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Non Overclocked Build

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December 15, 2010 2:08:26 AM

Howdy Chaps.

I'm building a new PC for my little Bro and I don't want to overclock it as he will be heading of to uni and so his PC will not be within support distance. I.e I want it so stable you could throw a virtual brick at it.

Reading around, I've come up with the following components...

Case: Antec Three Hundred (Black)
Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E LX
RAM: Crucial DDR3 PC10600/1333MHz CL9 2x2GB
CPU: Intel Core i5 760 2.8GHz Socket 1156 Box
GFX: PowerColor Radeon HD5670 HDMI 512MB
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 32MB 500GB

However I'm not too sure as to my Power Supply and Cooling requirements if I am not Overclocking. I want to keep the price down but the two options I have listed so far are

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W

Is the PSU too much? Do I even need a cooler?

Any other products at a better price or better performing for same price? I live in NZ but our prices are relatively similar so whatever help you can offer would be great!


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December 15, 2010 2:15:44 AM

^ Yes the PSU is too much for that build,...
If for gaming and @ high resolutions, then change the graphic card to 5770 or higher,...
PSU - 500-550W from Antec EA or ECO or TP Series/ Cooler Master Silent PRO or REal Power series only/ Corsair/ Seasonic/ Silverstone/ PCP&S/ OCZ Fatality or ModExtreme or StealthExtreme II series

And if not partial towards Intel, IMO for a normal gaming and regular usage build, the AMD Phenom II X4s are very good value for money choices,...
December 15, 2010 11:36:45 PM

Awesome thanks gkay09. I just understand more about Intel then AMD so I had just stuck to what I know, but sweet I will take a peak at their prices.

As I am not going to be overclocking this, does anyone think I will need a Cooler?
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December 15, 2010 11:54:47 PM

Nope, Stock cools stock speeds nicely.

I would conisder looking at AMD at this price range.

And the 5670 is an underpowered card, not for gaming at all.
December 16, 2010 12:11:25 AM

Thats pretty sweet then as I can simply swap my budget around and put what I was going to spend on a Cooler onto a GFX card.

How about..

GFX - Gigabyte Radeon HD5770 Super OC HDMI DisplayPort Dual-DVI 1GB
PSU - Corsair CMPSU-520HX 520W
Mobo - Asus P7P55D-E
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 Box
Case - Antec Three Hundred (Black)

So an upgrade of the GFX card and a swap from the Core i5 to the AMD Phenom X4. Also a change in the Mobo from P7P55D-E LX to P7P55D-E.

Does that GFX Card, Processor, or Mobo sound ok? I'd prefer to knock off a few dollars if possible. Aim is not to play games in max resolution or even max settings, but simply have something that'll be up to date enough to play decent new games for the next few years.
December 16, 2010 12:52:58 AM

Cheers sr26. The ASRock 890FX isn't really accessible in poor old NZ just yet.

Any other decently priced recommendations for Mobo? Thanks for the tip about the case. Any recommendations for cases?

Oh and I am looking at the same time, its just awesome getting help from people as well! Cheers all!

*edit* how about the Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 ?

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December 16, 2010 1:57:47 AM

^ Like I said before, AMD Phenoms would offer very good value for money,...
Mobo - That Gigabyte is a very good board, other options
MSI 870A-G54 AM3
So out of these, get the one that is cheaper,...

CASE - The 300 is a very good case, other cheaper options that I would suggest are NZXT Gamma, Antec 200v2 is also fine,...
If you are not able to find good cheaper cases, stick with the 300, you cant go wrong with that case,...

Graphic card - Go with 6850 or higher only if the monitor resolution is high - say 1680x1050 or above else HD 5770 would suffice,...

PSU - Isnt the 520HX costlier ? Check out Corsair 550VX, Silverstone ST50F-ES 500W, Antec EA 500, Antec NEO ECO 520W, Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W, OCZ Fatality 550W,...
December 16, 2010 2:24:25 AM

+1 for gkay09
Good selection of mobos
December 16, 2010 3:45:06 PM

DOnt buy any factory overlcocked cards.
December 16, 2010 8:39:38 PM

Awesome thanks heaps everyone! Have a great Christmas!
December 16, 2010 8:40:11 PM

Best answer selected by pwaark.