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June 6, 2009 6:54:33 PM

Ok, im looking to update my old 650i, pentium D rig to something that can keep up with the latest games at decent resolutions, i also do plenty of photoshop work and video encoding so im thinking of 64 bit.

These are my choices based on a £1000-1500 budget, i am however looking for bang for buck so to speak. Any opinions or recomendations on my choices? I personally think the i7 system sounds most promising for future upgradeability...

Prices are listed below specs..

Computer Case ANTEC Nine Hundred Gamers Case - Black
CPU Intel Core i7 920 (2.66GHz) 8 MB 4.8GT/s
Motherboard Asus P6T SE (Intel X58)
Memory Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) XMS3 1600MHz CAS 9 (DDR3)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 - 896 MB - 2xDVI/VGA (XFX) (Includes Far Cry 2)
Power Supply OCZ 700W Game XStream - Low Noise (Free 6 FT Extension Cable)
Hard Drive 1 500 GB SATA-II HDD UDMA 300 7200 16MB
Hard Drive 2 WD SATA-II VelociRaptor 74GB UDMA 300 10000RPM 16MB
Optical Drive 1 ASUS (DRW-2014L1T) DVD /- RW 22x - Black - Lightscribe (SATA)
Sound Card Motherboard Integrated 7.1 Sound
Firewire Card 1 Port Firewire IEEE 1394 (Built In)
Networking Motherboard Integrated Ethernet Lan (Broadband Ready)
USB Ports 10 X USB 2.0 Ports
CPU Heatsink Zalman (CNPS9900) Blue LED Tunnel Flower
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

£1,220.32

Computer Case Cooler Master Centurion 590
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 (4 x 3.0 GHZ) 1333FSB - 12 MB
Motherboard EVGA ULTIMATE GAMING BOARD 1600FSB (NVIDIA 790i ULTRA) DDR3
Memory Corsair 4GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x2GB) - Lifetime Warranty CAS 9 (DDR3)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 - 896 MB - 2xDVI/VGA (XFX) (Includes Far Cry 2)
Power Supply OCZ 700W Game XStream - Low Noise (Free 6 FT Extension Cable)
Hard Drive 1 WD SATA-II VelociRaptor 74GB UDMA 300 10000RPM 16MB
Hard Drive 2 500 GB SATA-II HDD UDMA 300 7200 16MB
Optical Drive 1 ASUS (DRW-2014L1T) DVD /- RW 22x - Black - Lightscribe (SATA)
Sound Card Motherboard Integrated 5.1 Sound
Networking Motherboard Integrated Ethernet Lan (Broadband Ready)
USB Ports 4 X USB 2.0 Ports
CPU Heatsink Zalman (CNPS9900) Blue LED Tunnel Flower
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

£1,167.97


Computer Case Cooler Master Centurion 590
CPU Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (4 x 3.0 GHZ) 1333FSB - 12 MB
Motherboard EVGA ULTIMATE GAMING BOARD 1600FSB (NVIDIA 790i ULTRA) DDR3
Memory Corsair 4GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x2GB) - Lifetime Warranty CAS 9 (DDR3)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 - 896 MB - 2xDVI/VGA (XFX) (Includes Far Cry 2)
Power Supply OCZ 700W Game XStream - Low Noise (Free 6 FT Extension Cable)
Hard Drive 1 500 GB SATA-II HDD UDMA 300 7200 16MB
Hard Drive 2 WD SATA-II VelociRaptor 74GB UDMA 300 10000RPM 16MB
Optical Drive 1 ASUS (DRW-2014L1T) DVD /- RW 22x - Black - Lightscribe (SATA)
Sound Card Motherboard Integrated 7.1 Sound
Networking Motherboard Integrated Ethernet Lan (Broadband Ready)
USB Ports 4 X USB 2.0 Ports
CPU Heatsink Zalman (CNPS9900) Blue LED Tunnel Flower
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

