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Core i5 system for SC2 and other possible games

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August 11, 2010 1:00:19 AM

Hi all, I'm new the the forums here but not to Tom's Hardware. Thanks for all the wonderful articles over the years!

So I'm planning on building a new system and this is what I have spec'ed out:

Intel Core i5-750
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit

My friend gave me an OCZ GXS700 power supply and I have the other essentials (case, hard drives, optical, etc.) from my old setup.

I don't see myself ever bothering to get dual graphics cards and the USB 3.0 and SATA 6 are not that important to me.

Is this a good build?
Any recommendations for improvements/better stability?


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a b B Homebuilt system
August 11, 2010 11:59:53 AM

I think it is good to go.

The best improvement you can make is to get an SSD (OCZ Vertex 2 or Crucial C300), but if it is still on your budget.
Second best improvement should go to the GPU, care to go with HD5850 or higher?
For about the same price, have you consider to use X4 955 or X6 1055T?
Don't forget to get an after market proc cooler if you plan to OC your system.
Don't forget to buy Windows 7 premium x64 (or Linux for free).
August 11, 2010 4:19:38 PM

Thanks for replying.

SSD is way out of my price range, same with the HD5850. Might look into those for upgrades later.
I did look at some of the AMD processors, but 95W for the i5 is already kind of a lot. Good suggestion for the prices though.

What processor cooler would you recommend? Although I currently do not plan to OC as I don't have the funds to replace anything I fry. :( 

I do have Windows 7 Pro, got it a while back with the student discount deal.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 11, 2010 5:14:30 PM I said, your system is good to go.
Even he proc fan can wait later, or if you don't plan to OC, you don't need it at all.
August 21, 2010 7:38:47 AM

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