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I've been asked by a friend to build a PC for him. He told me it will be mainly used for web browsing and games such as football manager.
Here is what i've got so far:

Processor
Intel Core i3 2100

Motherboard
Asus P8H61-M

Case + PSU
Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU

Optical Drive
LiteOn iHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive

Memory
G-Skill 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module

Hard Drive
Plan on getting one from the OCN marketplace, not decided on capacity yet.

Graphics card
6850

Is there anything i could improve on in this build?
I assume a i3 will be sufficent for this type of usage (web browsing and light gaming)?
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post #2 of 10
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I assume a i3 will be sufficent for this type of usage (web browsing and light gaming)?

The i3 2100 should be fine for his needs. It's "roughly" comparable to a stock i5 750 in game benchmarks.
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That 2100 will be good for entry level stuff, and a upgrade to an ivy bridge later down the road would be great for them.
    
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I've just built my new averagely powered Gaming Pc and only spent around 380 GBP! (See Sig! but had a few parts spare/given to me) The i3 is a great little processor! I've got mine to 4.1Ghz on air cooling with maximum on 55 oc on full load! even beat my mates stock i7 in a few 3D CPU benchmarks and runs every game i've played on it so far perfectly! Def a good shout if you don't want to break the bank but still get great performance! Mine only cost 55 GBP on eBay smile.gif
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post #6 of 10
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Thanks for the advice so far. munaim1 i'll definitely change to one of the PSU's you suggested, will they still be able to power a 6850?
When i bought when a 500W PSU was recommended.

Anyone got any suggestions for a cheap case with good cable management?
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Originally Posted by Kieran View Post

Anyone got any suggestions for a cheap case with good cable management?

The Antec 100 (One Hundred) is pretty cheap, has decent cable management and has a cut out to change the CPU bracket if needed.
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Originally Posted by Kieran View Post

Thanks for the advice so far. munaim1 i'll definitely change to one of the PSU's you suggested, will they still be able to power a 6850?
When i bought when a 500W PSU was recommended.
Anyone got any suggestions for a cheap case with good cable management?

Yeah a quality 400w is enough for a single 6850.

Here's a review of the 6850 power consumption by guru3d:


"Our test system is based on a power hungry Core i7 965 / X58 based. This setup is overclocked to 3.75 GHz. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). On average we are using roughly 50 to 100 Watts more than a standard PC due to higher CPU clock settings, cooling, additional cold cathode lights etc."

Measured power consumption one 6850card

System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 278W (from the wall)

The GPU alone pulled just below 300w from the wall, if you take into account the PSU efficieny of 85% that power draw would be 236w, they also recommend adding a further 100/150w for the rest of the system (cpu load included). So total power consumption at full load would be around 330-380w give or take. The Corsair 430w would be ideal. smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post

Yeah a quality 400w is enough for a single 6850.
Here's a review of the 6850 power consumption by guru3d:
"Our test system is based on a power hungry Core i7 965 / X58 based. This setup is overclocked to 3.75 GHz. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). On average we are using roughly 50 to 100 Watts more than a standard PC due to higher CPU clock settings, cooling, additional cold cathode lights etc."
Measured power consumption one 6850card
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 278W (from the wall)
The GPU alone pulled just below 300w from the wall, if you take into account the PSU efficieny of 85% that power draw would be 236w, they also recommend adding a further 100/150w for the rest of the system (cpu load included). So total power consumption at full load would be around 330-380w give or take. The Corsair 430w would be ideal. smile.gif

Corsair 430W it is then!
Just remembered that my friend is moving from a laptop so he will need a screen and a keyboard and mouse. In order to save money i'm thinking about using the 6850 i have for this build, i will be upgrading soon anyway!

Here are the monitor and keyboard and mouse i have found:

LG 18.5" - http://www.ebuyer.com/276285-lg-e1960s-tft-led-18-5-vga-monitor-e1960s-pn-aeu

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 - http://www.ebuyer.com/236995-microsoft-wireless-desktop-800-keyboard-mouse-2lf-00021

I've also decided on this case for the build. I've used it before in another friends build and it had great cable management, lots of mounts for case fans, dust filters and space for 5 hard drives.
http://www.ebuyer.com/239059-casecom-5788-black-mid-tower-case-with-full-black-interior-exterior-120mm-km-5788
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post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kieran View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post

Yeah a quality 400w is enough for a single 6850.
Here's a review of the 6850 power consumption by guru3d:
"Our test system is based on a power hungry Core i7 965 / X58 based. This setup is overclocked to 3.75 GHz. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). On average we are using roughly 50 to 100 Watts more than a standard PC due to higher CPU clock settings, cooling, additional cold cathode lights etc."
Measured power consumption one 6850card
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 278W (from the wall)
The GPU alone pulled just below 300w from the wall, if you take into account the PSU efficieny of 85% that power draw would be 236w, they also recommend adding a further 100/150w for the rest of the system (cpu load included). So total power consumption at full load would be around 330-380w give or take. The Corsair 430w would be ideal. smile.gif

Corsair 430W it is then!
Just remembered that my friend is moving from a laptop so he will need a screen and a keyboard and mouse. In order to save money i'm thinking about using the 6850 i have for this build, i will be upgrading soon anyway!

Here are the monitor and keyboard and mouse i have found:

LG 18.5" - http://www.ebuyer.com/276285-lg-e1960s-tft-led-18-5-vga-monitor-e1960s-pn-aeu

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 - http://www.ebuyer.com/236995-microsoft-wireless-desktop-800-keyboard-mouse-2lf-00021

I've also decided on this case for the build. I've used it before in another friends build and it had great cable management, lots of mounts for case fans, dust filters and space for 5 hard drives.
http://www.ebuyer.com/239059-casecom-5788-black-mid-tower-case-with-full-black-interior-exterior-120mm-km-5788

LOL I know I said add a further 100-150 w for the cpu load, I thought you had a 95w cpu that you'll be overclocking. The 2100 has a 65w TDP. therefore total power consumption will be much lower that 380w. It'll probably be something like 300w full load. Anyway the rest looks good, you might find better answers over at the monitor section. smile.gif
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