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April 15, 2010 9:31:31 AM

Hi Guyz

Sorry i didn't do it correctly the 1st time, so here goes:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within next few weeks

BUDGET RANGE: £1000 approx

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming,Movies,Surfing Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard & Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Novatech (open to suggestions here)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES:Would Prefer a Asus mobo with either i7920 or i7 930, better Graphics Card (unsure to stick with 9800GTX or go new to either ATI or Nvidia)22/24" LCD 2ms and maybe Antec 900v2

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current is 1680x1050 but would i need 1920x1080, 1920x1200?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need to have a window , I would like a quiet PC

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April 15, 2010 9:34:16 AM

This is Current PC

ANTEC 900v1 CASE/GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS4/ Q6600G0/NEXUS PHT-7750 SILENT COOLER/4GB BALLISTIX TRACER PC2-8500/EVGA 9800GTX 512MB PCI-E/CREATIVE X-FI PLATINUM FATAL1TY/ WD CAVIAR 250GB/SAM SPOINT 500GB/2X SAM LSCRIBE DVDRW\'S/THERMALTAKE TOUGHPOWER 700WATT/ LG L227WT 22\" LCD
April 15, 2010 11:21:05 AM

I am going to recommend from ebuyer, pretty much out of habit, but other good sites include overclockers.co.uk and scan.

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 D0 £205
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus £20 Or Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B £46 (would need to buy either one or two fans) And some thermal compound such as this Arctic Silver 5 £6
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R £162
RAM: Crucial (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ballistix Memory 8-8-8-24 1.65V £150
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB £38
PSU: Seasonic S12D 750W £93 Will be powerful enough to crossfire two 5870s.
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM £15
OS: Windows 7 64bit Home Premium OEM £75
I'm not the best person to recommend a monitor, as the one I bought isn't one that I'd recommend, but this is one that someone else on here has recommended: BenQ G2222HD 2.1" LED £140

Total: £944

You can either stretch your budget to get one or the other of the Antec 902 or a 5850 (minimum for a gaming system, which would only require a 650W PSU) or both, or we can explore basing this system on the i5-750. Where is it much more likely that you will get everything in.
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April 15, 2010 3:07:45 PM

Thx for that but while away i turned this together


CPU: Intel Core i7 930 2.8Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail £232
CPU Cooler: Titan Fenrir V2 £33
Mobo: Asus P6T SE Intel X58 £160 or should i go for the P6T or P6T Deluxe V2??
RAM: Corsair Dominator 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 £197
HDD: Samsung Spin Point F3 £65
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Modular £72
Optical Drive Samsung S223C 22x DVD+/-RW £18
Graphics GeForce GTS 250 SLI 1024MB £98
Monitor: LG E2250V 22" LED Monitor £154.98
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Ultimate Gamer Case £93.99

Total £1124approx


Yes i know its over my budget but any ideas??
April 15, 2010 4:01:13 PM

ejaymax said:
Thx for that but while away i turned this together


CPU: Intel Core i7 930 2.8Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail £232 - Fine
CPU Cooler: Titan Fenrir V2 £33
Mobo: Asus P6T SE Intel X58 £160 or should i go for the P6T or P6T Deluxe V2?? - I don't really know which of the four that have been mentioned is better, apart from the one I suggested has SATA 6Gbps and USB3. You will probably have to read comparative reviews of each of the mobos you are interested in to find which is better.
RAM: Corsair Dominator 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 £197 - Overpriced, the one I linked is just as good.
HDD: Samsung Spin Point F3 £65 - Good choice
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Modular £72 - Is not as good as the power supply I linked, less powerful (only has around 550W on the 12V rails - which is the most important rail), less efficient, less stable. I'm not convinced that it could SLI two GTS 250s.
Optical Drive Samsung S223C 22x DVD+/-RW £18
Graphics GeForce GTS 250 SLI 1024MB £98 - Not worth getting for a gaming computer, especially for higher resolutions. If it was me (and if I was going to persist with X58, which I wouldn't), I'd keep the 9800GTX until I could afford to replace it with something much more powerful than a GTS250. It is also quite power hungry for the performance it delivers, a 5750 produces a similar level of performance and uses around 60watts less power.
Monitor: LG E2250V 22" LED Monitor £154.98
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Ultimate Gamer Case £93.99 - Cheaper on ebuyer when I looked.

Total £1124approx


Yes i know its over my budget but any ideas??
Generally I will suggest ATI cards as they usually offer better performance over the nearest Nvidia price rival, and use less power.
The best way to get a very good gaming card into this budget is to change to an i5-750 system, you would spend less on CPU, similiar amount for a very good P55 motherboard that can crossfire, less on RAM. Those changes in the system I suggested would bring the total down to around £850, which is still a bit short to get a £230 5850, but you would only be £50 over budget.
The only real reason to stay with an i7 920/930 is if you want this to be the basis of your system for quite awhile, and don't mind cutting back on the GPU for now.
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