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I've been thinking of getting this set of PC.I want to know whether this kind of build will be stable or not?

Processor:Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30Ghz
Motherboard:ECS P67H2-A3 with B3 (It's cheap.lol)
RAM:Kingston Value RAM 2x2GB DDR3 1333 (It's about the "Cheap" also)
GPU:HIS HD6950 2GB (I'm going to unlock it to HD6970)
HDD:Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
PSU:Cooler Master GX 550W
Case:None (I'm going to build it without any case,just planning to put the mobo on top of my motherboard's box)

1. Will the CM GX550W PSU enough for this set of PC?
2. Has anybody facing problem with the ECS P67H2-A3 motherboard?
3. Will the ECS P67H2-A3 stable with Entry-level Overclocking? Because I never OC before,I want to learn OC with it.
4. Will there be any big difference if I pick Team Xtreme 2x2GB 1600Mhz instead of the Kingston Value RAM?
5. Except it's gonna be Dusty.Will there be any other problems if I leave it caseless?
6. Does the HD6950 2GB considered as OVERKILL? Because I'm actually using a 1680x1050 Resolution LCD Monitor.And I'm planning to play games like Battlefield 3 with Maxed Settings.Or maybe a HD5850 is already enough for me to play Battlefield 3 with Maxed settings with 1680x1050 Resolution?

Thanks. =D
 

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1. Will the CM GX550W PSU enough for this set of PC?
2. Has anybody facing problem with the ECS P67H2-A3 motherboard?
3. Will the ECS P67H2-A3 stable with Entry-level Overclocking? Because I never OC before,I want to learn OC with it.
4. Will there be any big difference if I pick Team Xtreme 2x2GB 1600Mhz instead of the Kingston Value RAM?
5. Except it's gonna be Dusty.Will there be any other problems if I leave it caseless?
6. Does the HD6950 2GB considered as OVERKILL? Because I'm actually using a 1680x1050 Resolution LCD Monitor.And I'm planning to play games like Battlefield 3 with Maxed Settings.Or maybe a HD5850 is already enough for me to play Battlefield 3 with Maxed settings with 1680x1050 Resolution?

1.550W is more than enough
2.From looking on the web it seems like a nice cheap stable motherboard for low-end configs
3.Probably not. Not that it'd be a bad board, but it's just not meant to OC. If you want to learn you should try using something that can stand some abuse. It must be something by Biostar or (at least ) Asrock in the same price range that would be more OC friendly
4.You may loose some 0-5% depending on the app, but it would be marginal and it won't reflect the price difference
5.After doing this a few years ago for some 5 months I can say that:
+is as well ventilated as possible
+dust doesn't really settle more than on a regular case
-you can get electrocuted and it can get broken easily if you drop something on it
-my integrated soundcard sounded awful due to the lack of grounding on the motherboard; the LAN card was also iffy. Adding a backplate recovered from a broken case solved all of this.
6.It's never overkill. There'll always come more demanding games and for the current games you can always add a ridiculous amount of AA/AF to make them look better.

The build looks great and imho you should dedicate more of the budget to a quality motherboard; cheap motherboards and PSUs should never power an overclocker's build as they'd be the first to brake and could take down every other part along with them.
 

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1.550W is more than enough
2.From looking on the web it seems like a nice cheap stable motherboard for low-end configs
3.Probably not. Not that it'd be a bad board, but it's just not meant to OC. If you want to learn you should try using something that can stand some abuse. It must be something by Biostar or (at least ) Asrock in the same price range that would be more OC friendly
4.You may loose some 0-5% depending on the app, but it would be marginal and it won't reflect the price difference
5.After doing this a few years ago for some 5 months I can say that:
+is as well ventilated as possible
+dust doesn't really settle more than on a regular case
-you can get electrocuted and it can get broken easily if you drop something on it
-my integrated soundcard sounded awful due to the lack of grounding on the motherboard; the LAN card was also iffy. Adding a backplate recovered from a broken case solved all of this.
6.It's never overkill. There'll always come more demanding games and for the current games you can always add a ridiculous amount of AA/AF to make them look better.

The build looks great and imho you should dedicate more of the budget to a quality motherboard; cheap motherboards and PSUs should never power an overclocker's build as they'd be the first to brake and could take down every other part along with them.

Thanks for the reply.
1. Anyway,which cheap motherboard that is better for OC do you prefer?
2. And I have an extra soundcard Creative Sound Blaster Audigy,if I plugged my soundcard into it,is the 550W still enough? (I've seen the post from you which talks about the Soundcard Mod,it's really nice.Thanks for that.)
3. Is the Cooler Master GX550W quality good? Or maybe the Silverstone Strider Essential 500W or Seasonic S12-ii 520W is better? (I'm afraid that the PSU will be too noisy if the power consumption of the parts is nearly 450.)
 
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