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May 17, 2011 7:42:58 PM

Hi I was wondering whether this build would work?

apphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor

Corsair Builder Series CX 500W ATX Power Supply

Xigmatek Midgard Midi Tower - Black

Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2 High Performance Quiet CPU

Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache

Asus Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-Express Sound Card

Asus P8H67 - M EVO Intel H67 (socket 1155) DDR3 Micro - ATX motherboard

As you can see I am gunu use it as a gaming pc would anyone recommend other parts instead of those above, my max spend is around £875 and this is with the operating system which isn't above. (the above costs around £720)

Cheers any help would be appreciated :D 

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May 17, 2011 11:33:54 PM

Do you really need the sound card? You can just use the motherboard's on-board sound.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2011 7:48:25 AM

Welcome to the forum. I would drop the 2500K or the H67 chipset, and change to either a P67/Z68 or plain 2500 (not unlocked) or lower. Also, you may want to dedicate a little more of the money towards a higher end GPU, depending on your resolution. Also, if you choose not to overclock that aftermarket HSF won't be necessary. And yes, you most likely won't require a discrete sound card.
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May 18, 2011 8:27:29 AM

Reduce the RAM to 4gb and put that money into your GPU.
Dump the sound card.

The PSU is whatevers, try and find a deal on something with legit reviews. Just type in a PSU name and the wattage and review and you can tell if a PSU is good.

Example: Your PSU is OKAYYY. Not rock solid.

http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/837679-psa-cors...
http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/837679-psa-cors...

For that money you SHOULD be able to get way better parts. I don't know the cost in Britain but I'm guessing it's the same! I'm in the US and for $650 after rebates, I got:

AMD Phenom II 955
HIS 5850 (starting to be a little dated but runs 1080p fine!)
4gb G.Skill
OCZ Vertex 30gb SSD
Samsung Spinpoint F4
OCZ StealthxStreamII 600w
CM Elite 430 Case
May 18, 2011 3:15:18 PM

Thanks for the comments, I have taken away the sound card, put the intel i5 to 2500 and replaced the motherboard with the P67. Also got the CX400w PSU and reduced the RAM to 4gb :D  But I'm stuck on what GPU would be good for around 200 - 250? thanks
May 18, 2011 3:33:55 PM

It seems like a lot of people are recommending GeForce 560 or 560 Ti for around that price. I'm shopping for one too so I don't really have a solid recommendation. If I were you, I would decide on the GPU and let that dictate what PSU you get. Figure out the minimum recommended wattage for the GPU and maybe add 50 or 100W just for good measure. For instance, the 560 ti recommends a 500W minimum.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2011 12:27:03 AM

^+1. If you want Nvidia then a 560TI would be nice, otherwise maybe a 6950. That's a tad over your budget though so you may have to look at a 6870 instead. It would also probably be best to get a more powerful PSU as eight said.
May 19, 2011 4:13:10 PM

Is there a difference between a zotact Geoforce GTX 470 and the Winfast GTX 470?
a b B Homebuilt system
May 20, 2011 12:12:47 AM

I wouldn't really recommend a 470 right now...
May 20, 2011 1:04:40 AM

Stewpot_03 said:
Is there a difference between a zotact Geoforce GTX 470 and the Winfast GTX 470?


There might be a clock speed difference or something. Look at the specs. Most of the time, there isn't a practical difference between brands (as long as the specs on the cards are the same). You should look at reviews though. Some specific brands or cards have issues which should be reflected in their reviews.
May 21, 2011 3:01:03 PM

jbakerlent said:
I wouldn't really recommend a 470 right now...

a b B Homebuilt system
May 21, 2011 10:21:35 PM

It's outperformed by the 560TI which is also quieter and uses less power.
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