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Final Build for Gaming Rig! any last minute advice?

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July 5, 2010 2:34:34 PM

Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156
RAM : 4GB G.Skill ECO Series CL7 DDR3 Dual Channel kit (2x 2GB modules)
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Scout
PSU: Coolermaster GX 550W PSU - 6x SATA 2x PCI-E 80plus Certified
HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
GPU: XFX HD 5770 850MHz 1GB DDR5 HDMI Dual DVI Display Port PCI-E Graphics Card
OEM: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Total: £697.42 aprrox $1,052.71 USD

Hows the build for the money? Your views on the build?

Thanks for looking :D 
July 5, 2010 2:41:43 PM

Nice build :D 
July 5, 2010 2:55:59 PM

Nice but I would select corsair or antec PSU ahead of a coolermaster PSU
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July 5, 2010 5:04:39 PM

Nice :D 

I do agree about the psu though. Cooler Master's psus aren't that good (although they're not as bad as they get either)
July 5, 2010 5:11:06 PM

Decent build, but if you are gaming at 1600x1200 resolution or above, and have no plans to add in another 5770 for xfire later, then I would suggest going with an AMD processor to bump up your budget for the GPU. Going down to a 4 core AMD system will give you another ~$100 to spend on your GPU (lower cost CPU and Mobo) with very minimal denting to overall performance while boosting gaming performance by a significant amount. Not everyone likes this route, but I figure you should at least be aware of it.
July 5, 2010 5:24:21 PM

beerhelmet said:
Decent build, but if you are gaming at 1600x1200 resolution or above, and have no plans to add in another 5770 for xfire later, then I would suggest going with an AMD processor to bump up your budget for the GPU. Going down to a 4 core AMD system will give you another ~$100 to spend on your GPU (lower cost CPU and Mobo) with very minimal denting to overall performance while boosting gaming performance by a significant amount. Not everyone likes this route, but I figure you should at least be aware of it.


Thanks for the tip, yeah i'm gaming around 1600x1200 but i'll keep that in mind when i next update
July 5, 2010 5:31:00 PM

Whats wrong with the coolermaster 550w, i've read the reviews on it and it has no problems. I dont plan to add another gpu, but maybe overclock should i change?
July 5, 2010 5:36:16 PM

In general Cooler Maste psus are less reliable than say a Corsair or an Antec, because the quality's not as high.
July 5, 2010 10:35:54 PM

What reviews are you referring to?
The GX 750 does not handle heat very well - it can't do more than 600 watts safely (within ATX spec) under ~45 degree heat. Seeing as the GX 550 is made by the same OEM it is likely that it can't deal that well with heat either.
IMO you'd be better off going for one of these:
Be Quiet 530W Pure Power £49
OCZ Stealth XStream 500W £46
OCZ Stealth XStream II 600W £54
July 5, 2010 10:49:09 PM

I would agree with the other posters concerning the psu.
The Coolermaster Silent Pro series is top-notch but the GX series is not different oem.
The OZC ModXtreme line is probably the best value and features quiet operation and is 80% modular making for a cleaner cable install.
Here's one from Antec


http://www.scan.co.uk/product.aspx?ProductId=30681
July 6, 2010 12:31:55 AM

Thanks, for the heads up i decided to spend some extra money for a better quality psu and got the Antec TP-550 True Power 550W ATX12V PSU, it cost me £20 but then again it is modular and better quality as you guys said.
July 6, 2010 12:36:31 AM

For around the same price you could get the XFX 650W, which is also very high quality, but has a bit extra power.
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