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2010 New Budget Gaming Rig

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September 28, 2010 3:44:31 PM

Hi guys,

Well I'm new to building computers and would like advise on the compbents I have selected for my first ever gaming budget computer build,

1. Core i7 3Ghz 960 1366 socket CPU

2. Gtx 460 1gb gpu (I plan on adding a secod one of there's later)

3. ASUS P6X58D x58 socket 1366 motherboard

4. Corsair 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory Kit

5. Western digital 500gb 16mb hard drive

6. Samsung DVD/cd rewriter optical drive

7. 650W Ocuk crusader pay SLI Certified psu

8. Mid tower case (not picked one yet)

Total cost £750

So there you go. What do you think? I'm also going to add an ssd for my operating system and games but I won't be getting that for a couple of months due to cash flow.

Also, I already have a copy of windows 7 home premuim and a micosift side winder x6 keyboard and sidewinder x8 mouse I will be using. As for a monitor, I'll be playing through my 1080p 32inch samsung LCD.

I'm planning if ordering this stuff within the next few days so tell menwha you think,

Thanks guys

Sam

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September 28, 2010 4:01:34 PM

I'm assuming this is primarily for gaming and that you won't be doing much cpu intensive work (video rendering/encoding or extensive photoshop).

If that is the case, and you like intel, I would HIGHLY suggest you get the i5-760 with the LGA1156 socket. Most games only support dual core and so you don't really gain an advantage of the quad core i7-9xx series. If you really want a i7-9xx, then I would say just get a 930. The extra clock speed is something that you can unlock on your own super easily and most likely not worth the extra money you're paying.

If you are staying with the 9xx, you would need RAM in multiples of 3, not 2, since memory is triple threaded. If you are taking my advice and switching to the 760, then stay with the 4gbs. Otherwise, step up to 6gb.

The other benefit of the 1156 is that mobo's are much cheaper. The best value of the bunch is the Asus P7P55D-E Pro. Has SLI and o/c ability, along with usb 3.0 and sata II.

I have never heard of the Crusade, but it doesn't seem to have good word of mouth in various forum threads. I would recommend any high quality 650w unit for sli 460's. XFX, Corsair, Seasonic are top tier. Below that, but still okay if you don't get a lemon, I would say Antec Earthwatts and OCZ. I don't know what is available for you in the UK.

Most people would recommend a 1tb samsung f3 spinpoint drive, as that drive is usually only like 60-70 US$'s. Again, don't know what the pricing is for you.
September 28, 2010 10:39:58 PM

Hey,

Thanks for the reply. Yeh I did look into the 1156 socket option for a while but just kept finding forums saying how compromised it was because of this, that and the other. And as this is meant to be a mean gaming rig, I didn't want to compromise by running sli and different things at the same time.

Well, just to let you know I've pressed the button now, couldn't wait any longer! Lol. I've bumped up the ram to 6gb (2x3gb) patriot low latecey ram (the ones with the blue heat sink over them).

Also, I let temptation take over and I ended up buying a £110 gaming case (budget was orignonaly £50 lol). Just couldn't resist that new nzxt full tower phantom case. I got the black version.

So, I've spent about £680 in total and I'm still minus a power supply and graphics card! I'll pick these up next month, I might go with the gtx470 but just alittle worried about how hot it runs andnpowee consumption, may just stick with the gtx460 future sli, or go for an ati 5870.

Can't wait till my stuff comes! Lol, this Jammu first ever computer build, and I'll be putting it all together based on everything I've learned from YouTube vidoes and Internet forums. Hmm don't think I can really call this a budget system anymore tho.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up ref ram. Do you think my system will be good based on my parts?

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September 28, 2010 10:42:32 PM

Woops, were it says 6gb (2x3gb) that's suppose to say (3x2gb) triple channel memory.
September 28, 2010 10:47:57 PM

Also, I got a bit of a better western digital hard drive, caviar black SATA 6gb/s 64mb cache - OEM.

Don't really no what difference it's going to be but got it anyway. I'm guna pick up a ssd in 2 months, only a small one tho just for my operating system and games
September 29, 2010 8:36:05 AM

For the $$ i would hit a better returns of investment frames-per-pound so consider something like a simple 955BE + 870 chipset and smack in a HD 5870 there?
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