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£650 i5 Balanced Build (review & suggest)

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September 16, 2010 10:50:13 AM

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:,,,

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 -

Intel X-25 V 40GB - £76 -

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W - £50 -

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - £33 -

G.SKILL RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) - £78 -

Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 MOBO - £90 -

ANTEC 300 - £47 -

LG BH10LS30 Blu-ray - £85 -

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.

September 16, 2010 10:54:12 AM

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...
September 16, 2010 1:17:01 PM

this xfx HD5670 from scan for £55 should do alright since its light gaming.

on the higher end of your gpu budget you got the xfx HD5750 for £91.

theres the gainward gts 250 for £92.

pushing the budget but theres also this kfa2 gts 450 overclocked edition for £101.

last card is the HD5770 from xfx for £106.
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September 16, 2010 5:48:54 PM

The GT250 is an older model, there is no reason to get one and risk incompatibility since there are so many other good choices.
September 16, 2010 6:39:18 PM

Yea, better off getting one of the cheaper GTS 450s. Altho I think I would get the 5670 looking at your uses.
September 16, 2010 9:59:27 PM

@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?


September 16, 2010 10:35:39 PM

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.
September 17, 2010 1:37:38 AM

Why wouldn't you build an AMD rig? it's more suited for the apps you've listed and cheaper.
1055t is equivilant to an Intel i7 860 when running hyperthreading and multitasking apps.
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.80GHz (Socket AM3) Processor -£152.74

Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AMD 880 (Socket AM3) DDR3 -£83.41

Best buy for a gpu
XFX HD 5770-£106.42
September 17, 2010 8:46:33 AM

@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 - 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.