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Clocksmith

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Hello everyone

I was planning on building a machine with some headroom for upgrades but capable of running multiple programs
or some of the newer games with ok settings. When I was in my early teens I learned to build a pc and was
very interested in the components, it's safe to say that I knew things better back than I do now, 10 years later.
Budget is about 800euros. I know this is not the overclocking forum, but I could use some tips on what to get on the cooling side.

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 @ 82€

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 166€

GPU: HD5770 CuCore 1024MB @ 117€

PSU: Corsair VX550W @ 65€

RAM: 4GB OCZ CL9 Gold PC3-10666 OCZ3G1333LV4GK @ 67€

Hard drive: WD Caviar Blue 500GB WD5000AAKS 7200U/m 16MB 300-SATA @ 33€

Case: Cooler Master CM 690 Advanced II (2x 140mm fans, 1x 120mm fan) @ 90€

Optical drive: DVD Sony AD7260S @ 19€

Monitor: Benq E2220 HD 21,5" @ 139€

This would add up to 778€ with only the keyboard missing (unless I have missed something else).

I guess I am most worried about the PSU, I was thinking of getting one with higher voltage (luckily Corsair is quality)
but my friend who should be more knowledgeable about these things suggested that there's no need to go too high.
PSU wattage calculators seem to support his stance, but I'd still like a third opinion. I am planning to OC the T1055 (to about 3,3Ghz)
some time in the future should this be my final setup; by what I've read it seems that there's lots of room for upgrading
without any changes in voltage (I'd like to avoid fiddling with the voltages). Since I know that increasing any multipliers
won't be an option I'm also wondering how well that RAM might take to overclocking, OCZ is a totally unknown brand to me.
I have heard some good and bad things about the GPU so I hope you guys can clarify some of that, mostly the negative comments
have been about the cooling of that card. Future upgrades would probably consist of more RAM, better GPU, perhaps water cooling
and a bit more ambitious OC figures to go with it.

Other than that I am very happy to have joined these forums and would just like to hear your general opinions!
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Petrachih

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Make sure the motherboard has integrated audio or you'll have to purchase an Audio Card.
EDIT: The PSU should be fine! And one tip.. I noticed you're using Euros. If you purchase the same components on an american website you'll spend relatively less due to the EU/USD ratio. Give it a try!

Edited by Petrachih, 12 January 2011 - 03:18 PM.

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