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June 23, 2010 10:47:03 PM

or builds

Please let me know if you think there are any problems/un-necessary components, thanks :) 




spec for my new gaming rig:
£70.18 - Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3 AMD 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
£132.40 - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
£33.39 - Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM

£140.55 - Sapphire HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort HDCP PCI-E Graphics Card
£100.90 - G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V
£70.61 - Corsair 550W VX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 5 Year Warranty
£41.99 - Antec 300 Three Hundred Case

£600ish ($900)

(will there be headroom to put in say a 5850/5870 in a year if a game that requires it comes out?)




Also upgrading the family PC:

(already has a 400watt Corsair PSU and a case)[also aiming for this to be able to play some older games]
£70.18 - Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3 AMD 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
£132.40 - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
£33.39 - Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM

£70.70 - Sapphire HD 5670 512MB HyperMemory GDDR5 HDMI DVI VGA PCI-E Graphics Card
£81.78 - Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered CL9

£400 ish ($600)

(my feeling is the cpu/mobo are such good value for money its worth it as it will last like 4 years+ 4gb more ram if/when i put windows 7 on

it)





and also putting:
£77.19 - Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Kit CL5 1.8V
£33.39 - Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM

into my E8400 - 8800 GT system (currently 2gb ram) to make it suitable for windows 7 [upped to 6gb ram] (it also has an outdated 160gb hd)

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June 23, 2010 11:10:21 PM

I would drop the family CPU to the AMD Athlon II X3 440 (still a very good CPU) and get a better mobo (for the first system) like this one:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/197546

A cheaper but good PSU is Antec Basiq Power 550W

Edit: Why not sell your old rig and get something much better? Or don't upgrade it yet and get a HD5850.
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June 23, 2010 11:10:56 PM

You have a DVD burner for that first build?
A 5850 upgrade (or it's future equivalent) would slide in there nicely with that Corsair 550VX.

Everything is looking good.
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June 24, 2010 4:49:03 PM

yea, i've got a couple of DvD burners already and a few rom drives kicking around,

what would be the advantages to the more expensive board over the one i picked? i wont be using dual gfx or raid.

i'm somewhat against the athlon range now, i reckon there is a lot of value in processor cache for the desktop environment, E8400 vs celeron E3200 is mostly a cache battle (and fsb), and the E8400 is so far ahead

thanks for the tip on the antec,

someone reccomended a 750w corsair for the 5850/5870, i take it thats overkill? why do people always overbuy PSUs by so much?
June 24, 2010 6:01:22 PM

The X3 440 is very good even for gaming. For browsing, etc and some gaming is perfect. For a 5850, 500W is enough, even a good 450 like the Corsair 450VX. Get a 5850 is you can.
June 25, 2010 7:52:08 AM

If the family PC isn't gonna see any gaming i'd hit a 880G mobo and go IGP ^^
June 25, 2010 12:23:14 PM

Just wondering where you are shopping for the parts listed?
June 25, 2010 1:06:42 PM

batuchka - i plan to nick it for lannys over the summer ;) 
June 25, 2010 1:10:22 PM

thanks for the link sparda, very interestin to compare, tho my budget is meant to be under £600, i'm failing at that atm :p 

i'm shopping on ebuyer too


edit:


i've replied, can't add much on the case front as i go for the duct tape cable management option :) 

i'd agree on the 955 > 965

interested to see what is said about the ram,

and i definately agree on the SSD - to get a good one you will have to shave £150 off your current specs: £30 HDD vs £200+ SSD
June 25, 2010 4:24:09 PM

Could be my imagination but i think i read somewhere people had some prob with G.Skill Ram on an AMD build, can anyone verify this?
June 26, 2010 1:19:32 AM

yea, i'm going to stick with the 1333 - dont wanna mess around OCing my board to run the 1600 :p 
June 27, 2010 8:16:02 AM

trif said:
batuchka - i plan to nick it for lannys over the summer ;) 


Hmm perhaps an mATX build might interest u :D 
June 27, 2010 8:20:36 AM

If you wanted to dual boot with OSX, you will have a hard time with an AMD CPU. Just a thought.

That 750 W is definetly overkill by a lot. Perhaps it was meant for if you were ever planning to crossfire. Actually, I dunno if you can go overboard with a PSU, because I think just about all the big ones have a voltage sensor thing.

O, noooo! Don't tell me that G.Skill and AMD have problems. I just ordered those, which, by the way, (I haven't mentioned this enough) I regret ordering (the AMD CPU) because I want OSX in dual boot.
June 27, 2010 11:22:54 PM

I happened to be chatting to a friend with a 5770 and he said he was not that impressed going from his 8800gt to it, i had a look at some benchmarks and it looks to be only around 25% better, to get double the performance 5850s seem to be the way to go,

so yea, the rig just seems a bit expensive generally, and not through crazy overspeccing (did drop the 5850 in tho :p ) but yea, it seems like its costing a fair bit more to double the specs of my previous rigs,

anyway i started a new post for it, see here:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/288925-13-sharp-upg...
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