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January 9, 2010 8:10:56 PM

Okay, I've built a few computers, but now I want to get as MUCH as possible out of my computer, for the cash I'm willing to spend.
So there fore, I'm turning to my fellow friends here at tom's.

Budget: around 1500 €, 2100 $, 16'000 SEK or 1340 £.
Approx. Purchase date: Last week in february, since I get my fat paycheck then.
System Usage: Mostly gaming. But I'm also in to film making (Game movies etc) so I use alot of Adobes' softwares.
Parts not required: Mouse, keyboard, Soundsystem, monitor & OS. Basicly I just want the computer hardware inside the chassi.
Preferred website for parts etc: - Swedish. But since that one is swedish, use any website you like, and I'll find matching prices & parts on swedish site's.
Parts Preferences: I'm up for anything. Just not some crappy ***.
Overclocking: Maybe. Never done it before, but if the cooling is good, I might tweak it abit.
Sli-Crossfire: Your build, your choice.
Monitor resolution: atm 1680x1050, cuz my screen can't handle anything more, but I want a card that can handle atleast 1080p.
Additional comments: Build anything you like, chose what YOU would've bought for my budget. But I would like a realy small computer with alot of POWER. Like an mATX case. But might get to hot?

My current setup:
AMD phenom Q9500, 2.2 ghz
4x 1 GB PC-6400 Corsair
Asus GeForce 8600 GTS silent
400 W PSU

What I'll keep from the old stuff is Saitek keyboard, IME 3.0 and Logitech Z-5500 sound system. Will buy a new monitor later on.

If i've forgotten anything, or my english ain't that good, dont hesitate to ask.
I will live in this thread for the next few days.

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January 9, 2010 8:56:52 PM


CM Storm Scout Midi Tower Sort

Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-860

XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4, P55, Socket-1156

Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 1600MHz 4GB

Sony NEC Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-7240S

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SE

Cooler Master V8 CPU Kylare

WD Caviar® Black 1TB 3,5", SATA,

Corsair TX 750W PSU

January 9, 2010 9:25:12 PM

obsidian86; Thanks for your answer, but I don't need an OS :) 
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January 9, 2010 11:52:14 PM

i wouldnt recommend going LGA1366.

obsidians first build is pretty much spot on, the scout case is a nice and compact case without being restrictive.

if you dont need the OS, id say to put the saved cash toward a 5870 GPU instead of the 5850.

gaming performance is better on LGA1156 (assuming you aren't going to need the extra PCIe lanes) so id say to stick with that. it also seems to be intels primary platform for new CPUs, with it being the first to get 32nm processor tech.

January 10, 2010 8:46:07 AM

Welsh: how much diffrence does 32nm compared to 45nm do? In gaming preformance.
January 10, 2010 9:57:00 AM

not too much difference but the 32 nm part will run cooler and use less power
January 10, 2010 10:25:59 AM

sweet =)
January 10, 2010 1:51:58 PM

you gonna have a hell of a time getting the 5970 in a micro atx case
January 10, 2010 2:02:18 PM

not rly.
Mailed the company that developed the case and they say that graphic cards up to 13" fit.
5970 is almost 12"
January 10, 2010 2:15:45 PM

you can try but i would rather try and find an antec p180 mini
January 10, 2010 2:17:34 PM

the v10 is a waste the v8 is just as good
January 10, 2010 2:20:52 PM

well, the V8 doesn't cool the memoryslots aswell ? :/ 
January 10, 2010 2:28:26 PM

is cooling the memory worth that much?
January 10, 2010 2:35:39 PM

it's better than no cooling? :p 
January 10, 2010 2:36:31 PM

Can't you make a good AMD & ATI setup for around 1500 €, 2100 $, 16'000 SEK or 1340 £.
Use what site you want :) 
January 10, 2010 2:39:53 PM

As a sidenote, I know there are some new video cards coming out around March from NVIDIA. It's called the Geforce GF100 (Fermi)

For what you are spending, and if the cards are reasonably priced (and that's a big IF) you may want to postpone a week or two.

Even if you don't get the newer card I'm sure prices will drop because of it.

January 10, 2010 2:44:18 PM

that's a good sidenote.
Thanks alot for the tip :) 
Any preformace specs released on Fermi yet? (:
January 10, 2010 2:45:21 PM

danjf said:
As a sidenote, I know there are some new video cards coming out around March from NVIDIA. It's called the Geforce GF100 (Fermi)

For what you are spending, and if the cards are reasonably priced (and that's a big IF) you may want to postpone a week or two.

Even if you don't get the newer card I'm sure prices will drop because of it.

ooo, a new series? Interesting, something to take over from the GT series or to combat ATI's directx11 onslaught?
January 10, 2010 2:46:43 PM

I've read something abour Fermi here on tom's hardware.
Project name GT 100 or something :p 
January 11, 2010 1:57:22 AM

from the sounds of it fermi is expected to perform similarly to ATIs 5 series but are said to run very hot. to the point where SLI is impossible without specialized ventilation.

im sure they will be good cards, but they will be much more expensive than ATI cards for a fair while. so they are likely to be a bad choice for at least a few months. and if these heat issues prove to be true, they may be a bad choice altogether.
January 13, 2010 7:47:56 AM

Yeah, the scuttlebutt is that they will run pretty hot. Hopefully not so hot that you can't SLI without uber cooling.

I think as long as you get one of the new DX11 cards you'll be fine, since it seems that many devs will be using DX11 in the near future. Just not a lot of games out right now supporting it (Dirt 2 comes to mind).

But it does look sweet :sol: 
January 13, 2010 9:36:26 AM

I think you'd be happy with this processor -- it's a pretty good deal in the price/performance equation.

Intel i7 920

As for the motherboard I'm partial of these two (from the reviews and one of them is in a friends rig):

Asus P6T

check out the review here on toms:,...

Asus P6T Deluxe V2


Crucial DDR3 1333MHz 6GB KIT CL9

Again, check out tom's reviews on memory, etc. You may want DDR3 1600 memory, depending on what memory prices are at when you begin your build.

Video Card:

PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5

This is the card I would choose at this moment, but 2 months from now, not sure...

Hard Drive:

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB:


Cooler Master V8

Decent Liquid Cooling (at an affordable price):

Coolit Domino:

I couldn't find this product on Komplett website - I can't read the language :lol: 


Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower


Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower

Power Supply:

Cooler Master Silent Pro M700, 700W PSU

That should be enough wattage if you decide to do SLI/CrossFire, though 1000W might be safer (and more expensive).

I think the final price should be close, though it might be a little over your original price, as I wasn't sure which currency that site went by -- €uros?