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[New System Build] Gaming, working (700€/800€)

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February 14, 2010 7:31:23 PM

Hi,
I have decided to build a new computer and i've been looking at some parts and some reviews and benchmarks, but can't really make up my mind on what would be best.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next Week (last week of February) BUDGET RANGE: +-700€

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://pcdiga.pt - http://aquapc.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Portugal

OVERCLOCKING: Probably SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in a year or two (but not a must, just an option to consider if possible)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

Parts chosen:

--- CPU ---
Intel Core i3 530 or 540 (don't really know if the extra price is worth the extra clock)
530 - http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...
540 - http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...
€ 132,00

--- Motherboard ---
Was looking at motherboards with sata 3.0(not such a big issue for now as my hdd are both sata 2.0 and i will not be upgrading them for now) and usb 3.0
As i usually keep my computer for quite a long time i thought maybe i'd get something with usb 3.0. (tell me what you think)
ASUS P7P55D-E
147.50 €
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=9i872VNaAILRp8bS

I found this board.

These are all the boards available.
http://www.aquapc.com/loja/index.php?id=9
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/ListaProdutos.asp?Familia=Hard...
--- GPU ---

Asus/Powercolor/Sapphire/XFX ATI HD5770 Play 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
€ 148,00
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...
All brands: http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/ListaProdutos.asp?Familia=Hard...

or maybe the
XFX ATI HD5850 725M 1GB DDR5
€ 249,60
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...

Don't know if it's worth the difference in price considering the cpu i've chosen.

--- PSU ---
Fonte Corsair TX-650W
€ 90,00
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...

CORSAIR TX-750W
€ 111,00
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...

or should i go for less power but modular?

Corsair HX-620W Modular
€ 108,00
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...

or maybe too much power?
maybe a Corsair HX-520W Modular would be enough?
€ 84,00
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...

Don't really know how much power i need in this case...

--- Ram ---
Gskill DDR3 PC12800 Ripjaws 4GB
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Hardware&A...
€ 108,00

--- CPU Cooler ---
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B
€ 54,95
http://pcdiga.com/pcdiga/Produto.asp?Familia=Cooling&Ar...

And will probably need a good 12 cm fan? (quiet if possible) any ideias?

---HDD---
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
Maxtor 320GB
Both sata 2.0 (already have them)

---Monitor---
HP w1907v
February 14, 2010 9:06:21 PM

The 520W Corsair will be enough if you are doing Dual-Core. And the 5xxx series of GPU's are pretty power friendly.

If you are going to OC I wouldn't spend the extra money on the 540.

Everything else looks fine.

I'd definitely get the 5850, even though it would be mild overkill for your resolution. It would save you having to upgrade for a while.
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February 14, 2010 11:39:04 PM

astrodudepsu said:
The 520W Corsair will be enough if you are doing Dual-Core. And the 5xxx series of GPU's are pretty power friendly.

If you are going to OC I wouldn't spend the extra money on the 540.

Everything else looks fine.

I'd definitely get the 5850, even though it would be mild overkill for your resolution. It would save you having to upgrade for a while.


thank you for the help.

If i later decide to another another 5850 crossfire, will the 520W Corsair be enough?
And will the benefit be that great for the price difference of a modular and non modular PSU?

EDIT:
Never mind, after doing some reading, found out that the lga 1156 ain't really a good platform for more than one gpu.

Thank you.
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February 15, 2010 4:03:03 PM

Just one more thing won't the 5850 be bottlenecked by the i3?
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February 15, 2010 4:10:20 PM

Just to clarify, LGA 1156 and P55 is fine for probably two GPUs, whereas H55, 57 and the Q# aren't.
Anyway the Corsair 520W isn't enough for two 5850s. You would need probably a 750W PSU as these are the ones that typically have enough connectors for two.
I'm not sure about your last question, it probably depends on the game in many cases.
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February 15, 2010 4:18:36 PM

There would be NO point whatsoever having 2 5850's for your monitor resolution, hence I why recommended the 520W.

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February 15, 2010 4:34:49 PM

yes of course i wouldn't be using this monitor but ok, 750 for two and 520 for one.
i forgot to mention but i have this other components.
don't know if they draw out too much power or not, but just to be sure will drop them here.

---Soundcard---
Creative X-Fi Gamer Edition

---Others---
Some usb devices
LG DVD-RW/DVD+RW Drive
Front Bay LCD Display and fan controller.
Maybe a bluray in sometime.
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February 15, 2010 4:36:50 PM

a GOOD 650W PSU will power 2 5850's with no problem. The corsair 650w would certainly work.

The 5xxxx series are power friendly.
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February 15, 2010 4:50:49 PM

astrodudepsu said:
a GOOD 650W PSU will power 2 5850's with no problem. The corsair 650w would certainly work.

The 5xxxx series are power friendly.

No doubt, but 650W PSUs dont usually have 4 6pin PCI-E connectors, which is what two 5800 series cards need.
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February 15, 2010 5:03:06 PM

True, but there are certainly ways around that.
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February 15, 2010 5:06:37 PM

Ok forgetting the Crossfire setup, the Corsair 520W modular would do the job, taking into consideration overclocking?
or should i grab the 620W just to be safe?
(i've been reading and found out that the HX series are rather good quality PSU)
as i intend on keeping the pc for atleast 2-3 minimum, i think a good PSU is a must.
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February 15, 2010 5:10:39 PM

I would get the 520W unit and call it a day.

Even if you do upgrade your 5850 to a 6xxx or 7xxx or whatever nVidia will call their next GPUs I can't see a single GPU taxing a good 520W unit
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February 15, 2010 10:07:50 PM

Just one more thing what would be better a "5850 with a i3 530/540" or a "5770 with a i5 661" or a "5770 with a i7 860" ?
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February 15, 2010 10:10:58 PM

for strict gaming, the 5850 is a must.

So basically the best CPU you can afford while maintaining the 5850.
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