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Need help in choosing parts for a system , Budget $800 - $ 900

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February 7, 2010 8:34:10 AM

Hi friends ,

I am going to buy a PC in this month .

The main purposes are as following in descending order :

3d Animation in Maya & 3dsMAx , Gaming , Photoshop and some other editing , Browsing or surfing .

My budget is around $ 800 - $ 900

I am thinking of this configuration : -
(Confused with RAM and CPU)

Config :

CPU : Core i5 i750 2.66GHz @ $200 / Core i7 860 2.80Ghz @ $280
(confused b/w two)

Motherboard : Gigabyte P55 UD4P @ $140 / P55 Asus 1156 Extreme
(whichever is better ???)

Memory : Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600MHz C9 Titanium @ $115
(A bit confused with the RAM Should i buy 4gb single stick or 4gb kit (2X2gb) . Does stick improves performance or kit is necessary with i series ??)

Casing : Cooler Master Elite 334 @ $35

Cooling : Coolermaster Hyper N520 @ $50

HD : Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB @ $80

Power supply :GlacialPower 650W AA @ $90

GPU : Radeon HD 4850 512 mb @ $125
(If any other better graphic cards in $120 - $150 price range plz suggest)

Total : $835 / $915


Or Should i go for i7 860 instead of 750 , as i am planning to use this PC for at least 4 years

Also i have heard that there is some problem with LGA 1156 socket boards so can anyone please give some helpful review ?

i dont want to overclock my system so should i need to buy an aftermarket cooler ?

Any other good suggetions for mobos , CPU , memory or any parts are welcome just keep in mind friends i cant exceed my budget .

Thank you all in advance !! :bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce: 

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February 7, 2010 9:05:32 AM

here is what i would do, since its better and cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

final price is 820.92$. here is why it is better for you...well the 860 has hyper threading, making it much better for you, where as the 750 would be a better pick for gaming. all the mobos are good, evga happened to have a great mobo at a good price, and if you dont oc, the goodness of half of these doesnt even matter. next is ram, ur ram is 9-9-9-?, mine is 7-7-7-20, but yours is 1600 MHz, but since you cant notice 1600 MHz anyway, all this really doesnt matter and the ram is equal. it is technically better to get 1 4 gig stick, but do not worry about that. my case is better for obvious reasons, and since both coolers are great, thats good, but since you dont oc, you really dont need one, so that doesnt matter much anyway. my hdd is faster, but both are good, my psu is better, especially considering ive never even heard of glacialpower, but this ocz psu is very good. the 5750 is a tiny bit better than the 4850, so i have the better vid card. the only problem with 1156 is that it might not support 6-core cpus for a while, or ever, so it might have a shorter life span. hope this helped :D 
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February 7, 2010 12:47:32 PM

ares1214 said:
here is what i would do, since its better and cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

final price is 820.92$. here is why it is better for you...well the 860 has hyper threading, making it much better for you, where as the 750 would be a better pick for gaming. all the mobos are good, evga happened to have a great mobo at a good price, and if you dont oc, the goodness of half of these doesnt even matter. next is ram, ur ram is 9-9-9-?, mine is 7-7-7-20, but yours is 1600 MHz, but since you cant notice 1600 MHz anyway, all this really doesnt matter and the ram is equal. it is technically better to get 1 4 gig stick, but do not worry about that. my case is better for obvious reasons, and since both coolers are great, thats good, but since you dont oc, you really dont need one, so that doesnt matter much anyway. my hdd is faster, but both are good, my psu is better, especially considering ive never even heard of glacialpower, but this ocz psu is very good. the 5750 is a tiny bit better than the 4850, so i have the better vid card. the only problem with 1156 is that it might not support 6-core cpus for a while, or ever, so it might have a shorter life span. hope this helped :D 




Thanks ares for your helpful review and time !!

I am not planning to switch my cpu so will 1156 will be a good option ?

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February 7, 2010 12:59:14 PM

^+1 ares1214 for everything except the RAM/GPU combo.
OCZ Platinums and Golds are known for being rather picky; read the reviews on that set if you don't believe me.
Definitely the 860 over the 750 for your uses. Ares1214's combos also fit it into budget with cash to spare. Why don't you plan on switching???
If you take out that RAM/GPU combo, you're costs are at ~$600, leaving you with $300 to work with. Let's assume you spend ~$110 for RAM (I would recommend a 2x2GB G Skill set). This leaves you with $290 for a GPU. I'm going to assume you have a res of at least 1680x1050 (if you don't, you'll want a new monitor). With that budget, you should be looking at a 5770. If you don't care for the new 5xxx series, a 4890 or, if you're willing to overclock, a 4860, will provide greater perf/$.
ALSO if you don't plan on overclocking your CPU, you don't need the $30 cooler that ares1214 recommended. You could use that for a better mobo combo (EVGA don't make the best boards IMO) or a more powerful PSU (which may be necessary if you get a HD 48x0 card).
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February 7, 2010 1:01:31 PM

1156 will be a great option, and its not that 1156 will never have better cpus, it will just likely not support 6-core cpus for a while. in a few years, when ur 860 is getting sluggish compared to whats out then, which should be hard, odds are you will be able to buy a 200$ 32nm or even 20something nm quad core with HT going at 3.5 GHz, or maybe they will invent some other form of HT, so its a virtual 16-core...who knows these days
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February 7, 2010 3:18:46 PM

ares1214 said:
1156 will be a great option, and its not that 1156 will never have better cpus, it will just likely not support 6-core cpus for a while. in a few years, when ur 860 is getting sluggish compared to whats out then, which should be hard, odds are you will be able to buy a 200$ 32nm or even 20something nm quad core with HT going at 3.5 GHz, or maybe they will invent some other form of HT, so its a virtual 16-core...who knows these days


I doubt LGA 1156 will ever get a 6-core CPU. A 16-threaded quad core would definitely be interesting! But at the same time, I only expect higher clocked quads for 1156 in the future.
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February 7, 2010 3:41:07 PM

yeah, 1156 isnt sheduled for 6 core ever, but who knows. and yeah, if theres already HT, why cant there be double HT yielding 12 or 16 virtual core cpus. but exactly, all i expect from 1156 is smaller (manufacturing process nm) and faster quads and duals. to be honest, cpus are getting so fast, idk where any of them are going now, sooner or latter i have a feeling something is going to be drastically re-invented, like no more cpus, just something entirely new we cant even fathom...cpus have been getting smaller and faster for long enough, i thinks its time for something new, but all this is insight and opinion, nothing more...
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February 7, 2010 4:45:54 PM

Hey ares samsung spinpoint or western digital caviar green ?
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February 7, 2010 5:03:26 PM

Sorry to hijack the question, but the Samsung Spinpoint is better.
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February 7, 2010 5:13:33 PM

ares1214 said:
yeah, 1156 isnt sheduled for 6 core ever, but who knows. and yeah, if theres already HT, why cant there be double HT yielding 12 or 16 virtual core cpus. but exactly, all i expect from 1156 is smaller (manufacturing process nm) and faster quads and duals. to be honest, cpus are getting so fast, idk where any of them are going now, sooner or latter i have a feeling something is going to be drastically re-invented, like no more cpus, just something entirely new we cant even fathom...cpus have been getting smaller and faster for long enough, i thinks its time for something new, but all this is insight and opinion, nothing more...


Something new? Plenty of new techs are being invented as we speak, from bacterial computers to quantum computers. However, today's technology will keep improving. 32nm exists already. 22nm is already possible in very small quantities, it will come in a few years. And then we can go further. Nanotechnology is giving us new insights in further shrinking even now. CPU's have been getting smaller and faster for a long time, and they'll keep doing so for years to come.

But don't count on 1156. Intel is not renowned for socket longevity. AMD does everything in its power to make motherboards upgradeable for years and years. Intel on the other hand couldn't care less. Nothing beyond the i7-870 is planned and Intel's roadmaps go years into the future. Face it, if you want to upgrade you have to pay up and grab 1366 or go with AMD.

Oh and Ares: great build. Platinum RAM is indeed rather picky (consider G.Skill ECO series as a possible alternative), but that's the only negative point of it imo.
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February 7, 2010 5:15:33 PM

true, i5 is both the best and worst right now for medium budget builds, not too much upgradability but best bang for buck...
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