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£1200 gaming machine

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May 26, 2010 7:50:21 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, programming, networking, linux, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, & OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ireland

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel cpu 930, ati 5870

OVERCLOCKING: No (but pre overclocked is a huge bonus :)  )

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As quiet as possible, will be getting an additional monitor in the future.


CM Storm Scout + Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W Modular PSU *Special Offer Bundle*
CPowerColor HD 5870 PCS++ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E Graphics Card
Western Digital WD10EALS 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Dominator Memory CL8(8-8-8--24) for i7 Motherboards
Intel I7 930 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache Socket 1366 Retail Box Processor
Sony AD7241S 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM with LightScribe SATA - OEM Black

Total £1177.85
Notes: I've no idea about the HDD or dvd drive, i just picked random ones.

Or


CPU: Intel Core i7 930 2.80GHz @ 4.00GHz Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R RAM: Patriot Viper (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Triple Channel Cooler: Akasa Nero V2 Heatpipe Cooler
XFX ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024MB
Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two Ultimate Gaming Case
OCZ StealthXStream 700w Silent Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB SATA-II 32MB Cache
Sony Optiarc AD-5240S 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter

Total £1,149.89
Notes: Again I've no idea about the HDD or dvd drive, I just picked random ones. Comes pre-overclocked which is a huge bonus!

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May 26, 2010 8:00:38 AM

What are you doing to warrant the need for a 930? 'Programming'... do you need really high CPU performance, I am thinking not. A Phenom II will be the best for your needs I would say.

I FAIL to see the point of 'Pre Overclocked', they are charging for what you can do yourself. ??? That's like buying a 950 because it's clocked higher...

With the HDD, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is very good.

May 26, 2010 8:08:09 AM

As punk says, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a great HDD.

Also, I question the need for the i7 930? It wont offer any real performance in games over the i5 750, judging by gaming being the most important use of your computer I am guessing the programming you do will not needan i7.
If that is the case, either go with i5 750, a P55 board and dual channel RAM or go with the AMD Phenom II x4 955. Either of these options will save significant money without causing any notable performance loss for gaming
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May 26, 2010 8:12:15 AM

Well it's also a gaming pc, so i'd be using it for crysis, rage and other future games. And in terms of programming a use XNA and ASP.net a bit so I might have multiple applications open at the same time.
May 26, 2010 8:42:49 AM

I'd hardly say multiple applications requires a 930. As asteldian said i5 or Phenom II seem like the better option. Even with two 5870s the i5 matches the performance of the 930 in gaming performance. So there is barely any reason to go with the 930 for gaming purposes except for the really high end.

If you want a good read on how to choose an appropriate CPU here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267801-28-buyer-guide
May 26, 2010 9:18:18 AM

Cheers for the advice so far:)  But the reason i'm thinking 930 is because i'd really like a future proof mahine though. I don't plan to upgrade for quite sometime, maybe 3-4 years.

Also is that mobo I selected usb 3.0?
May 26, 2010 9:28:07 AM

Although if you go with AMD you could get an X4 then upgrade later when you need more performance, however if you really don't want to upgrade for that long, then you could go for an X6 as these will offer you a lot of performance for a long time.

"Also is that mobo I selected usb 3.0?"
No. However are you sure you need it.
May 26, 2010 9:35:18 AM

i7 will not be future proofing anymore than the i5 750 - in 3-4 years both sockets will no longer be used, and in terms of gaming performance, when the i5 750 is obsolete for gaming so will the i7.

AMD are technically more future proof and a better price
May 26, 2010 11:37:09 AM

Yeah but wouldn't the 930 last longer?

So would I be better of getting an 860 or 1090T and getting a better graphics card?
May 26, 2010 12:49:55 PM

I'd say get the 1055T as I don't you need any more performance and no I don't think a better graphics card is necessary for your needs.
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