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New build : need advice and graphics card

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May 7, 2010 9:08:46 PM


I'm having a new build and would like to have some advice a graphics card

General stuff:
Main use : entertainment (gaming, movies, music) and standard home pc stuff
Country : Belgium
Parts to re-use : current flat panel monitor (Dell E196FPf, 1280x1024 75 mhz), planning to upgrade in a later phase and DVD/CD Writer Rewriter Liteon LH-20A1P487C
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, good for the future and easily upgradeable should it not suffice.

What's planned:
CPY : Intel Core i5 750
Motherboard : Asus P7P55D
PSU : OZC Modstream Pro 500W
Harddrive : Western Digital Caviar Blue SE16 500GB
Memory : 4GB Kingston Valueram DDR3-1333 kit of 2
Basic case (ASUS-Vento TA-891) with 2 extra fans (Artic Cooling F8 Pro TC)
Windows 7 64bit UK

and now for the missing part : the graphics card.
I was thinking about an ASUS EN9800 GT DI 1G D3
But I was wondering shouldn't I be going for a little better when thinking of Directx11 or wait some time untill I have the need (I'm no hardcore gamer, but now I don't like to have hardward restrictions when I want to play a certain game). Main idea is to have an easily upgradeable system for the next couple of years (let's say 5 years)
Budget for the graphics card aroud 100-120 eur (100-150 USD)

Thanks for all tips and insight.

May 7, 2010 9:13:40 PM

I'd make some changes overall.

First, take a look at the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3. It's a very future proof board that's high quality.

Second, I'd suggest a better PSU. Try to find a 550W Antec or Corsair. If it breaks your budget, then the OCZ is alright.

Third, swtich the HDD to a Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB. They'll be be faster and likely cheaper.

Fourth, I'm just checking that the RAM is 4 GB total (two 2 GB sticks). If it's 8 GB total, it's overkill.

Finally, I would highly suggest getting the HD 5770. It's a great card that should be at the edge of your budget.
May 7, 2010 9:15:33 PM

How about a few replacements
Samsung spinpoint F3 1tb - $75
4gb of g.skill ripjaws ddr3 1600 cas7 - $120
What kind of case is that exactly?

For $150 you can get a ati HD 5770. But I just checked the prices and it's more like $170 us now.
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May 7, 2010 9:44:17 PM

memory is indeed 4GB total (two sticks of 2gb)

DDR3 1600 : isn't max 1333 for the moment (without overclocking)

All :
Spinpoint F3 500gb is indeed same price, 1TB is almost double the price (welcome in Belgium, where hardware prices are always higher!)

I'll have a look at the Gigabyte mobo and the ATI HD5770 (any manufacturer in particular ?)
May 7, 2010 9:54:49 PM

Manufacturer doesn't really matter for the 5xxx series cards right now. I'd just go with something that's on the cheaper end.
May 8, 2010 6:22:33 AM

Does the 5770 ship with a DVI to VGA adaptor ?
May 10, 2010 12:21:09 PM

Unless it's listed as being in the box, no. Another good way to tell is by looking at the pictures, specifically the picture with the box and contents.