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Anonymous
June 29, 2010 6:40:12 AM

Hi guys,

I decided on getting a desktop which will be used mainly for gaming but also general other day to day tasks, e.g web browsing, work.

I looked around and have customised a computer on CyberPower, I did do some reasearch beforehand but I'd like to check that there are no problems with the computer and that it's the best for the money i'm paying.
For a monitor I am thinking of buying an Acer P225HQ 21.5 inches.

How well do you think it should run?
Any advice or improvements, monitor and computer? (not looking to raise the cost too much though)
Will it be good for gaming? (General idea of what kind of games it should be able to handle)

My customised specs:

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case Black
Lights & Illumination: NONE
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default Case Fan
Cyberpower Noise Reduction Technology: None
Internal Expansion: NONE
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache LGA1156 ***Overclockable XXX***
Overclocking Service: XXX (Extreme overclocking 20% to 30%)
Cooling Fan: XtremeGear HDT 120 Xtreme CPU Cooler (5 Heatpipes Direct Core Contact, with rubber rings detachable 120m Neon Fan) ***Overclockable XXX***
MOTHERBOARD: GigaByte P55M-UD2 Intel P55 Chipset CrossFireX DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 3 PCI *** XXX overclocking ***
MEMORY: 4GB (2x2GB) PC10666 DDR3/1333mhz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS3 w/Heat Spreader ***Overclockable XXX*** [+18])
VIDEO CARD: ATI Radeon HD 5850 PCI-E 16X 1GB Video Card [+100] (HIS HD 5850 PCI-E 16X 1GB iCOOLER V bundled with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [+10])
DONGLES: NONE
VIDEO CARD 2: None, or On-Board Integrated Graphics
Video Card 3: None, or On-Board Integrated Graphics
Dedicated PhysX Card: None
Power Supply Upgrade: 850 Watts Power Supplies (CyberpowerPC 850watt Gaming Power Supply SLI/Crossfire ready)
Hard Drive: Single Hard Drive (1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16M Cache Hard Drive)
Freebies: None
Data Hard Drive: NONE
Hard Drive Cooler: None
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (Black Color)
Optical Drive 2: NONE
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
LCD Monitor: NONE [-82]
2nd Monitor: NONE
3rd Monitor: NONE
SPEAKERS: NONE
Network: ONBOARD 10/100 NETWORK CARD
MODEM: NONE
Keyboard: NONE [-5]
Mouse: NONE [-3]
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: NONE
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: PCI Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Interface Card [+9]
Wireless 802.11B/G Access Point: NONE
Flash Media Reader/Writer: None
Cables: None
Video Camera: NONE
Power Surge Protection: None
IEEE Card: NONE
USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USB Portable Drive: NONE
Floppy: NONE
Ultra Care Option: None
Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chasis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+11]
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium [+78] (64-bit Edition)
Media Center Remote & TV Tuner: NONE
Software: None
RUSH SERVICE: NONE
WARRANTY SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
HOME INSTALLATION SERVICE: NONE
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Link for the CyberPower System:
http://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/system/Infinity_i5_Ac...

Link for the monitor I'm looking to buy:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-P225HQ-21-5inch-Monitor-50...
June 29, 2010 11:58:09 AM

Core i5-750/P55M-UD2/4GB RAM/HD 5850 will be well suited to gaming on a 1920x1080 LCD monitor.
Especially when overclocked @ 3.2Ghz~3.4Ghz it should play most games now and in the next couple of years at very high quality settings.
With a video card upgrade (maybe 2nd HD 5850 or a 5850 class follow on card) @ 18~24 months you'll have a good gaming system for 3-4 years.
It will also be a very powerful general purpose PC.

Motherboard: P55M-UD2 small micro-ATX sized. Great for 1 video card in PCI-e x16 slot. Acceptable for two video cards but will operate X16 / x4 PCI-e slots which isn't ideal.

PSU: CyberpowerPC 850watt Gaming PSU might be a AZZA Dynamo 850 850W model. Very 'budgety'. For just $5 more you could get a Corsair 650TX while is a very high quality PSU and powerful enough for 2x 5850 video cards. Recommended.

I wasn't too sure about the CPU cooler. So I looked up a review that shows it's OK for the light overclocking (20-30%) Cyberpower will do for you.
Xtreme Gear HP-1216B Five Heatpipe Copper CPU Cooler Review
Anonymous
June 29, 2010 4:00:42 PM

WR2 said:

PSU: CyberpowerPC 850watt Gaming PSU might be a AZZA Dynamo 850 850W model. Very 'budgety'. For just $5 more you could get a Corsair 650TX while is a very high quality PSU and powerful enough for 2x 5850 video cards. Recommended.



CyberPower suggests that my build will use 700W, will the 650 watts from the Corsair be enough?

Also any advice on a gaming keyboard or mouse? (Doesn't have to be from CyberPower)

I'm currently thinking of getting the Logitech MX518 mouse but unsure about a gaming keyboard; is there much point to getting one or is it a waste of money?

Thanks for the feedback and advice. :) 
June 30, 2010 2:47:14 AM

Logitech MX518 is a good choice for a gaming mouse. Logitech G110 or G15 keyboards are worth looking at.
Depending on how you use your gaming devices you might find the Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard interesting.
If you can - find a PC superstore and get a hands on look at what you want to buy.

Cyberpower is not suggesting your PC build will use 700W. Thats just the size of PSU they're recommending for the actual 300~350watts it will probably use. IMO a high quality 650W PSU is a much better idea than a 'generic' 700W PSU.

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