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August 29, 2010 12:23:47 PM

Hi, im new to the whole building a PC thing so i wanted to know if all my chosen components are combatable

Intel Core i7 930 2.80ghz
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3
WD Caviar Black 1TB Sata
NVidia GeForce GTX460 1GB
Corsair tx850W PSU
Antec 900 Case
Zalman CNPS9900

Thanks for any help
August 29, 2010 12:27:53 PM

Compatible, but not the best buy.
August 29, 2010 12:53:12 PM

sp12 said:
Compatible, but not the best buy.


Could you elaborate ?
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August 29, 2010 12:57:49 PM

You could save ~200$ by going to an i5-760 based build, and then use that money on a nicer GPU/SSD.

Case and cooler are fine, but could be better for the money. A Haf 922+Noctua D14 are the same price but offer better cooling/features.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|11-129-021^11-129-021-TS%2C11-119-197^11-119-197-TS

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=Noctua+NH-D14&...

That PSU is overpriced when a silver-efficiency, modular model can be had for 5$ less http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How much are you spending on each specific component? I'm assuming Newegg, but if you could list prices/where you're buying from that would be awesome. I'm willing to bet you're overpaying for the 460.
August 29, 2010 1:25:40 PM

im actually from the UK so i dont think posting prices would be much help since everything costs twice as much anyway :p 

the overall cost is £1,200 all through my local computer shop
August 29, 2010 1:37:15 PM

Hi Thunderstorm, I think before somebody asks you to change your build unilaterally, he ought to have asked you 'bout your usage. I find it ludicrous that somebody can ask you to change your build completely without even knowing bout your usage :( 

So please state your usage in order of importance (Gaming/Video encoding/sound editing/Office/just schoolwork/surfing & watching movies etc) and budget range (for the tower only) & whether you'd like to OC/SLI/XFire in the future.

^ This information will let me more accurately advise you on your build.
August 29, 2010 1:54:51 PM

Thanks for your reply calguyhunk

Well im a graphic designer so the minium is that i can run photoshop cs5 and a few other applications at the same time

But im also a gamer so i want to be able to Run Dawn of War 2 at High Setting (which i know the build can)

my budget is £1250 for the tower alone and i dont plan on OC

so photo editing and gaming are joint top and thats all i will really use the computer for other than general use, watching movies is unimportant as is sound editing


Thanks
August 29, 2010 1:57:52 PM

If that's the case your build is probably fine. Still see how much could be saved with an i5-760+P55 build, additionally, see how much an i7-870 is in relation to the 930. The 930 is slower than either the 870 or 760, but is an X58 platform.

A P55 would probably save enough to upgrade to 8GB of ram at least.

Do you think you'll have need of more than 8GB of ram? More than 12?
August 29, 2010 4:06:49 PM

750 vs 870 - anandtech.com (DoW & cs4 only, not cs5)

750 vs 920 - anandtech.com

920 vs 870 - anandtech.com

Moral of the story? The 870's your choice. Also, Photoshop loves RAM. If you're a pro, you'll prolly need more than 8 GB.

CPU : 144 Core i7 870

Mobo : 229 Asus P7P55D-E Pro

RAM : 82 G.SKILL RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB).

Corsair RAM : Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB).Get 2 sets of either to get 8 GB. (Couldn't find any CL7 kit. But really, the difference is minute)

You can also get a 2 X 4GB kit. 4x2GB would be slightly faster than 2x4GB because there would be more interleaving. Interleaving means that the data is spread out across more memory chips. While some chips are waiting for their CAS timing cycle to complete, data can be accessed from the other chips.

The thing is, it really depends on the the Northbridge implementation. The NB must be able to take advantage of interleaving across 4 DIMMs and I don't know which NBs do and which don't. I know for sure that most of the Xeon NBs can interleave across 4 DIMMs, in fact most of those NBs require DIMMs to be installed in groups of four.

2 X 4GB will leave room for upgrade later on but is also a lot more expensive. So unless advised otherwise, stick to this 4 DIMM module.

Keep your HDD & GPU. Drop your Zalman cooler. It's a waste of money if you're not OC'ing. The case is a matter of personal choice, but personally I'm a little uncomfortable with a 120 dollar case. I feel the money can be better spent on components. Also, there's no way you're gonna need a 850 watt PSU.

If you're interested in a more inexpensive Antec - Antec Two Hundred

Corsair PSU : Corsair TX Series 650W

Looks like you're good to go, unless I'm missing something.
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