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December 15, 2010 12:17:08 PM

G'day everyone.

I've been searching around for a little while now trying to find a suitable computer for my needs (and wallet). I've come up with a few variations of hardware I'd like to be critiqued.

All advice is appreciated.


CPU - Intel i5-760 @ $209.00 (AUD)

I was originally going for the 750, but this 760 was the same price.

MOBO - Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3R P55 @ $164 (AUD)

SLI. All I really care about for future updgrades.

RAM - 6gb Triple DDR3 1333 Kingston @ $119.00 (AUD)

6gigs of ram. Crappy freq's but, I'm not concerned.

GPU - Gigabyte GTX460 1GB OC @ $218.00 (AUD)

Good card for the price, with good SLI life if I decide to go down that path.


Now for the things I already have:

  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Case (Thermaltake Armor full tower)
  • PSU (Thermaltake 750W, SLI compatible)


    I got the PSU back in lat '07/early '08. Should still work fine with hardware above(?).

    I'm aware there is new CPU chipset coming out in january, but that will only benefit me by lowering the prices of previous gen CPU's. I'm not worried about being on the forefront of technology.

    Am looking into an SSD for windows 7 and games, but that's not necessary at the mo'.

    Cheers,

    -Aidan.
    Anonymous
    December 15, 2010 2:06:52 PM

    go for the i7 instead of i5 or wait for the sandy bridge
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    December 15, 2010 4:36:13 PM

    Quote:
    go for the i7 instead of i5 or wait for the sandy bridge


    I've heard the i5 has better raw power, while the i7 has higher oC'ing capabilities, though I'm not much of an OC'er. Only upping the speed a little for certain applications, not exceeding the need for the stock cooler.

    And I mentioned earlier that I'm only anticipating the release of the 'sandy bridge' line, so that it brings the previous moldel prices down.

    sadams04 said:
    If you decide on getting an SSD => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    Yeah, when I looked through a few SSD's for reference, this was the device I had shortlisted. The thing is, with christmas coming I don't have too much money to spareso I'm just aiming for the barebones at the mo'.

    Cheers,

    -Aidan.
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    December 15, 2010 4:43:58 PM

    Here's another list I was seriously looking at. This is an i7 computer.

    MOBO: Asus P7P55-LX @ $109

    CPU: Intel Core i7 870 @ $304

    RAM: Corsair VS2GB1333D3 2GB @ $28 x 2

    GPU: HIS Hitech 5750 1GB 1024MB ATI HD5750 DVI PCI-E @ $125

    ~or~

    GPU: GeForce GTX460 1Gb DDR5 PCI-E 2.0 $209.00

    Total: $594 ~ $678

    I forgot to mention that I'm trying to keep the price under $700 AUD. Also, I'm not looking to get screen resolutions above 144x900 just yet. That's the native res. for my 19" LCD.

    Oh, and If anyone could suggest good cases and monitors (for future reference), I'd appreciate that also.

    Cheers,

    -Aidan.
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    Anonymous
    December 15, 2010 11:54:32 PM

    hey dont go for LGA 1156
    its upgrade path will be dead end on the 2nd week of Januvary
    I think you should wait for sandy bridge
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    December 16, 2010 1:50:14 PM

    Quote:
    hey dont go for LGA 1156
    its upgrade path will be dead end on the 2nd week of Januvary
    I think you should wait for sandy bridge


    +1 on waiting for sandy bridge unless you want to go with 1366 i7 950 which I think is the way to go with an i7 at the moment
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