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First build - Tier 4ish Gaming and Web PC
09-13-2011, 11:40 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-18-2011, 10:22 AM by Sparrowman.)
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First build - Tier 4ish Gaming and Web PC
Hi,

I'm trying to retire my six year old laptop and I'm looking to build a PC that will last me (possibly with a few upgrades) for a good few years.

I'm in the UK, so I dont think I can use newegg. I have sourced most parts from dabs.com. For this reason, although based on the list of parts for the budget gaming/web PC, some parts vary due to avaiability.

I will be using the PC for gaming (not top end stuff) and some photo/video editing. Possibly some other 3D programs that tend to be quite memory intensive.

Here is the build:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz Black Edition AM3 Socket L2/L3 8MB

(instead of AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Black Edition Socket AM3 L2/L3 6MB)

Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 990X SB950 DDR3 ATX

RAM: Corsair Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 Red

(instead ofPatriot Memory 8GB (2x4GB) Division2 G2 Series 1600MHz DDR3)

Video Card: Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon HD 6870 900MHz 1GB PCI-Express DVI HDMI + 2 x mDP

Storage: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200rpm SATA 3Gb/s 32MB

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7260S-0B 24X DVD/RW SATA Burner Optical Drive

PSU: Antec 620W High Current Gamer 80plus Bronze PSU

Case: NZXT GUARDIAN 921 - Mid tower - ATX - no power supply ( ATX12V/ PS/2 ) - black - USB/Audio/E-SATA


Total build price = £601.88 (about $950)

(This ends up being about $200 more expensive than newegg)

I intend to get a monitor (20-22 inch) with an HDMI connection (and whatever else it has) as I plan on using the screen for consol gaming aswell. I would also like to add a second monitor at somepoint (when money allows). Windows 7 (64 bit to allow for more RAM) will most likely be used.

I have selected 8GB RAM rather than 4GB as its only a small price jump.

Cooling (CPU?), sound and network connections, I'm happy to use the onboard stuff if possible.

I was wondering:

1. Would this build fit/work together?
2. Are there any parts that don't fit performance wise with the rest.
3. Is the PSU the correct size? I looked at the power calculator and added to it to be on the safe side (and allow for any upgrades).
4. Is additional cooling required for the CPU? or anywhere/thing else?
5. Is it worth getting a sound card, or is onboard decent enough?


Thanks.

EDIT: changed CPU and RAM
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09-20-2011, 01:22 AM,
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RE: First build - Tier 4ish Gaming and Web PC
everything looks fine to me.
cm hyper 212+ is best budget cooler.
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09-20-2011, 05:18 AM,
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RE: First build - Tier 4ish Gaming and Web PC
(09-20-2011, 01:22 AM)sasikanth8 Wrote: everything looks fine to me.
cm hyper 212+ is best budget cooler.

Thanks. I'll hopefully get it al ordered in the next few days Smile

So you'd suggest that I get a cooler then?
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09-20-2011, 05:53 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-20-2011, 05:55 AM by MathieuB.)
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RE: First build - Tier 4ish Gaming and Web PC
Seeing that you intend to keep your PC for several years, I'd look into getting an Intel Core i5-2500 processor instead as it completely outperform the Phenom II X4 965 (See quick performance comparison here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=288 ). Also, Intel's future Ivy Bridge CPUs will be an upgrade path for your PC down the road.

Of course, keep in mind that this means changing the motherboard to a LGA1155 model to match the CPU.

Other than that, everything looks fine to me. PSU is plenty powerful enough. Cooling will be fine, but consider an after-market CPU Cooler, such as the Corsair A50 or Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, which are fairly inexpensive and will provide better cooling performance while also being less noisy that the stock CPU Cooler. The stock cooler does provide adequate cooling though.

As for the sound card, that's a personal matter. Onboard sound as quite improved in the last years. To figure it out, here's what I'd say to you:
If you're happy with say, compressed MP3s and stock Apple earbuds, onboard sound will be fine.
If you must have high-quality speakers/headphones and lossless music, you'll want a sound card.

If you care for high-quality sound reproduction and expect your PC to be your main audio/video source, get a sound card. If all you listen to is the odd MP3 and Youtube video here and there, onboard is fine.

Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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09-20-2011, 08:53 AM,
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RE: First build - Tier 4ish Gaming and Web PC
Thanks. Looks like a nice processor. Adds a bit to the price though.

I chose the motherboard as its the same price range and appears to have very similar features to the one I had selected originally.

The coolers appear to be about the same price.. assuming they will both fit is there one thats better than the other?

So if I swich out the CPU and motherboard, probably give the sound card a miss for now. That brings my parts list to:

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB
Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA1155 Intel P67 DDR3 ATX
RAM: Corsair Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 Red
Video Card: Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon HD 6870 900MHz 1GB PCI-Express DVI HDMI + 2 x mDP
Storage: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200rpm SATA 3Gb/s 32MB
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7260S-0B 24X DVD/RW SATA Burner Optical Drive
PSU: Antec 620W High Current Gamer 80plus Bronze PSU
Case: NZXT GUARDIAN 921 - Mid tower - ATX - no power supply ( ATX12V/ PS/2 ) - black - USB/Audio/E-SATA
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