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June 1, 2010 1:32:28 PM

Hi,

I've got an old desktop that i built which im gonna sell. I think im gonna be able to sell it for around 600bucks USD, so im looking to build something $650 or under.
I've looked into it a bit and ive decided to get an Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 processor and an ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard...ive got an ENGT220 graphics card by ASUS to but im lookin to replace it with a full-profile the ENGT220 is a low-profile.
Either than a case, what suggestions for all the other components??
I usually use my computer for gaming and just normal work...games like CoD MM2 and PES2010 etc....nothing very graphically challenging

Thanks in advance =]]

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June 1, 2010 1:48:34 PM

The LGA775 socket is a dead-end path, 1156 and 1366 are the new generation of Intel CPUs. For your budget, I would recommend going AMD. You can get an Athlon II X3 for less than that Intel, and it will perform better. The money you save can be put towards a better GPU. If you like nVidia, the GTS250 is a good option at your price point, and for ATI, you could probably squeeze a HD5770 in there.
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June 1, 2010 2:14:47 PM
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June 1, 2010 2:17:51 PM

That is a great build there, and it leaves you $100 for an OS, for the $650 budget.
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June 2, 2010 9:05:54 AM

hmmmm...actually, i live in hong kong and with past experience, they usually give a free case....probably crappy but then i can probably get a os while totally being under my budget = ]
as for the graphics card, i think that maybe the ati 4870 would be better? i can get one for $153 usd
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June 2, 2010 10:36:15 AM

It might certainly be better for the budget - depending on how much you'd have to pay for a 5770?
5770 also runs cooler, uses less power, has DX11 and the possibility of using 3screen Eyefinity. It's also shorter for an easy fit in a budget case.
For a 4870 you'll want to bump up the PSU 1 notch to a good 450W model, or an average 500W model. And a case with at least 2 fans.

Better performing in games? The 4870 is a great gaming card but 5770 is surprisingly close and even out in front in some games.
Here are some gaming benchmarks to look over.


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June 2, 2010 12:27:12 PM

I think you may be overly optimistic to think that you will be able to sell an old LGA775 system for $600.
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June 2, 2010 1:11:57 PM

hmmmm
re: jsc
i never mentioned selling an old LGA775 system....i want to get a new one==

re: WR2
thanks a lot! ill check out the prices over here in HK but heres a rundown of what im gonna get...
$83 AMD Athlon II x3 440
$164 Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 1GB
$106 GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3
$66 OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Blade Series 4GB Kits
$63 Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB
$28 Pioneer DCR-S1 8FXV
$46 Corsair CX400W (CMPSU-400CXUK)
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$556

if i get the SAPPhiRE VAPOR-X HD5770, which costs 169 in HK ill come out with a total of 560...so it doesnt make much of a difference....do u really think i should get the 5770??

p.s. the prices were prices i found online in HK, converted back to US. thats y they're a bit weird XP
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June 2, 2010 1:19:24 PM

It's so close in gaming performance it doesnt matter.
The 5770 does use a LOT less power and runs cooler. For the 4870 you'd have to look hard at you didnt need to upsize the PSU a bit.
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June 2, 2010 1:21:30 PM

thanks! =]]
i just found another....do u think ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 is more reliable than the sapphire?
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June 2, 2010 1:22:54 PM

Best answer selected by htam_har.
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June 2, 2010 1:24:19 PM

They are all pretty similar. Some brands like Sapphire and HIS offer improved aftermarket coolers, like the Vapor-X and IceQ5 technology. XFX offers a double lifetime warranty, which is always a plus, to be honest it really comes down to price.
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June 2, 2010 1:25:17 PM

OK......after going back and looking at the actual power consumption for a few 4870 reviews I think the Corsair 400W is going to be OK.
That chart is showing AC power draw at the wall socket so the DC draw from the PSU to the whole system is usually 10-15% less. Under 300W in this case. Just notice how much lower the 5770.


