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Old 03-09-2012, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys.

I am attempting to build my 2nd pc as my current one is slowly lacking behind.Current specs are:

AMD Phenom II x2 555 BE
HD Radeon 5570 gfx
500W OCZ Stealth Xstreme PSU
2 x 2GB Corsair PC10800 RAM
1 x 2GB Geil RAM
ASUS M4A77T mobo.

As i am wanting to play mid to high end games on this too and dont want to go OTT on price, as 400 is my limit for now and this is what i have come up with. Any advice would be greatly appreciated:

XFX HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 VGA DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
Asus M5A78L-M LX AMD Socket AM3+ onboard VGA 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard
Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V unbuffered
Coolermaster CM690 II Lite with Coolermaster GX 650W PSU
AMD FX-4 4100 Black Edition 4 Core 3.6Ghz Socket AM3+ 8MB L3 Cache.

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Old 03-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Honestly I would not do most of the upgrades you're looking at, just not worth it.

My suggestion:

1) Try unlocking more cores on your CPU if you need them, there should be an option in BIOS.
-If you cannot run stable with the 2 extra cores unlocked get a 960T CPU, will run on your current MB.
-It may require a little more voltage to get it stable with the extra cores running.

2) Use the $ you would have spent on the CPU/MB/RAM/Case and put it toward a better GPU (and PSU if necessary)
-If you have to buy a 960T, obviously deduct that cost.
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Thanks for your response.I did consider trying to unlock other core but not too competent in advanced methods like that.I wasnt planning on keeping the old system as have a buyer for it so was wanting new anyways.
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well i decided to go ahead with the build anyway and finished it this morning. unfortunately i couldnt get the cpu so i am having to use the phenom i stated previously (as in the 555).

i will be looking at the 960T over the fx 4 4100 but now need to figure a decent cooler for it.

also, the case i bought can hold 10 fans and is equipped with a front 140mm blue LED fan and a rear 120 mm fan. i would like to add a couple more and looked at the coolermaster 120mm sickleflow blue led fan to match the front or is that a bad idea.

any thoughts appreciated

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More fans aren't a bad idea, as long as you're fine with the noise.
I have 4 sickleflows (non-LED) in my case and they work just fine.
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ok thanks. how about a cpu cooler. was looking at either a gelid tranquillo or a cooler master hyper 212 evo

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I really wouldn't worry about an aftermarket cooler, the stock one is fine for stock speeds.
And if you aren't comfortable unlocking cores, I don't expect you to be overclocking.
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well im wanting to look into the idea of unlocking cores now that im improving my experience
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