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Building a Desktop: Will it Work?

by quantumoftoast / June 21, 2010 6:10 AM PDT

I've decided to build a custom desktop that will be used for both gaming and rendering. I'm also going to overclock the CPU to maximize its potential. However, I'm not sure if the parts I used 1) will fit in the case I have picked and 2) are compatible with each other (ie, power cables, etc). Can anybody please help?

Case: Antec 300
CPU: Intel i5-750
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
GPU: Diamond Radeon HD 5870
RAM: OCZ DDR2-800 4GB (2 x 2GB)
PSU: Cooler Master GX 750W
HDD: EcoGreen F2 5,400RPM 1TB
Mobo: Intel DH55TC
Disk Drive: Samsung 22x DVD

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by sandysmith4822 / June 21, 2010 7:20 AM PDT

The mobo you're using needs DDR3 ram. (As most i5 processors do, afaik.)

It should (I say "should" with a lot of caution here.) fit in your case. You may want to look at modding it so you ca allow for more airflow if you plan to overclock. (Or get a watercooled system, I've seen a number of them.)

I would advise you to find a HDD with 7,200 RPM. I had a 5,400 Green Drive and it made loading times uncomfortable for games and other applications.

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I second the first poster's comments...
by VAPCMD / June 21, 2010 10:07 AM PDT

5,400 RPM drives are inconsistent with going fast and the DDR2 RAM won't work at all.

Re the motherboard ... how/why did you select that particular MB ?


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Thanks for the suggestion... mobo explanation?
by quantumoftoast / June 22, 2010 10:17 AM PDT

Okay, thanks so far. I've changed the RAM to 4 GB of OCZ DDR3-1333, and I'm getting a Seagate Barracuda 7,200 RPM 500 GB (I figure that I can always add another 500 GB later to get the terabyte if I need it).

Also, the reason why I'm getting that mobo is because Micro Center, the store I'm getting most of my parts from, is selling that one on the cheap. It also got decent reviews on Newegg, although I'm not sure if being a mATX board might cause problems. Do you have any other mobo suggestions?

Thanks a lot!

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intel mobo's generally have less features
by ramarc / June 23, 2010 7:51 AM PDT

than a comparable msi or asus mobo. generally those other brands have overclocking features and are more 'tweakable'.

if you just want to install it and be sure it works, the intel's an ok choice. if you want overclock or optimize for performance, a different mobo may be a better choice and not cost any more.

an matx mobo won't cause any problems but you might not be able to install certain big (expensive but fast) video cards and 3rd party cpu coolers without blocking some slots or nudging some mobo components. but if those don't interest you, don't fret about the matx.

i can't recommend a different mobo since it would depend on a) how much you want to spend, and b) just how much the intel mobo costs.

ps: seagate 7200.10 500gb drives under-perform compared to comparable drives from western digital and hitachi. suggest you get a different brand or make sure you're getting a 7200.12

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