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Most powerful, Cost Effective but No OC RIG

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December 20, 2009 6:03:41 AM

My budget is about £1500. Please recommend.
December 20, 2009 1:16:36 PM

Intel Core i7 860 2.80Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1156) - Retail £227 OCs itself.

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard £107

Patriot Sector 5 Viper II 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz Dual Channel Latency: 6-6-6-20 £80

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w Silent SLI Certified Modular Power Supply £63

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 £230 Or pre-order one of the other 5850s. Or even a 5870 seeing as you can afford one.

Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two £90 Personal choice kind of area, but a good case.

Intel X25-M Mainstream 160GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid SSD £345 One of the best SSDs around and plenty of space on it.

Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM £40 One of the best harddrives around. If you need more storage space, get a WD Caviar Blue or Black, Samsung F3 or Seagate Barracude 7200.12 of whatever size that you need.

Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £19

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler £20 Better than the stock cooler (which isn't difficult) and cheap. It would be good if there was an OEM version of the i7 860 on overclockers, as you will get 2 coolers if you buy this.

Total: £1222

Whaddya think?
December 20, 2009 1:25:01 PM

Just thought, do you need an OS, monitor, keyboard and mouse?
It would also be useful to know what you are using it for, but the system I suggested should be able to deal with it regardless.
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December 20, 2009 2:43:49 PM

^ What he asked. If you're building a gaming rig, that's a great gpu. I'd drop the SSD for a 30/60GB Vertex + a 500GB/1TB backup/storage HDD. Couldn't justify the price.
December 20, 2009 4:46:20 PM

The Crucial M225 128GB SSD is a good alternative as well if more room is needed for OS and peripherals.
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