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Will this build be compatible?

By Atham
Jun 19, 2011
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  1. I am planning on building my own PC. I would like it to last for about 2 or 3 years and run games well. Will this be good enough?

    Here are the specs that might be used:

    CPU Intel i5 2500k -188,30 €
    MotherBoard ASUS P8P67-M PRO (rev 3.0) - 129,81 €
    CPU Cooler CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series H50 - 69,84 €
    GPU MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC - 252.89 €
    RAM CORSAIR 8GB KIT DDR3 1600MHz - 77,02 €
    PSU CORSAIR CX600 - 57,26€
    Case CoolerMaster Dominator CM 690 Lite II Black - 77,51€
    HDD SAMSUNG SpinPoint EcoGreen F2 1500GB - 62.69 €
    DVD drive SONY Optiarc AD-7260S - 17.74 €

    If you have any suggestions for improvements please tell me.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    Looks a nice build, don't think you'll have a problem installing the power supply as the CX600 is a standard size unit. Depending on your budget, you might consider a Western Digital Caviar Black, pretty reliable and come in 1, 1.5 & 2TB capacities. As far as the DVD, there are quite a few choices including Lite-On, Samsung, ASUS & LG which should work for you. Depending on your budget, Plextor makes a nice CD/DVD Burner for just a bit more money.
     
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I would make the following change to it:

    AM3+ motherboard: http://www.alza.sk/gigabyte-990fxa-ud3-d241217.htm

    It supports your CPU, but at the same time supports the new up and coming Bulldozer AM3+ CPU. Getting the other motherboard is buying previous generation (once BD is released).

    Hard Disk. I would go with either 1, or two 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 7,200rpm disks. Link to it here: http://www.alza.sk/samsung-spinpoint-f3-1000gb-d154993.htm

    DVD Disc, is one of two types:

    DVD R/W SATA for burning DVD's
    BD-ROM or BD-RW SATA for reading, and or writting Blue Ray discs
     
  4. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Should I wait for the Radeon HD 7000 series. I want this PC build to last for about 2 years
     
  5. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    And should I wait until AMD releases some new CPUs?
     
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    "Once BD is released" = I was referring to the release of the Bulldozer series of CPUs - sorry for the confusion.

    Possibly, but if is the case i would wait for benchmarks against Sandy Bridge before commiting to purchases.

    At the very least, if you choose to upgrade now get a AM3+ motherboard like the one I linked in my first reply. That way, you will literally just fit a new CPU from the "Bull dozer" lineup later on.

    Do you plan on overclocking, or fitting an aftermarket CPU cooler?
     
  7. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    CPU Cooler CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series H50

    What do you mean by the bull dozer lineup. Are they coming this year? Because once the PC is built, I don't think my dad would be happy if I was to get a new component.

    Sandy Bridge benchmarks?
     
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Sorry I missed that when replying, have quite a bit on my mind recently - sorry for this.

    Bulldozer is the new AMD range of CPUs due for release any time around now - but its been delayed on god knows how many different separate occasions previously.

    If it was me I would wait for them to be released, and then build a new system, or if the price is beyond reach, you could use the extra discounts on the 6 core AMD CPU's your looking at when you make your order.

    Until they're released comparing them officially with Intel "Sandy Bridge" generation CPU's will be difficult.

    I'll let others chime in here, as they know significantly more than me regarding release dates, and benchmark links etc.
     
  9. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    According to some sources it could be September before we actually see Bulldozer.
     
  10. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Oh shoot. I wish I had a good processor before summer, so I can game during summer!!

    Aren't there any leaks or stuff about the bulldozer?

    I was thinking also about swapping a hd 6870 for the 6850. Will it make a difference or should I go for the 6950 2 GB?

    If I was to choose that card, would I have to choose a different PSU?
     
  11. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    Your power supply will have no problem with the 6950, which would be a good choice for gaming. As Leeky mentioned, going with a AM3+ motherboard with the 990 chipset would leave you the option of installing a Bulldozer processor down the road.

    Unfortunately, there's really not much solid information on the release date of Bulldozer since the official announcement that it was being delayed in early June.
     
     
  12. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    Your best bang for the buck is the i5-2500K chip on a sandy bridge enabled board. And it will run cooler and therefore will be less noisy.
     
  13. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    You definitely can't go wrong with the 2500K, one of the best deals out there right now.
     
  14. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    what about the i7 series? is the i5 2500k better? I would like six cores. How many cores does i5 2600k have? Is there a better i5?
     
  15. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    The i7 2600K supports Hyper Threading (2 Threads Per Core) whereas the i5 2500K does not. But the i7 2600K is about $100 more, depends on your budget ... if you've got the money then the 2600K would be the way to go.
     
  16. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    The 2500K hits the sweet spot for performance over cost - sure you can spend more but for marginal benefit.
     
  17. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Wouldn't it be better if the processor was AMD as the card is amd too?
     
  18. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    You have been reading the AMD marketing material again! No reason at all - pick the best CPU for the job. Always
     
  19. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    I guess. So what CPU? I would like 6 cores. The AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition seems got for the six cores. Hmm... or the i7 2600k or the i5-2500K.

    The intel is more expensive though. Is i7 really worth the extra money or even i5 worth the extra money then if I choose the Phenom II X6 1100T?
     
  20. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    If you read this review of the 2600K & 2500K on AnandTech you'll have a pretty good idea how things stack up since the Phenom 1100T is included in the majority of tests.

    AnandTech 2600K & 2500K Review
     
  21. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    I am at school and don't have time to read it. So what does it say?

    Is the i5 2500k worth 15 Euros more than the Phenom II x6 1100T?

    And wouldn't I have to get a different motherboard for the intel CPUs?
     
  22. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

  23. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    What about motherboards for intel? Which one should I get?
     
  24. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    Anything from Asus in my book - but tell us what chip you have chosen first and perhaps how much memory you want and what graphics set up you are considering. And that's just for starters...

    Ed - well maybe Gigabyte as well if you insist.
     
  25. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Chip? The intel i5 2500k

    CPU cooler = CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series H50
    Case = CoolerMaster Dominator CM 690 Lite II Black
     


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