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October 1, 2010 12:34:02 PM

What do you think of this build. Any tips/comments will be greatly appreciated.

Intel Core i5 760
Thermaltake SpinQ VT
Gigabyte GA P55 USB3
Geil 4G (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 PC 10666 CL9
WD 150GB SATA II VelociRaptor 10000 RPM
WD Caviar Blue 1TB 32MB Cache
XFX ATI HD5770 1GB Rev 4 Dual DVI Dual HDMI
Sony AD7240SGB 22X SATA OEM DVD RW Black
NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case NO PSU
Thermaltake Tough Power XT 675W Cable Management PSU
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 OEM
Three Year On site warranty(for $0-$3000)Umart System Build Only

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October 1, 2010 2:34:06 PM

The GPU is a little week if playing at 1920 x 1020, I would want at least a GTX 460 or a 5850 for HD resolutions.

Not sure about the quality of the PSU, I don't know how good or bad it is.
Motherboard cannot support 2 GPUs, not necessairly important but just want to make sure you are aware.
October 1, 2010 3:19:58 PM

The TT XT 775 has done the rounds of the major/best PSU testing sites and has done very well. It was made by CWT, and I believe after doing a quick google that the 675W is also made by CWT, so chances are high that it will perform just as well. Altho if you are only ever going to be powering one graphics card, and something like a 5770 at that, then you don't need anywhere near as much power. Frankly that one would be overkill for two 5770s.
This is cheaper, is very high quality and has higher efficiency: Silverstone Strider Plus ST75F-P 750W 80Plus Silver, Modular.

I'd suggest changing the HDD to a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB as it is the fastest 1TB 7200RPM drive around and a bit cheaper to boot.

I also don't really see the point of a VR. If you really want fast boot up/application loading then an SSD is the way to go, unless you need all the space that a VR has.
But you can get a very fast and reliable Sandforce based 60GB drive for a similar price as that 150GB VR:
G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GG $162
OCZ Vertex II E 60GB $170

I don't know much about the Thermaltake SpinQ VT, so hopefully either you or someone else who comes into this thread will have done some research about it.
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October 1, 2010 3:56:57 PM

Uh, upgrade your graphics card to a 5850 like mentioned above

Get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

Might wanna consider the NZXT Lexa S over the Tempest EVO

Also your RAM has a CAS Latency of 9, might wanna try for 8 or 7 but this is not a huge deal
October 1, 2010 4:26:13 PM

Silvune said:
I also don't really see the point of a VR. If you really want fast boot up/application loading then an SSD is the way to go, unless you need all the space that a VR has.
But you can get a very fast and reliable Sandforce based 60GB drive for a similar price as that 150GB VR:
G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GG $162
OCZ Vertex II E 60GB $170

Unless there is a currency issue, those are not great SSD prices.
OCZ Agility 2 60GB $140 ($120 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The Vertex2 model is less than $10 more. The 90GB ones are under $200 and the 120s are under $250.
SSDs are getting so cheap there is no reason to get a raptor anymore.
October 1, 2010 6:42:16 PM

Yes it is a currency issue, he's in Australia.
October 2, 2010 1:04:24 AM

I heard that the Gigabyte GA P55 USB3 can crossfire with its inbuilt graphics with the 5770
The 5850 is AUD$200 more then the 5770. I can spend a bit but i don't want to be throwing money away.
The GTX 460 however is AUD$80 more as well. Woth the great reviews of the 5770 I have heard I figured that it would be good for me.
I may go with the G Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB. I maw RAID 1 it just incase when the ssd dies then.
The Silverstone looks like the PSU I will go for as it is cheaper than the themaltake one.
The samsung F3 Spinpoint is cheaper and probably better, but I have had bad Samsung hdd's in the past and thought that WD would be reliable.

Reaper what do you mean by CAS LAtency of 9. Thanks for your comment but I don't understand.

Any advice on the motherboard. I know it only has 1 x PCIE 16 and 1 x PCIE 4 but it looked decent.

