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Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (C3)

Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3

4GB G.Skill 1333MHz CL7

HD 5870

Cooler Master Silent Pro 500W (KM)

Intel X25-M G2 Postville 80GB (SSD)

Western Digital Caviar Green 640GB

Sony AD-7240S

Cooler Master CM 690

So this is basically my first self build PC ever, and I did a bit of research but since I'm not 100% sure I thought I just ask you guys. I'm going to buy it at the end of this month, so maybe there is new hardware I should w8 for? (fermi) - so just tell me what you think about my first build ever, I know there is always room for improvements Budget is about $1500
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I'd say it looks pretty good and looks like you did your research well. You might get some people suggesting a slightly more powerful PSU though, which I might agree with (~650W maybe).

Personally, I think that the "Fermi" chips aren't worth the extra cost (personal opinion to anyone who disagrees, that's all it is). The 5870 will do anything you want it to. A Fermi might give you more breathing room, but still do everything the 5870 will.

I assume that you have a monitor already?
Edited by kurt1288 - 2/8/10 at 12:06pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xion1 View Post
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (C3)

Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3

4GB G.Skill 1333MHz CL7

HD 5870

Cooler Master Silent Pro 500W (KM)

Intel X25-M G2 Postville 80GB (SSD)

Western Digital Caviar Green 640GB

Sony AD-7240S

Cooler Master CM 690

So this is basically my first self build PC ever, and I did a bit of research but since I'm not 100% sure I thought I just ask you guys. I'm going to buy it at the end of this month, so maybe there is new hardware I should w8 for? (fermi) - so just tell me what you think about my first build ever, I know there is always room for improvements Budget is about $1500
Looks perfect, except for the power supply. Go high quality 800 or higher.

However, you can short stroke a raid 0 mechanical drive paid and spend less with much more data and very comparable performance.

Also why not go for an i5 750 or an i7 920?
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looks good. as noted above, id swap out the PSU

consider the Corsair TX 650 or Corsair HX 650 instead
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Looks perfect, except for the power supply. Go high quality 800 or higher.

However, you can short stroke a raid 0 mechanical drive paid and spend less with much more data and very comparable performance.

Also why not go for an i5 750 or an i7 920?
800w or higher? Seriously?

RAID0 of the 4 of the best HDDs in the world cannot compare to a single Intel SSD.

i5 and i7 cost more for virtually zero gain in a gaming rig.
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Go with a quality power supply. For example a Corsair VX550 should have no trouble running that system.
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post #7 of 30
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Originally Posted by Xion1 View Post
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (C3)

Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3

4GB G.Skill 1333MHz CL7

HD 5870

Cooler Master Silent Pro 500W (KM)

Intel X25-M G2 Postville 80GB (SSD)

Western Digital Caviar Green 640GB

Sony AD-7240S

Cooler Master CM 690

So this is basically my first self build PC ever, and I did a bit of research but since I'm not 100% sure I thought I just ask you guys. I'm going to buy it at the end of this month, so maybe there is new hardware I should w8 for? (fermi) - so just tell me what you think about my first build ever, I know there is always room for improvements Budget is about $1500
You did good research. I would recommend 650-700w Power supply. What was the total on that build? If you got any money left double up on the 5870. i5 or i7 are not gonna boost ya much more and are thus not really worth it. especially with the Hexcores coming out here really soon. Fermi? I would wait to match one of those up with a Hexcore. It looks like a great build. Good Luck!
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Why does everyone suggest such highly rated power supplies? When has anyone fully utilized or even partially strained their PSU?* The power consumption of an i7 920 system w/ HT on is just over 200 watts.

Their test system included...
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem
Mainboard: EVGA X58 SLI Classified [E759]
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12800 2x6G
VGA: EVGA GeForce 9800 GT
HDD: WD SATA2 500G
Power: Ultra X3 1000W
Cooler: WATER
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate K 64bit




Check out all the testing here.

Also, check out this power supply calculator. You will be fine with that PSU.

Your system looks great.


EDIT:
*The question was rhetorical, and yes I know that some people need those massive PSUs to run their rigs. This does not apply to the basic consumer.
Edited by mmparkskier - 2/8/10 at 12:42pm
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woot, thanks for the responses guys - but now I'm kinda confused about the PSU - Naturally, I'm going to overclock my system and with that psu calculator, the one I have should be good to go - but since there are mixed responses some clarification would be cool.

Edit: I don't know if I'm going crossfire or anything, but thats something to be considered in the future maybe - will my board support this? If crossfiring, a more powerful PSU would be better I guess.
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woot, thanks for the responses guys - but now I'm kinda confused about the PSU - Naturally, I'm going to overclock my system and with that psu calculator, the one I have should be good to go - but since there are mixed responses some clarification would be cool.

Edit: I don't know if I'm going crossfire or anything, but thats something to be considered in the future maybe - will my board support this? If crossfiring, a more powerful PSU would be better I guess.
I'd keep the UD3P board. If your graphics card down the road needs an upgrade, just sell it and buy the newest single card. You don't need Crossfire. I really like your build, but as the others have mentioned, I'd buy a better psu (Corsair,Seasonic,PCP&C,etc). Your parts are excellent
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