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Is this all compatible? Gaming desktop build

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September 22, 2012 3:08:36 PM

Hi everyone this is my first pc build and I want to ask if all these components are going to work with each other thank you. I have a monitor and a copy of Windows 7 already purchased.

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition 3.4Ghz = £72.11

MOUTHERBOARD: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard = £48.66

RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 (2x4GB) = £35.40

GPU: Asus nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB = £90.49

HDD: Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB = £59.98

CASE: CiT Vantage Midi Mesh Gaming Case with NO PSU! = £30.99

PSU: CiT 550W PSU Black Edition = £24

OPTICAL DISK: Samsung 22x SH-222AB Disk drive DVD/RW = £14.95

= £376.58

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September 22, 2012 3:31:45 PM

Anonymous said:
please do NOT get that power supply. it is an unreliable brand; low end manufactorer. it may run fine or it may turn into a flaming brick.

i know this is twice the price but i highly recommend this one for your consideration.
XFX P1-550S-XXB9 PRO550W Core Edition Power Supply £55.20

and this card will perform around ~15% better than the 550ti:
XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7770 AMD Graphics Card - 1GB £89.72 Inc VAT

funny how the card is XFX also . .


Thanks for the note about the PSU, but it says that that Radeon 7770 graphics card is GDDR5 but my Asus Motherboard which I'm going to buy is GDDR3 and is AM3+, will both be compatible with each other?
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September 22, 2012 3:35:53 PM

I "second" the opinion of "looniam" on the suggestion of a better PSU...except for the choice of GPU. I compared the two on hardware.com and the Geforce 550Ti is technically faster but I believe the HD7770 may overclock better. I would recommend a Radeon HD6850 which is close in cost...and much faster than either one.
September 22, 2012 3:40:14 PM

I want to keep on budget and most Radeon 6850 seem to be out of stock on amazon.co.uk anyway and I really dont want to buy used models.
September 22, 2012 3:57:16 PM

The 7770 is equal to the 6850. And we know that the 6850 beats the 550Ti.
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September 22, 2012 4:42:48 PM

there will be no compatibility problem with the card's ddr5 and the motherboard's ddr3; the gpu uses the ddr5 and the cpu uses the ddr3 separately. (they each need their own and not use the other's)

also the 7770 is far superior to the 550ti and it does sort of pain me to say the 7750 comes close. but i got my 550ti long before the 77xx releases but if i was in the market to get an entry gaming gpu today i would be looking at the 7770.

though it is for a gtx650 review here is a benchmark that shows the general performance difference between the 550ti and 7770:

review is here:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_650_Power_Ed...
September 22, 2012 4:58:03 PM

Anonymous said:
there will be no compatibility problem with the card's ddr5 and the motherboard's ddr3; the gpu uses the ddr5 and the cpu uses the ddr3 separately. (they each need their own and not use the other's)

also the 7770 is far superior to the 550ti and it does sort of pain me to say the 7750 comes close. but i got my 550ti long before the 77xx releases but if i was in the market to get an entry gaming gpu today i would be looking at the 7770.


Thank you looniam, thats what I wanted to know I didnt want the gpu to be in-compatible with this asus motherboard somehow >.<.

And one final question what wattage do you think the PSU needs to be with everything I have mentioned but with the GPU as the Radeon 7770? I've had a look on amazon.co.uk and I've found an Asus Radeon 7770 1GB for £98. I think thats the one I'll go for, here it is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-DirectCU-CrossFireX-Techno...
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September 22, 2012 5:13:50 PM

Pylin said:
Thank you looniam, thats what I wanted to know I didnt want the gpu to be in-compatible with this asus motherboard somehow >.<.

And one final question what wattage do you think the PSU needs to be with everything I have mentioned but with the GPU as the Radeon 7770? I've had a look on amazon.co.uk and I've found an Asus Radeon 7770 1GB for £98. I think thats the one I'll go for, here it is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-DirectCU-CrossFireX-Techno...

a 500 - 550 watt PSU is all you need for that set up.

that gpu won't go over 75 watts and believing that since you are not getting a cpu cooler that you won't be overclocking ( or OCing substantially if you do ) that cpu, mobo, RAM and hard drive will stay under 175 watts for 250 watts total:

Corsair 430W V2 CX Series PSU £35.91inc. vat

will do though i suspect some people will freak out, it will be fine for the set up as spec'ed right now. however if you are sure you will be upgrading to a gpu that will need more power later:
Corsair 500W CX V2 PSU £45.81inc. vat

and that XFX 550 will be fine for any cpu/gpu. plus it is made by seasonic; one of the best PSU manufacturers.
September 22, 2012 5:21:47 PM

Anonymous said:
a 500 - 550 watt PSU is all you need for that set up.

that gpu won't go over 75 watts and believing that since you are not getting a cpu cooler that you won't be overclocking ( or OCing substantially if you do ) that cpu, mobo, RAM and hard drive will stay under 175 watts for 250 watts total:

Corsair 430W V2 CX Series PSU £35.91inc. vat

will do though i suspect some people will freak out, it will be fine for the set up as spec'ed right now. however if you are sure you will be upgrading to a gpu that will need more power later:
Corsair 500W CX V2 PSU £45.81inc. vat

and that XFX 550 will be fine for any cpu/gpu. plus it is made by seasonic; one of the best PSU manufacturers.


Thanks again for the help, now all I have to do is order these parts and build the damn thing. Haha cant wait.
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