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Need new build for Photoshop/gaming, how about this?

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April 16, 2012 12:11:04 AM

I need to put a new rig together because I'm moving countries (to UK). My current system is i5 760 with 16gb ram and a Radeon 5750, it's a few years old but has served me well, I can throw large images (13000px+) around Photoshop and it handles games like BF3 well. I've tried getting up on current recommended components and come up with the following (sourced from www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk)

CoolerMaster Elite 310 Mid Tower
Intel i5 2550K Quad Core 3.4GHz 6MB cache LGA1155
Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Fan
Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 DDR3
128 GB Crucial M4
1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s HD
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) PC10666 DDR3 1333mhz
Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5
PSU Coolermaster 750Watt GX

The total is £935 on a budget of £900.

I'll be getting a 24" monitor (probably Dell 2410, 1920x1200) and a second one a few months later when my finances have recovered, so dual monitor capability is needed (the 7850 seems to support that).

Is a 750 watt PSU over-kill for this system? I doubt I'll ever use crossfire.

Thanks!

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April 16, 2012 12:18:09 AM

Well... how much does the 750W cost? I know a really good, silver rated one called PC power and cooling silencer mk ii 750W silver rated... it's $110 in the US, so I don't know how much it would cost where you're buying it. Also, I'd get DDR3-1600 RAM. Please check that the RAM is 1.5v. Other than that, everything looks great!
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April 16, 2012 12:56:48 AM

The Antec Eartwatts 650w is $50 on Amazon.
Get the i5 2500K and do a VERY easy overclock to surpass the i5 2550K.
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April 16, 2012 1:01:35 AM

Ehh.... I normally stay away from earth watts.
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April 16, 2012 1:13:42 AM

ddan49 said:
Well... how much does the 750W cost? I know a really good, silver rated one called PC power and cooling silencer mk ii 750W silver rated... it's $110 in the US, so I don't know how much it would cost where you're buying it. Also, I'd get DDR3-1600 RAM. Please check that the RAM is 1.5v. Other than that, everything looks great!


The site is actually quite annoying in that regard, only giving relative prices. The 650 watt version is £8 less, so not a big deal.

The 1600 RAM is £68 more for the same 16gb, which isn't bad, but I'll shop around and see what prices are at places like Crucial. It doesn't give the voltage but I'll check that out too, thanks!

Overall I need to find another component site, this is the only UK based one I could find a recommendation for, but not having the prices up there is a pain in the neck.

obsama1 said:
The Antec Eartwatts 650w is $50 on Amazon.
Get the i5 2500K and do a VERY easy overclock to surpass the i5 2550K.


They are running a 'spring special' which involves a free upgrade from the 2500k to the 2550k, so effectively the same price. The 2550k should be overclockable too right?

Cheers!
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April 16, 2012 1:25:40 AM

Earthwatts is a bad idea... especially because they don't ship with a power cable. I'll repeat: THEY DON'T SHIP WITH A POWER CABLE! They say they're going "green" by "letting" you reuse your existing power cable... which makes NO sense at all for new builders (or ANY builder!).
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April 18, 2012 4:30:23 AM

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