After being basically desktop-less for the better part of a year (and before that, on a build from ~2003 with an Athlon XP 2800+), I've decided to go ahead and start the process of building a more current system. I've been doing some light research over the last month in an attempt to catch up to current technology, and I've come to assemble what I hope will be a capable system.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Spread out over the next few weeks. I can't afford to spend a whole paycheck on this.
BUDGET RANGE: $500 to $600, but anywhere I can cut costs without sacrificing quality will be welcomed. Before Rebates preferably.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, gaming, gaming, some audio listening, surfing the internet, ...emailing my mother.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers. Monitor recommendations are welcomed, but I am not including one with this build. Something 22"+ that can support 1920x1080 or 1920x1200.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com. Sites that are reputable.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD cpu preferably. Other that I am fairly flexible.
OVERCLOCKING: Once I get comfortable with my build. It's been a long time.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080, 1920x1200. Either one is fine.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not looking for something flashy. I chose the Antec 300 Illusion because it comes with extra fans for $10 more than the regular 300 and I am hoping I can disable the lights. I will be mostly be using this for 25 man endgame raids in World of Warcraft, though having a new build will open up many possibilities for gaming that I have not explored.
Okay, so now for the goods. So far what I have put together:
That should be able to play all of the newest gaming for like 2+ years with out problems. When games start getting to be to much for your system get more ram and a better video card and you good to go.
AMD specifies at least 450W power required for the 5770. While you might be able to get away with a very good 400W PSU, going down to 330 is really pushing it. And there's really no reason to get the micro-ATX mobo, it's just going to be limiting if the OP ever wants to upgrade.
I agree with coldsleep.
For a different PSU, the Antec EA650 is on sale at newegg for $80 with free shipping and the Antec Neo Eco 520 is on sale for $55 with free shipping. Better quality than the OCZ "stream" series at a comparable price.
And the WD blue is a poor choice for a boot drive. Its both small and slow. Blue is the cool and quiet server drive line, black is the performance boot drive line. The Samsing F3 in the OP is a far better boot drive.
Obviously getting a 5770 will be around a 50% speed increase over a 4850, but its going to cost around 50% more. Ideally for 1920x1080 you would get a 5850, but that gets very pricey at $300+.
No that psu is fine lol 34 amps on the 12 volt rail. Read before for you judge. A 5770 takes 13 amps under load a rana takes 8 amps under load that overkill for that setup. Even if you get a six core you have headroom. That psu is good and i have that hard drive my boot times do suck but i wanted a 5850 no matter what. So I did some cookie cutting.
That seasonic 330W is not listed on Seasonic's website, its only got a 380 which has at most 27 amps on the 12V rails. Either newegg messed up or they have a no-longer in production model lying around.
The seasonic 380 looks like its also the antec earthwatts green 380 which is only $40.
The 5770 has a 75 watts pin and the pcie slot can supply 75 watts 150 watts = 13amps you don't need more. It's fine. Read the specs tip on newegg 2 12 volt rails both at 17 amps multiply that by to that 34.
Sorry about coming off as a dick thou but it generate enough power for that setup.
2 12 volt rails both at 17 amps multiply that by to that 34..
The amperage on separate rails is NOT ADDITIVE ON MOST PSUs. You have to look at the more detailed chart I linked to see the true capability. The 380 model has 27 amps max combined on the two 17amp 12V rails, not 34 amps. That PSU will be barely adequite new, leaving little room for overclocking and wear. Sorry if I am also coming across agressively, but if you think amperage on separate rails is additive you dont know enough to recommend hardware that violates manufacturers specs when it comes to power usage. I agree it will probably run, but its pushing that PSU close to the limit. Right now the Antec Neo Eco 520 is only $55 ($7 more) and would give alot more room for adding internals, overclocking and aging.
I picked up the Antec 300 with case fans with an antec EW650 PSU. Great combo deal =D. The fans are loud though... I got 'em on high.
I run the fans on my 300 illusion on low and the seagate HDD inside makes enough noise to drown them out when it grinds through an antivirus scan or whatever. Any fan you run on high speed is going to be noisy.
I tried lookin for the switches for the front fans... to turn them to low but I can't find them =\, they should have speeds connected to the front fans 2 fans? I found the toggle switch for the top and the back fan.
I have run several tests with fans at different speeds. My three 120mm fans are on medium and the 140mm is on High. When I had the 120's on high the temps were the same as medium. The one downside is that my current setup is producing negative pressure due to the 140mm being on high. So the extra side fan spot is pulling dust right into my 5770