• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

New gaming rig for my bro-in-law......

HookeyStreet

Eat, sleep, game!
Joined
Aug 29, 2004
Messages
7,123 (1.47/day)
Likes
515
Location
Great Yarmouth, England
#1
Heres what Im thinking of building him:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB

RAM: Crucial 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V

MOBO: Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 onboard DVI VGA HDMI 8 channel audio ATX

GFX: PowerColor HD 5770 PCS+ OC 875MHz 1GB GDDR5 VGA DVI HDMI Out PCI-E

PSU: Hi-Power Black 800W 14cm Blue LED Fan PSU - 20+4pin 4x SATA 4x PCI-E

HDD: Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue

ROM: Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit


:) or :(



EDIT -

PSU: OCZ Stealth XStream 600W PSU - SLI Ready ATX2.2 12cm Fan

MOBO: Asus M4A79XTD EVO 790X Socket AM3 8 channel audio ATX

RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC2-12800 Gold i5 Memory Kit 1.65V CL7(7-7-7-20)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Socket AM3 2.8GHz 2MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

GFX: PowerColor HD 5850 1GB GDDD5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E Graphics Card With Dirt 2 Game
 
Last edited:
Joined
May 12, 2009
Messages
5,167 (1.65/day)
Likes
944
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI
Cooling Corsair A70 (Passive)
Memory Samsung 8GB MV-3V4G3D/US
Storage Samsung PM841 256GB
Display(s) Dell UltraSharp U2412M
Case BitFenix Prodigy (Arctic White)
Power Supply FSP Zen 400 (Fanless)
Software OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks
#2
I'm thinking on cutting the RAM amt in half and invest in a better motherboard (may I recommend SATA/USB 3?), especially one that can do Xfire.

PS - Do you have a case?
 

DirectorC

New Member
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Messages
1,624 (0.55/day)
Likes
267
Location
Florizy
System Name -= Son of a Whore =-
Processor E8400 @ 4.0GHz (445 x 9)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Memory 3GB Corsair XMS2
Video Card(s) EVGA 8800 GT 512
Storage 74GB Raptor + Caviars in RAID0
Display(s) I-Inc 19" LCD 1440x900
Audio Device(s) Audigy SE & Logitech X-540
Power Supply Corsair 750TX
Software Win32 v6.1.7600
Benchmark Scores Logitech KB & Sidewinder X3
#3
That setup in a CM 690 II all the way.
 
Joined
Aug 11, 2009
Messages
6,823 (2.24/day)
Likes
2,901
Location
Viking Land
System Name Ivy Biatch
Processor i5 3570K
Motherboard ASSRockzz z77TOTHEEXTREME!!!!
Cooling bleh
Memory 2x4gb crucial 1866
Video Card(s) HD7770, yes it does BF3
Storage 120gb Vertex
Display(s) 226BW
Case whats that, oh my table
Audio Device(s) stock onboard thing
Power Supply HX850W
Software 7
#4
it looks nice imo, but why ultimate? you only need home premium i'd say

and 4gb is enough, you only need more than that if its for video editing or photoshopping tec, use the money on a CF board, like this ASUS M4A79XTD EVO, it performs well and is Crossfire ready in case he wanna put an extra 5770 in it .
 

jjFarking

New Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
456 (0.16/day)
Likes
93
Location
Brisbane, Australia
System Name Frankenstein C3
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3
Motherboard Asus M4A79T DeLuxe
Cooling Aywun A1-V10
Memory Corsair XMS3 DDR3 (2x2GB @ 1333MHz)
Video Card(s) XFX HD 5850 @ 775/1125
Storage Seagate 250gb/500gb/1tb
Display(s) BENQ E2200HD
Case Thermaltake Element S (VK60001W2Z)
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Elite Pro
Power Supply Zalman ZM600-HP
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
#5
The OS will be 64-bit, so 8GB is certainly a good forward-thinking move, especially as more developers are starting to move to the 64-bit platform.
Ultimate would be overkill, though.

The mobo should also be a bit better. The above suggestion is a good alternative, though I'd prefer the M4A79T DeLuxe (coz I'm biased :p).
That said, anything with USB/SATA 3 is hard to find, where some compensation hasn't been made in stealing bandwidth from the PCI-e slot(s), or cause the mobo to be a fairly expensive one if no such theft occurs..

