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February 8, 2011 12:06:31 PM

Hi guys,

I have built before but not for a number of years, so apologies for any glaring errors....

Was wondering what you guys thought generally about this setup, I've tried to group the purchases from a single vendor for convenience......

Let me know what you guys think?


- AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Six Core 3.2GHz Socket AM3 - £138.32


- Novatech ATI Radeon 5750 1024MB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Graphics Card - £71.65

- Corsair XMS3 TwinX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit - £33.33

- Asus M4A88T-V EVO AMD 880G (Socket AM3) Motherboard - £68.82

- Corsair CX 600W ATX2.2 Power Supply - £44.99

- Novatech Tsunami Tower Case - Black -NO PSU - £16.65

- Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler - £15.31

- Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x DVD+/-RW Lightscribe SATA - OEM - £14.16

- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive SATA II 300MB/s 11ms 7200rpm - OEM - £25.00

- Arctic Silver 5 Premium Thermal Paste - 3.5g - £5.52


Total - £515

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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2011 1:12:00 PM

Hello KB;
That is a beastly build for sure. Too much GPU and too little GPU for a balanced build.

You can drop the AS5 thermal compound. The AC Freezer7 Pro has excellent thermal compound (AC MX-2) pre-applied and in the right amount and pattern for install.
I think you use that poundage saved to get a 2nd case fan for the Tsunami.

To get a better balanced gaming rig swap around the CPU/GPU price ratios a bit.
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz £106
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6850 £140

If you need to trim about £36 quid or a smidge more: Triple Core Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz £60
The Athlon II X3 450 and Radeon HD 6850 will be a really well balanced gaming rig. And still Beastly for excellent gaming IMO.

And Bob is again your Uncle.

February 8, 2011 1:33:16 PM

So what I have gone for in the end is:

- Novatech Barebone Bundle - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T - 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz - AMD 880 Motherboard - Antec 300 Case & Novatech PowerStation Gaming 500W Silent ATX2 Modular - £389

- NOV-5770 Novatech ATI Radeon 5770 1024MB GDDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Graphics Card - £95

- Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x DVD+/-RW Lightscribe SATA - OEM - £14.16

- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive SATA II 300MB/s 11ms 7200rpm - OEM - £25.00

Total - £530 approx


I figure that going with x6 means i've got something for the future that i can upgrade with a new gfx card and some ram....?

Also i've taken on board what you said about the original card being duff some i've gone with something a little higher, though from what i've read the 5770 is a considerable improvement....
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2011 1:57:16 PM

HD 5770 is a decent video card for a 1280x1024 or 1366x768 resolution LCD monitor.
What are you using?
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2011 1:59:06 PM

I have to be honest......
I wouldn't have let a friend spend his money the way you did.
February 8, 2011 2:23:55 PM

im using 1440x990.

Is it the price or the cpu heavyness you're concerned about?

I bought my current rig 3 years ago and has Core 2 duo 3ghz. Coupled with a gefore 9500 gt. Its really starting to show its age and that cost me more than the set up i've just purchased.

I was really looking for something that would be easy to upgrade in a couple of years.

a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2011 2:27:03 PM

Whaooooo....... nelly!

All your current system needs is a new GPU!! A new video card.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2011 2:28:17 PM

Can you cancel the order and just get the HD 5770 video card?
What power supply is in your current C2D machine?
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2011 2:30:58 PM

Here is what I'm thinking now.
A new HD 5770 and a decent PSU if needed....

If you're not happy with the upgraded performance you can STILL move on with your upgrade plan moving the video card and PSU into the new system.


The AM3 motherboard you're thinking about won't take the future AMD processors due out later this year. It's what some would call a 'dead socket' since there is no future upgrade path.

If the new video card and power supply can tide you over till the new Bulldozer/LLano parts are available later this year... or the new Sandy Bridge CPUs/MBs go back on sale.... you'll have just a whole lot more future upgrade options.
February 8, 2011 3:31:51 PM

Well i could potentially send the order back when it arrives tomorrow.

Are you sure c2d isn't now obsolete?

But then i wont need to upgrade the processor for a long time to come, i assume the am3 socket wont affect the gpu?

Ultimately what I want is to be able to play games smoothly at pretty much near their best for the next few years.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2011 8:21:18 PM

Here is a comparison of the C2D E8400 3.0Ghz with the Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2011 8:25:25 PM


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