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Building Gaming PC, Budget eur1400.

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January 15, 2010 7:20:02 PM

Hey guys,

Im new to customizing PCs so any and all help will be most appreciated!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Feb2010 BUDGET RANGE:EUR1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: LCD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.scanmalta.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Malta

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really.. Just want the best possible for my budget.

OVERCLOCKING: No clue how SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Open to suggestions

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Preferably the platform would be upgradable in 2 years time instead of having to purchase a new one.

So far i have the following:

Asus Maximus GeneII sky 775
Transcend 4Gb kit axeram DDR2 1066 CL5 x 2
Intel QuadCore Q9550 2.83G 12Mb 1333 Box
WD 1.5TB Sata300 32Mb 7200rpm
Transparent Side Ninja Case
Xilence 700W SLI gaming powersupply
LG DVDRW GH22NS Black sata

GFX card - need help!

My knowledge is far from up to scratch, which is why i am here so ill appreciate any advice you guys can offer me.

Thanks!
Brock
January 15, 2010 7:27:40 PM

THE PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS.. Pls keep in mind prices in Malta are more expensive than most other places, especially UK and USA.

Asus Maximus GeneII sky 775 EUR158
Transcend 4Gb kit axeram DDR2 1066 CL5 x 2 EUR213
Intel QuadCore Q9550 2.83G 12Mb 1333 Box EUR201
WD 1.5TB Sata300 32Mb 7200rpm EUR100
Transparent Side Ninja Case EUR90
Xilence 700W SLI gaming powersupply EUR73
LG DVDRW GH22NS Black sata EUR22
January 15, 2010 8:49:03 PM

Intel has discontinued Core2, socket 775 CPUs; DDR2 RAM production is dropping off in favor of DDR3. There will be no upgrades for the system you have selected, its all dead end, expired parts.

As far as I know, Western Digitals 1.5TB HDD is an older design and likely has six 250GB platters. They have a new 2TB model that has four 500GB platters that is much faster. Samsungs F3 1TB has two 500gb platter drive is very fast and inexpensive. (Twice the platter density lets the heads read twice as fast at the same speed, these new 500GB platter drives are faster than velociraptors).


For future upgradeability want to look at an intel i5 750 CPU and a P55 motherboard with 4GB DDR3 RAM or an intel i7 920 CPU and an x58 motherboard with 6GB DDR3 RAM.


As far as graphics cards, the new ATI 5770 is a strong DX11 card at 1680x1050. The more powerful ATI 5850 would be the next step up if you want to play almost every game at its highest settings.
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January 15, 2010 9:50:35 PM

That was very helpful dndhatcher. Ill definitely be taking that advice. To make these changes, am i looking at a much higher pricetag?
January 15, 2010 10:02:39 PM

Not in the US. No idea what your prices will be like, though.
January 15, 2010 10:19:39 PM

Scrapped. Going with all the items you mentioned, ebay.co.uk it is.

Thank you :) 
January 15, 2010 10:21:55 PM

The one thing that can be tricky is memory. You want DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 but also have to make sure you get memory rated for voltage below 1.65. There is quite a bit of 1.7-1.9V DDR3 memory for AMD systems still out there.
January 16, 2010 6:34:54 AM

ill keep that in mind.

Im going to try to find the parts over the next few days and i will paste the links for your advice.

thanks again
January 16, 2010 10:12:24 AM

dndhatcher,

After some lookign around ive come up with the following..

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Samsung-F3-Spinpoint-HD103SJ-SATA... EUR95

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/INTEL-i7-920-SOCKET-1366-QUAD-COR... EUR330

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ASUS-SKT-1366-P6T-SE-X58-INTEL-CO... EUR210

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/XFX-ATI-Radeon-HD-5850-1024MB-GDD... EUR310

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CORSAIR-Dominator-2-x-2-GB-DDR3-1... EUR 150

http://www.scanmalta.com/eshop/components/case-cool/psu... EUR127

http://www.scanmalta.com/eshop/components/case-cool/cas... EUR132


TOTAL EUR1354

is everything compatible? Next year I'll add another HD5850 and double the RAM. Am I leaving anything out?

What do you think?

Thanks again,
brock
January 18, 2010 5:46:12 PM

Looks fine to me, but the RAM link is gone.

Since you have an i7 920 and x58 motherboard you should really get a 6GB (3*2GB) kit and run the memory as triple channel.
January 18, 2010 11:27:53 PM

The first link is to a good 6GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 RAM kit,

The second link is to an old DDR2 RAM kit, which wont work for you.
January 19, 2010 6:25:45 AM

dndhatcher..

Ive ordered all the parts. You saved me a hell of a lot of money considering the system i was going to buy previously was the same price as this one but with out of date hardware.

I cannot thank you enough.

Brock
January 19, 2010 4:42:29 PM

Post back when you have it running. Pics would be nice, too. ;) 
August 8, 2010 1:28:36 AM

dndhatcher said:
Post back when you have it running. Pics would be nice, too. ;) 


hey guys,

these are my specs.

OS Windows 7 64 bit
CPU Intel Core i7-920 Processor
CPU Speed 2673 MHz
MSI ATI R5970-PM2D2G PCIEXPRESS VIDEO CARD 2GB
RAM DDR3 P1600 2GB X3 KIT PATRIOT VIPERLINE GAMER
ASUS MAINBOARD P6T SE
COOLING SYSTEM - COOLIT DOMINO
700W PSU PRO GAMING SILENTPRO FAN ACTIVE PFC - COOLERMASTER
SATA HDD 1TB 7200RPM

I must say though Im having problems. The PC just isnt performing to its potential. Here are my benchmark results:

http://service.futuremark.com/home.action;jsessionid=B2EF0E20E107C36E4E226B47EC09836B?resultId=2276462&resultType=19

To give you an idea, I tried giving Crysis a go today. Id think that on these specs, I should be able to run the game on highest settings.

Very high is just so laggy its unplayable. High is borderline, but very laggy whenever there is some action on screen. In order to play the game with minumum fuss, I have to set everything to Medium. There must be something very wrong here. Do you have any ideas?

Thanks
brock
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