I like that CM690 case as well :p

Why not go for 5850 in place of the 5770?
:toast:
 
Joined
Sep 9, 2009
Messages
968 (0.32/day)
Likes
172
Location
Slovenia, Europe
System Name Bang4Buck
Processor Intel Core i7 5820K @ 4.5Ghz @ 1.254v
Motherboard ASROCK X99M-EXTREME4
Cooling EKWB Predator 240 1.1
Memory 16gb 2666mhz 14-14-14-34-1T @ 1.28v
Video Card(s) Gainward Phoenix GTX1070 Golden Sample with GLH bios flased
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250Gb / 6Tb Raid -HGST Enterprise/ Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb / Seagate Baraccuda 3Tb
Display(s) Samsung UE49KS8002 4K (US - 9 series)
Case Corsair Carbide Air 540
Audio Device(s) HDMI out to Denon reciever
Power Supply Seasonic X-750W (KM3)
Keyboard Logitech K520
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
Benchmark Scores RealBench 2.43: 164477 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/14858144? http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/14857974?
#6
Change the PSU to something well-known, Motherboard(as suggested), and I also think a 320Gb drive is a little low.
 

jjFarking

New Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
456 (0.16/day)
Likes
93
Location
Brisbane, Australia
System Name Frankenstein C3
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3
Motherboard Asus M4A79T DeLuxe
Cooling Aywun A1-V10
Memory Corsair XMS3 DDR3 (2x2GB @ 1333MHz)
Video Card(s) XFX HD 5850 @ 775/1125
Storage Seagate 250gb/500gb/1tb
Display(s) BENQ E2200HD
Case Thermaltake Element S (VK60001W2Z)
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Elite Pro
Power Supply Zalman ZM600-HP
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
#7
Change the PSU to something well-known, Motherboard(as suggested), and I also think a 320Gb drive is a little low.
Well spotted!
I'd say a Corsair HX850 would do just nicely, as well as a 1TB drive.
WD or Seagate, unless Samsung's F3 is an option ;)
 
Last edited:
Joined
Aug 11, 2009
Messages
6,823 (2.24/day)
Likes
2,901
Location
Viking Land
System Name Ivy Biatch
Processor i5 3570K
Motherboard ASSRockzz z77TOTHEEXTREME!!!!
Cooling bleh
Memory 2x4gb crucial 1866
Video Card(s) HD7770, yes it does BF3
Storage 120gb Vertex
Display(s) 226BW
Case whats that, oh my table
Audio Device(s) stock onboard thing
Power Supply HX850W
Software 7
#8
why such big psu? id go with an tx650w or an ocz modxstream 6-700w, both can handle 2 5770s in CF without problems, but 850w is way to much for that system, and the HX 850w is very expensive
 

jjFarking

New Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
456 (0.16/day)
Likes
93
Location
Brisbane, Australia
System Name Frankenstein C3
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3
Motherboard Asus M4A79T DeLuxe
Cooling Aywun A1-V10
Memory Corsair XMS3 DDR3 (2x2GB @ 1333MHz)
Video Card(s) XFX HD 5850 @ 775/1125
Storage Seagate 250gb/500gb/1tb
Display(s) BENQ E2200HD
Case Thermaltake Element S (VK60001W2Z)
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Elite Pro
Power Supply Zalman ZM600-HP
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
#9
why such big psu? id go with an tx650w or an ocz modxstream 6-700w, both can handle 2 5770s in CF without problems, but 850w is way to much for that system, and the HX 850w is very expensive
Depends on what the future holds in regards to the gfx.
In theory, there's no reason to go above 550w in the current setup, but as the OP already had a 800w listed, the logical step would be a high-efficiency PSU that will stand the test of time.
As for price, the HX850 is better value for money, than its bigger brothers, and more solidly future-proof (if there's truly such a thing) than its siblings :)
 
Joined
Aug 11, 2009
Messages
6,823 (2.24/day)
Likes
2,901
Location
Viking Land
System Name Ivy Biatch
Processor i5 3570K
Motherboard ASSRockzz z77TOTHEEXTREME!!!!
Cooling bleh
Memory 2x4gb crucial 1866
Video Card(s) HD7770, yes it does BF3
Storage 120gb Vertex
Display(s) 226BW
Case whats that, oh my table
Audio Device(s) stock onboard thing
Power Supply HX850W
Software 7
#10
Depends on what the future holds in regards to the gfx.
In theory, there's no reason to go above 550w in the current setup, but as the OP already had a 800w listed, the logical step would be a high-efficiency PSU that will stand the test of time.
As for price, the HX850 is better value for money, than its bigger brothers, and more solidly future-proof (if there's truly such a thing) than its siblings :)
Def right on that point i'd say, but i just see way too many people do overkill with psu's,

