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    The components for my new computer are arriving today

    Should be a fun afternoon building if it ever turns up (keep looking impatiently out the window)

    Specs are

    Intel Core i5 750 CPU
    ASRock P55M Pro Motherboard
    4GB Corsair 1600mhz DD3 RAM
    ASUS 1GB Ati Radeon 5770
    1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
    1TB Hitachi Deskstar (had been using this as an external for my laptop)
    Antec Three Hundred case
    Arctic Power 700W PSU
    Optiarc 7240S 24x DVD±RW DL RAM

    Came to £600 even (excluding the hitachi), it should be blazingly fast once it's clocked to 4gig

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    holy ****, that looks good!
    , btw, do you know a lot about graphics cards and psus?
    if so, if i buy a bigger psu, can a put i better graphics card in.
    and when i put the psu in, is there any fiddly wiring to be done?
    thanks

    looks good......if we were in 2008

    Original Poster

    You can upgrade your graphics card provided you use the same tech, so if your current system is PCI-E then that's no problem, how much extra power the card demands will determin if you need to upgrade your PSU or not, look up the power draw for your CPU (under load), the power draw for the graphics card you want (also upder load) add about 100W for your various drives. then look at how much power your current PSU provides on the 12V rail (it'll say on the sticker)

    it needs to provide at least that total, plus around 50-100W more for a little headroom. if it doesn't then upgrade.

    Wiring it's terribly tricky, there are lots of things to connect, but it's not like you have to do soldering or anything, but it can be a pain if you have a cramped case - for instance you might have to take out your cards, or remove your heatsink to get the old PSU out and the new one in.

    Original Poster

    I play most games on my xbox, so I wasn't about to spend £320 on the HD 5870, if I need it, I'll but a 5850 next year when it hits the £150 mark and install it in crossfire

    Nice very similar to mine

    black gerbil1;6702976

    looks good......if we were in 2008



    Of course in the world of black gerbil Intel and AMD gave out samples of chips 12 months before they were even prototyped.... [He's got his own 40nm fab don't you know]

    Should be a good system, ignore the numpty rodents! 'Entry level' my erse. :thumbsup:

    bruffterman;6703010

    You can upgrade your graphics card provided you use the same tech, so if … You can upgrade your graphics card provided you use the same tech, so if your current system is PCI-E then that's no problem, how much extra power the card demands will determin if you need to upgrade your PSU or not, look up the power draw for your CPU (under load), the power draw for the graphics card you want (also upder load) add about 100W for your various drives. then look at how much power your current PSU provides on the 12V rail (it'll say on the sticker)it needs to provide at least that total, plus around 50-100W more for a little headroom. if it doesn't then upgrade.Wiring it's terribly tricky, there are lots of things to connect, but it's not like you have to do soldering or anything, but it can be a pain if you have a cramped case - for instance you might have to take out your cards, or remove your heatsink to get the old PSU out and the new one in.



    thanks for the help man, repped.
    i got this here ebuyer.com/pro…624 so i got this here to go with it. ebuyer.com/pro…026

    i know its a low-to medium, but it seems to be a good graphics card to start with, dont have to change the psu either.
    thanks man

    whatsThePoint;6702998

    Be fair.. we've all have an entry level PC at some point


    Sour Grapes:roll:

    If anyone's interested I just bought a similar spec from CCL without the hassle of having to build it myself:

    i5 750
    4gb ram
    650watt psu
    1tb drive
    geforce gts250

    £599
    It's extremely quiet and the case is big. Free next day delivery too. Am very happy with it.

    I bought it because it seems Eclipse Computers don't bother answering sales enquiries via email so I went elsewhere. Glad I did.

    What's with the huge power supply? Are you planning on doing a big upgrade later on?

    Would have gone for ebuyer.com/pro…946 myself, wouldn't trust the Arctic Power.

    EDIT:- I'm not trying to scaremonger, just my opinion.

    Original Poster

    Well the numbers are real for the 12V rail. that's mostly what I cared about. I'd've liked to have gotten a slightly more premium brand but I was hitting my budget at that point.

    Anyway it's up and running and running windows 7 64bit. I get a Windows Experience rating of 5.9 which isn't bad, the CPU is 7.3 and it isn't overclocked yet. My HDD speed brings the score down, but a SSD boot drive is on my list of future upgrades. That said it's only about 14 seconds to boot from cold and I haven't done anything to optimise it yet. So overall I'm happy with it.
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