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February 15, 2011 8:09:54 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of February

Budget Range: 600-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, in game text chat using steam, voice chat in game using skype, surfing the internet, watching HD movies/videos, homework


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com scan.co.uk

Country of Origin: England


Parts Preferences: One monitor only


Overclocking: Too scared, first time build as well. Will I need to overclock with this build?


SLI or Crossfire: I don't think I need to for what I want, opinions on this welcome.


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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SSD: OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD 2.5" SATA-II
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225415 - 95

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804 - 40

RAM:G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180490 - 49

CASE:Coolermaster CM 690 II LITE Version
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/221737 - 56

PSU:Seasonic Bronze S12II-520 520W
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/520w-seasonic-s12ii-520-... - 66

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 560 SOC
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253955 - 226

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-phenom-ii-x4-955-bla... - 103

MOBO: MSI 870A-G54 AMD 870 AM3 Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-870a-g54-amd-870-am3... - 69

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450

Total:716

Monitor: Iiyama Prolite 24" TFT Monitor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161554 - 173 (Just tried link and they cancelled the product, literally today, but you get the idea.)

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February 15, 2011 8:39:01 AM

Looks a solid config - plan B is to hit a 790X/Asrock 870/880G Extreme 3 and either 6870/6950 if u want CF?
February 15, 2011 8:50:09 AM

Rococo1 said:
Approximate Purchase Date: End of February

Budget Range: 600-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, in game text chat using steam, voice chat in game using skype, surfing the internet, watching HD movies/videos, homework


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com scan.co.uk

Country of Origin: England


Parts Preferences: One monitor only


Overclocking: Too scared, first time build as well. Will I need to overclock with this build?


SLI or Crossfire: I don't think I need to for what I want, opinions on this welcome.


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SSD: OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD 2.5" SATA-II
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225415 - 95

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804 - 40

RAM:G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180490 - 49

CASE:Coolermaster CM 690 II LITE Version
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/221737 - 56

PSU:Seasonic Bronze S12II-520 520W
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/520w-seasonic-s12ii-520-... - 66

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 560 SOC
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253955 - 226

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-phenom-ii-x4-955-bla... - 103

MOBO: MSI 870A-G54 AMD 870 AM3 Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-870a-g54-amd-870-am3... - 69

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450

Total:716

Monitor: Iiyama Prolite 24" TFT Monitor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161554 - 173 (Just tried link and they cancelled the product, literally today, but you get the idea.)


If you can't get the monitor you want from there try going to CCL, you can order online and I'm pretty sure they do that monitor.
Instead of getting the 560 you could get a 6850 with a view to crossfire in the future and then spend the little extra cash you have on a 1090T processor, instead of the current 4 core you are viewing.
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February 15, 2011 8:53:29 AM

In what circumstances would you reccommend crossfiring?
February 15, 2011 8:56:07 AM

To my disappointment it wouldn't let me edit my message, what I was going to put was that instead of the 1090T, you could get the 1055, then use the extra money to get 6gb of ram, I think the performance increase between 4 and 6Gb of ram would be more than the performance increase in the GHz between the 1055t and the 1090t.
i would say crossfire in the future, when there are new cards out, or games that require more GPU memory to run, or if in the future you want to run more than 1 screen, the 6850 will run multiple screens, but for the best resolution and the detail in the game it would be prefferable to have dual GPU's
February 15, 2011 8:57:32 AM

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239757 £57.75 inc. vat Free Delivery
Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/245671 £56.61 inc. vat Free Delivery
Antec 520W High Current Gamer PSU - 80plus Bronze 13.5cm Fan 3x PCI-E 6x SATA

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB... £74.99 inc VAT
Asrock H67M Intel H67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Micro-ATX Motherboard - (Sandybridge)

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+/+Proces...(1155)/Intel+Core+i5-2300+2.80GHz+(Sandybridge)+Socket+LGA1155+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=43219 £139.80 inc. VAT
Intel Core i5-2300 2.80GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240501 £40.00 inc. vat
G Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600mhz Cas9 Dual Channel Memory

