcha on the Gigabytes usb 3.0 implementation and Apeiva...ill probably get the nin hundered...

what about power supply , 650w is good enough?

i dont know if i want to change my ram , ive already gone over my budget without picking out any of the peripherals.

although i did see this 1333 Mhz one which is cas7

About the graphics card , what do you suggest id get instead? i dont know if dx11 will be utilized anytime soon but i also dont wanna keep changing my graphics card.
I was going to go with the 5750 because it was recommended in one of the articles as being a good gpu for the price
but its almost the same as the 5770

February 19, 2010 10:12:02 PM

hhmm ill take both ur words for it , 4850 it is , thanks. whats wrong with the 5750/5770 anyways , just the price?

also i still need help on the powersupply : P
February 20, 2010 5:20:08 PM

Yeh, the price is steep for the preformance you get. That's the only beef I have against it. Also, the main draw of the 5770, is DX 11, wich won't be much use in WOW, or any games other than Dirt 2 and Battleforge. The PSU i selescted is made by a great brand, and it's on sale+ theres a rebate. 700 watts is a overkill, but it's good, since you won't have to buy a new one if you crossfire later, or buy a new machine in a few years when hardware requires more juice.

OCZ 700W PSU for 65$, free ship.