Salvaging old pc


My old pc broke down,(caught fire or something i dunno) I'm trying to salvage as much as possible atm.

My question to you: Can you recommend me a good pc setup?

I still have left: a videocard(sapphire hd 4890 1 GB), harddisk and the usual stuff.

I'll be needing a new motherboard(crossfire compatible),cpu, ram, case( and a psu to power the whole show.)

This will be the first time ill actually put a pc of my own together(last time a friend of mine helped me), so before I buy overpriced stuff I'd like some advice of the experts on this forum.

I know I'm asking alot, but I'd really appreciate all the help i can get.

Much thanks, bas
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  1. oh btw my budget is quite large since I won't be needing a new monitor, mouse etc
  2. what size monitor, and what is you upper limit on your budget?
  3. Hi, I currently have a 22 inch monitor, samsung syncmaster 2232 BW, and I'll be willing to spend about 700 euro's, With european ripoff prices you can change that to 700 dollars give or take.
  4. make that 700-1000 dollars
  5. Am I correct by assuming that you're going to be using your computer for gaming?

    If so:
    Intel Core i5 750- $199 USD
    G.Skill Ripjaws or Corsair XMS3 Memory 2x2GB Kit - $110 USD (approx.)
    Gigabyte P55A-UD4 - 8x/8x CrossFireX support, although if you do use the USB 3.0/SATA III on the board, CFX will be disabled and the first lane will run at 8x - $189
    or, if you're going to be serious with CrossFire, 2/3+ cards (No USB 3.0/SATA III): Asus P7P55 WS Supercomputer - $249
    Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 850W - Enough for HD 4890s in trifire, modular, what more to ask for? - $160
    or, if you're only going to use two HD 4890s: Corsair HX650 Modular PSU - $140
    Case: Anything here really, I suggest the Cooler Master HAF 922 for $109, really nice case.
    If you want a slightly fancier, but really nice case as well, the Silverstone Fortress FT01 is pretty good too, for $200.

    Most expensive options: $918 USD
    Cheapest options : $747 USD
  6. Much thanks, 1 question though: That motherboard with max speed x8, does that mean half the speed I would get at 16x?
  7. socket 1156 is over inflated outside the US

    650 hx over priced

    cooler master is not good at making power supplies

    650 hx is over priced

    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard $150
    corsair 750 tx $110 cheaper more power but not modular
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB cl7 ddr3 $115
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $156 make sure to get the newer HDZ955FBGMBOX version
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders $105 as good a time as any to get it
    haf 922 $100

    total $745

    might wanna add cpu cooler if you gonna overclock COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
  8. agree with obsidian
  9. Quote:
    Much thanks, 1 question though: That motherboard with max speed x8, does that mean half the speed I would get at 16x?

    in real life at non extreme resolutions, no real difference thb
  10. Quote:
    Much thanks, 1 question though: That motherboard with max speed x8, does that mean half the speed I would get at 16x?

    You will get x16 if you use a single video card and x8 x8 on Crossfire in 1156 boards. But I don't think you need to be concerned about crossfiring since the single HD4890 should be more than enough to play at the 1680 x 1050 resolution your monitor supports so Obsidian's recommendation with single PCIe Slot motherboard is a good one.
  11. Thank you for all your input, especially obsidian86.
  12. The difference between x8 and x16 is barely noticeable you will lose on avereage 10 to 15% in performance not much really.

    Antec 300 £42.99

    ASUS P7P55D PRO £137.48

    Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz £158.96

    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 Dominator Memory CL9 (9-9-9-24) £120.00

    Power Supply:
    Corsair 750W TX PSU £92.99

    Total: £552.42

    Or For an I7

    Antec 300 £42.99

    ASUS Rampage II GENE Republic of Gamers X58 £186.11

    Intel I7 930 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache £232.54

    Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Dominator Memory CL8(8-8-8--24) £204.60

    Power Supply:
    Corsair 750W TX PSU £92.99

    Total: £759.23

    Add Windows 7 for £76.50

    The I5 system will be more then enough power for gaming and just about anything else. But If you are into encodeing videos and 3d rendering then the I7 would be the better choice. I picked a pretty big PSU since you said you might do crossfire and will also ensure having plenty of power for future upgrade. If you plan on staying single GPU you could go to a 550 or 650 watt PSU but I would go for the bigger one for future add ons and upgrades. Now I saw an AMD system they listed in a previous post yea that will save you maybe 150 but it will not perform as well as an I5 750.

    The I5 will overclock better, run cooler and perform better.
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