Comments and tips gratefully accepted.
October 2, 2010 1:11:45 AM

the motherboard is fine, if you ony plan on using a single gpu.

what resolution is your monitor? if its less than 1920*1280 then your fine though the gtx 460 will be the stronger card.

the spinpoint f3 is currently the best hdd at its price point in the market and is very reliable so dont fret yourself over that one.

CAS latency is how fast your ram can process data, the lower the latency the better. 7 is generally recommended for the best of systems.
try the g.skill ECO series or the mushkin redline series
October 2, 2010 1:33:39 AM

Does anybody know about crossfiring the 5770 with the motherboard. I just heard it off of a friend and wanted confirmation.
If not then I will rechoose my motherboard and go with the gtx 460.
What is the cheapest AUD$ CL7 RAM I can get please.
I still like the NZXT Tempest.
Will go with the spinpoint.
October 2, 2010 1:49:21 AM

you cant crossfire with that board. period. and as a side note, you can never crossfire with onboard graphics and the p55 chipset has no onboard grahics.

you can get the ocz platinum 4gb

October 2, 2010 6:13:41 AM

I will drop the 5770 then.
What be better:
Gainward GTX 460 1G D5 Golden Sample
or the GLH (Goes Like Hell) edition of the same card
Gainward GTX 460 1G GS D5 GLH (Goes Like Hell)

Will go with OCZ for memory. They look quite reputable.

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October 2, 2010 6:19:15 AM
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If i were you i wouldn't dump good $$ on platform now as gaming currently is not X4 optimized anyway and note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI...
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-...


Going from HD 5770 to GTX 460/HD 5850 will reap you instant step up in gaming performance so i would prioritise my frames/$$ 1st then see SSD, etc as a bonus
October 2, 2010 12:13:27 PM

I see the new generation of processors. I think that i'll take the P55 and the GTX 460. they should do for a while.
BTW The P55 has a x 16 PCIE slot on it for GPU.
I'll try out this setup i guess then and will SLI when I upgrade if it is necessary.
October 2, 2010 1:56:01 PM

just make sure that the board has 2 pcie slots for the sli, 2 at x8
October 2, 2010 3:27:57 PM

Does anybody know much about the spinQ VT
October 4, 2010 4:54:36 PM

2685866 said:
Does anybody know much about the spinQ VT

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=250...

Ultimately, while the Thermaltake SpinQ VT heatsink is a good heatsink and a nice improvement over the original SpinQ, it still doesn't stand out from the crowd or dominate in thermal performance or low noise operation.

economical, but average performing, visually appealing product.... said:
Ultimately, while the Thermaltake SpinQ VT heatsink is a good heatsink and a nice improvement over the original SpinQ, it still doesn't stand out from the crowd or dominate in thermal performance or low noise operation.

economical, but average performing, visually appealing product....

Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus, Scythe Mugen 2 (SCMG-2100), Xigmatek Dark Knight and Balder are all better performing economical coolers.
October 8, 2010 6:55:55 PM

The H70 is a good self contained water cooler. Its also expensive.

October 8, 2010 7:59:02 PM

if you dont wanna blow your budget hardcore but want a good gaming rig what are prices of AMDs like in AUD?

if so save $ by getting an AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE or 965 BE (make sure its black edition) and then get a 5850 GPU or a 460 GTX.

1) AMD CPU is cheaper
2) you will save money because the MOBO will be cheaper and better in relation
3) more $ saved is good and more to put towards a GPU
October 10, 2010 12:42:23 PM

with the gpu I don't know wether to get one that operates at higher speed, or one that has more memory
Gainware Golden Sample 2GB
Gainware 1GB Goes Like Hell
They seem to be a good brand with a reasonable price in the 460GTX market
will look into AMP CPU's
October 10, 2010 12:45:30 PM

Sorry GPU brandd is Gainward not gainware
October 10, 2010 1:03:48 PM

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T(2.8GHz) - AM3, 9MB Cache,125W
what about that AMD?
October 10, 2010 1:16:58 PM

how is this mobo for the amd?
Asus M4A87TD-USB3 AMD3 4x DDR3/6x Sata Raid/Gigabit Lan
October 10, 2010 1:39:19 PM

are you gaming or multi tasking a lot?

