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Core i5 board and cpu space in Antec Nine Hundred 2 case?

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November 3, 2009 8:11:37 AM

(Related to my previous post about ram)
I am thinking for my first build, instead of using the Intel E8500 CPU and the Asus P5Q3 motherboard, to use: Intel S1156 Core i5 750 2.66GHz Quad Core CPU, ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Core i5, DDR3 4GB Corsair XMS3 1333MHz PC10600 using an Asus 9800GT 1gb PCIe GPU.

I have three questions:
1. Will this setup fit into my case which I am planning on being the Antec Nine Hundred Two?
2. Is this system going to be able to run future games and not have to be upgraded in six months?
3. Any suggestions on better configurations but still keeping around the same price as I am on a semi-tight budget.

Thanks for the help

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November 3, 2009 8:25:11 AM

1. It will fit the case.

2. The 9800 GT will do OK for a little while but you will want up upgrade that within the year. With DX11 card prices going down by then and more DX11 and demanding games coming out you will want to trade up.

3. Build looks OK but the GPU is the low end of that chain but you can't upgrade it without pushing your budget much higher.
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November 3, 2009 8:29:50 AM

Ok, thanks.
Suggestions for a better GPU? (sorry, i'm a newbie when it comes to computer parts) I may be able to push the budget a little higher
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November 3, 2009 8:38:11 AM

Gigabyte HD 5750 1 GB - $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the entry level point into the HD 5000 series and DX 11 for the time being. It's several steps above the 9800 GT but costs a good bit more too.


If you don't want to spend that much, try card this instead. Performance is even higher but you don't get DX 11.
XFX HD 4870 512 MB - $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, what is your power supply? That may determine what you can get.
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November 3, 2009 8:41:16 AM

Thanks, my PSU is the Antec TruePower 650W
edit: is there a major difference between the 512mb and the 1gb GPU's?

(btw i dont plan on oc'ing due to the lack of BIOS skill that I have)
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November 3, 2009 8:51:11 AM

PSU will be good enough for the HD 4870 then.

The difference between 512 MB and 1 GB is a matter of screen resolution and certain processing techniques like anti-Aliasing. If you game at 1920x1080 or higher or plan to use a lot of AA, then you'll want to lean towards 1 GB. If you are lower than that or use no AA, 512 MB will do fine.

Also, don't worry about the difference in RAM between those 2 cards. The performance differences of the cards alone make the RAM a moot issue.
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November 3, 2009 8:55:11 AM

The shop that I plan on buying the parts from has the XFX, Saphire and the Gigabyte versions of the HD5750 advertises them only 50AUD above what I would have paid for the 9800GT. Whats a good brand to go with? and will the PSU be able to power the HD5750?
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November 3, 2009 8:56:44 AM

The HD 5750 actually uses less power than the HD 4870 so your PSU is more than enough for it.

All 3 are good brands but XFX usually has a lifetime warranty on their cards.
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November 3, 2009 9:01:01 AM

Found two versions of the Gigabyte HD5750 one's DDR5 the others GDDR5, whats the difference (besides the $50 price gap between the two)?
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November 3, 2009 9:05:08 AM

Can you link me to that?

DDR5 IS GDDR5. So there is not difference there. And none of the manufactures are releasing any special editions of the cards yet so there shouldn't be a $50 difference between the same card from the same company (or any company right now).
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November 3, 2009 9:15:58 AM

Wow. That site could use some help.

I don't see 2 listings for a gigabyte HD 5750 though perhaps you're seeing the Gigabyte HD 5770 right below it? The HD 5770 is a more powerful card than the HD 5750. I know the number scheme can be confusing at first.

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November 3, 2009 9:20:33 AM

Ahh, true. Sorry about that, gotta learn to read before I post. Thanks for your help though. I think I will definately push the budget to fit the HD5750. :) . Hopefully during the christmas break I'll have a new comp :D 
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November 3, 2009 9:25:01 AM

No problem. Those similar number schemes can make a guy go cross-eyed after a while.

Good luck on the build.
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November 3, 2009 9:27:24 AM

Thanks :) 
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November 3, 2009 4:09:08 PM

Not sure the 5770 benches any faster than the 4870, from what I read its about 5% slower and costs about $10 more for the 1 gig versions. I wouldn't really consider the DX 11 a selling point for a mid range first generation DX11 card if its anything like the first DX10 cards. probably will not play DX11 games on anything but low to med settings. Might come down to overclockability and power consumption if thats an issue for you.
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November 4, 2009 1:05:48 AM

But the HD 4870 is no gaming slouch on its own so even with 5% less performance (a gap likely erased with future driver updates) you can still use high settings.
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