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August 9, 2010 5:32:34 PM

hi guys im finally getting my pc, ive been doing quite a bit of research but i cant seem to make up my mind, im basically going to be using the pc for gaming, the pc has to last me about 6 years, i will be upgrading it as time goes by though, as i live in south africa parts are alot more expensive and brands are unavailable, ok i have these parts at the moment, a mouse, keyboard, 4gb of transcend jetram ddr3 1333 and a gigabyte odin 585 watt psu and a gigabyte x9 case and a 500gb hdd

basically i need to find a gpu, cpu and mobo, i can ONLY get INTEL cpus because i do not have access to amd cpus at the moment

i was going to get an i5 760. p55a ud4p and a gtx 460 1 gb and buy an expensive new case and an aftermarket cpu cooler

but then i thought why waste money on that when i could get a better cpu or gpu and then get the new case and so on later

so i thought i could go for an i7 875k a gigabyte h55m usb3(and yrs i know its a cheap motherboard) and a 5850

my other options were to get an i7 870, p55 ud3 and a gtx 460

i dont know what to do! i have access to these cpus i5 760, i7 870, i7 875k, i7 930, and these motherboards, h55m usb3, p55a ud3, p55a ud4p, and for lga 1366 the x58a ud3r and these graphics cards the gtx 460, the hd5850
please have my budget in mind, i want the best bang for my buck

thanks

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August 9, 2010 5:40:56 PM

I would stick to either what you had originally or up the GPU to the 5850. The i5 is a better gaming CPU than the others listed and doesn't fetch the high premium of the others. The board would be fine if the Asus P7P55D-E Pro isn't available. You just need to be aware that if you add a second GPU down the road, USB 3/SATA III speeds will be disabled with Gigabyte P55 boards.
August 9, 2010 5:59:58 PM

what about the x58 mobo and the i7 930? is it not worth the extra money for the performance increase?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2010 6:11:08 PM

gordon_81 said:
what about the x58 mobo and the i7 930? is it not worth the extra money for the performance increase?


Just for gaming, the i7-930 is not worth it. The only difference in gaming is that an x58 mobo can have 16x/16x lanes, but even with 2 ATI 5970s, that only amounts to a 3-5% difference in fps over 8x/8x lanes. For most people, that's not worth the additional $100-200 (USD) difference between an x58 and p55 build.

Agree with all of MadAdmiral's advice above.
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August 9, 2010 6:13:13 PM

There isn't much of a gaming performance increase from the i5 to the i7. It also runs a good $200 more. That would really cut into the GPU's budget, which will make a big difference to performance.
August 9, 2010 6:41:51 PM

ok sure thanks guys! do you think my psu will support the pc? GIGABYTE® ODIN 585W 24-Pin Power Supply, 4 Molex & 5 SATA Power Connectors, Intel LGA775 Ready & Approved, Includes Power Cable, i know its apparently not a good psu
a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2010 6:45:40 PM

It should support a 5850, though I would be surprised if it could support 2 in CrossFire.

Given the choice, I'd buy a new one, but if you're really trying to save money, I'd keep it for now and look at replacing it if/when you go CrossFire.
August 9, 2010 7:16:32 PM

yes thats what i was thinking, thanks alot guys! by the way when i do get a 5850 what make should i go for? it
a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2010 7:41:29 PM

gordon_81 said:
yes thats what i was thinking, thanks alot guys! by the way when i do get a 5850 what make should i go for? it


The only real differences are price and length of warranty. XFX and Sapphire are generally thought of as the top ATI manufacturers, but if you can get another one significantly cheaper, go for it. XFX offers double-lifetime warranties on some of their cards, so it can be transferred to a new owner if you sell the card.