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July 27, 2010 6:01:22 AM

This is my first time building a computer though ive done upgrades and replacements for a while, I was hoping to wait till boxing week but with school coming up im going to be needing a desktop no matter what.

The computer will be for gaming and school

These are the parts I am looking at thus far

Phenom ii x4 955
Samsung spinpoint 103sj 1tb
Corsair tx650 watts
patriot sector 5 ddr3 1600 cas 8
gigabyte 890gpa ud3h
msi gtx 460 cyclone OC
antec 300
Cheaper DVD writer doesnt matter what

By no means is any of this final and if you have any suggestions for parts or pricing or anything at all post them. Im looking to see if i can get anything cheaper

I want to stick to future proofing though with usb 3 and sata 6

I have my own monitor, keyboard, mouse and os

I will primarily use this for multithreaded applications for school like CS4 and autocad 2010

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July 27, 2010 6:10:11 AM

Hmm why not hit a 880G/IGP and could be if u have to fork out for a discrete, a professional class GPU would net u the biggest gains
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July 27, 2010 6:16:17 AM

batuchka said:
Hmm why not hit a 880G/IGP and could be if u have to fork out for a discrete, a professional class GPU would net u the biggest gains



It probably would but i still want to be able to play games like, SC2, Just Cause 2 and borderlands on there as well and I wont be dealing with massive files for autocad probably only 100 mbs tops so its only like a 4 story building a professional card wont be necessary till i move into the field
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July 27, 2010 6:17:31 AM

If you want to go with GTX 460, then drop the Crossfire supporting board and also the 650W...
Or you could go with Intel i5 build, with a mobo supporting SLI...

Here is an Intel build
i5 760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS PRO-E + ASUS DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair 4GB DDR3 + NZXT M59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec EX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

Total - ~$900 not including rebates or shipping if any...
This has SLI support and 650W would suffice for GTX 460 SLI...
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July 27, 2010 6:27:17 AM

Hmm both are actually very good builds, honestly i dont know the big different between the 890 and the 870
Would it be better to go with AMD or Intel?

I dont have a problem with the CF board because i doubt ill ever CF or SLI maybe way down the road but iunno.

The one thing i forgot to add was that I live in Canada so my prices and deals on newegg are slightly higher
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July 27, 2010 7:06:01 AM

Well 870 chipset is a lower-end, sans onboard graphics...
So for a single card config, they are better suited...

As for Intel vs AMD, if you want the build to be as cheap as possible, but still offer good performance, then get AMD...
Intel will offer better performance for slightly more money...

An AMD build from newegg.ca
X4 955
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Gigabyte 870A + GSKillz 4GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

Antec 300
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

OCZ 600W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GTX 460 1GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

1TB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total - ~CAD 780 Not including any additional charges...
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July 28, 2010 4:50:24 AM

mm i like that AMD build there,

What do you guys think about the battle between nvidia and Ati

I was looking at the 5770 but the gtx 460 is far more powerful im not looking to play like crazy games but i seem to prefer atleast for the moment nvidia, so would it be worth it to go intel on the LGA 1156 so i can get nvidia SLI for way down the road if i decide to get another card or is it ok to stick with AMD?
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July 28, 2010 4:53:34 AM

Adobe CS4/ 5 will take advantage of CUDA(Nvidia tech) so I would suggest the GTX 460...

As for SLI, seeing that you are not a core gamer, I would say that wont matter as once you feel the graphics card has become slow, you would get newer more powerful cards for less...
But its upto you though...
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July 28, 2010 5:06:11 AM

ok ill stick to the nvidia then, just out of curiosity what do you see the life span of this computer being for being, games wise and tech wise. I will most likely not be upgrading until i am finished university so thats easily 5 years down the road.

again i wont be playing those epic games in full settings or anything like that, I just want it to be able to handle things coming down the pipe line at like med settings and I need it to be able to do autocad

And just a question whats the diference between the 870 and the 880 from AMD
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July 28, 2010 5:15:06 AM

If your games get more resource hungry then a GPU upgrade is a definite upgrade and
870 has no IGP/ATX
880G HD 4250 IGP/ATX and mATX
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July 28, 2010 7:06:35 AM

k well thanks for all your help man, the only question i have left really is just about the frequency on the ram, will 1333 suffice or should i go for 1600?
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July 28, 2010 7:09:15 AM

If you wont be overclocking, then DDR3 1333MHz would suffice...For normal usage, you wont notice any significant difference between those 2 speeds...
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July 28, 2010 7:20:57 AM

What if i was to over clock the 955 to 3.8?
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