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Is this setup too much for my needs? Is it Overkilll?

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July 3, 2010 11:44:19 PM

So I'm overbudget, and need to cut prices where possible. I dont plan to overclock and am going to use it for modrate gaming.

XFX HD 5770 850MHz 1GB DDR5 £129.89
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive £49.99
G-Skill (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V £97.85
550W Corsair CMPSU-550VXUK, ATX, £70
Asus P7P55D-E £117.66
Coolermaster Storm Scout Mid Tower Black Case £65.76
Intel Core i5 750 £159.98
Corsair H50-1 Hydro Series £62.15

With this i have hardly any money left to buy windows 7 OEM which is £70. I'm contemplating a P45 build which is significantly cheaper, is this reasonable at this time?

Please can you give me advice on what to do TH?

Thanks

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July 3, 2010 11:58:49 PM

Get rid of the water cooling and stick with the stock cooler.
July 4, 2010 12:05:31 AM

OR switch to AMD and save a bunch on mobo + cpu. X3's are good for gaming and are dirt cheap.
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July 4, 2010 12:10:49 AM

goatsword said:
OR switch to AMD and save a bunch on mobo + cpu. X3's are good for gaming and are dirt cheap.


can you recommend me on a combo please as I'm not too familiar with AMD's cpu + mobos

thanks for the qucik response
July 4, 2010 12:11:38 AM

r-sky said:
Get rid of the water cooling and stick with the stock cooler.


Will the CPU be below 60 degrees at least with a stock cooler?
July 4, 2010 12:43:25 AM

This series is worth a peek to answer the water vs air questions.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h50-fort120-cogage,...

But if you're not overclocking, stick with the stock fan as r-sky said. Not sure where you're getting a 60 degree limit, but the CPU will be just fine.

If you feel hellbent on getting a cooler, here's a great review site, but again, no OC, no extra cooling needed. And its something that can be added later too. Or if you get an OEM CPU, use this site for research.
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...

Not familiar with the UK market, here's a generalization for the AMD line.
Look for at least an Athlon II x3. You can get them stock speed of 3.1 ghz so no overclocking needed for great performance and they are half the price or less than the intel i5 750 generally. If there's extra money, you can look at the Athlon II x4s or Phenom II x3/4.

The mobo should be at least a 760 or higher chipset. Make sure its just an AM3 board needing DDR3 ram and at this point, I'd shoot for one that has USB 3.0 and Sata III. Might have to get into the 8xx chips, but still on budget with the P55.
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