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Buying new gaming i7 build TOMORROW

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January 2, 2009 4:45:49 PM

New Build:
Monitor 22" Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW 1680x1050
HDD 3.5" Samsung F1 500GB HD501LJ/HD502IJ 7200U/m 61.10 €
PSU 650W Corsair TX650W 106.69 €
CASE Coolermaster Dominator Xcalade 690 Window 85.12 €
GPU PowerColor (Retail) HD4870 512MB 2xDVI/TV 203.60 €
RAM 3072MB OCZ PC3-10666 CL7 KIT XTC Platinum 89.05 €
CPU Intel Core i7 920 4x2.67GHz BOX 281.20 €
MB Gigabyte GA-EX58-DS4 X58

Although after doing some research I came to the conclusion that the system listed above suits
my needs and budget the best, I am not quite sure if there isn't some more room to optimize
the rig for a better gaming performance. Keep in mind I wish to keep it under 1050 Euros, which is
about 1450USD. If you are so nice to help me you may look at the site where I plan to buy my
new hardware: here.

I would like the system to be cooled well, so it can stay on - under last - for about 10 hours a day.
No doubt I'm going to need an aftermarket cpu cooler but I'm planing on buying one when I will
start overclocking it after a year. Is this set up even decent for overclocking?

I dont only game; I use it mainly for multimedia purposes such as music, movies etc. I do use
software such VS C++ 2008, 3DS MAX, Photoshop and others. Sometimes a bit of encoding too.

Please let me know what you think! All opinions are greatly appreciated.

Core 2 and AMD are out of question, but I would like an alternative Nvidia card to the HD4870
in the same pricerange.

Thank you for your time.
January 2, 2009 5:34:35 PM

I forgot to mention the fqct that my current system is a Celeron D at 2.8GHz with 1 GB RAM and a Radeon 9800XT 128mb so I'm hoping for great improvements.
January 2, 2009 5:51:24 PM

What motherboard are you going to get with it? and what cooler?
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January 2, 2009 6:04:32 PM

raid it - your got a 8 year old hdd technolgy with 1 month old cpu - raid0! i put dual spinners in every system.

why wait to oc? intel does not sell extreme chips and tell people not to oc for year - crank it up!
giga mobo is nice, the ram is not! get 6gb for $150 of 1333 and run it at 1600 = 4.1ghz

<--- i change my avatar i added a saying! 4ghz or die! lol!

i go with a bigger psu if your going to add a card to 850w even 750w for only a few dollars more - your will be fine but it is not in the efficency range of 60%

i just got with a new twist added dual fans to the true - temps went from 41c last build to 30c in bios at 4ghz

wow! big drop
January 2, 2009 6:15:56 PM

My only suggestion would be to upgrade the Power Supply Unit. 650W is doable, but should you ever throw in a second 4870, and OC that processor, you could find yourself wishing you had a larger power supply.

First of all, you need to make sure if you're spending money on a new one, that it'll handle your system. AND, make sure it handles your system and isnt' at 100% of its ability (heat and inefficiency).

Plus, you should be able to buy a new PSU and keep it for 2-3 years if you do your research. :) 

EDIT: Also, with regards to your RAM. If you're running Windows XP 3GB is probably fine. If you're running Vista (especially if 64bit) you could benefit from something higher (generally think in those three way RAM setups you're looking 3GB or 6GB). Just a thought. :) 

As far as nVidia GPUs comparing to that HD4870 for the price. Not sure you're going to find that right now. Going to the website you linked to, even the GTX 260 is more expensive than the 4870 you listed above. Let alone the GTX 260 Core 216 version, or the GTX 280.

You're best off with the HD4870 I think for the price.
January 2, 2009 6:19:02 PM

i would put 750-850 in that build and 1000w wth the 4870x2
January 2, 2009 6:44:19 PM

so you're going from a celeron to a i7? may i ask what specifically you do on your computer that requires such a drastic increase?
January 2, 2009 6:49:56 PM

Wrong forum. Go to new system build.
January 2, 2009 7:02:42 PM

You will be shocked at how capable the i7 920 is.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

1) Go ahead and get the cooler now. The Noctua for sale on that site is a good one. The reason for an initial purchase is that coolers need to be mounted while the motherboard is removed from the case. I hate to do that later to a system that is already set up and running well.

2) Consider 6gb. games and everything else do better with 6gb. Here's why:
http://www.corsair.com/_appnotes/AN811_Gaming_Performan...
If you will do lots of multitasking, 6gb is better to hold all the tasks without interfering with each other.
I understand also that photoshop likes lots of ram. I used faster ram, but I don't think it was necessary. Subsequent benchmarks show little performance advantage in real applications ascompared to synthetic benchmarks. Do plan on using vista 64 bit.

3) For a great coling case that is cheap, look at the Antec 300.

FYI:
The GTX260 is approximately the equal to the 4870. The gtx260-216 version competes with the 4870-1gb card.

---good luck---
January 2, 2009 7:25:45 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU-Components to section Homebuilt Systems by Jake_Barnes
January 2, 2009 7:47:50 PM

werxen said:
so you're going from a celeron to a i7? may i ask what specifically you do on your computer that requires such a drastic increase?


werxen did you even bother to read the OP's post?

Quote:
I am not quite sure if there isn't some more room to optimize
the rig for a better gaming performance.


He's looking to optimize this i7 build for gaming performance. Obviously gaming performance is important to the OP.

Quote:
I dont only game; I use it mainly for multimedia purposes such as music, movies etc. I do use
software such VS C++ 2008, 3DS MAX, Photoshop and others. Sometimes a bit of encoding too.


3DS Max will probably appreciate the upgrade. As will Photoshop, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Notepad....

You made the point yourself werxen. He's using a Celeron! :) 

"Friends Don't Let Friends run Celeron!"

Besides, if he upgrades to i7 now, he won't be due to upgrade again for a while. :sol: 
January 2, 2009 11:13:07 PM

Thank you guys for commenting my post and giving me such valuable advices.
I reconsidered my build and changed it to 6GB RAM and 750W Corsair TX750W PSU.

My other choice would be 850W Coba APE- 1000F SLI 80Plus for 111 €. All other
850 good brand PSU are unavailable at the moment or too expensive.

Do you think the 850W Coba is worth the extra 100W over the 750W Corsair PSU?
I've never heard of "Coba" so I'm really carefull with it.

werxen said:
so you're going from a celeron to a i7? may i ask what specifically you do on your computer that requires such a drastic increase?


Werxen, I became homosexual and the gay porno I watch requires a x58 build. My Celeron could't handle the "hard" power needed.
January 3, 2009 10:35:25 AM

good "come"back. I think the 750W wuld serve you ok. When the time comes and new graphics come out, who knows what PSU will work.

Enjoy you system, sounds like a dandy!
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