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New build - about to order - any silly errors?

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September 3, 2010 12:03:55 PM

PSU - Corsair 650
CPU - Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1156)
Motherboard - Asus P7P55D-E Pro Intel P55 (Socket 1156)
RAM - 4GB Corsair XMS3 1600MHz CAS9
GPU - HIS ATI Radeon HD 5830 1024MB GDDR5
HD1 - OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive
HD2 - (Raid 1) Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class 1 TB Internal hard drive - 300 MBps - 7200 rpm
HD3 - (Raid 1) Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class 1 TB Internal hard drive - 300 MBps - 7200 rpm

Use: Word processing and gaming - running windows 7 64bit

Questions: Have I matched up hardware incorrectly? Or is there something I could easily do to improve it?

Also will stock cpu cooler do?

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September 3, 2010 12:13:06 PM

I would recommend dropping the i7 860 and replacing it with the cheaper i5 760 (or i5 750). In fact, if you are newegging it, I believe the i5 760 and the motherboard you picked are a combo deal.
With the money saved drop the 5830 as it is not a particularly good card and either go with the 5850 or, if you are planning on using 2 cards in the future (I assume you are due to the mobo picked) then go with a 1gb GTX460 with the intention of a second one later.
September 3, 2010 12:17:13 PM

thanks for the advice - I'm purchasing in the uk - so no newegg deals unfortunately :(  - also wasn't planning on getting a second graphics card - wanted the latest sata standards though for the disk drives
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September 3, 2010 12:39:22 PM

Great price on the RAM.
If you do not intend to go 2 card set up you can save money on the motherboard - there are cheaper ones that have USB 3.0 and Sata gb/s

Such as the Asus P7P55D E LX - £100
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-P7P55D-E-LX-P55-Exp...(OC)-USB-30-SATA-6Gb-s-SATA-RAID-ATX

If going single card set up then grab the 5850. If you stick with the mobo you have just in case you want the option of two cards in future then grab the GTX460.

The 5850 is a more powerful card than the GTX460, so if planning to game on 1920 x 1080 resolutions it is a better buy. The reason I suggest the GTX460 instead of the 5850 if going 2 card set up is because while the GTX460 is a weaker card individually (still good power though), due to Nvidia scaling better with two cards than AMD, 2 x GTX460 tends to outperform 2 x 5850s.

My motherboard only has the ability to use one card - that is why I have the 5850.
September 3, 2010 12:42:11 PM

i agree with going for an i5, you don't need an i7 for the uses you stated. personally i wouldnt stick with the stock fan because that limits your overclocking but if you aren't planning on oc'ing then stock is fine. it would be a shame to run an i5/i7 at stock though.

what resolution will you be gaming at? if its anything near 1900x1200 i would recommend getting at least a 5850 for decent frame rates, assuming that it is cheaper than gtx 470's where you are. SLI'd 460's give the best bang for buck nowadays and the PCI lanes of your mobo won't cause a bottleneck, so that route would also be a viable. your psu should have no trouble handling them either.
September 3, 2010 1:20:43 PM

itouchedyou said:
i agree with going for an i5, you don't need an i7 for the uses you stated. personally i wouldnt stick with the stock fan because that limits your overclocking but if you aren't planning on oc'ing then stock is fine. it would be a shame to run an i5/i7 at stock though.

what resolution will you be gaming at? if its anything near 1900x1200 i would recommend getting at least a 5850 for decent frame rates, assuming that it is cheaper than gtx 470's where you are. SLI'd 460's give the best bang for buck nowadays and the PCI lanes of your mobo won't cause a bottleneck, so that route would also be a viable. your psu should have no trouble handling them either.


Some really excellent points, thank you

2x 460's practically doubles my spend on graphics - so that's a no-go - I like the £50 saving with the non dual graphics mobo - is that the only loss between the two?

The problem is, if I ever did want a second gpu, then it gets pricey, but I know me, I usually build a new pc from scratch, so actually, probably worth downgrading the mobo. (if that's the only loss)

Thanks for your help,
Ben
September 3, 2010 1:23:46 PM

where you buying from?
September 3, 2010 1:25:39 PM

a mixture of amazon.co.uk and overclockers.co.uk, depending on which is cheaper
September 3, 2010 1:35:47 PM

benwiggy said:
Some really excellent points, thank you

2x 460's practically doubles my spend on graphics - so that's a no-go - I like the £50 saving with the non dual graphics mobo - is that the only loss between the two?

The problem is, if I ever did want a second gpu, then it gets pricey, but I know me, I usually build a new pc from scratch, so actually, probably worth downgrading the mobo. (if that's the only loss)

Thanks for your help,
Ben


Yeah, thats pretty much the main loss. A single 5850 is also more than enough for most current games. I own one and play at 2048x1152 BFBC2, CoD:MW2 etc. with smooth frame rates, so I would recommend it.
September 3, 2010 1:41:45 PM

Ok thanks all for feedback, new setup proposal: (I'm still tempted, perhaps foolishly, by the i7...)

PSU - Corsair 650
CPU - Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1156)
Motherboard - Asus P7P55D-E LX Intel P55 (Socket 1156)
RAM - 4GB Corsair XMS3 1600MHz CAS9
GPU - HIS iCooler V ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express
HD1 - OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive
HD2 - (Raid 1) Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class 1 TB Internal hard drive - 300 MBps - 7200 rpm
HD3 - (Raid 1) Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class 1 TB Internal hard drive - 300 MBps - 7200 rpm
September 3, 2010 1:42:21 PM

Also any thoughts on monitors in the UK?
September 3, 2010 1:59:06 PM

the antec tpn is newer and better then the tx 650 ,there is a tx II line in the works but the entire older corsair tx line are out matched in the current bang for buck market
September 3, 2010 2:17:56 PM

Grand total: £894.77



What do you reckon?
September 3, 2010 2:27:02 PM

looks good to go
September 3, 2010 3:28:18 PM

as long as you already have a case that looks great! i see we didnt convince you to go with the i5 :p 
September 3, 2010 3:30:52 PM

yeah i have an awesome case! Thanks for the help though - much appreciated :) 
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