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Final thoughts before I order please

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June 16, 2010 10:09:07 AM

Hello everyone, It's finally time to order my first pc build! Saturday is the day, and I am looking for a green light on the system I have chosen. It is a pc for gaming, but I don't worry too much about AA. It will play at 1920x1080. Here it is first of all..

GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191864

Thoughts: I am on a budget of £500 and although I would love the 5850, it's not going to happen, I understand that I am playing at a very high reso for this card, but I have heard very good things about it.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2ghz
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190673

Thoughts: Although reading that I can get away with a cheaper CPU, I plan on playing games such as GTA IV and Bad Company 2, which are very cpu intensive. This CPU again I have heard extremely good reviews of it.

Motherboard: Asus M4A785TD-V EVO 785G
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169532

Thoughts: I really need some feedback on this motherboard, I am not too confident at all with choosing one, and I have been recommended this one, thoughts please?

Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130826

Thoughts: Again I wasn't sure if I needed to pay this much, or if it was the right choice, thoughts please?

RAM: Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166995

PSU: OCZ 400W Stealth XStream PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152505

Dvd Drive: Sony Optiarc DDU1681S 18x DVD-ROM SATA
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220989

Galaxy 3 Case
http://www.internetct.co.uk/galaxy3blackatxgamerscase-p...

Thoughts: Cool looking case, and hopefully cool enough. Quite cheap too, one thing I was worried about is sizes. Could some please let me know if everything here is compatible with this case? Thanks!

..And that's that, really I am looking for a go ahead from everyone, please spend time checking everything carefully..

Thanks so much!!


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June 16, 2010 10:28:57 AM

^ Good choice of components...

Some suggestions...
1. PSU - 400W would be a close call for that build...spend little more and get the 500W
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159
OCZ Mod would be better as it is 80+ Certified
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152009

2. Mobo - That is a good one...though it lacks the SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0, but then again those mobo would increase the cost...

3. HDD - See if you can get the Samsung F3 500GB
June 16, 2010 11:09:46 AM

I would buy a stronger PSU, at least 700W, the price is not that much higher and it will gives you the chance to Crossfire your system with another 5770 later. You will have about the strenght of a 5850.
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June 16, 2010 1:41:24 PM

+1 80+ 500 watter, StealthXtreme line not 80+
-1 for CF: 16/4 board not worth for CFing
June 16, 2010 3:09:05 PM

(Once again)
+1 to batchuka's recommendations (i.e. +1 to gkay as well :)  )
June 16, 2010 4:56:10 PM

Thanks for all replies, will be getting the 500w PSU. I didn't quite understand the term 80+, what does that mean?

As for the usb 3.0 and SATA 6gbs, what does this affect?

Also other than that everything is going to work out fine right?

Thanks again!
June 16, 2010 5:03:59 PM

1. 80+ = 80 plus certified efficient PSU
2. SATA/USB III: for taking advantage of future interfaces
3. Yep all is compatible
June 16, 2010 5:11:00 PM

Thanks, do you think it's worth spending extra on the usb and Sata mobos?
June 16, 2010 5:12:19 PM

Thanks so much, I will go with that 1!
June 16, 2010 5:28:28 PM

Just ordered the hd 5770 as it was on special offer :) 
June 16, 2010 5:51:44 PM

Yep happy shopping/building and u are welcomed ^^
June 19, 2010 9:32:44 PM

Hey again, got round to ordering and found some parts are just a tad too expensive. I need some alternatives for the following:

(have already purchased phenom ii 955 and hd 5770)

The motherboard that I decided to go with because it had the sata 6 and the usb 3.0.. I am realising I dont think I can afford such luxuries, This is the one I was going to get http://www.ebuyer.com/product/205849 , I am looking for a decent one for gaming, thats a little cheaper, thanks.

Also PSU.. I know you should get a trusted brand but to be honest I am willing to take a slight risk on the PSU. I have been looking at this:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124922

What do you think? Will it fit this case http://www.ebuyer.com/product/115479 ? Thanks a lot.

As for ram, I am getting 4gb of ddr3 1333 for £85.. I assume thats just the price it is.

Thanks so much, I am being very cautious, I know!
June 20, 2010 5:19:03 AM

1. That 870 also has USB/SATA 3.0 just no CF so it's all good
2.Have a look at this PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190751
Reliability/quality always trumps over cheap in PSU selection for me :p 
June 20, 2010 8:53:43 AM

Thanks for the reply, but what I mean is I need some slightly cheaper alternatives.. or do you think I should just save up and get those at a later time?
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