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Would this core i7 system be good?

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July 7, 2009 5:40:23 PM

I'm planning this system to replace my P4 HT 3.0GHz (no dual core).

I use it mainly for office work and multimedia (1080p home video editing) on Ubuntu.

I might try one of the latest games one day... my last game was a racing game in the PS2 :D 

I want it to be quiet, my P4 is so noisy!

(prices in Euros)

INTEL CORE i7 920 2.66Ghz 1366 BOX
Price:249.01

GIGABYTE GZ-X6
Price:38.00

Fuente 460W Gigabyte SuperB Power Silent
Price:33.00

GIGABYTE 1366 EX58-UD3R
Price:173.00

DDR3 6GB/1600Mhz (3x2Gb) GOLD OCZ
Price:101.00

NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT 512 MB PCI-E Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-512I
Price:88.00

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July 7, 2009 8:18:35 PM

If u want to game then change your VGA and go for a GTX 275/ATI HD 4890 if your budget allows.

Also i recommend u getting a Corsair 450/520W PSU instead :) 
July 7, 2009 9:40:26 PM

Maziar said:
If u want to game then change your VGA and go for a GTX 275/ATI HD 4890 if your budget allows.

Also i recommend u getting a Corsair 450/520W PSU instead :) 


Thanks for the comments!

I'm really not a gamer (I'm 38 with a lot of work and wife) just may play a game one day ;)  that's why I think the 9600GT is good enough for me (gets 30fps in most games at not too high resolutions). Also it is fanless... not noisy.

About the power supply, as the graphic card doesn't require a lot of power I think is enough also, and I've been told is not noisy.

I could spend a lot more money and add the best of everything, but I consider a waste of money as I will not really be taking advantage of all of it. I'm trying get a more than "decent" system in a reasonable price (about 700 euros).

In any case, again thank you for the comments.
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July 8, 2009 5:33:32 AM

No problem :)  ok then keep the 9600GT and how much does the Corsair 450W cost there ?
July 8, 2009 5:47:34 AM

I agree something like Corsair or Antec, :D 
July 8, 2009 12:27:52 PM

because they are quality brands
July 8, 2009 8:51:08 PM

That website has some wack PSU's... The only one I could recognize was the OCZ....

I guess the OCZ 500w should be a good buy but make sure its an OCZ and not a OCZB counterfeit. There are some websites that post a well known PSU but when you purchase the parts they are some kind of "made in china" counterfeits. Meaning you did not get what was posted on the website. That website looks kinda sketchy.....
July 9, 2009 4:16:32 AM

Good system if you are not a gamer. I reccomend getting a more quality power supply though..
July 9, 2009 4:33:18 AM

All of the specs on that 500 watt OCZ match the ones given on newegg including the efficiency rating so it should be a real one. It should be sufficient power for your needs and its from a decent company.
July 9, 2009 5:29:15 AM

I'm surprised that most criticims come from the power supply :heink:  and just a little bit from the graphic card ;) 

In the end they didn't have the 9600GT TSL (fanless) apparently the distributor of Gigabyte spain send them a 9600GSO N96-GMC-512H which is also fanless...

After some investigation (it's quite confusing) I found out that it is based on the "NVidia 9600GSO 512" engine which is not the same engine as the "NVidia 9600 GSO" engine! The second one (NVidia 9600 GSO) is the engine present on the 8800 which has 96 shaders (compared to 48 in the 9600GT) and with 196bits bandwith (compared to 256 in the 9600GT). That engine is, in some cases, faster than the 9600GT (when additional shaders are used and compensate for the narrower bandwith). In fact this engine is a re-branded nvidia 8800.

On the other hand, the engine "NVidia 9600 GSO" is kind of a cut down 9600GT engine. It has only 48 shaders like in the 9600GT and a 256bits bandwith. This card is definetely less powerful than a 9600GT.

In the end I rejected the 9600GSO N96-GMC-512H and fed up of wasting my time I decided to go for... the GIGABYTE ATI HD4850 1 GB PCI-E!!! Also fanless for just 125 Euros so 33 Euros more than the 9600GT TSL.

I think you will all agree that the 4850 is a much better card with which I can play games like Crysis one day if I want to (I don't know if I'll want, but just in case ;)  )

Finally I added also a front 12cm fan to the box (5 Euros) to create the airflow to keep everything cool without noise.

And as I have two DVI-D outputs I bough also a Samsung P2250, a 21.5" (strange it is not a 22 but I don't mind) with 1920 x 1080 for 185 Euros which I'll put besides my current Samsung 205BW (20" 1680x1050).

Regarding the power supply, the shop (it is a phisical shop with a "homemade" webpage) tells me that it is the unit they use in most of their preconfigured systems and that it works very well, even with cards like the 9800GT or the GTX260. I'm going to keep it and if I get problems they will change it under the 2 years warranty (by law in Spain).

The final price is 708 Euros which I think is quite good for a corei7 with a good 6Gb memory and a Radeon 4850. Then adding 185 Euros for the monitor + 26.99 for shipping totals 919.99 Euros (or about 1,279.49 USD according to xe.com). Probably US prices are a bit lower... but if I were to buy there I would have to pay import taxes, so not worth it.

I think I should have enough with this desktop for the next 5 years at least :D  and I can do some OC if I want a bit more ;) 
July 9, 2009 5:37:21 AM

If I were you id just get that OCZ 500w and at least a GTX 9800 1GB / 4850. Trust me you will want to upgrade if you decide on the 9600, as far as gaming the 9600 = Fail.
July 9, 2009 5:39:16 AM

OvrClkr said:
If I were you id just get that OCZ 500w and at least a GTX 9800 1GB / 4850. Trust me you will want to upgrade if you decide on the 9600, as far as gaming the 9600 = Fail.


May be we crossed posts. I've changed to Radeon 4850 fanless. If the power supply fails I'll get it replaced under the 2 years waranty ;) 
July 9, 2009 5:43:32 AM

Good choice and yes it looks like we crossed posts. Update us once you have finished your build.
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