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October 8, 2009 7:27:27 PM

Hi I am a web designer/developer and amateur photographer, I am a heavy multitasker and I use my pc all day long as I am a freelancer. I would also want to play the occasional game, but am in no way a regular gamer. So I am looking for a new fairly powerful system which would allow me to have two 24 inch screens working side by side and be able to hanle my workflow efficiently without alot of processing or loading delays.

Here is a spec quote by a local shop, as I am not so updated about hardware in the market, I would appreciate some feedback, like whether it is powerful enough for my needs, any components that are not up to scratch etc.

CPU Intel Core i7 920 2.66Ghz DO Stepping 1366
Asus P6t se x58 lga 1366
Corsair 6gb ddr3 1600Mhz XMS3 Triple ch cl8
Western Digital 1tb GP 32mb 7200rpm hdd
Gainward gtx275 896mb golden sample oc
LG DVD 22x dual layer write
Coolermaster HAF mini
Modxstream psu 700w sli

Thanks

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October 8, 2009 7:37:47 PM

The GTX 275 is a high end gaming card, it seems a bit much for playing the "occassional" game :D  . What games do you play exactly?

PSU is overkill unless you want to run two graphics cards in Crossfire/SLI.

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 would be the better choice for a HDD.


What is your budget by the way and what other parts do you not need i.e. OS ?
October 8, 2009 7:51:47 PM

drtanz said:
Hi I am a web designer/developer and amateur photographer, I am a heavy multitasker and I use my pc all day long as I am a freelancer. I would also want to play the occasional game, but am in no way a regular gamer. So I am looking for a new fairly powerful system which would allow me to have two 24 inch screens working side by side and be able to hanle my workflow efficiently without alot of processing or loading delays.

Here is a spec quote by a local shop, as I am not so updated about hardware in the market, I would appreciate some feedback, like whether it is powerful enough for my needs, any components that are not up to scratch etc.

CPU Intel Core i7 920 2.66Ghz DO Stepping 1366
Asus P6t se x58 lga 1366
Corsair 6gb ddr3 1600Mhz XMS3 Triple ch cl8
Western Digital 1tb GP 32mb 7200rpm hdd
Gainward gtx275 896mb golden sample oc
LG DVD 22x dual layer write
Coolermaster HAF mini
Modxstream psu 700w sli

Thanks


The system seems to be powerful enough to handle heavy multitasking. But regarding the Graphics card, I would recommend to go for ATI Radeon 5850 with 1GB GDDR5. And also regarding PSU, 600Watt with 80+ rating would be enough for the system. There are some good PSUs with 80+ ratings.
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October 8, 2009 8:05:34 PM

as for games I play, its mostly racing games that are not too involving, such as need for speed and the like

I have vista as an OS so dont need to buy that again, will buy windows 7 in a few months' time.

Price for this system is in the region of 1300 euros, which is the maximum I want to spend, lower would be better but I dont mind investing that amount for a good system that will last long and enable me to concentrate on my work rather than slow pcs. what i dont want is obviously extra stuff which i wouldnt need unless im a hardcore gamer
October 8, 2009 8:13:34 PM

Why not ebay (in your country) your copy of win vista and get it again with the free win7 coupon? ($100 vs $200!)
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October 8, 2009 8:19:53 PM

Make sure you use a 64-bit OS with that system or you'll only have about half of the 6GB available.
October 8, 2009 8:33:50 PM

Intel Core i7-920 Box 8192Kb, LGA1366
ASUS P6T SE, Sockel 1366, ATX, DDR3
6GB-Triple-Kit Corsair DDR3
XFX HD 4890 850M 1GB DDR5 DUAL DVI TV
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA II (HD103SJ)
Coolermaster HAF 922
OCZ StealthXStream 600W
LG GH22NS50

I used this site http://www2.hardwareversand.de/_/home.jsp and all that adds up to only €898.69. They deliver to most european countries with a flat rate for delivery depending on country. If you can get better prices from a local shop then go for it :) 

What country are you from by the way?
October 8, 2009 8:45:28 PM

Cheapest 5850 I could find is priced at €213, which as around $315. Do you think he should spend that much for a GPU when he only does "occassional" gaming?
Even the 4890 I suggested seems a bit much to me :o 
October 8, 2009 8:49:04 PM

I didn't price shop too much....
The 5850 is $260 on newegg
The gtx275 is ~ $210 - $275

There isn't much price difference. I guess it depends on the availability of the sites the OP buys from.
October 8, 2009 8:56:15 PM

build said:
Cheapest 5850 I could find is priced at €213, which as around $315. Do you think he should spend that much for a GPU when he only does "occassional" gaming?
Even the 4890 I suggested seems a bit much to me :o 

I was thinking a 5770 or 5750 would be ideal, but of course they wont be out for another month.
October 8, 2009 8:59:38 PM

Yeah, but prices are inflated here in Europe unfortunately :(  .

A 4890 is priced at around €160 or more, which is around $240. That's only $20 short of a 5850 in the US, but we have to fork out like $75 more over here :fou: 
October 8, 2009 9:01:33 PM

Ya, nothing like getting bent over.
October 8, 2009 9:02:25 PM

exactly :lol: 
October 8, 2009 9:29:01 PM

I just heard our wonderful US government is trying to add a national VAT so we can catch up with europe.
October 8, 2009 9:36:03 PM

I live in michigan. We are the only state in the US that had a VAT. However, it also replaced 7 other business taxes. So, if they introduce a VAT, it doesn't mean it will automatically drive up prices. It's just a different way of distributing the cost of taxes.
October 8, 2009 9:37:04 PM

that sucks :( 

But at least you guys didn't get an additional Income Levy of 2% on top of the high rate of taxes that we already pay :fou: 
October 8, 2009 9:42:24 PM

I'm in Malta, this is the shop I've spoken too http://tinyurl.com/yhgkor7

Unfortunately being a small country we dont have a lot of choice over here, and the need to ship everything over here inflates the prices a bit when compared to same specs abroad.

I was considering ordering from abroad but not so sure about that unless there is a good price difference, as then it will be alot of hassle if something goes wrong with the system. Postage to and from Malta is a bit prohibitve.
October 8, 2009 9:49:25 PM

I was also looking at the OCZ ram, dont know how it compares to the one i have on my spec quote, the ocz one they have is this http://tinyurl.com/ylnpegc
October 8, 2009 9:54:25 PM

They also stock the ATI card mentioned, http://tinyurl.com/ygmhg26 but there is no price listed, will need to give them a call, the Gainward one on the spec is priced at Euro245, wouldnt want to spend much more than that on the graphics card
October 8, 2009 10:07:08 PM

€245 for a GTX 275 ??? Damn, that's what I call getting bent over :lol:  I see the XFX 4890 is a whopping €275 on that site, a 5850 probably costs in excess of €300 :o 



October 8, 2009 10:55:11 PM

yes prices here are always more expensive unfortunately
October 11, 2009 10:52:27 PM

ok ill check if they can fit in the 4890 instead then, thanks
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