i normally calculate the approx wattage of my setup and then add 2-300w for oc headroom and new gfx's + it wont be too hot and most important it will be quiet,

but yeah, a good quality brand name psu is always good :toast:
 

jjFarking

New Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
456 (0.16/day)
Likes
93
Location
Brisbane, Australia
System Name Frankenstein C3
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3
Motherboard Asus M4A79T DeLuxe
Cooling Aywun A1-V10
Memory Corsair XMS3 DDR3 (2x2GB @ 1333MHz)
Video Card(s) XFX HD 5850 @ 775/1125
Storage Seagate 250gb/500gb/1tb
Display(s) BENQ E2200HD
Case Thermaltake Element S (VK60001W2Z)
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Elite Pro
Power Supply Zalman ZM600-HP
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
#11
Def right on that point i'd say, but i just see way too many people do overkill with psu's,

i normally calculate the approx wattage of my setup and then add 2-300w for oc headroom and new gfx's + it wont be too hot and most important it will be quiet,

but yeah, a good quality brand name psu is always good :toast:
That is indeed a very common occurence.
I guess it depends, ultimately, what the OP sees happening in the not-too-distant future for his brother-in-law ;)
:toast:
 

HookeyStreet

Eat, sleep, game!
Joined
Aug 29, 2004
Messages
7,123 (1.47/day)
Likes
515
Location
Great Yarmouth, England
#13
Change the PSU to something well-known, Motherboard(as suggested), and I also think a 320Gb drive is a little low.
That PSU has some awesome reviews, but it is a toss up between that and an OCZ 600W ;)

IM trying to keep the cost fairly low, hence some cut backs. He wont need a lot of HDD space because ALL he will do is game lol
 

werez

New Member
Joined
May 28, 2009
Messages
298 (0.10/day)
Likes
46
Location
Romania
#14
4GB RAM / cut the PSU , look for a corsair 500 or something ... with the money saved an HD5830 would be a really good choice .
 
Joined
May 4, 2009
Messages
1,940 (0.62/day)
Likes
409
Location
Singapore
System Name penguin
Processor i3-4160
Motherboard Asus H81 Mini-ITX
Cooling Stock
Memory 2x4GB Kingston 1600MHz
Video Card(s) Saphire Radeon 7850 2GB
Storage Plextor M5S 120GB+1TB Seagate
Display(s) 23' Dell
Case CM Elite 130
Audio Device(s) stock
Power Supply Corsair CX430m
Software W7/Lubuntu
#15
Why a 965 if it's just for gaming? I'd either go for a P2 720( save ~85$) with a future path upgrade for a 6 core ( 3 cores are plenty fast for now and a 3 to 6 will be a much bigger and worthwhile update than from 4 to 6 - just a bit of future-proofing) or go for one of the new i3's( save ~65$) for a low power but efficient gaming rig...The money saved from the cpu can be invested in a better GPU solution
 
Last edited:

HookeyStreet

Eat, sleep, game!
Joined
Aug 29, 2004
Messages
7,123 (1.47/day)
Likes
515
Location
Great Yarmouth, England
#16
Im going for this PSU instead: OCZ Stealth XStream 600W PSU - SLI Ready ATX2.2 12cm Fan and this MoBo - Asus M4A79XTD EVO 790X Socket AM3 8 channel audio ATX

As this system is strictly for gaming/internet, should I reduce the RAM to 4GB (2x 2GB) of good DDR3 and maybe invest in a better GFX card?

EDIT: Im going for this RAM now: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC2-12800 Gold i5 Memory Kit 1.65V CL7(7-7-7-20)
 
Last edited:

vipz

New Member
Joined
Jan 22, 2010
Messages
15 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
#17
Heres what Im thinking of building him:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB

RAM: Crucial 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V

MOBO: Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 onboard DVI VGA HDMI 8 channel audio ATX

GFX: PowerColor HD 5770 PCS+ OC 875MHz 1GB GDDR5 VGA DVI HDMI Out PCI-E

PSU: Hi-Power Black 800W 14cm Blue LED Fan PSU - 20+4pin 4x SATA 4x PCI-E

HDD: Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue

ROM: Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit


:) or :(



EDIT -

PSU: OCZ Stealth XStream 600W PSU - SLI Ready ATX2.2 12cm Fan

MOBO: Asus M4A79XTD EVO 790X Socket AM3 8 channel audio ATX

RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC2-12800 Gold i5 Memory Kit 1.65V CL7(7-7-7-20)

Cpu:CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz

RAM: G-skill F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC2-12800 1.6 Volts CL 7-7-7-24-2N

MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3

GFX: PowerColor HD 5770 PCS+ OC 875MHz 1GB GDDR5 VGA DVI HDMI Out PCI-E

PSU:Corsair vx 550w

HDD: Western Digital 500gb black


DVD±RW: Lg GH22NS50

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
Joined
Sep 9, 2009
Messages
968 (0.32/day)
Likes
172
Location
Slovenia, Europe
System Name Bang4Buck
Processor Intel Core i7 5820K @ 4.5Ghz @ 1.254v
Motherboard ASROCK X99M-EXTREME4
Cooling EKWB Predator 240 1.1
Memory 16gb 2666mhz 14-14-14-34-1T @ 1.28v
Video Card(s) Gainward Phoenix GTX1070 Golden Sample with GLH bios flased
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250Gb / 6Tb Raid -HGST Enterprise/ Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb / Seagate Baraccuda 3Tb
Display(s) Samsung UE49KS8002 4K (US - 9 series)
Case Corsair Carbide Air 540
Audio Device(s) HDMI out to Denon reciever
Power Supply Seasonic X-750W (KM3)
Keyboard Logitech K520
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
Benchmark Scores RealBench 2.43: 164477 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/14858144? http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/14857974?
#18
The PSU and the GPU are places you shouldnt go cheap, becouse it will affect all other components(PSU).
 

CDdude55

Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Joined
Jul 12, 2007
Messages
8,178 (2.15/day)
Likes
1,269
Location
Virginia
System Name CDdude's Rig!
Processor AMD Athlon II X4 620
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
Cooling Corsair H70
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengence @1600mhz
Video Card(s) XFX HD 6970 2GB
Storage OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD/WD Velociraptor 300GB
Display(s) ASUS VH232H 23" 1920x1080
Case Cooler Master CM690 (w/ side window)
Audio Device(s) Onboard (It sounds fine)
Power Supply Corsair 850TX
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
#19
The OCZ Stealthxstream 600w is a great power supply.

I have been using mine since '07 and have had zero problems.:)
 

HookeyStreet

Eat, sleep, game!
Joined
Aug 29, 2004
Messages
7,123 (1.47/day)
Likes
515
Location
Great Yarmouth, England
#20
The OCZ Stealthxstream 600w is a great power supply.

I have been using mine since '07 and have had zero problems.:)
The funny thing is, I sold one a month ago on ebay :)

FINAL SPECS:



PSU: OCZ Stealth XStream 600W PSU - SLI Ready ATX2.2 12cm Fan

MOBO: Asus M4A79XTD EVO 790X Socket AM3 8 channel audio ATX

RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC2-12800 Gold i5 Memory Kit 1.65V CL7(7-7-7-20)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Socket AM3 2.8GHz 2MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

GFX: PowerColor HD 5850 1GB GDDD5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E

HDD: Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue

ROM: Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM

CASE: Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU

Additional Case Fan: Xilence Black 120mm Case Fan - 4pin with 3pin adaptor

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (not included in overall price as this is already owned)


All parts purchased from ebuyer, grand total including delivery : £655.25

What do you guys think? My budget was £650
 

jjFarking

New Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
456 (0.16/day)
Likes
93
Location
Brisbane, Australia
System Name Frankenstein C3
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3
Motherboard Asus M4A79T DeLuxe
Cooling Aywun A1-V10
Memory Corsair XMS3 DDR3 (2x2GB @ 1333MHz)
Video Card(s) XFX HD 5850 @ 775/1125
Storage Seagate 250gb/500gb/1tb
Display(s) BENQ E2200HD
Case Thermaltake Element S (VK60001W2Z)
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Elite Pro
Power Supply Zalman ZM600-HP
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
#21
You may want to check the number & type of connections the PSU has.
From what I can see, it has only 3 SATA connections, and 2 6-pin only PCI-e connectors.
Kinda throws a spanner in the works for future expansion.
I know you can use adapters, but still..
:p

EDIT: what's the compatibility like with that i5 RAM?
 
Last edited:
Joined
May 4, 2009
Messages
1,940 (0.62/day)
Likes
409
Location
Singapore
System Name penguin
Processor i3-4160
Motherboard Asus H81 Mini-ITX
Cooling Stock
Memory 2x4GB Kingston 1600MHz
Video Card(s) Saphire Radeon 7850 2GB
Storage Plextor M5S 120GB+1TB Seagate
Display(s) 23' Dell
Case CM Elite 130
Audio Device(s) stock
Power Supply Corsair CX430m
Software W7/Lubuntu
#22
Last edited: