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March 27, 2010 10:34:56 AM

Hi,

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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Anonymous
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March 27, 2010 10:36:55 AM

oh btw my budget is quite large since I won't be needing a new monitor, mouse etc
a c 82 à CPUs
March 27, 2010 10:50:15 AM

what size monitor, and what is you upper limit on your budget?
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Anonymous
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March 27, 2010 11:04:33 AM

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.
Anonymous
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March 27, 2010 11:07:34 AM

make that 700-1000 dollars
a b à CPUs
March 27, 2010 11:48:15 AM

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.

Total:
Most expensive options: $918 USD
Cheapest options : $747 USD





Anonymous
a b à CPUs
March 27, 2010 12:04:04 PM

Much thanks, 1 question though: That motherboard with max speed x8, does that mean half the speed I would get at 16x?
a b à CPUs
March 27, 2010 12:28:37 PM

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
March 27, 2010 1:16:46 PM

agree with obsidian
a c 82 à CPUs
March 27, 2010 1:45:59 PM

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
a b à CPUs
March 27, 2010 1:47:30 PM

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.
Anonymous
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March 27, 2010 2:12:33 PM

Thank you for all your input, especially obsidian86.
a c 133 à CPUs
March 27, 2010 2:14:22 PM

The difference between x8 and x16 is barely noticeable you will lose on avereage 10 to 15% in performance not much really.



Case:
Antec 300 £42.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854

Motherboard:
ASUS P7P55D PRO £137.48
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173450

CPU:
Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz £158.96
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172755

Memory:
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 Dominator Memory CL9 (9-9-9-24) £120.00
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177345

Power Supply:
Corsair 750W TX PSU £92.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134677

Total: £552.42

Or For an I7

Case:
Antec 300 £42.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854

Motherboard:
ASUS Rampage II GENE Republic of Gamers X58 £186.11
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/162039

CPU:
Intel I7 930 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache £232.54
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/193596

Memory:
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Dominator Memory CL8(8-8-8--24) £204.60
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152641


Power Supply:
Corsair 750W TX PSU £92.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134677

Total: £759.23

Add Windows 7 for £76.50
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791


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.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=88&p2=109...
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