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Please critique my ~$800 build

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August 17, 2010 10:52:18 PM

Will be building myself and already have a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, also will be re-using my old Samsung Writemaster as CD/DVD. No keyboard/mouse/monitor needed either.

Plan to do some light OC'ing, which is why I picked up the VX. Will mainly used for light gaming (SC2) and Photoshop CS5.



Case: Antec 900
CPU: X4 955 BE w/ Thermalright Venomous X-RT
Mobo: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO
RAM: Gskill Ripjaws DDR3 1600
HD: OCZ 60GB Vertex
GPU: MSI HD5830
PSU: OCZ Modxstream 600W
Misc: 4x Yate Loon 120mm Medium, Sunbeam Fan Controller

I guess my main concern is, is my PSU enough for light overclocking and HD5830?

Any other comments would be welcomed too, thanks.

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August 17, 2010 10:59:42 PM

1. I would recommend the GTX 460 over the 5830, i'm sure you'll get a bunch of links and charts explaining why, but know that the 460 offers better performance for the money.

2. If you're doing light over clocking, maybe look at something like the Coolermaster Hyper 212+. It's cheaper, and is a great cooler for the money.

3. Someone else should be able to give you more info, but some OCZ power supplies are better than others, so be on the look out for bad reviews of the Modxstream line of PSU's

4. Make sure that the fans can connect to the fan controller. Sometimes that can be an issue because the fans might be Molex or 3 pin but the Fan controller requires the fans to be 4 pin. Goofy, but it matters :) 
August 17, 2010 11:09:27 PM

thanks for the quick reply!

1. ive also read that many times, the reason i went with the 5830 is because i got it brand new for $160 after a $20 mail in rebate .

what do you think about this?

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/sys/1899069968.html

he's willing to do 180 cash, brand new

2. it's $20 cheaper, which to me is rather negligible, will the VX give me a lot better performance compared to the Hyper 212+? even though i'll be doing light OC'ing, i might turn it up a notch in the future and would love to have some overhead

3. yeah, i've actually read a lot of reliability issues with the 600w, but most people have no problems RMA'ing, and those that do have the 600w OCZ modxstream working, they love it

4. good tip, thanks!!
August 17, 2010 11:24:24 PM

btw, i'm upgrading from a hd4670, ddr2, x2 5000+, etc which i've had for almost 3 years, so i'm hoping it'll be a very nice improvement :) 
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