What do you think of this build?

hey i was wondering what you guys think of this build and will it be stable enough with the power supply i plan on using it as an entry gaming computer. Any feed back would be nice (:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W Retail Box

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3 AMD870 AMDSB850 ATX AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI RAID USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard

Vcard:EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Fpb 951MHZ 1024MB 4356MHZ GDDR5 2XDVI-I Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Case/PSU: Coolermaster USP 100 ATX Mid-Tower Case RED/BLACK 4X5.25 1X3.25 6X3.5INT Front USB Audio W/ 550W PSU

Extra cooling: 2 Coolermaster R4-L2R-20 120MM Red LED Case Fan 2000RPM 69CFM 19DBA 3/4 Pin


Windows 7 64 bit

And a 500g seagate hardrive ive got kicken round the house

So if there's any problems with this build or any upgrades you think i should do just post (:
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117
  2. Which PSU do you plan on using? Do you plan on SLI or CrossFireX?

    The 550 is a good card and all but the Radeon 6850 is the same price and good as well, didnt know if you perfer Nvidia over Radeon but since you were getting AMD i didnt know if you wanted to go ahead and go AMD on the card as well.
  3. It would be helpful to list what kind of games you would like to play on it. In addition, you should probably tell us what resolution you play on.

    I don't know if you want to upgrade the CPU in the future, because if you do, I would suggest an AM3+ board instead.
  4. With a 550 W you'll be close to the edge. With one not very power hungry videocard it will definitely work if the PSU is of a quality, but you risk for example your computer to go down with every considerable variation in the electric current of the power grid. So - it will work, will it be good depends of the quality of the power grid in the area, where your computer is. More powerfull PSUs have more "inertia" + more room, so they are considerably more stabile on external current variations /this especially changes, along with the price, somewhere between 500 and 600W as the PSUs of up to 500-550 W are kind of considered to be a mainstream product while these with greater power are more enthusiastic oriented thus made with some extra quality in them, even if they are of the same type/.
  5. I prefer Nvidia and no sli or crossfire and i was planning on using the built in power supply but if its not quite stable enough what Wattage of power supply would you recommend? And im not planning on playing any of the very high end games on highest quality settings i just want this computer as an entry level gamer so any upgrads other than the PSU and motherboard
  6. Per the NCIX site, although the pic is of something different, your case comes with an Extreme Power Plus PSU; which is an overrated turd ( http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Power-Plus-550-W-Power-Supply-Review/969/9 ). A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch), and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands.
    Second, if you go with an AMD system, get an AM3+ motherboard, which can be upgraded to a Bulldozer CPU if that proves worthwhile. Also, most of the 900-series chipset boards support SLI (in case you want to add a second GTX550Ti), but the 800-series boards do not. Otherwise, your best sure bet would be to build an Intel Core-i5 system on a Z68 mobo.

    Edit: As to wattage, a quality 550W PSU should be able to run any single GPU out there; 450W would be plenty for a single GTX550Ti.
  7. "Edit: As to wattage, a quality 550W PSU should be able to run any single GPU out there; 450W would be plenty for a single GTX550Ti."
    Just to add on this - a 450W active PSU of a quality will actually be any way better as a "550" W piece of garbage.
    And although I am not a guy for the brands generally, about PSUs it actually matters - it may damage much more expensive components.
  8. Do you think you could reccommend me a quality PSU for around 50 60 bucks? And im planning on Changing my mother board so it supports AM3+. But im not planning on ever running SLI.
  9. The Antec Earthwatts series may be in that range, or Corsair "Builder."
  10. So i changed a few things what do you guys think?

    Case: Azza Toledo 301 ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT 120MM Blue LED Fans Window N *IR-$5*

    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-500CXV2 500W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Wrty*

    Motherboard: Gigabyte 78LMT-S2P AMD760G mATX AM3 AM3+ 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI DDR3 SATA2 DVI GBLAN Motherboard

    Again what do you guys think and is it all compatible
  11. If you're building an AMD system, you should get a socket AM3+ motherboard to allow a potential upgrade to Bulldozer. Also, you'll want USB3.0.
    I can't comment on the case since that is such a personal choice item.
    The PSU will be fine.
  12. Is the above motherboard not a AM3+ because it does claim so in the specs
  13. Hmmm, that DOES have the black AM3+ socket, although the older chipset won't support some Bulldozer features (some dealing with power saving and related functions that may not mean anything to you, but also probably includes the turbo features).
  14. well im not planning on upgrading real soon so its not that big of a deal to me
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