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October 11, 2010 9:55:01 AM


I am building a PC for a friend that will play a few decent games basically. I was just wondering if any of you would be able to review my spec for any problems please. Also is my PSU wattage enough?

Case: Silverstone SST-TJ08B
CPU: AMD Phenom II 965BE
Graphics Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5750
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS (x2)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
Optical Drive: LiteOn IHAS324
OS: Microsoft Windows 7
Power Supply: Silverstone SST-ST60F-P
RAM: Corsair XMS3 (4 GB)


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October 11, 2010 9:58:08 AM

At 1st glance, for the $$: a tad CPU/mobo heavy and GPU lite
The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.

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October 11, 2010 10:07:42 AM

I know what your saying about the CPU/mobo heavy and GPU lite. I will choose a better CPU I think.

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October 11, 2010 10:23:26 AM

No he means buy a better GPU. Get a GTX 460, Radeon 5850 or atleast a Radeon 5770. The CPU and motherboard will run much faster graphics cards than the 5750 that you are suggesting. The 5750 is an OK card, and will run all of the games, but you will have problems at some of the higher detail settings with low fps or lag. The processor is fine (decent quad core) and the motherboard and chipset are nice new shizzle, but the GPU is weak. Your best bet is to get a GTX 460 I think.
October 11, 2010 10:34:39 AM

Sorry, I meant choose a better GPU. Thanks for your GPU suggestions :) 
October 11, 2010 1:34:51 PM

Drop down to a 955BE, save around $20, & get the 5770.
The power supply is decent, if a tad overpriced.
October 11, 2010 8:57:57 PM

Thanks for all your feedback guys :-)
October 11, 2010 11:43:57 PM

I have a 5770 and it is cool and fast couldn't ask for more( in my opinion) great gpu great value