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May 26, 2010 9:55:03 PM

Hi, I got some doubts and need pro help:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 07-25-2010 to 08-05-2010

BUDGET RANGE: 800-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games (from warcraft3 to starcraft 2), surfing the internet, watching movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: bestbuy.com and frys.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Brazil

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel processor and GIGABYTE mobo with corsair RAM.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm gonna buy these items in USA: motherboard, processor, ram memory, hd and the power supply. The rest of the components (case, monitor...), I'll buy here in Brazil.

I would like to know if there is any need to buy a 750w power supply as I was recommended. I think that a 650w or even a 450w would be enough to this computer, anyway you are the professionals here.

Parts I have already selected:

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 LGA1366 Motherboard
http://www.frys.com/product/6168589?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 930
BX80601930 - LGA1366
http://www.frys.com/product/6159179?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

6GB (3X2GB) / DDR3 /1600MHz / DOMINATOR / CORSAIR TR3X6G1600C8D G
http://www.frys.com/product/5839543?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR BLACK 500GB 7200RPM 32MB BUFFER SERIAL ATA/300 HARD DRIVE - WD5001AALS BARE
http://www.frys.com/product/6102099?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W High Performance and Energy Efficient Power Supply
http://www.frys.com/product/5443359?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

I already have a Nvidia Pny GTX-275 896mb graphic card and I wonder if it will be possible to make a SLI in the future using my gtx 275 and another graphic card (but better than gtx 275)?

Will this motherboard support sli?

Here in Brazil, I'll maybe get a CM 690 and a full hd lcd or led monitor.


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Still on the fence about switching down to an i5 though.

I was reading some articles and threads here and everywhere I go, there are people saying that there's no difference from getting i7 930 or i5 750 when you are building a gaming pc. Please, I'm really confused about these CPU performance while gaming.

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May 27, 2010 2:38:39 AM

Hmm, ya now I see that i5-750 has the same performance of i7-930 when playing games.

I think that I`ll stay with i5-750. Doing that I`ll be able to spend some money with other acessories.

Thanks man.
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May 27, 2010 3:12:47 AM

Hey budy, what`s the difference between these 2 mb?

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Would it make any difference for me?
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May 28, 2010 2:34:16 PM

Give us a total budget that you have. It's also a bit hard to give you deals for a build in 2 months so I'll just list general parts for now.

In regards to your PM's, the i5-750 is the most you'll need for gaming. The 8 threads of the i7's don't improve gaming performance, as games utilize 2 or max 3 threads.

The Asus P7P55D-E PRO would be the MOBO to get for an i5-750 build.
RAM would be the ripjaw 7-8-7-24 DDR3 1600 kits for the moment. However, base don price fluctuations a different kit may be better in july/august.

HD wise switch to a Samsung spinpoint F3 or 7200.12.

MOBO supports SLI, you can SLI a 275 with another card, but if you use a better GPU it will be clocked down to the 275 level, so pointless.

Can't SLI btwn the 400 and 200 series though.

PSU is fine.

Case wise an Antec 300 illusion of even better a HAF 922.
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May 28, 2010 3:26:51 PM

Hey thanks.

Today I made my final decision, I`ll get a i7-930, I was discussing with some guys today and made this final decision based on i7 x58 mb. Check this thread out:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/287047-31-tomshardwar...

Really appreciate your attention, but in my case it will be better to take i7, because of SLI, and its x58 future proof MB.

EDIT 1: It`s hard for me to calculate my total budget, as I live in another country and won`t buy everything in USA finishing the PC in Brazil, after purchasing the components in USA (psu, cpu, mb, ram, hd). I know spinpoint f3 is the best one, but I intend to buy everything at Fry`s and i need to check with them, if they sell samsung spinpoint f3 hd and g.skill memory.
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May 28, 2010 3:42:25 PM

Wait, how on earth are you doing a $800-900 build with an i7-930?

That + mobo is half the budget, no space for a good gpu.

For that much money you're better off with a phenom II x4 and 5850 build for gaming.

It'll beat an i7 and 5770 (most you could afford) any day.
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May 28, 2010 3:47:07 PM

I`ll only buy the mb, cpu, ram, psu and the hd in USA, then thats what I`m gonna spend from 800 - 900 USD$.
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May 28, 2010 3:51:19 PM

For that much money you're better off with a phenom II x4 and 5850 build for gaming.

It'll beat an i7 and 5770 (most you could afford) any day.

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Are you saying that a amd would beat a i7?
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May 28, 2010 4:03:46 PM

fardado07 said:
For that much money you're better off with a phenom II x4 and 5850 build for gaming.

It'll beat an i7 and 5770 (most you could afford) any day.

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Are you saying that a amd would beat a i7?

What they are saying is the combination of the X4 955 and ATI 5850 would be a better gaming system than an i7 920/930 and ATI 5770. The x4 and i7 920/930 are pretty equal in CPU gaming performance so you'll get the biggest gain in performance in the GPU power.
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May 28, 2010 4:07:19 PM

As tecmo said, the phenom ii x4, i7-920 and i5-750 give basically the exact same FPS in gaming. It's the GPU you use that matters, and it's much better to put the money into a better GPU.
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May 29, 2010 2:39:58 PM

Hey, does Gigabyte UD3R support ddr3 1600 memory?
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May 29, 2010 3:54:32 PM

Yes, it supports DDR3 1600.

Check out the QVL for memory on the Gigabyte's website for the motherboard. It shows DDR3 1600 on the list but for whatever reason the product page nor Newegg list it on their main page.
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May 31, 2010 4:29:49 PM

Hehe, little bit strange and confusing, anyway, I'll go with it.

You really helped me, thanks.
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