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The 5770 1GB

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October 17, 2010 3:41:29 PM

I'm getting a new PC in a few weeks (:) ) and I'm pretty set on a certain build. I was just wondering what everyone though of these:

Win- 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition 3.20GHz
4GB Samsung DDR3 Dual 1333MHz (2x2GB)
1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770
1TB Serial ATA (7200rpm)
450W Quiet 80 Plus Dual Rail PSU
Sound Blaster Audigy SE

I was mainly curious as to whether or not the 450W would be enough with the 5770, but also- how well would this handle most games? I'm not a hardcore gamer but I want to play most games on at least medium settings, and less demanding games like Sims 3 on highest settings.

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October 17, 2010 3:58:22 PM

What mobo? What's the PSU brand? Is that a brand PC (prebuilt)? Skip the soundcard, it's old not very good.
October 17, 2010 4:11:46 PM

mosox said:
What mobo? What's the PSU brand? Is that a brand PC (prebuilt)? Skip the soundcard, it's old not very good.


It's a pcspecialist custom build, the motherboard is an ASUS M4A78LT -M: mATX MAINBOARD, DDR3, USB 2.0, SATA 3.0Gb/s and I'm afraid it doesn't say the brand of PSU. It just says 450W Quiet 80 PLUS Dual Rail PSU + 120 mm Case Fan
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October 17, 2010 4:15:29 PM

Can't you get the parts and build it yourself, it's not hard and it's cheaper.
October 17, 2010 4:15:42 PM

You will probably find the motherboards onboard sound better than the Soundblaster, so I'd leave it out as well and use the money saved to get a good quality PSU: Antec, Corsair, OCZ, Seasonic and Silverstone are all highly recommended and 450 Watts from any of these will easily run this new build.
The HD5770 is fine at medium/high for most games, even at 1080 resolution, only struggling with DX11 and higher settings.
If you are concerned abouit performance, check the GTX460 from Nvidia, it's a fair bit faster than the HD5770, although-surprisingly ;) - more expensive.
October 17, 2010 4:25:37 PM

Thanks for your advice coozie; I changed the sound back to the onboard option, and now I could afford to upgrade the PSU to 600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU - do you think I should?
October 17, 2010 4:32:39 PM

Link that site.
October 17, 2010 5:32:08 PM

I've run a few numbers through this power calculator:

http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

and with extra fans and drives (two each)the numbers still come up well within the capacity of the 450W unit.
I'd say you're good to go with the build as specified, (minus the soundcard ;)  ), but would suggest you up the PSU to the 600W unit, this will give you some headroom for overclocking/extra hardware/upgrades later on.
If it is within budget I'd also suggest you replace the HD5770 with a 768Mb GTX460, it's not that much faster under DX10 and below but handles DX11 better.
October 17, 2010 5:35:54 PM

... Bump. Anyone else got some advice? :) 
October 17, 2010 6:26:52 PM

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