£650 i5 Balanced Build (review & suggest)

Hi everyone,

I know this is my first post and i've only just joined, but in reality i've been a member of this forum for a few years (have been browsing the forums for a long time). I promise, I wont just use it for requesting help and I will do my best to offer help to those who need it in the future.

But for the time being, it is your help I need. Could you please review the build I've made here, and make any suggestions for different parts.


Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: £600-£700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching Blu-rays on HDTV, Surfing the Internet, Premier Elements, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Visual .NET, Very Infrequent Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: novatech.co.uk, scan.co.uk, aria.co.uk, lambda-tek.co.uk

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel I5-760, Intel X-25 V 40GB.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 on Main Monitor, 1920x1080 on HDTV

Additional Comments: MATX Mobo.

It may seem overskill for what I require (very little gaming), but I would like this computer to last me around 4 years which is why I've gone for the parts I have.


i5-760 - £147 - http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Intel+Core+i5+760+2.8GHz+%28Lynnfield%29+%28Socket+LGA1156%29+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=40924

Intel X-25 V 40GB - £76 - http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/Intel+X25-V+Value+40GB+2.5%22+SATA-II+Solid+State+Hard+Drive+-+Retail+?productId=39253

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W - £50 - http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/Modular+650W+or+less/OCZ+ModXStream+Pro+500W+Modular+Silent+SLI%2FCrossfire+Ready+ATX2.2+Power+Supply+?productId=33610

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - £33 - http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/Serial+ATA/Samsung+HD502HJ++F3+500GB+3.5%22+SATA+II+Hard+Drive+?productId=37759

G.SKILL RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) - £78 - http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3+Dual+Channel+%E2%80%93+1600MHz+%2F+PC3-12800/G.SKILL+RipJaw+4GB+%282x2GB%29+DDR3+PC3-12800C8+1600MHz+Dual+Channel+Kit+?productId=37613

Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 MOBO - £90 - http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/motherboards/intel1156p55chipsetfori78series/gigabyte/ga-p55m-ud2.html

ANTEC 300 - £47 - http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cases/cases/0761345-08300-3.html

LG BH10LS30 Blu-ray - £85 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-BH10LS30-AUAU10B-Internal-BDRW-Software/dp/B00366LT82/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1284633104&sr=1-2

GPU - No idea. Want to be able to play Blu-rays so HDCP compatible? Want the option to play a few games so am looking to spend around £70-£90.

Total = £606 + GPU

Thanks for your help in advance.

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  1. Quote:
    It may seem overskill for what I require (very little gaming), but I would like this computer to last me around 4 years which is why I've gone for the parts I have.

    Note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI...
  2. The GT250 is an older model, there is no reason to get one and risk incompatibility since there are so many other good choices.
  3. Yea, better off getting one of the cheaper GTS 450s. Altho I think I would get the 5670 looking at your uses.
  4. @batuchka: thanks for the info. I did know that the Sandy Bridge CPUs were coming out soon, but I have no intention of upgrading if I get an i5-760. I would just replace it with a new mobo in 4yrs time so I don't think it makes much difference to me.

    @infernox_01 & @Silvune: thank you for your recommendations. The HD 5670 appears to be something you both agree on recommending to me. If there are no other recommendations before friday evening then I will probably go with this.

    To everyone else, any other suggestions for GPU's? Also, I'd like some reviews about the rest of the system I've chosen? Is it all compatible and look like a good, sensible build to you?


  5. The 450 is substantially faster than the 5670 and the price difference isnt very large ($130 vs $100). The 450 seems to be able to give even the more expensive 5770 a challenge. Since you mentioned gaming, I think it would be a smart investment rather than deciding you need a new graphics card in 2 years because you want to play games at better resolutions/settings.
  6. @dndhatcher: good point. i thought that i could get the 5670 for £55 from infernox_01's post but actually it appears that the cheapest I can get it is for £80 and the gts 450 I can get for £100 so maybe I should go for the Nvidia route.

    @davcon: I did some benchmarks for i5-750 vs 1055t on anandtech - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/147?vs=109 and just reading general reviews. To me, the 1055t doesn't appear to be much more suited to the apps i've mentioned. I feel that the 6 cores of the 1055t would probably only benefit somebody who is really doing some hardcore, professional use of those programs, whereas I will just be using them leisurely. For general use, I believe the consensus is that the i5 is the better processor which is why I have decided to go with that one.
  7. what do you mean the cheapest you can get it for is £80? if you dont like scan or xfx then ebuyer have the sapphire version for £70 and aria have it for £68. i think the 512mb version will be fine.



    if your looking at the gts450 at £100, i would also recommend the 5770 davcon suggested instead.
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