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May 3, 2011 7:11:18 AM

Hello everyone, I'm finally building my own PC an would like feedback to see if everything is alright... thanks!


Case: Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300

PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 650W ATX 12V Single Rail 53A 24PIN

Heatsink: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink

RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155

DVD drive: Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM

Mobo: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E 2PCI SLI CrossFireX

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E


It comes to around 700 dollars canadian. I have a hard drive and will get windows later. Does everything look good and is compatible? Any suggestions? Any feedback would be welcome :) 

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May 3, 2011 7:17:10 AM

Looks pretty solid to me. For a case in that price range, I would consider the HAF 912 for better space and cable-routing options.

Is that 5850 about at the edge of your graphics budget? You might consider a 6850 for similar performance but improved tessellation and crossfire scaling.

If you do plan to crossfire in the future, you will probably be okay with a 650 Watt power supply.

6850 crossfire power consumption:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-cross...
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May 3, 2011 7:35:19 AM

mortonww said:
Looks pretty solid to me. For a case in that price range, I would consider the HAF 912 for better space and cable-routing options.

Is that 5850 about at the edge of your graphics budget? You might consider a 6850 for similar performance but improved tessellation and crossfire scaling.


I considered the HAF 912 which is 10 dollars more at 60 but decided against it because I honestly didn't like the look (trivial, I know). The antec 300 was on sale anyways. I choose the 5850 because it was a steal at 135 and I read performs at similar levles to the 6850 and sometimes better in some games. I'm probably not going to crossfire even though I have a capable motherboard any time soon but the option is there I guess. Thanks for your input!
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May 3, 2011 7:48:25 AM

For $135, I think you made the right choice. I wasn't aware the 5850's were that cheap now.

Your motherboard will support crossfire at x8/x8, so you're covered if you decide to go that route. Two 5850s will stress a 650 Watt PSU a little more than two 6850's would, so depending on how likely you are to add a second 5850, you might consider a TX750 W unit.
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May 3, 2011 8:04:20 AM

mortonww said:
For $135, I think you made the right choice. I wasn't aware the 5850's were that cheap now.

Your motherboard will support crossfire at x8/x8, so you're covered if you decide to go that route. Two 5850s will stress a 650 Watt PSU a little more than two 6850's would, so depending on how likely you are to add a second 5850, you might consider a TX750 W unit.


Probably won't consider crossfire until I really need the performance boost or I find the 5850 at an even better price. By then, there will probably be way better single card solutions as I don't upgrade often. Thanks again though.
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May 3, 2011 7:48:35 PM

You could probably do with a 450 watt psu. That should save you about 20-30 dollars. I just built a computer with a 550 watt psu, same as everything you have except with a Radeon HD 6970. A few steps up from a 5850..
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May 3, 2011 11:57:05 PM

I think it would be worth the few extra dollars to have a little more breathing room with the 650. Especially once you've Overclocked that 2500k.
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