£1,408.32

Computer Case Cooler Master Centurion 590
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 (4 x 2.83 GHZ) 1333FSB - 12 MB
Motherboard XFX Gaming Board 1333 FSB (NVIDIA 780i)
Memory Corsair XMS2 4GB PC-6400 800 MHZ (2 x 2 GB) - Lifetime Warranty (DDR2)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 OC2 - 1 GB - 2xDVI/VGA (BFG) (Includes Far Cry 2)
Power Supply OCZ 700W Game XStream - Low Noise (Free 6 FT Extension Cable)
Hard Drive 1 500 GB SATA-II HDD UDMA 300 7200 16MB
Hard Drive 2 WD SATA-II VelociRaptor 74GB UDMA 300 10000RPM 16MB
Optical Drive 1 Samsung (SH-D162D) 16x DVD-ROM Black (IDE)
Optical Drive 2 ASUS (DRW-2014L1T) DVD /- RW 22x - Black - Lightscribe (SATA)
Sound Card Motherboard Integrated 5.1 Sound
Networking Motherboard Integrated Ethernet Lan (Broadband Ready)
USB Ports 4 X USB 2.0 Ports
CPU Heatsink Zalman (CNPS9900) Blue LED Tunnel Flower
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

£1,123.48

Computer Case Cooler Master Centurion 590
CPU AMD Phenom II X4 955 (4 x 3.2 GHz) 8MB - Black Edition
Motherboard Asus M4A79 Deluxe 5200MT/s (AMD 790FX)
Memory Corsair XMS2 4GB PC2-8500 1066 MHZ (2 x 2 GB) - Lifetime Warranty (DDR2)
Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 4870 XXX - 1 GB - 2xDVI/VGA (XFX) (Includes 3D Mark Vantage)
Power Supply OCZ 700W Game XStream - Low Noise (Free 6 FT Extension Cable)
Hard Drive 1 500 GB SATA-II HDD UDMA 300 7200 16MB
Hard Drive 2 WD SATA-II VelociRaptor 74GB UDMA 300 10000RPM 16MB
Optical Drive 1 ASUS (DRW-2014L1T) DVD /- RW 22x - Black - Lightscribe (SATA)
Sound Card Motherboard Integrated 5.1 Sound
Networking Motherboard Integrated Ethernet Lan (Broadband Ready)
USB Ports 4 X USB 2.0 Ports
CPU Heatsink Zalman (CNPS9900) Blue LED Tunnel Flower
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

£1,033.18

Thanks guys, any help is much appreciated..

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June 6, 2009 7:09:24 PM

1: change any of the 500GB drives to Western Digital Black 640GB models
2: ditch any of the velociraptor drives, if you really need the speed, get an ssd (though it's not really in your budget)
3: any build that has 2 DVD drives, only keep the burner, save yourself the 20 bucks or so
4: save money and use Windows 7 RC until the OEm/System builder comes out then get it

i would go with either build 1 or the last one
if you go with the last one (AMD) get the M4A79T Deluxe and change the memory to G.Skill DDR3 1333 (if you need more memory than 4GB, DDR3 might be cheaper later and it is certainly not that much more expensive now)
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June 6, 2009 7:47:10 PM

mindless728 said:
1: change any of the 500GB drives to Western Digital Black 640GB models
2: ditch any of the velociraptor drives, if you really need the speed, get an ssd (though it's not really in your budget)
3: any build that has 2 DVD drives, only keep the burner, save yourself the 20 bucks or so
4: save money and use Windows 7 RC until the OEm/System builder comes out then get it

i would go with either build 1 or the last one
if you go with the last one (AMD) get the M4A79T Deluxe and change the memory to G.Skill DDR3 1333 (if you need more memory than 4GB, DDR3 might be cheaper later and it is certainly not that much more expensive now)


i agree with this, especially the hard drive. get that 640 WD instead of the 500. i7 is definitely the way to go and that antec 900 is a killer case.
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