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November 17, 2010 1:57:27 PM

I'm considering building a mid-range work/media/gaming PC with the following components (with approximate prices):

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 (130 €)
CPU: Intel Core i5-760 (190 €)
Memory: Corsair 2x2GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (80 €)
Video card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB (180 €)
Hard drive: Intel 120GB X25-M G2 SSD (220 €)
Hard drive: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black SATA 3 64MB (100 €)
Case: Antec Solo (110 €)
Power supply: Corsair CMPSU-550VX (70 €)
DVD drive: LG DVD+/-RW DL 22x SATA (20 €)
Wireless adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N (20 €)
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit EN DVD OEM (140 €)

I already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers and an extra internal hard drive. I'm not planning to overclock any components. It is important that the computer is reasonably silent. It should be quite good for gaming during the next few years, but doesn't need to be spectacular.

Is there anything I should consider, or is this a good build? Should I buy better memory? Is the SSD overkill?

Thanks,
jgunst
December 1, 2010 12:53:53 AM

I like your buld with minor tweeks. Yes the ssd is overkill but what the heck right? I recomend the ocz vertex 2 ssd they are faster and cheaper then the intel. Bumb up the hdd to at least 650 with that video card. This will give yo power headroom for upgrades.
December 1, 2010 1:05:09 AM

the HD is a ripoff, get samsung spinpoint f3 or seagate barracuda 7200.12
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December 1, 2010 4:38:20 PM

I strongly dissagree the caviar blacks are some of the best drives made. 5 year warrentys with top performance on toms charts. I've used hundreds of them and never had one problem. Do reserch befor posting
December 1, 2010 4:45:53 PM

^illiterate.
He's paying for the "SATA III" which means absolutely nothing for a mechanical hard drive considering they are nowhere near the 300mb/s limit on SATA II.
The only things that top SATA II are some SSD's.
I bought a seagate 7200.12 1tb for $50 on BF while that one up there was still $90. $40 for a label that shows no performance increase seems ignorant to me.
The best way to go is to buy either a Seagate 7200.12 1tb or Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb whichever is cheaper at the time because they perform close to similar.

Look at all the regulars around here posting builds for people asking for advice, and none of them include the SATA III WD drive.
December 2, 2010 4:55:09 AM

See thats the post you should have made in the first place. Full of usefull information. Not a useless unexplained opinion. I totaly agree tthat sata 3 is not worth it. I missed that part when i read his spec sheet. I apoligize if you were somehow offended Also tthere is absolutly no need to call names. Just becuse some says somthing you disagree with does not automaticly mean hes a dumbass.
December 2, 2010 9:59:58 AM

You were assuming I hadn't "done my research" because I didn't post a long detailed post, but whatever, no worries.
December 4, 2010 12:13:42 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! Here are my changes to the initial build so far:

Memory: Corsair 2x2GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7 (90 €)
Hard drive: 1TB Spinpoint F3 (56 €)
Case: Antec Sonata Elite (110 €)

You're probably right about the HDD. But I'll keep the Intel SSD, it's about the same price as OCZ where I live. The Sonata Elite seems better than the Solo. I'm also thinking about upgrading to:

Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E PRO (180 €)
Video card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclock

What do you think?
December 4, 2010 3:11:04 PM

^I just bought that GPU. and I wanted that Mobo but newegg isn't carrying it anymore..
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