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January 12, 2011 12:56:11 PM

Hallo dear friends!

I am building my first PC and having trouble with a case and with a powersupply.
I read some reviews and made calculations to have as good PC as possible with minimal resources.
I give the list i would like to buy but i need help with a case and powersupply.

I am not a hardcore gamer, mostly i would use it for school (modelling and sometimes games).

Here is the list:


AMD Phenom II X4 965 3,4GHz 6MB Black Edition

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 / Socket AM3 / AMD 770+SB710 chipset / FSB 5200MHz / Dual Channel


Sapphire RADEON HD 5830 1GB

PHILIPS 244E2SB 24" 1920x1080 / 500.000:1 (typ 1000:1)/ 5ms / H=176


PSU 500w Inter-Tech SL-500W

My question would be: Are the last two components enough to power my PC and do i need an additional fan?

I am very thankful if anyone could help!

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January 12, 2011 1:02:16 PM

First of all, a 5830 has to be just about the WORST video card you could be looking at. There are so many better options.

Second of all generally speaking PSUs that come with cases are junk. Get a good corsair or antec psu.
January 12, 2011 1:08:08 PM

I have a very similar build, I went with the Zotac NVidia GTX465 video card. I have some ATI cards, but NVidia's extra features like the CUDU cores help me when using x264 encoding software like badaboom... takes all the load off the CPU. Also, because of the video card you are looking at, and the CPU wattage, I would recommend at least 550-600w PSU from Antec, Coolermaster or Corsair...

Also for the board, I would recommend the Asus M4A88T-M/USB3, because it has a better northbridge chipset AMD 880G

And for your question, check the case and make sure you can mount a 120mm fan... don't go with the smaller fans if you require a fan... because the stock AMD CPU cooler is already a little noisy... you don't want to make it worse. And also, the AMD can run a little warm without either a better heatsink and fan, or an additional 120mm case fan.

Cheers :D 
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January 12, 2011 1:31:36 PM

Thank you for the answers!

One more thing, how good is this graphics card:

GIGABYTE GV-R567ZL-1GI / Radeon HD 5670 / PCI-E 2.1 / 1GB GDDR5 / 128-bit / Core 790 MHz

What should be the best Graphics Card for my build?
I repeat myself again, i work on a build around 1000$.

January 12, 2011 2:19:34 PM

AMD and Nvidia both have a lot of things on the table right now... I kicked around this same question myself for a month, and just bought the NVidia because the CUDA cores are good for encoding, also you can play games in 3D with standard glasses...

Other than that, I almost bought the ATI Sapphire HD6850 1G

It is actually a little faster than the GTX465, but NVidia has some other perks I liked. The HD6850 is also a bit cheaper. When looking at graphics cards... set exactly how much you can spend, then make sure they have GDDR5, at least 1GB of memory... DX11, and possible PCIe 2.1... see which one can fit best into your budget... But it is usually a bad idea in my opinion to look at the older generation GPU just to save a little money... cause the newer ones are better in the long run.

Some people argue with me about this... why buy a GTX465 when the 9800GTX is still a good performer... mainly because it has a lot more shader units,more cuda cores, higher clocks, higher performance memory and so on. Just like the newer AMD/ATI will have more stream processors.

So just pick what fits best into your budget with the highest specs and latest technology. Try not to look back too far just to save a little.
January 12, 2011 2:21:37 PM

The GIGABYTE GV-R567ZL-1GI you mentioned only has a 128-bit memory bandwidth.

Also, I think it is discontinued in the States.

The one I mentioned was the SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

If you look hard enough, you may be able to get an HD6870 for almost the same price as the 6850.

And the power supply may be an issue if you buy the highest wattage but cheapest brand. The Antec, Coolermaster and Corsair have a good reputation because of their stability.

If you pick a very cheap power supply, make sure it has a long warranty.
January 12, 2011 2:27:23 PM

I built my rig for a little less than $1000. I bought everything when it was on sale between Newegg and a local dealer.

AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE, Asus M4A88T-M/USB3,8GB DDR3 (4 x 2GB) Kinston DDR3-1333, Zotac GTX465 1GB GDDR5, 2 x 1TB SATA WD1001FALS HDD, Pioneer DVR-219 SATA DVD-RW Coolermaster 550W PSU, Coolermaster Elite 360 Case

I will tally my receipts and update this post with what the final cost was.
January 12, 2011 2:29:59 PM

Thnaks very much, lots of help from you!!
January 12, 2011 2:47:47 PM

Well, some of the items I bought like the Western Digital WD1001FALS is discontinued. And most of the stuff I bought is a little cheaper than what I paid. But I searched everything for you just using USA newegg... and the final cost is only $844.88 before shipping and tax.

