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First Build: Hardware Review. Any suggestions?


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#1 es20641

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:09 AM

Hi everyone. Thanks for taking a look. :thumbsup:
I'm building my first computer soon. I've one a lot of research and decided to go AMD based.
I'm mainly going to be using this computer for a moderate gaming computer. I'm trying to keep it around-ish $600, but also try to pack in the most bang for my buck so it lasts me a long time.
I will be using a 19 inch monitor with 1440x900 resolution.

Here's the hardware I've picked out:
AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P
OCZ Platinum OCZ3P16004GK
SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850
COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner

The total for this build comes to about $645 before rebates.

Any problems with the hardware I have chosen? Is there anything that isn't compatible? Anything you would do differently?
Thanks a lot for the help.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:50 AM

You will need a better PSU. You will need 440W minimum. I recommend a PSU with at least 100W more than the minimum.
The BFG Tech GS-550 would be a very good choice and is a steal.

Edited by RainbowSix, 11 February 2010 - 02:50 AM.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:23 AM

Ok. Good to know.
I have one quick question. What is a better video card. The Radeon HD 5670 or the Radeon HD?
Thanks a lot for your reply.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:43 AM

Radeon HD is a series, not a card.
Assuming that was a typo and you meant the Radeon HD 4850, there are pros and cons to both of them.

HD 4850:
+more powerful
-higher power consumption
-no DirectX11 support

HD 5670
-less powerful
+lower power consumption
+DirectX 11 support

You might as well get a Radeon HD 5750. It's better than both.

Edited by RainbowSix, 11 February 2010 - 11:49 AM.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:39 PM

Radeon HD is a series, not a card.
Assuming that was a typo and you meant the Radeon HD 4850, there are pros and cons to both of them.

HD 4850:
+more powerful
-higher power consumption
-no DirectX11 support

HD 5670
-less powerful
+lower power consumption
+DirectX 11 support

You might as well get a Radeon HD 5750. It's better than both.

Yes that was a typo :thumbsup:

I'll look into the 5750. Thanks.




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