First build and need some guidance...

Hi, im planning on building my own pc and have come up with a spec, as this is my first time build i was hoping someone with a little more experience would be able to tell me if the configiration would work... like the graphics card fitting the motherboard etc.

here is the list of components accompanyied with accompanied with a link to where i plan on buying from.

Graphics card- XFX ATI radeon 5770/

Case- NZXT Lexa s/

Ram- OCZ 6gb (3x2gb) 1600mhz/

Hard drive- Samsung ecogreen 1.5tb/

Processor- Intel core i7 920 2.66ghz/

Disk Drive- Samsung SH-B083L/

Wireless network card- Linksys dualband pci/

Motherboard- ASUS P6T SE ix58/

Power supply- Artic power 700w/

Operating system- Windows 7 home premium/

If anyone could tell me if this combonation would work or if anyone could offer some alternatives for around the same price that would be great.

Any help apreciated


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  1. maybe look at a higher end power supply. everything looks good though.
  2. Get the F3 over the F2 Ecogreen, it will be a lot faster even though it is slightly smaller. The 1TB F3 is one of the fastest HDDs available, the F2 is a green version so they severely reduced the speed to save power and reduce noise.

    You definitely need to get a higher quality PSU, that arctic power PSU is rated for 700W but only has one PCI-E connector, sounds awfully weak to me. The 650TX will have plenty of power for 2 5770s but costs significantly more but thats the price of having a decent PSU.
    If you only plan to run a single 5770 you can get by with an EA500
  3. What will you be using this system for?

    I would not recommend using a 'green' drive as a boot drive, as it will be very slow and they don't use a significantly less amount of power compared to performance drives, which don't use that much power anyway. So I think you should change the drive to this: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB.

    I would change the RAM as OCZ RAM is known for being difficullt to set up with lots of mobos. This is a good set that is the same price: Crucial 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory CL7 1.65V.

    This one is not too much more expensive than the Arctic Power, but is much higher quality and more than enough for the above system: Be Quiet 530W Pure Power £49.
    Here are some other good options:
    XFX 650W XXX Edition £70
    Antec Earthwatts 650 £68
    Corsair VX550 £71
    Antec Truepower New TP550 £73
    OCZ Z Series 550 £73
  4. For a purely gaming build at that budget, you would be better off going with an i5-750 and a P55 motherboard or an AMD Phenom II X4 955 and an AM3 motherboard, and using the savings from CPU/Mobo/RAM on a bigger graphics card.

    If you're trying to build a number-crunching machine that can double as a lower-end gaming machine and HTPC, then you might consider spending just a little more to get the i7-930, and follow the rest of Silvune's suggestions. :)

    If you could fill out the new build form linked in my signature, more detailed advice can be provided.
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