Asus P6TD Deluxe MB
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=41781

Corsair RAM, faster than the kit you had
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=38260

i7 920
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=36104

Cooler Master HAF
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/89353/ [...] 2-KKN1.asp

Get two 5870s if you can, or stay with one for now. It's a very powerful card.
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=41464

Corsair HX850 Is the better PSU
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=38465

The Noctua cooler is fine
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=41018

Hard drive
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=35042

DVD drive
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=40089

Operating system
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] s_id=41882

Hey guys, i have already gotten this rig approved, so please dont make any comments about what to change as i am on a tight budget. I just wanted to know, XP or vista and why? what is better. clearly from the rig, i am a gamer, so what is better? what will most new games be compatible with? Also, what exactly is windows 7? thanks
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  1. WIN 7 is the latest OS from the Microsoft stable...And I would suggest WIN 7 Home Premium 64bit for your usage...
    Though there is not much difference in performance between Vista SP1 and WIN 7 but WIN 7 has lots of new features and is newer...
  2. sweet thanks.....
  3. Your links are broken...
    Though you dont want any suggestion about that setup, but still I would suggest this -You can save good money going with i7 860 + P55 mobo as they also offer similar performance in gaming and the 860 has better Turbo mode(Overclocks by itself when needed) than 920 and would give out less heat and consume less power as its a 95W TDP CPU...
  4. thanks anyway, but im not really interested in overclocking.....
  5. ^ That's the point am telling you...
    As you are not interested in overclocking, the 860 is a better choice...It has higher stock clock speed and there is a feature on these chips, that enables the chip overclock itself when needed...So it would be highly advantageous to you...
  6. im sorry man, i didnt realise what you meant. um, but wouldnt this mean a new MOBO as well?
  7. Yes it would require different mobo. And diferent memory kit as 860 supports only 2 chanel memory when i7 use 3 channels.

    i7-920 also have turbo mode, so only difference is little slower frequency and smaller TDP.

    As i can see you getting 5870, go for W7, xp is slowly getting out of support and it would be shame not be able play DX10/11 titles. Vista was terrible system but i have now W7 and it is much better optimized
  8. @Gameraddict Yes you would need a new mobo as well...But those boards(P55) are cheaper than the X58 mobos...

    xrodney is right about the i7 920 having turbo mode but the its Turbo mode is not as good as the 860's...
  9. For memory, check search for this "For Intel 1156pin P55 i5, i7 & AM3 Motherboard"
    in this pdf - http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf
  10. Also P55 doesn't support PCIe 16x in both slots when X58 do.
    P55 use either 16x/8x or 16x/4x or 8x/8x (depending on board)
    X58 use 16x/16x1x or 16x/8x/8x because it have more PCIe links available.

    Hard to say but for CF it could have some impact on performance.
  11. ^ Well there was an article at www.anandtech.com which had a comparison between the X58 and P55 chipsets and it showed that there was roughly anywhere between 3- 8% performance difference running the HD 5870 crossfire in x8x8 and x16x16 setups...

    The X58 would be the better choice if one is willing to overclock it...
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