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September 22, 2010 4:25:10 PM

Good day my pc was recently stolen and from insurance claim i can now buy a new one i have been looking at different builds but i am unaware how newer cards perform. Im looking to have a decent system but i cannot go over my price range. I would like advice on my current prebuild.

CPU - Intel ® i5-661 DC Clarkdale 3.33 GHz 4Mb Cache 32nm + IGP (900Mhz)
or Intel ® i5-760 QC Lynnfield 2.80 GHz 8Mb Cache 45nm

GPU - MSI N465GTX-M2D768, 768MB 16X PCI-E - DX11

PSU - Raptor 500W PSU, V2.2, 12cm Bottom Fan, Passive PFC (will this be enough?)

HDD - Western Digital CAVIAR GP 2TB, IntelliPower,64 MB Cache, SATAII

Screen - Samsung B2430H 24" Wide LCD, WUXGA, 1920 x 1080, 5ms, Contrast DC 70000:1 (how is this screen? i would like to know from somebody who has one to give me detail)
or Samsung BX2440 24" Wide LED, WUXGA, 1920 x 1080, 5ms, DCR 5Million:1

MoBo - MSI Intel H55-G43, 8CH Audio, Gb LAN, HDMI/VGA, No VGA-CF

Ram - Samsung 2048MB DDR3 240-Pin DIMM, 1.5V [DDR10600] x 1

Can somebody please also give me a comprehensive answer on bottle necks and noise from various components as these are two very important parts for me.

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September 22, 2010 5:07:55 PM

i5 760 is the CPU for a gaming system. Normally you would get a P55 motherboard, not an H55 with this CPU.

Ideally you want windows 7 64bit and 4GB RAM.

Good power supplies are Active PFC. Passive PFC would be unacceptable to me.

The GTX 465 is a power hungry heater (which implies noisy). The GTX 460 (1GB) performs as well with much less power consumption.
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September 23, 2010 10:21:50 AM

What is your total budget?
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September 23, 2010 1:52:16 PM

I would change the GPU and PSU.... plus you need more RAM
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September 23, 2010 9:18:18 PM

THankyou to everybody who replied. I have a 9000 ZAR buget (9000 south african rand) witch is 1.270 USD. I can only buy from a price list that i recieved via email (because it does not include tax)
  • i can get a p55 mobo for about the same price so il go with that
  • i can add more ram thats also within my buget
  • what is the difference between actice and passive PFC? or is it just personal preferance
  • On my list the closest thing in price range is the HD 5770 and from what iv seen 465>>5770 (so il have to go with 465)
  • pm me your email addresses sothat i can email you my list if u want to change the components (must also include a 1.5 tb external and a 2.1 speaker system)
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    September 24, 2010 3:28:50 PM

    moopsy1 said:

  • what is the difference between actice and passive PFC? or is it just personal preferance
  • Passive PFC is an indicator that a PSU is an older design built of lower quality components. It makes it fairly likely to not output at its rated wattage and more likely to be the kind of PSU that fails overload protection and destroys your motherboard, RAM, GPU, etc.
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    On my list the closest thing in price range is the HD 5770 and from what iv seen 465>>5770 (so il have to go with 465)
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  • On my list the closest thing in price range is the HD 5770 and from what iv seen 465>>5770 (so il have to go with 465)
  • If you can get a 460 for the same price or cheaper, its better than a 465.
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