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Hello everyone

I was planning on building a machine with some headroom for upgrades but capable of running multiple programs or some of the newer games with ok settings. When I was in my early teens I learned to build a pc and was very interested in the components, it's safe to say that I knew things better back than I do now, 10 years later. Budget is about 800-850euros. I tried asking about this on some general PC user forums but since I could use some tips on what to get on the cooling side this is the place to be.

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 @ 82€

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 166€

GPU: HD5770 CuCore 1024MB @ 117€

PSU: Corsair VX550W @ 65€

RAM: 4GB OCZ CL9 Gold PC3-10666 OCZ3G1333LV4GK @ 67€

Hard drive: WD Caviar Blue 500GB WD5000AAKS 7200U/m 16MB 300-SATA @ 33€

Case: Cooler Master CM 690 Advanced II (2x 140mm fans, 1x 120mm fan) @ 90€

Optical drive: DVD Sony AD7260S @ 19€

Monitor: Benq E2220 HD 21,5" @ 139€

This would add up to 778€ with only the keyboard missing (unless I have missed something else).

I guess I am most worried about the PSU, I was thinking of getting one with higher voltage (luckily Corsair is quality) but my friend who should be more knowledgeable about these things suggested that there's no need to go too high. PSU wattage calculators seem to support his stance, but I'd still like a third opinion. I am planning to OC the T1055 (to about 3,3Ghz) some time in the future should this be my final setup; by what I've read it seems that there's lots of room for upgrading without any changes in voltage (I'd like to avoid fiddling with the voltages). Since I know that increasing any multipliers won't be an option I'm also wondering how well that RAM might take to overclocking, OCZ is a totally unknown brand to me. I have heard some good and bad things about the GPU so I hope you guys can clarify some of that, mostly the negative comments have been about the cooling of that card. Future upgrades would probably consist of more RAM, better GPU, perhaps water cooling and a bit more ambitious OC figures to go with it.

Other than that I all opinions are welcome and I hope to become one of the t1055 OC'ers in the near future!
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1st of all if u planing for some future updates , that mobo will not support crossfire since its 16x+4x you need a 8x+8x mobo , try to get a HIS 5770 or XFX , Asus CuCore has bad reviews , also for future proof you gonna need at least a 650w PSU - Corsair TX 650 or Seasonic 620w will do the job , as for the ram you can get better i think try find 1600 Mhz with 8-8-8-24 or 1333 Mhz with 7-7-7-21 timings , for HDD i would recomend Sumsung SpinPoint F3 1TB

btw can u post the site from where u buying all those stuff , prices are a bit hight o.O
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NO.
WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT GET THAT RAM.

Rated 1333 9-9-9-20 1.65V

Can't you see how this is the worst garbage memory on the planet

And to top it off, 67 Euros ($87 CAD) is the most massive ripoff I have ever seen. For that price I could get 4x2GB of quality 1600 CL9 memory here in Canada. There's got to be a better choice in Europe somewhere... look for it.
In addition, OCZ gave up on RAM today. There's a chance they might not honour warranty for it anymore.

I would help you with a full suggestion but I don't know Europe prices sadly. If you will be overclocking that x6 past 3.3Ghz, get a motherboard with 8+2 power phase AND mosfet heatsinks; see if you can find an ASUS M4A79XTD EVO or M4A88TD-V EVO, those are usually the best for the budget.
And with that budget you could get something much better than an HD 5770.
Edited by xd_1771 - 1/19/11 at 4:45pm
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http://www.kmelektronik.de/shop/index.php?id=2 that's the website, the sick part is that even those parts are cheap compared to my home country (Finland). Should have mentioned that I probably won't be aiming for crossfire but rather just swap out the card to a better one when the time comes.

As for RAM you're definitely right, was having hard time finding mobo compatible ones.

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.c...id=2509&page=1
I suppose this review is biased or something?
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Here are some memory suggestions:
Team 1600 CL9 2x2GB - 39,15 €. Nearly half the price, much much better memory. They sell these in Canada and I know members on OCN who use these and they are great.
Or you could get...
Exceleram 1600 CL6-8-6 2x2GB - 68,66 € - looks like some very good quality RAM for pretty much the same price as the OCZ garbage you picked out.
G.Skill ECO 1600 7-8-7 2x2GB - 74,85 € - spare a few more Euros and you can pretty much get the very same kit I'm running. 6-8-6 is pretty much guaranteed, maybe further. Some of the best kits for the price in Canada... doesn't appear to be the same in Europe ($96 CAD, I can get this for $61 CAD) but looks good nontheless.
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You should get a better video card something like a 6950
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The GTS 450 for a lower price about equals the HD 5770.
But I highly recommend you up your budget and get a GTX 460 1GB
Better yet wait 15 days for the GTX 560
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Here are some memory suggestions:
Team 1600 CL9 2x2GB - 39,15 €. Nearly half the price, much much better memory. They sell these in Canada and I know members on OCN who use these and they are great.
Or you could get...
Exceleram 1600 CL6-8-6 2x2GB - 68,66 € - looks like some very good quality RAM for pretty much the same price as the OCZ garbage you picked out.
G.Skill ECO 1600 7-8-7 2x2GB - 74,85 € - spare a few more Euros and you can pretty much get the very same kit I'm running. 6-8-6 is pretty much guaranteed, maybe further. Some of the best kits for the price in Canada... doesn't appear to be the same in Europe ($96 CAD, I can get this for $61 CAD) but looks good nontheless.
Thanks a lot for those, I'll be sure to swap the OCZ out and do some headsmacking to the guy who recommended that RAM.
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Just to update, thank you for your advice, the following changes have been made:

Motherboard to ASUS M4A79XTD EVO (USB 3)
RAM to G.Skill ECO 1600 7-8-7 2x2GB
PSU to Corsair TX650W
GPU to Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X

These upgrades cost 50€ more. I was thinking of getting another HD 5770 in the future to crossfire them and probably spend another 50€ or so getting Corsair H50 as the CPU cooling system. Repped and thanks a lot for the help. Opinions are still welcome!
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Originally Posted by Clocksmith View Post
Just to update, thank you for your advice, the following changes have been made:

Motherboard to ASUS M4A79XTD EVO (USB 3)
RAM to G.Skill ECO 1600 7-8-7 2x2GB
PSU to Corsair TX650W
GPU to Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X

These upgrades cost 50€ more. I was thinking of getting another HD 5770 in the future to crossfire them and probably spend another 50€ or so getting Corsair H50 as the CPU cooling system. Repped and thanks a lot for the help. Opinions are still welcome!
if u didnt make purchase yet i would advise these :
Memory 1 = 59.99$ (-20$ MIR) 1600 Mhz and CL 8 preaty good memory
Memory 2 54.99$ (very good timings)
PSU 89.99$ (-30$ MIR) same seasonic design , cheaper and modular
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