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Re-building PC. Need advice on parts and compatibility etc.

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February 17, 2010 5:29:15 AM


Hey guys,

My PC is ancient and I am re-building so I can play some newish games. I am kind of a newbie to PC stuff but im trying to learn as I go along so bare with me lol.
I am posting because I need to check if the preferred (*) parts ive chosen are good enough, compatible with eachtoher, or will work well together. I am looking for a fairly quiet PSU that will work well with the graphics card ive chosen, as ive heard if you dont match these up, your machine will restart if over-heated. This machine does not need to be super fast (im not playing anything like Crysis or BioShock 2), just needs to handle the games I want to play. I will list games I am wanting to play at the end. Im in Australia.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 months or so. Budget around or just over AU $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, but not hardcore

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, getting Win7 soon

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I am getting my part info and estimated pricing from here http://www.pccasegear.com/. I am not buying from this site though.

OVERCLOCKING: No?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: no idea, on a different computer at the moment, will check later if needed

PARTS PREFERENCES: * marks preferred. Click part names for links.

Motherboard:
- *Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3P Motherboard
- Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P Motherboard

CPU:
- *Intel Core i3 540
- Intel Core i5 650

RAM:
- Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3
- G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (2x2G) DDR3
- OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum 2x2GB OCZ3P1333LV4GK

Graphics:
- *Gigabyte GeForce GTS 250 1GB
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 Super Overclock 896MB

PSU:
- *Scythe Kamariki 4 750W PSU $119
- APEVIA 600W Dark Side Power Supply $95
- CoolerMaster Silent Pro M600 $139
- CoolerMaster GX 750W PSU $149
- OCZ Fatal1ty 700W SLI $165

HDD:
- *Western Digital Green 1TB WD10EADS
- Western Digital Green 1TB WD10EARS

Case:
- *Antec Three Hundred Case
- Thermaltake V3 Black Edition with 450W

Drive (if needed, I already have a DVD burner):
- *Samsung SH-S223C SATA 22x DVDRW Drive
- Pioneer DVR-218L DVDRW OEM



Games im looking at (click for sys req):
- Burnout Paradise
- Left 4 Dead 2
- (maybe) Resident Evil 5
- (coming soon) Blur site 1 / Blur site 2


If you need anything else, or if any of my links are wrong etc, let me know :D 


Thanks :hello: 
February 17, 2010 9:08:30 AM

building gaming computer around the i3 or that i5 cpu is a bad idea, they aren't that good and frankly you can get better.
either get the i5-750 cpu or switch to amd build, here is one, just the cpu, mb and gpu:
mb: gb 770 am3 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... at 109$ notice that this mb doesn't supports xfire.
cpu: amd phenom II 955 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... at 199$
which leaves you about 300$ left for a real gpu like this: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... at 209.00$ which is less then your original build and gives your better performance.

the problem with your question is that this or any build will be obsolete in a month and you don't know when you'll buy it.
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February 17, 2010 1:30:59 PM

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Did he just say the i5 is a bad idea cause it's not good for gaming? :pfff: 


I believe Daggs said that the i5-650 is a bad choice and the i5-750 is an excellent choice, both of which are accurate statements (from a value perspective, at minimum).
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February 17, 2010 2:40:12 PM

coldsleep said:
I believe Daggs said that the i5-650 is a bad choice and the i5-750 is an excellent choice, both of which are accurate statements (from a value perspective, at minimum).

that right... let me rephrases that for gaming:
i3- :pfff: 
i5-750> :pfff: 
i5-750<= :D 
athlon II X2< :D 
phenom2 II X2<= :D 

ok?
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February 17, 2010 7:12:49 PM

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i5-750> :pfff: 
i5-750<= :D 


Your really confusing me now.

Interesting....I would still take the X3 435/440 over any of the higher priced X2's.

They may have less cache but they will overclock well and have an extra core. The X2's will start choking in games that use more than 2 cores.

what's confusing exactly?
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February 17, 2010 7:17:17 PM

I think you meant:

i5-650 = no good
i5-750 = good times

But the first line is typoed (?) as i5-750.
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February 17, 2010 7:20:17 PM

coldsleep said:
I think you meant:

i5-650 = no good
i5-750 = good times

But the first line is typoed (?) as i5-750.

ok, imho, I won't recommend any i5 series bellow (not including) the 750 for gaming.
I will recommend any cpu (including i7/i9 and the i7-750) for gaming.
more clear now?
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February 18, 2010 1:59:01 AM

I think the part we're supposed to pay attention to is the less than, greater than, etc. Unfortunately, I believe they're all backwards. And might make more sense with more context.
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February 18, 2010 5:32:39 AM

coldsleep said:
I think the part we're supposed to pay attention to is the less than, greater than, etc. Unfortunately, I believe they're all backwards. And might make more sense with more context.

yup the >= < does the difference, maybe they are backwards, bottom line, i5-750 is yes, calculate accordingly... ;) 
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February 19, 2010 12:09:33 AM

umm lol ok
well, apart from the CPU, are the other parts I picked ok? whats wrong with having the parts ive chosen?
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February 19, 2010 5:28:54 AM

greatwhiteshark said:
umm lol ok
well, apart from the CPU, are the other parts I picked ok? whats wrong with having the parts ive chosen?

your preferred psu is unknown to me, I would advice to get the ocz or the one I've suggested earlier.
nowadays the the way to go in gpu is ati, their performance to $ ratio is way better then nvidia's.
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February 21, 2010 9:05:57 AM

ok well what about the graphics i picked? and you guys are saying I need at least a i5 750, for the games I want to play, are you serious?!
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February 21, 2010 1:42:39 PM

greatwhiteshark said:
ok well what about the graphics i picked?

as I said before, at present time, ati offers better performance per $
greatwhiteshark said:
and you guys are saying I need at least a i5 750, for the games I want to play, are you serious?!

no, you can get a phenom II x2/x3/x4 or athlon II x3/x4 too.
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