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October 29, 2009 4:10:57 AM

I have decided on going with a local store memoryexpress.ca rather then newegg because i cant get my hands on a 5850 from them. So this is what we came up with, so I just wanted someone else to look over it make sure its ok. Like the patriot ram thats 1.9v is it good ram? and will the 5850 fit into the antec 300 case.

This was my old build
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...



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Intel Coreā„¢ i5 Processor 750 2.66GHz w/ 8MB Cache
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Asus P7P55D PRO w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, PCI-E, CrossFireX / SLI
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Patriot Extreme Performance Viper II Series DDR3 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-12800 Low Latency Dual Channel Kit
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October 29, 2009 4:16:57 AM

Sounds like a good build, but my only question is why not go just a little higher and get a core i7 with triple channel ram support?
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October 29, 2009 4:37:16 AM

I dont know, I live in canada and it would cost me couple hundred extra dollars to upgrade it. I was hopeing this build would last me 3-4 years and by then I would need a new computer even if i did go with a i7. So the build is a ok with that ram and all?
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October 29, 2009 4:45:31 AM

nevermind i read wrong the rams not 1.9v
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October 29, 2009 7:46:10 AM

You should check out newegg for the i5, there going for $199.99
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October 29, 2009 7:53:24 AM

Sorry didn't see that you don't want any newegg=)

I'm actually building a comp and waiting for that 5850 as well. Everywhere is pretty much out right now. I recommend just getting a total cheapo card now, until the 5850 becomes more available.

Looking at your prices on things you could get a lot of that stuff cheaper at newegg though...
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October 29, 2009 3:30:26 PM

nightlytoast said:
Sorry didn't see that you don't want any newegg=)

I'm actually building a comp and waiting for that 5850 as well. Everywhere is pretty much out right now. I recommend just getting a total cheapo card now, until the 5850 becomes more available.

Looking at your prices on things you could get a lot of that stuff cheaper at newegg though...



I believe the newegg.ca site has higher prices than the newegg.com/us site does, so there may not actually be a price difference--at the very least--you would be paying more to ship to canada through newegg so it will probably work out fine either way.

Seems like a good build, and unless you need Hyperthreading there isn't really a big reason to go with an i7 anyway. I plan to build an i5 machine in the near future, be sure to post back up after your build with results/benchmarks etc! The difference in triple channel wont be that great for most gaming applications, especially since the new 1156 socket has such a great memory bandwidth usage as opposed to older sockets being about 40-50% the 1156 is around 90%. If you are really concerned with memory, try a board that supports DDR3 2000 and bump up your RAM speeds.
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October 29, 2009 3:55:44 PM

Whereabouts in Canada do you live? If you live near Ottawa or Montreal, it might be worth checking out www.pccyber.com and going to one of their retail stores. Prices there are generally comparable to, or better than, newegg's prices.
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October 29, 2009 9:57:05 PM

Nope I live in Alberta, and im going to see what the price diffrence would be to get a i7-860 instead, but ill probably still go with the i5. Im finaly getting it built tommorow woohoo. Heres hoping that they dont say there out of 5850s lol.

Also I wasnt realy worried about not having enough ram, was just wondering if patriot is a good brand for ram and if it will work well this this system.
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November 4, 2009 10:33:29 PM

dirtdiver said:
I believe the newegg.ca site has higher prices than the newegg.com/us site does, so there may not actually be a price difference--at the very least--you would be paying more to ship to canada through newegg so it will probably work out fine either way.

Seems like a good build, and unless you need Hyperthreading there isn't really a big reason to go with an i7 anyway. I plan to build an i5 machine in the near future, be sure to post back up after your build with results/benchmarks etc! The difference in triple channel wont be that great for most gaming applications, especially since the new 1156 socket has such a great memory bandwidth usage as opposed to older sockets being about 40-50% the 1156 is around 90%. If you are really concerned with memory, try a board that supports DDR3 2000 and bump up your RAM speeds.


what kind of benchmarks do you mean, i would like to make sure that my sistem is running decent.
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November 5, 2009 11:46:37 AM

3Dmark is a pretty standard benchmark program--but you can also use specific things (games that have video stress tests) to see how well your machine performs in games. I am not sure which games have stress tests, aside from Counter Strike Source.

Using Prime95 to test your machine, 3Dmark, and the video test from a few games should give you a good idea of how well your machine performs..
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November 5, 2009 12:03:41 PM

I hope you haven't buy the computer yet.
Because there is another motherboard that support USB , SATA 3.0 + SLI/CF and similar prcing with the Asus board:
Its the GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P.
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November 22, 2009 10:12:39 PM

I finaly got my new computer and i want to post my 3dmark but im not sure how. I do have some concerns tho as i did compare with some other i5 builds and they had much better scores with even an 4870.

If anyone is using 3dmark vantage here where my results for this build on high with 1920x1080 16:9 1080p res

gpu score 7766
cpu score 12316

gpu test1 23.7fps
gpu test2 21fps

cpu test1 1741 plans/s
cpu test2 15.6 steps/s

I looked at some of the i7 5870 scores and they where 6x better then mine, so im wondering if theres something wrong with my build or am i just a noob

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November 23, 2009 11:18:17 AM

I wouldn't stress too much about 3Dmark results--if you are experiencing issues in your gaming or other applications it may be worth looking into. IMO, the 3Dmark results are rather skewed, you can compare "your system" with "common systems" and "fastest systems" and the curve is way off. The "common system" basis they use is not truly an average/common machine by any means (reference results from my laptop review http://i441.photobucket.com/albums/qq139/Dirtdiver06/3d... ) the "common system" being an i7 with a GTX295. It is not a level playing field, and therefor IMO not a very good basis for seeing how your system performs. Use your own video stress tests via the games you play (Counter Strike Source for example, has it's own Video Stress Test). www.guru3d.com has plenty of benchmarks and other demos you can DL to see how your system can handle different types of graphics etc.

Check out my laptop review, I did my best to make a non-subjective review that shows strictly the performance of the laptop, and not trying to compare it to the "common" or "fastest" systems.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...
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