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First Build Help: $1500-$1600

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November 5, 2010 11:09:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $1500-$1600 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Play latest games at highest settings (after 3/4 months)

Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, OS (Windows 7), Keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com.au

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: No preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Got 2 monitors: 1. DELL U2711: 2560x1440; 2. ASUS VW246H: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first build; I’ve done some research and gone through the guides in the forum. Based on that here is the list of parts that I’ve selected so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 = $325.00
MOBO: Asus P6X58D-E = $262.00
RAM: G.Skill PI Series F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI 6GB DDR3 = $199.00
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD5770 1GB Vapor-X = $179.00
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB E Series SSD = $279.00
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ = $69.00
Optical: Lite-On IHAS524 24x DVDRW = $29.00
PSU: Antec TP-750 750W = $145.00
Case: CoolerMaster CM Storm Scout = $119.00
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler = $39.00

Total = $1645


What do you guys think.. decent or need improvements? Also, I have some queries:

1. GPU: Although it’s a gaming rig, I won’t be able to play much in the next couple of months. I picked HD5770 for the time being to support the U2711 and VW24H together. I will put the HD5770 in my old PC after 3/4 months and get a decent GPU for this rig. Will 5770 suffice for this purpose?

2. CASE: My desk’s PC stand is (D) 19.29" x (W) 11.02" x (H) 20.07" (HAF 922 won’t fit in there). I like the design of CM Scout; but is it good enough? I would like Case + PSU to be around $250.

3. UPS: I want to plug the PC, monitors, & 360 into a UPS (only need about 5 mins to backup/shutdown in case anything happens). I think I will need a UPS with at least 850VA; however, I don’t know what to pick. UPS budget is around $150. Any suggestions?

4. Cooling: I won’t be overclocking soon. Should I still buy and install the Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler; or can I leave it for later?


Thanks in advance!

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November 5, 2010 11:25:29 AM

Get a Radeon 6870 or wait till the end of the month for the new Radeon 68xx series.

I'd get the hyper 212 because i7's run hot.
November 5, 2010 5:26:27 PM

Ditch the i7. It's expensive and will be replaced soon. In fact, ditch Intel period. Both of the current sockets are being replaced soon. Instead, check out AMD's X4 955 and a 8xx chipset board. That chage will likely save you a good $300 (US), which would allow you to upgrade the GPU (the most important part for gaming) to something like the HD 5870, possibly higher. You'll also save some money by only needing dual channel RAM.

I don't see the point of your plan for the GPU. You'll spend a lot on the GPU now and a lot more later. Why not spend a lot more now and get something that will last for a long time? I'd get at least the HD 5850 (or 6870), but would rather try to fit in the HD 5870.

As for the case, I find the Storm series to be overpriced. I'd check out the Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster Centurion 5, Coolermaster 690 (or 690 II) and Antec 900 (or 902) for better deals.

For the PSU, if you get the 5770, 5850 or 6870, a 650W unit would be fine for Crossfiring later. I'd get a 750W for the 5870 though. Check out any PSU from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Silverstone or XFX to get a quality unit.

You don't need a HSF right away. You only really need it when you start overclocking. Another one to consider is the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B. It's roughly the same price as the Hyper 212+, but it offers better performance.
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November 5, 2010 7:06:48 PM

Like I said, for gaming, they're basically the same. The bottom four benchmarks (the games) in that link are basically identical. I didn't say the X4 955 was more powerful period, just it's more than enough for any game. Why spend the extra cash on a part that doesn't do anything for you? The i7 is definitely more powerful across the board, but that's including the major CPU intensive tasks which the OP said nothing about needing to do.
November 5, 2010 7:21:08 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Like I said, for gaming, they're basically the same. The bottom four benchmarks (the games) in that link are basically identical. I didn't say the X4 955 was more powerful period, just it's more than enough for any game. Why spend the extra cash on a part that doesn't do anything for you? The i7 is definitely more powerful across the board, but that's including the major CPU intensive tasks which the OP said nothing about needing to do.

True. Would you suggest getting the 955 BE and OCing or 965 BE and OCing?
November 5, 2010 8:40:59 PM

Definitely the 955. The 965 is the same CPU as the 955, just with a very slight factory overclock. You can literally get the same speeds on the stock cooling.
November 5, 2010 9:56:25 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Definitely the 955. The 965 is the same CPU as the 955, just with a very slight factory overclock. You can literally get the same speeds on the stock cooling.

+1.
and also +1 to your AMD theory.
I had an intel build all listed out and just made a AMD one and with the same $ I added another Radeon 6870, Better PSU, and Bigger SSD.
So def seems better just for gaming.
November 8, 2010 11:21:02 PM

Thanks a lot for the replies. I'm going to have to make a AMD build too!
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