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April 6, 2010 10:41:43 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: WIthin the next month

BUDGET RANGE: 800-1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, ripping DVDs and CDs

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS Will be Windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Tigerdirect (or anywhere else recommended)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: nVidia GPU, Intel CPU...

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe SLI eventually if motherboard will support it

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 HDMI input

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looks not important, would like to use dual monitors, sound level important as computer is in the bedroom


I am wondering if it is actually worth it to upgrade at this time or if my current setup is "good enough" for now...

Current setup:

Intel Core2Quad Q6600 @2.4 GHz
EVGA 680i SLI Motherboard
4 GB OCZ SLI DDR2 800
2x nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS in SLI
Seagate 250GB HDD

(not looking to reuse anything as the computer will go as a gift when I get a new one)

This is something I've been considering...

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
Intel Core i5-661 Clarkdale 3.33GHz LGA 1156 87W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I5661
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

With this setup I was thinking I could get away with not having a video card for a while, allowing me to save up for a high quality card or two.

Opinions?

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April 6, 2010 11:20:24 AM

^ I would suggest this setup...

CPU + Mobo -
i5 750 + Gigabyte P55A-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CM 690 + OCZ 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD - Samsung F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial DDR3 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

Total - ~$625 and for now reuse 1 GTS 8600GTS from the old system till you get the newer card...
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April 6, 2010 11:21:30 AM

i5-750 and UD3 combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CM 690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would probably get this memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CL8 instead a 9, a small improvement for a small price increase.

Samsung F3 500GB - Faster drive, save a bit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ500MXSP - Good for the price and enough for a single card... the EA650 is a bit weak for dual cards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't write it off because it's Rosewill. ATNG built this one and they did pretty well. More 12V power than the EA650, great price.

Pick up a 5770 and you should be good to go.

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April 6, 2010 11:22:35 AM

I see Gkay had the same idea faster :p 

:D 
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April 6, 2010 11:24:09 AM

Hi, I like what you have been considering. i5 is a good choice. Also like the idea of saving and buying a better video card later on. But with that budget i would suggest and the best option for you is go with AMD. Intel system doesn't show any significant improvement over amd under a 1000 budget.
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April 6, 2010 11:27:32 AM

Lolz Proximon...really that was cool :p 

@nielnield yes going with AMD is a good choice...but at the ceiling - 1K budget, the i5 is better...
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April 6, 2010 2:04:57 PM
April 6, 2010 2:13:13 PM

At $7xx on AM3 it is high time to go for the jugular for that monster frames for low dollar config IMO hehe
$775 AR including ship
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April 7, 2010 8:36:48 AM

rheve said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: WIthin the next month

BUDGET RANGE: 800-1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, ripping DVDs and CDs

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS Will be Windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Tigerdirect (or anywhere else recommended)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: nVidia GPU, Intel CPU...

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe SLI eventually if motherboard will support it

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 HDMI input

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looks not important, would like to use dual monitors, sound level important as computer is in the bedroom


I am wondering if it is actually worth it to upgrade at this time or if my current setup is "good enough" for now...

Current setup:

Intel Core2Quad Q6600 @2.4 GHz
EVGA 680i SLI Motherboard
4 GB OCZ SLI DDR2 800
2x nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS in SLI
Seagate 250GB HDD

(not looking to reuse anything as the computer will go as a gift when I get a new one)

This is something I've been considering...

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
Intel Core i5-661 Clarkdale 3.33GHz LGA 1156 87W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I5661
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

With this setup I was thinking I could get away with not having a video card for a while, allowing me to save up for a high quality card or two.

Opinions?


Your current setup is good enough for now! Your quad core will not bottleneck any games out there. If you are looking for a worthwhile upgrade, drop a 5870/5850 in your current pc or, if you prefer nvidia, go with the 470 or 480 when they come out. If you are comfortable with overclocking, get your cpu to run at +/- 3 ghz and you will be good to go for at least another year. Neither a I5-750 or a X4 955 will give a significant boost in gaming. Just my 2 cents.

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April 26, 2010 1:16:39 PM

I ended up just upgrading my video card to a Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870. Thanks for all the feeback on this.
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April 26, 2010 1:16:55 PM

Best answer selected by rheve.
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