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August 22, 2010 6:04:51 AM

hI GUYS i WAS THINKING OF BUYING A BRAND NEW GAMING pc. pLEASE GIVE ME YOU INSIGHT OF WHAT SHOULD i MODIFY. tHANKS

CPU:AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz $176

Mobo:ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $145

RAM: Patriot Gamer Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $115

Video Card:HD 5970 $475

Case + power supply: Antec Twelve Hundred 750 Blue Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 750W Power Supply $250

burner: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X $28

monitor: SAMSUNG XL2370-1 Charcoal Gray 23" 2ms $300

Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler $45

Total: $1534 Canadian
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August 22, 2010 6:34:11 AM

Id Say Go With The LOWEST Latency RAM You Can Find Even If It Means Sacrificing Speed And Switch To A GTX480 On The GPU
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August 22, 2010 7:49:42 AM

Change the 965 for a 955, They are practically the same thing except the 965 is slightly factory overclocked. You can do that yourself and save a few bucks.
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August 22, 2010 9:08:29 AM

^ that is true, i would look at other cpu coolers also, the CM hyper 212+ is the best price vs performance IMO
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August 22, 2010 9:34:20 AM

On Top of What I Said I Would Also Agree With "Falseg0d" And "Gordon_81"
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August 22, 2010 7:20:20 PM

hella-d said:
Id Say Go With The LOWEST Latency RAM You Can Find Even If It Means Sacrificing Speed And Switch To A GTX480 On The GPU


Wut? It's wellknown that speed is much more relevant than timings. In fact, timings are basically worthless in gaming.
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August 22, 2010 8:02:47 PM

It might be more accurate to say that neither timings nor clock speed result in much of a difference either way.

On Intel, it appears that clock speed helps more than timings, but only marginally.

On AMD, it appears that timings help more than clock speed, a little more than Intel, but still not worth paying more than $5-10 more than the next step down.
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August 22, 2010 9:13:40 PM

Thank You Coldsleep, The Point I Was Trying To Make
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August 22, 2010 10:34:32 PM

hella-d said:
Id Say Go With The LOWEST Latency RAM You Can Find Even If It Means Sacrificing Speed And Switch To A GTX480 On The GPU


So you are saying that GTX480 is better than ATI 5970?
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August 22, 2010 10:35:19 PM

Guys when you say getthe lowest RAM etc, ect, can you please give me the make/model so I can look it up? Thanks.
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August 23, 2010 12:23:16 AM

Generally you get the best price/performance at either 1333 MHz CL7 or 1600 MHz CL7.

This Mushkin Blackline 1600 MHz CL7 4 GB kit for $92 (-$10 MIR brings it down to $82) is probably the best deal right now.

If you want very low voltage RAM, this G.Skill ECO Series with pretty much the same speed & timings is the way to go at $103.

There are a couple of kits that are $2-3 cheaper than the Mushkin, but they're 1333 MHz. Unless you're really trying to save every $ possible, you might as well get the 1600 MHz Mushkin kit as opposed to the couple of cheaper 1333 MHz kits.
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August 23, 2010 1:18:27 AM

sammytheman said:
So you are saying that GTX480 is better than ATI 5970?


When Your Only Running A 23" Yes, When You Consider CUDA And PhysX....... Again, Yes
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August 23, 2010 1:33:40 AM

hella-d said:
When Your Only Running A 23" Yes, When You Consider CUDA And PhysX....... Again, Yes


You're probably going to get more raw fps with a 5970 in most games...but you're not going to be able to see the difference vs. the GTX 480, since 60 fps is pretty much the limit of what the human eye can see.

CUDA doesn't do anything for gaming, so that's kind of moot.

I don't really think that PhysX is being used in that many games. Even in those it does, does it add a lot to gameplay? I don't know, since I haven't seen demos with/without, but it doesn't seem like it's a game-changing, must-have feature.

That being said, the GTX 480 is cheaper, and if you're just planning on a single-card/single-monitor setup, it may be a better choice than the 5970. If you're looking at eventually CrossFire-ing or going Eyefinity, the 480 isn't a great choice, as SLI & 3DVision aren't supported on that motherboard.

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August 23, 2010 1:35:49 AM

Honestly I would get a GTX 470 for cheap (less than 280$) and put that cash on either an IPS or 120hz monitor (will hold it's value MUCH better than the vidcard).

I would look into switching to a P55/i5-750 build for serious gaming or an eventual SLI. The 965 will be a bit of a bottleneck on either a 480 or 5970. Alternatively, look into a 1055t for futureproofing.

That AMD mobo you have listed is bad. For the same price a gigabyte 890 chipset mobo can be had with newer and nicer features, while for 50$ less an Asrock 870 extreme 3 will offer those features but only with x8/x8 PCIe links (not a huge loss at all, none at all if you're single GPU).
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August 23, 2010 2:17:51 AM

Ok so let me get this straight. I am getting SAMSUNG XL2370-1 monitor which has 1920X1080 resolution so thus will utilize the full potential of ATI 5970. To go with that I am thinking of getting Intel i5-750 since according to benchmarks has an edge in gaming as compared to AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban. As for RAM I am thing of going for Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3, the G.Skill ECO Series looks ugly ;( What is the best motherboard using P55? Yes I might try SLI in future. Thanks.
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September 12, 2010 9:52:16 PM

So I finally built my new PC and here are the specs:

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3

GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s

G.SKILL F3-12800CL6D-4GBPI Pi Series 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL6-8-6-24

Coolermaster Silent Pro 1000W Modular Power Supply SLI ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC PCI-E 135mm Fan

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus

Ati Radeon HD 5970

Antec 1200 case

I got 14000 points in 3Dmark vantage. Is that good mark? How can I tell my PC utilizing its full potential. Thanks.
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