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Final Check on 1156 build, ready to order.

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May 29, 2010 12:46:15 AM

Hey guys,
Just finished my 1156 build, I'm a first time builder. Just looking for clarification that i've made the correct choice and it will all work :) 
Any improvements are greatly welcomed. My budget is £1000 max, which i have came in at nicely. Monitor is 1680x1050 Dell ultrasharp e-ips pannel.
Rig will be used for gaming, and only for gaming..I dont need crossfire/SLI, sata 6gb, USB3.0, or raid. I would be looking to overclock the cpu to around 3.8Ghz, i wouldnt push it over 4. I would also look to overclock the GPU as far as i possibly can, hopefully close to 1Ghz core/5Ghz mem. I'll be looking to start making the orders tomorrow morning.

CPU- I5 750
Motherboard- ASUS P7P55D Evo
Case- Antec 1200
Graphics Card- Asus ATI Radeon HD 5850 DirectCU
Memory- G.Skill Trident 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz
PSU- Corsair VX 450W
Optical Drive- Sony DRU-870S
CPU Cooler- Coolermasters V8
Hard Drive - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb
Operating System- Windows 7 Home Premium


Thanks for any help, its greatly appreciated.
Stephen
a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2010 12:56:13 AM

I think it would be better if you got a 550W PSU for that build. The Antec Earthwatts 650 is probably the best option for price/performance balance.
Do you know about the foxconn socket issues on some P55 boards when overclocking?
May 29, 2010 12:57:48 AM

Silvune said:
I think it would be better if you got a 550W PSU for that build. The Antec Earthwatts 650 is probably the best option for price/performance balance.
Do you know about the foxconn socket issues on some P55 boards when overclocking?


I was meaning to put that in my post, was wondering whether the psu might not be enough, might look into a larger supply then.
Nope not heard of that foxconn issue.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2010 1:05:48 AM

Well when P55 boards were released an issue came to light about some pins not having enough contact with the socket, so more current had to go through fewer pins, which means that Lynnfield chips can fry if they are overclocked too much.
I've read from someone on another forum that Gigabyte's foxconn equipped boards are much worse for it. The Asus P7P55D-E series and Gigabyte GA-P55A series don't use foxconn sockets so if the problem is confined to foxconn sockets then you would be much less likely to have problems on those. Evga P55 boards don't use foxconn either. It is something that you should be aware of before making any decisions about P55 boards.
May 29, 2010 1:06:12 AM

The Foxconn socket issue is really a non-issue unless overlocking well past 4.0+ GHz. Nothing you'll reach on air.
May 29, 2010 1:07:10 AM

Silvune said:
Well when P55 boards were released an issue came to light about some pins not having enough contact with the socket, so more current had to go through fewer pins, which means that Lynnfield chips can fry if they are overclocked too much.
I've read from someone on another forum that Gigabyte's foxconn equipped boards are much worse for it. The Asus P7P55D-E series and Gigabyte GA-P55A series don't use foxconn sockets so if the problem is confined to foxconn sockets then you would be much less likely to have problems on those. Evga P55 boards don't use foxconn either. It is something that you should be aware of before making any decisions about P55 boards.

ohh interesting, thanks for the heads up :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2010 2:07:40 AM

The Case / PSU really don't go together. I'd get one of these:

Full Tower - Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 $240 (suitable for twin GFX cards and serious OC's)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mid-Tower - Antec 902 w/ EA-650 $175 (suitable for twin GFX and moderate OC's or single GFX and serious OC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mid Tower - HAF 922 w/ Corsair TX650 ($160)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a better cooler and don't forget some TIM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/therma...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are 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):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

This offers a bigger combo savings if you go w/ the Seagate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
May 29, 2010 12:15:09 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
The Case / PSU really don't go together. I'd get one of these:

Full Tower - Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 $240 (suitable for twin GFX cards and serious OC's)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mid-Tower - Antec 902 w/ EA-650 $175 (suitable for twin GFX and moderate OC's or single GFX and serious OC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mid Tower - HAF 922 w/ Corsair TX650 ($160)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a better cooler and don't forget some TIM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/therma...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are 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):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

This offers a bigger combo savings if you go w/ the Seagate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Thanks for your reply Jack :) 

im looking through the benchmarks at the moment, will have to upgrade the PSU to the corsair 550 or 650W i think. I'ts only £10 more for the 550W VX rather than 450 VX on my site at the moment, so i will definetly be going for a more powerful one. Thinking of going with the Artic Silver 5, unless i can find one of the better ones on a uk site.
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