I substituted the WD black drives I have for the newer blue drives. And the pioneer DVD-RW I changed to the OEM pack model of the ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

Let me go over the list... see what you think. This price range still leaves room for different power supplies, and different video cards or cases... this just gives you an idea. But I can guarantee this large video card will fit in this case. If you PM me, I will email you pictures if you like...

Here is the list.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99
Item #: N82E16827135204

COOLER MASTER Elite 360 RC-360-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mini Tower Computer Case $39.99
Item #: N82E16811119195

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136534
$69.99 each x 2 = $139.98

ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $99.99
Item #: N82E16813131660

ZOTAC ZT-40301-10P GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $229.99
Item #: N82E16814500163

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS550-PCARE3-US 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply $64.99
Item #: N82E16817171038

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX $159.99
Item #: N82E16819103727

Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Server Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/2GKF
Item #: N82E16820139430
$89.96 ($22.49 each x 4)

That is basically my build. This kind of memory works great in my AMD system, but it doesn't work good in my Intel system. It is low profile memory.

So if you got around $1000, you can build a killer system with more recent graphics and chipsets than you indicated above.
January 12, 2011 2:52:13 PM

According to the PSU calculator from Cooler Master... without a video card the system will use around 264 watts... however, 1 high end card can easily double it... If I select my video card as NVidia GTX465 the calculation jumps to 488 watts... so a PSU 500-600 is a better idea if you want to run a 4 core CPU and a high end video card.
January 12, 2011 3:11:20 PM

The 465 is awful in what respect? It is just a slightly disabled 470. I replaced my Jetway 9800GTX and so far it has been great. Also a side note, I am living in ShaoGuan City China at the moment.... and the 470 or higher is almost double the price... I picked up the 465 from a local store for less than $165
January 12, 2011 3:14:31 PM

The Asus board I mentioned has a better northbridge and audio realtek audio... which I always find better. If we want to build the cheapest computer possible just buy an INTEL LGA775 CPU and board...

You can always go to a microcenter and get a $10 case with power supply, a $40 celeron and a 9800GTX for $70

I am only trying to stay around the same things he originally asked about in the first post. And he also said for around $1000... so he could get any video card or case he liked and still fit the bill. :D 
January 12, 2011 3:24:06 PM

No harm... I do agree they are over priced in the US... I've been living in China for 2 years now and I usually get things from Jetway and Zotac cheaply... I had my heart set on the HD6870... but price prevailed for me. The GTX465 was 1150 Chinese RMB = to about $165... but the 470 is 2200 RMB = to about $330... but all the ATi cards 6850 or 6870 are all over $250 here... :??: 

But the build I showed him is basically what I got... it's pretty good for the price... the Intel setup to about the same performance is like double the price... But every time I upgrade, I switch from AMD to INTEL... then INTEL to AMD... whichever is best bang for the buck.

For our friend here KaidoT, what country is he in? :sol:  Prices vary from places to place a lot these days.
January 12, 2011 3:52:33 PM

In China, I am always forced to buy ASUS or ASRock boards... all the Foxconn, Jetway, Gigabyte and such all cost 2 or 3 times more than USA. What pisses me off is the constant price ups and downs in China. When I bought my core 2 system last year, I picked the e7500. One day it is $88, the next day $128, the next day $110... so I hurry to buy it, then it is $65 right after it was delivered to my door.

Also the memory plays games every day. If you want to buy Kingston DDR3 1333 2GB, Monday it is $20, Tuesday it is $50, then Wednesday it is $22

They are insane. :o 
January 12, 2011 6:21:29 PM

Thanks alot, again very good information to consider.
I live in Estonia, here are the prices much higher :( 
Thats the reason, why i am so concerned about the right buildups, just to have the expenses and the outcome performance equally balanced.

Sry for slow responses, tomorrow i want to buy the comp and i have been reading this all day long:,...

But thanks again!! :) 
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January 12, 2011 6:49:47 PM

The Coolermaster Extreme PSUs are overrated junk.