if your gaming get the Phenom II X4 955 or 965 BLACK EDITION (must be black) the Phenom II X6 is a downgrade for gaming but better for multi tasking and programming/coding. unless you upgrade to the 1090t BE
October 11, 2010 7:51:11 AM

will go with the 965 be as it is cheaper.
which is better to go with then a 5850 or a GTX 460
October 11, 2010 10:15:33 AM

Go for Phenom II X4 965 BE and GTX 460.
October 11, 2010 12:23:21 PM

IS it better to have more memory in a gpu, or a faster speed for the gpu
October 11, 2010 1:38:38 PM

as for the 460 vs. 5850 its upto you....id go 5850 simply because it is easier to crossfire later on then it would be to SLI on an AMD build. but if you dont wanna crossfire or sli then either card is perfect
October 11, 2010 2:24:25 PM

If the 955 is cheaper again, you should get that as it is exactly the same as the 965, it just has it's multiplier set one or two notches lower, so it is very simple to get a 965 out of a 955. And even if you don't do that the clock difference is usually not worth the price difference.

Usually it is better to have a faster GPU. More memory (1GB or above) is only usually a hard and fast requirement when the resolution is very high - we're taking two or more high resolution displays.
October 11, 2010 5:22:50 PM

The 460 is so easy and amenable to overclocking I dont think buying a factory overclock is of much value. The majority of games dont need more than 1GB graphics RAM, but there are a couple the would make use of it. If you are either doing 3D or on a large monitor (over 1920x1080) its worth considering.
October 12, 2010 8:14:50 AM

I can get this for $1410
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHZ Black Edition
Xigmatek CPU Cooler S1283 Red Scorpion
Asus M4N98TD-EVO AM3 NForce980a SLI SATA2 DDR3 PCIe x16
OCZ 4G (2x2G) DDR3 1333 PC10666 Platinum LV (OCZ3P1333LV4G)
Gainward GTX 460 1G D5 Golden Sample
Sony AD7240SGB 22X SATA OEM DVD RW Black
NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case NO PSU
SilverStone ST75F-P 750W Power Supply, 80Plus Silver
plus software or:
I can get this for $1607
Intel Core i7 930 Processor LGA1366 2.8GHz 8MB Cache CPU
Xigmatek CPU Cooler S1283 Red Scorpion
ASRock X58 ExTreme LGA1366 X58 6D3 RAID
OCZ 4G (2x2G) DDR3 1333 PC10666 Platinum LV (OCZ3P1333LV4G)
Gainward GTX 460 1G D5 Golden Sample
Sony AD7240SGB 22X SATA OEM DVD RW Black
NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case NO PSU
SilverStone ST75F-P 750W Power Supply, 80Plus Silver
Plus Software
Please note:
All prices are in AUD
(BTW these prices include a warranty and assembly fee)
October 12, 2010 3:30:25 PM

id go with the AMD....you can make the AMD better if he gives you the right price

as him to price you on an ASUS 890GX board and a 5850 GPU if so id go with that option over the Nforce980a/460 (just cuz the nforce boards so expensive)
October 12, 2010 4:33:21 PM

The nforce chipset is old. Nvidia cant make chipsets anymore, intel cut them out of the business. I wouldnt get that motherboard.

The problem with a new AMD system is you cant put two 460s on them so you have to go with a 5830 or 5850 if you want crossfire as an upgrade path.
October 14, 2010 8:59:15 PM

i chose the nforce board as it was the cheapest that was capable for a dual gpu setup from my store.
I can't really ask him for a deal as it is a small chain and rrp is on the only price (except sales)
October 14, 2010 9:01:06 PM

I dopn't really plan on OCing as I don't really see it as a requirement with the i7 sytem.
If i did get the AMD cpu, then i probably OC which would void warranty and any chance of an exchange if the cpu fails
October 21, 2010 7:30:28 AM

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