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Gaming/Animation PC

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March 13, 2010 9:52:12 PM

Hello everyone.
I'm pretty inexperienced with building computers, but it seems really idiotic to buy a premade computer these days. I'm looking at a gaming PC, but it must also be able to handle 3D animation/rendering to at least an OK standard.
Here's what I have so far:


BUDGET RANGE: £700-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and Animation (3D packages, Photoshop, Flash etc)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: A monitor and all the parts apart from the actual PC aren't required.


PARTS PREFERENCES: The HD 8550 or 8570 are the only things I'm completely sure of atm.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future, but not now.


The parts I'm thinking about now are:

Case: Coolermaster CM690 Dominator Black Mid Tower Case - No PSU

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 iP55 Socket 1156 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard

Cpu: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156

GPU: Sapphire HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI

PSU: Corsair 650W TX Series PSU

Memory: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
March 14, 2010 12:49:59 AM

The 750 doesn't have hyper threading.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 14, 2010 3:12:23 AM

That's true. The 750 would still do a nice job, but the i7 would perform quite a bit better for what you need.
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March 14, 2010 9:36:32 AM

Yeah, at first I was thinking that the i7 would be better, but as I'm a student it's got to be a bit of a discount PC. I think the 750 will be fine for what I need, especially considering I'm only just starting to become annoyed with my five year old PC :) 

Cheers for the replies. So no gripes about any of the other parts then..?
a b B Homebuilt system
March 14, 2010 1:48:47 PM

They all look like great choices to me. That Spinpoint is a beast, as is the 5870.
March 14, 2010 3:35:19 PM

thanks again for the advice.
I've ordered it now so I should have my shiny new computer up and running some time next week :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
March 14, 2010 5:18:10 PM


Enjoy it, show us some pics when you're done!
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 230 4 Gaming
March 14, 2010 5:42:46 PM

If using 2D applications, you may want to wait and see how the fix turns out. The 5000 series boards have / had known issues with the following programs and tho a fix is "in the works", I dunno if it's hit the streets yet. I hadn't heard about it till recently and when I started inquiring lotta my engineering colleagues were very frustrated over the last 4 -5 months.,review-318...

* CorelDraw, Adobe illustrator, Adobe Freehand MX, Nemetschek AllPlan (2D functions)
* Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4 (general vector objects on various layers)
* Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint, and various home layout packages
* Microsoft Excel when rendering larger charts, or big spreadsheets with area fills
* Various construction tools, including those for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC drawings
* Various industry-specific tools (drawing annotations, site plans, landscaping plans, etc.)

I'm told fix is planned for 10.4 drivers ... hopefully that solves it.