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New Computer build cause my old one is just damn crap

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October 7, 2009 3:11:05 AM

Hi,

It's been ages since I've looked into the computing market. Just did abit of homework and have come up with a computer system. Here's the build:

CPU: Intel i7 920 (AU$350)
GFX: Gigabyte GTX285 (AU$431)
RAM: Corsair 6GB TR3X6G1600C9 (AU$180)
MOBO: Asus P6T (AU$279)
PSU: Corsair VX550W (AU$120)
CASE: NZXT Lexa Blueline (AU$150)

I'm gonna use other components I already use:
2 * 500GB HDD
DVD Burner
2 * 22" Asus VK222H
Logitech THX Z-2300.
Razer Lycosa.
Razer Lachesis.

I'm not sure if this system looks ideal? If there are any parts that don't work together? Or if there are other suggestions?

I am open to any thoughts. Thanks.
October 7, 2009 8:47:53 AM

If this build is purely for gaming, you should consider the Core I5. It performs very close to the 920 in terms of gaming and should cost a lot less.

Also for the GPU, you might want to take a look at ATI's new 5850/5870 cards instead.
October 7, 2009 11:11:31 AM

Yes, since you are buying a PSU for a single card only, there is no need for an X58 board. Unless you feel like you will have to have a 6-core CPU next year.

i7 860 and a P55 board should be fine if you need a bit more processing power.

i7 860
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/123634/CPU_INTEL_SOCKET_115...

Gigabyte P55 board
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/123242/MOTHERBOARD_INTEL_SO...

G.skill low latency DDR3
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/125859/MEMORY_MEMORY_DDR-3_...

5870
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/127000/VIDEOCARDS_RADEON_PC...

5850
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/127001/VIDEOCARDS_RADEON_PC...
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October 7, 2009 11:23:44 AM

thanks for reply.

i very much doubt i'll be using a 6-core cpu next year haha

i don't mind spending a bit more for a faster system and better gfx. i game ALOT haha! i also do graphic based work.

i just looked at the 5870. looks awesome! its about AU$550.

is my PSU satisfactory? would i need more power? i might consider running 2 gfx if need be.
October 7, 2009 4:28:45 PM

Corsair VX550 is entirely satisfactory for a 5870/5850 and Core i5 750 / Core i7 920 build.

Proximon's recommended Core i7 860 / P55 MB / 5870 is an awesome gaming system.
October 7, 2009 9:35:20 PM

Hmmm I need a new avatar too :p 

We need some newer, better models for single-GPU gaming rigs, or at least more selection.

One, that might be a bit better than the 550VX, is the TP-550:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you feel confident about using these new rebate cards, go for the 550VX.
October 8, 2009 8:44:24 AM

hmm nice advice :)  saving me some good bucks!

soooo, so far i'm lookin at:

CPU: i7 860 (AU$365 from msy.com.au)

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R (AU$165 from msy.com.au)

GFX: ATI 5870 (AU$550 from http://www.megaware.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_...)

PSU: Corsair VX550W (AU$124 from techbuy.com.au)

CASE: NZXT Lexa Blackline (AU$149 from msy.com.au)

RAM: Was going for the Corsair TR3X6G16000C9. But that is for i7 9xx right? I do prefer Corsair Memory. Any suggestions? 4GB should be enough yea?

Another questions is with the ATI 5870. There are many different priced ones from different companies. Is there any specifics I should be careful of? Or are they similar?
October 8, 2009 8:53:47 AM

P55 mobo's only have a dual channel RAM controller so 6GB is not needed.

As for the 5870, Sapphire is a good brand.
October 8, 2009 9:10:24 AM

The only difference in these early 5870s will be the warranty and service. Possibly some quality control issues.

Later on there will be various cooling solutions and things will be more interesting.

Sapphire has been at it a long time and is respected. XFX has a great warranty. HIS is getting a good rep, although fairly new.
October 8, 2009 10:32:36 PM

sweeet. thanks guys. i'm pretty much settled for my parts.

although i got some spare money, might buy extra HDDs for storing stuff.

2 * WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200rpm 32mb cache?

Unless I can spend it on some other part instead?
October 9, 2009 4:48:24 AM

A single 1TB Caviar Black would be faster. The 640GB and 1TB versions are the faster ones.

Also a good CPU cooler.
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/119073/COOLING_CPU_FANS/Coo...

I realize you aren't shopping here but they are in your country and have a good selection, so they are easy to reference.
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