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June 13, 2011 1:25:27 AM

hi its my first build i was wondering if someone could tell me if everything i have chosen is compatible and if there is any alterations you might suggest, so here goes:

Processor: AMD Athlon II x3 455 3.3Ghz -

Mobo: MSI 880GMA-E45 -

RAM: 4GB Kingston Hyperx Blu 1333mhz -

HD: WD Caviar Black 1TB -

Case: NZXT Vulcan -


GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 -

Total Cost: $520

Two things im not to sure on are the GPU and the PSU. Will the GPU first of all fit the mobo due to the card being 2.1 PCIe and the mobo being 2.0 PCIe and is it a decent GPU cause there is an unbelievable amount of options like whether to choose 1GB GDDR3 or 512MB GDDR5 and whether i'll really even need one as i will probably not be playing a lot of games will mainly be for 1080p movies. The PSU i was advised i needed one greater than 600w but in my opinion i think is a bit much, will i really need over 600w.

Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance :) 

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June 13, 2011 1:32:50 AM

Is this for gaming or casual use?

Also this cpu is much better I have a althon 2 x4 2.9@ 3.0 and i love it you really should get a x4 it's like 20$ more

As for the PSU it's fine though something like this is more reliable

Could you also put in like a extra 30-40 $ for this the 4850 is STILL a great card and your PSU will run it fine.

That video card is weak if you are gaming, a ati 4850 is your zone.
June 13, 2011 1:33:36 AM

Mainly for casual with a bit of gaming but only at low resolutions
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June 13, 2011 1:38:54 AM

BTW that mobo is out of stock lol
June 13, 2011 1:40:48 AM

i only linked to newegg for easy im actually from the uk. i heard that with the mobo it can unlock the hidden fourth core on the x3 455 so it is effectively a quad core. thanks for the advice on graphics :) 
June 13, 2011 1:44:42 AM

What games you play? Cuz a 4850 can play a lot of games on highest resolution and highest settings and with your rig every game you will proably get 60 fps or more. a 5570 is weak a 4850 will do the job. What is your monitor size?
June 13, 2011 1:48:08 AM

battlefield and the likes. might try crysis 2 do you think the system is up to it?? i was just gonna link it up via HDMI to my 32 inch sony bravia so 1080p at most
June 13, 2011 1:54:28 AM

I ran crysis 2 on my 9500 gt which sucks compared to my 5770 but yeah tht system could nuke crysis 2 and battle field the 4850 is my past card but my mobo fried it no need to worry it was my fault because the card touched the south bridge heatsink. But that MOBO won't have the same problem as I did by looking at it that card will be awesome and play all your games on highest settings and resolution. But wait this is much better and the same price! The 260 is a good card and play everything better than the 4850.
June 13, 2011 1:59:47 AM

is there difference in the make of the graphics cards cause there does seem to be a bit of variation in price for what looks to be the same card. sapphire cards tend to be the cheapest is there a reason why?
June 13, 2011 2:17:50 AM

A 240 gt will do the job play crysis and battlefield fine and the HD will be awesome in england it is 40.02 pounds (65$ in us) That card is cheap and good for what is needed for. And shipping included is approx. 56.63 not that bad for a card.
June 13, 2011 2:32:48 AM

thanks for all your help. i gotta get some sleep before i get up in 4 hours if you have any other advice just post it here and i'll get it tomoro. but thanks for the guidance :) 
June 13, 2011 10:45:42 AM

But yeah if you could bang some money for the 4850 you'll be much happier by the performance.
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June 13, 2011 1:42:45 PM

dont buy MSI there rubbish

ASUS or Gigabyte
June 13, 2011 8:06:35 PM

apache_lives said:
dont buy MSI there rubbish

ASUS or Gigabyte

That is a opinion personally i like them it's fine plus you have no proof.