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253955 £227.33 inc. vat Free Delivery
Gigabyte GTX 560 SO Edition 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card
February 15, 2011 9:04:25 AM

NoCanDo said:
To my disappointment it wouldn't let me edit my message, what I was going to put was that instead of the 1090T, you could get the 1055, then use the extra money to get 6gb of ram, I think the performance increase between 4 and 6Gb of ram would be more than the performance increase in the GHz between the 1055t and the 1090t.
i would say crossfire in the future, when there are new cards out, or games that require more GPU memory to run, or if in the future you want to run more than 1 screen, the 6850 will run multiple screens, but for the best resolution and the detail in the game it would be prefferable to have dual GPU's


Mhm I see what you are saying but I don't think I will be needing to upgrade in the future and if I am it won't be for a very long time. This PC is kind of a send off to uni, so i doubt i'll be in enough money to be upgrading my pc lol. And for what I want do you think 6gb ram and 6 core is worth it? Plus I haven't read too good things about 6 cores D:

@Why_Me
Pushing for the sandybridge hmm. You thinking if i go that route then when 2500k and stuff is fixed then i can easily upgrade? Or you just think i5-2300 > AMD Phenom II X4 955 anyway.
February 15, 2011 9:11:48 AM

Rococo1 said:
Mhm I see what you are saying but I don't think I will be needing to upgrade in the future and if I am it won't be for a very long time. This PC is kind of a send off to uni, so i doubt i'll be in enough money to be upgrading my pc lol. And for what I want do you think 6gb ram and 6 core is worth it? Plus I haven't read too good things about 6 cores D:

@Why_Me
Pushing for the sandybridge hmm. You thinking if i go that route then when 2500k and stuff is fixed then i can easily upgrade? Or you just think i5-2300 > AMD Phenom II X4 955 anyway.

The 1155 boards not only support the Sandy Bridge cpu's, but they will also support the 22mm Ivy Bridge cpu's when they come out next year. If you don't plan on o/c, no need for a 2500K.
February 15, 2011 9:11:58 AM

Ahh, I see.
Well, if you're not wanting to upgrade in the future due to uni, my option, with the 6 cores is good for future proofing, not many applications utilize all of the 6 cores at the moment, but in the future they will, which is why 6 cores is a better option.. in my opinion. Say you spend 5 years in university, when you come out, get some money, add another 6850 to your computer, it'll still be up to date and be able to play most of the modern games of the times, unless a technological singularity occurs and technology develops exponentially, but then, being able to play Call of Duty 9 will be the least of your worries.
February 15, 2011 9:13:08 AM

Why_Me also has a good point. Yet another amd/intel toss up.
February 15, 2011 9:27:12 AM



Ahh, I see your point, the sandy bridge is excellent indeed.
Although the 1055 is quite a bit cheaper than the 2300, with the 2300 you get the motherboard that also supports the ivy bridge processors, which if you're not planning to upgrade in the future won't be much of an interest to you.. with the 1055t you get a little bit more money to invest in other things, such as ram.
February 15, 2011 1:30:49 PM

But I would have to wait for the i5-2300 right?
February 15, 2011 1:46:25 PM

Games 1920 x 1080 high turns the bottleneck back to the GPU so no u do not need a 1055T, SB or Bulldozer for that matter and games aren't even quadcore optimised in the 1st place!


The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bo...
Quote:
Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.



February 16, 2011 4:45:42 AM

For non multi GPU gaming rigs a quality 450-550W 80+ is actually good to go so depends on your plans ^^
February 16, 2011 9:39:21 AM

Could I sli with a different mobo? To keep my picked gpu?
February 16, 2011 9:45:20 AM

For multi GPU though Seasonic 520 is a quality PSU you best top up and hit a 650-750W one depending on card of choice
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