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Please check my (first time) gaming build

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November 25, 2010 9:30:26 AM

Hey all, like so many others in here: first time build. Because I hail from Europe I sadly can't benefit from the amazingly cheap Newegg prices, combos, and rebates, but I'd love input and advice on the build that I arrived at.

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as I get the THW stamp of approval :D 
Budget Range: on the low end of a thousand euros
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 80% gaming, 20% browsing
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Parts Preferences: Other than that I decided on an Intel i5 760 and a Radeon HD 5850 I have no real parts preference.
Overclocking: Yes, would like to make first steps in that.
SLI or Crossfire: Not right now, but I intend to upgrade later, so the PSU should be capable of it.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: mostly I just need a gaming rig which allows me to enjoy the games that I play on high(er) graphic settings with smooth framerates and which hopefully will last for a while. I'd like to hear if the build I arrived at has compatible items, if my choice of memory (slower and more as opposed to faster and less) is sound, if my PSU could handle adding another HD5850 to the rig, and maybe an SSD at some point.

Case: Antec 300

CPU: i5 760

Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro

Cooler: Scythe Mugen-2 Rev. B

RAM: Corsair 2x4 GB 1600 CL9 XMS3
question: in correspondence with Tom's article on upgrading memory I changed a 2x2GB-CL7 kit I had in mind for this one. Is that sound?


HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB

PSU: Cooler Master GX-750
question: would this PSU be up to the task if I added another HD5850 (and an SSD - don't know if they require lots of power) to the system?

Optical: Samsung DVD +/-/RAM S223C

this build is pretty much the limit of my budget so items should - roughly - be replaced by items of equal value. Any help is greatly appreciated :) 
a b 4 Gaming
November 25, 2010 10:09:39 AM

^ Nice selection of parts...
Some suggestions -
1. RAM - How much is the price difference? If it is considerable, then rather stick with the CL 9 as the real-world performance difference wont be so significant...

2. CASE - 300 is a very good case no doubt...what other options do you have in that price range ? HAF 912??

3. PSU - That GX dint garner much good reviews, so I would rather suggest a different one...
650-750W from Corsair/ Antec EA or TP series/ CM Silent PRO/ Silverstone/ Seasonic/ PCP&S/ XFX

4. GPU - How much is the GTX 460 1GB ?? They scale a lot better than the 5850, and 2 in SLI actually perform as good as the 5970, so if they are significantly cheaper, then no issues going with those...
Also what about the HD 6870/ 6850 ?? Even the 6850 scales well compared to the 5850
a b 4 Gaming
November 25, 2010 1:22:17 PM
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November 28, 2010 9:10:10 PM

Thanks so much for the input :) .

About the PSU:
Special thanks for the warning about the one I had selected. I'll go for the recommended Corsair TX750W.

About the case:
@gkay09: I checked out the HAF 912, thanks for the suggestion, but the no-frills look of the Antec 300 is more up my alley.

About the GPU:
You guys have convinced me to shell out a bit more for an HD 6870.

About the memory:
I checked out faster 2x4GB kits than the one listed in my build and they are *way* out of my budget. So the original question remains, and there was conflicting advice there :ange:  . I was afraid that this was going to be the most difficult one. So the question remains whether to go for a slower (CL9) 2x4GB kit (somewhat in correspondence to the THW article about upgrading memory) or a faster CL7 2x2GB kit.

The 2x4GB RAM kit I'm eyeing is:
Corsair 2x4GB, DDR3, PC12800, CL9, XMS3 (9-9-9-24) ~130 euros

2x2GB RAM kit alternatives would be (for example):
Corsair 2x2GB, DDR3, PC12800 (1600), CL7, Dominator (7-8-7-20) ~100 euros
Kingston 2x2GB, DDR3, PC10600 (1333), CL7, HyperX (7-7-7-20) ~90 euros

Anyone know what would be wisdom here? Any input greatly appreciated of course :) 
November 29, 2010 11:10:59 AM

Thanks for linking that tool. I entered the motherboard I have picked and it advised me to go for 4GB - 1333 - CL9 modules. Another source advising to pick a slower 8GB kit over a faster 4GB one :)