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First build, compatibility reviews requested

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August 18, 2011 8:41:46 PM

Hey guy's this is my first ever build and i need some help reviewing it.
I'm mainly going to use this for gaming and with a budget of around £350
Right now this comes to a total of around £335.

CPU- AMD Athlon II X4 640 Socket AM3 3GHz 2MB L2 Cache Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/242140-amd-athlon-ii-x4-640-socke...

Power supply- Arctic Power 500W PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/124922-arctic-power-500w-psu-p2-a...

Memory- EXTRA VALUE 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit 1.5V CL9
http://www.ebuyer.com/192049-extra-value-4gb-2x2gb-ddr3...

Motherboard- Asus M4A87TD/USB3 870 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/206152-asus-m4a87td-usb3-870-sock...

Graphics card- HIS HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo Edition 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/264825-his-hd-5770-iceq-5-turbo-e...

Disk drive- Samsung SH-S222AB 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - Retail Box Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/270850-samsung-sh-s222ab-22x-dvd-...

Hard drive- Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-3-5-sata-iii...

I'm using a very old midi case, it has spaces for two 80mm fans but im concerned about ventillation. I don't plan on overclocking so i think it should be fine, but I would like to be certain.

Thank you all in advance for reviews :) 
a c 92 B Homebuilt system
August 18, 2011 8:53:14 PM

I'm guessing you're in England correct?

If so I don't know what components are available power wise, but check out the Corsair Builder Series, it's the only brand of PSU that I really use and recommend. They're nice, solid, well constructed and stable.

I have that same motherboard and it's great. I've never had any issues with it. But if you really want a better CPU the X6 1055T isn't that much more than the X4. The bad thing about AMD ones is that it make take one or two tries before you get one that's good and stable. I had Gigabyte and MSI boards that I tried that failed on me almost immediately.

That Seagate HD is pretty cheap, get a second one if you can and hook it up through RAID 0.

If you can get a good after market fan, do so even if you don't really plan to overclock. Most of the CPU fans that are included with systems are junk to begin with. If you want an inexpensive one, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 is excellent.

As far as video goes check out the 6790, it's a much more recent card than the 5770, and has AMD's excellent Eyefinity technology that will allow you to hook up multiple monitors very easily.
August 18, 2011 9:12:44 PM

Thanks a lot for you're suggestions, i'll have a look at the cooler master, graphics card and psu, but i dont really have to much money to spare for another hard drive and cpu, i'll stick to external hard drives if i go over the 500gb :) 
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
August 18, 2011 10:21:23 PM

raymond24 said:
Thanks a lot for you're suggestions, i'll have a look at the cooler master, graphics card and psu, but i dont really have to much money to spare for another hard drive and cpu, i'll stick to external hard drives if i go over the 500gb :) 


External HDs certainly not a bad way to go.
August 18, 2011 10:21:53 PM

So i'm making changes to the graphics card and psu.

Graphics card- ASUS HD 6850 Direct CU 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port Out Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/244442-asus-hd-6850-direct-cu-1gb...

CPU- Corsair 600W CX Series V2 PSU - 6x SATA 2x PCI-E
http://www.ebuyer.com/269259-corsair-600w-cx-series-v2-...


And i plan to fill the two 80mm fan slots with two of these- 80mm Zalman ZM-F1+ (plus) Quiet Case Fan Speed Adjustable
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/80mm-zalman-zm-f1-quiet-...
a c 92 B Homebuilt system
August 18, 2011 10:34:30 PM

The 6800 is a good choice, I've bought a few of those cards for work.
August 18, 2011 10:45:45 PM

Ah right, thanks again for all the help, will i have any compatibility problems with my current selection?
August 19, 2011 9:19:13 AM

Everything will be compatable in that list. I use a 6850 and it is a good graphics card for the price. My recomedation would be to spend a little more on your CPU as that will probably be the botleneck with your build
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