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Need Help with final Check on build and G Card

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May 3, 2010 7:51:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: bought everything apart from graphics card looking to buy the graphics card on or before 25/05/2010

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming,movies, surfing web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: operating system will be Windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, am fine if you want to use new egg as a refferance if you know any good sites for buying in uk even better.


PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: looking to in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently1280x1024 but am looking to upgrade to either 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: have bought everything apart from graphics card am looking to spend £400 ish poss push up to £500 if its worth the increase, been looking at the 5870 vs the 5970 but am unsure if i will even notice the difference coming from what reviews i have looked at games wise will be playing CODMW2, poss Crysis as everyone seems to mention it and maybe some others if i see somthing nice,
parts wise if you see anything thats not worth keeping i am willing to accept advice as can always sell some parts and replace if needed.

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

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

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

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

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

Hard Drive= http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler= http://www.computerwebstore.co.uk/productinfo.asp?Produ...

no idea for thermal compound.

thankyou in advance really am stuck with this and am desperate to finish my build

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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 8:03:45 PM

A couple of quick notes: You don't need thermal compound unless you're trying for a really massive overclock.

The reason every mentions Crysis isn't that it's a good (or even popular) game. It's mentioned because it taxes systems like nothing else. Basically, it's a benchmarking tool disguised as a game.

Everything looks pretty good in the build, so you shouldn't need to be exchanging any parts.

I would get the 5870 and put the rest into getting a good monitor. The 5870 is more than powerful enough to play every game on the market at max details at 1900x resolutions. The 5970 is just plain overkill right now.
May 3, 2010 8:18:59 PM

Finally someone who agrees with me I've been trying to tell people that its better to buy a 5870 but its like talking to wall cuase everyone loves power (like those idiots who buy a fighter jet and fly 600km/h with it LOL) even if its completely useless.
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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 8:24:24 PM

The 5970 has it's place. Namely in builds that have a higher budget than this one...
May 3, 2010 8:48:41 PM

ah cool thanks:)  i notice theres a few 5870's around is there any brand i should stay away from or are they all the same? and any good sites to buy from in the uk?

Thanks again :) 
May 3, 2010 8:50:57 PM

p.s i am going to be overclocking to about 4ghz at some point if i feel the need too thats why i mentioned thermal compound.
a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 8:54:02 PM

Right now, there isn't a huge difference between different brands. Some people like to get XFX cards because of their "double lifetime" warranty, but I'm not sure if that's offered abroad.

As far as sites, the only one I really know of is Ebuyer.com, but it seems to be the most popular choice.

4 GHz isn't massive. A good cooler will get you that easily.
May 3, 2010 9:15:27 PM

Thank you have helped loads going to hunt down a cheap 5870 :) 
May 4, 2010 6:06:14 PM

only just realised i havent even chosen a dvd drive just been looking at some and have no idea what i need just want a couple of cheap reliable drives so i can put games onto comp, play movies, write movies,music cds but have no clue do i want dvd+rw cdrom+rw will be adding a blue ray drive but not for a month or so yet any recomendations cant install my operating system till i get one lol im so dense:( 
May 4, 2010 6:06:34 PM

and thanks timop:) 
May 4, 2010 6:11:41 PM

robert_21 said:
only just realised i havent even chosen a dvd drive just been looking at some and have no idea what i need just want a couple of cheap reliable drives so i can put games onto comp, play movies, write movies,music cds but have no clue do i want dvd+rw cdrom+rw will be adding a blue ray drive but not for a month or so yet any recomendations cant install my operating system till i get one lol im so dense:( 


You can spend 25-35 bucks on a DVD writer and get a decent one. Look at LG, Sony, LiteOn or Plextor.
May 4, 2010 6:25:26 PM

or would it be better to go IDE and sorry will i need a CDrom drive aswell?
May 4, 2010 6:49:09 PM

SATA is probably easier and Blu-ray is sort of overrated. That DVD writer will do fine.
May 4, 2010 6:57:09 PM

dvd writers are pretty cheap I'd buy one and if you really need blu ray later add it
a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 7:56:06 PM

Scan sells Sony Dual Layer DVD players for about £14 each.
May 5, 2010 5:48:40 AM

thankyou everyone:) 
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