Sapphire has a better reputation than Asus. But when you get to the parts under the label they're mostly the same.
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June 2, 2010 1:26:10 PM

Too bad that XFX double lifetime warranty isn't good outside US and Canada.
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June 2, 2010 1:28:01 PM

How much price difference is there between your Hitachi HDD and the Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB HDD?
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June 2, 2010 1:32:56 PM

haahah true, true....
but luckily, im going to move back to Canada next year or the year after next...
Transmaniacon: so i guess u could say that the sapphire is 'better'?
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June 2, 2010 1:51:05 PM

I would probably choose Sapphire over Asus, they are generally the more popular brand choice. I personally prefer HIS with their exceptional cooling.
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June 2, 2010 3:31:16 PM

I would just go with the Sapphire if its cheaper, I got the HIS on sale for a ridiculous price.
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June 2, 2010 11:13:39 PM

wow...the HIS is actually 100HKD cheaper than the Sapphire, so im gonna go with the HIS then =]

thanks a lot you two!
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June 2, 2010 11:19:13 PM

You're welcome.
Nice find. Thats a big difference in price, really worth your time checking it out.
In fact it's REALLY a surprising difference. Almost shocking.
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June 3, 2010 12:14:24 AM

Nice! Every once and a while there is an awesome deal on the HIS cards, glad you found one
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June 3, 2010 8:00:59 AM

i got this from the HIS site on the 5770, is my power enuf then??

and im thinking of adding an extra around $60 usd, amd phenom x4 925 AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX925WFGIBOX

what do you think?
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June 3, 2010 11:03:25 AM

whoops... I didn't copy the info but it says that 450W or more ??? Is the corsair enough?
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June 3, 2010 12:08:57 PM

Manufacturers generally suggest a generous power requirement, to make sure things are alright. I would recommend trying out one of the wattage calculators just to double check, but given the low power usage of the HD5770, I would imagine you should be just fine. The Corsair is a great power supply.
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June 3, 2010 1:54:56 PM

how about the phenom x4? do u think its worth the extra money?
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June 3, 2010 2:10:17 PM

Its definitely a better chip. But the 440 is a great chip for gaming, you can unlock the fourth core and overclock it well. I would say if you want to step up, then you should go with the AMD Phenom II X4 955. Its the flagship quad core chip and at $159.00 is pretty affordable. I see it this way, your current 440 would be great for gaming, and has a lot of potential, the only way to really make a considerable improvement:cost is to get the 955.
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June 3, 2010 2:55:45 PM

wow....the 955 is priced the same as the 925 here in HK.... the black edition is an extra 25 usd...should i go for the black edition or just the normal one??
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June 3, 2010 3:05:22 PM

Is there a non-BE 955, you may be thinking of the 945. If you want to overclock, go with the 955.

Black Edition means its multiplier is unlocked for easy overclocking.
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June 3, 2010 11:54:33 PM

Black Edition means its multiplier is unlocked for easy overclocking

what does this mean? so if i want to oc, I should get the black edition?
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June 4, 2010 4:02:17 AM

Hey guys, i've found all the necessary parts for my computer....heres the list of parts:

AMD PHENOM X4 955 BLACK EDITION
HIS HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB (128bit) GDDR5 PCIe
MSI KA780GM2
Patriot PVS34G1333LLK
Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB
Pioneer DVR-S18FXV
Corsair CX400W (CMPSU-400CXUK)
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$584 USD

also, could you confirm the compatibility between all the parts for me??
thanks =]
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June 4, 2010 2:14:57 PM

all right!
thanks =]
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June 4, 2010 2:25:06 PM

Mismatch - DDR3 RAM vs DDR2 motherboard.
AM3 CPU in a AM2+ motherboard. Checking on that compatibility.
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June 5, 2010 2:19:47 AM

Confirmed. MSI 785GM-E65 and X4 955 are good to go. Just choose DDR3 RAM to match.
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June 5, 2010 2:51:11 AM

That Patriot SO-DIMM RAM is for laptops - won't work for you.

The Corsair 400CX is as powerful (on the +12V supply) as many 500W PSU.
It would be plenty but it never hurts anything to have a bigger PSU.
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June 5, 2010 2:56:00 AM

Look back at that Gaming Power chart again. The 5770 is well under 300watts.
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June 5, 2010 3:02:31 AM

But I would like to OC both my cpu and gpu. The 955, I'd like to OC it to 3.7Ghz. in the power supply calculator, it says something about Vcore(whats that??) and clicking all my components, i come up with 405W
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June 5, 2010 3:15:40 AM

405W is the recommended size of the PSU. And that would be an 'average' 405W PSU.

The Corsair 400CX is better than an average PSU. It will handle OC of CPU and GPU.
The chart above was using an OC'd Intel Core i7-920 @ 3.33GHz.
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June 5, 2010 3:16:50 AM

Wow! Thanks!
Could you give me some suggestions of cheap DDR3? Because I'm sort of already over budget and is it alright if I get hold of some cheap DDR3 instead of quality ones?
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June 5, 2010 3:21:22 AM

You can check to see what's in your area. DDR3 1066 or DDR3 1333.
List what's available there and we'll sort through them.
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