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#1 dino0392

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 07:14 PM

Hi

Ive had the same dell computer for the past 7 years and its time for a new PC as the smallest thing I do on it it sounds like the fan is gonna blow up!
I want one that will be used for gaming, internet, watching movies like blurays, some video editing and really just a bit of everything.

The items ive picked may seem a bit much but I want to make sure it lasts me at least 5 years with minor upgrades, bearing in mind that im not a tech person, here is what I have been thinking about so far.

Case - COOLERMASTER HAF 932 FULL TOWER GAMING CASE
CPU - Intel® Core™i7 Processor Extreme Edition i7-980X (3.33GHz) 6.4GTs/12MB Cache
Motherboard - ASUS® RAMPAGE III EXTREME: 3-Way SLI & CrossFireX, SATA 6.0GB/s, USB 3.0
Memory - 6GB DOMINATOR GT TRI-DDR3 2000MHz (8-8-8-24)
Storage - 160GB Intel® X25-M 2.5" SSD (34nm / upto 250MB/sR | 100MB/sW)
10x BLU-RAY RE-WRITER DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW (£119)
Power Supply - CORSAIR 1000W MODULAR PSU (HX1000) 80+ ULTRA QUIET
Processor Cooling - TITAN FENRIR EXTREME DIRECT TOUCH COPPER CPU COOLER
Sound Card - ASUS XONAR HDAV1.3 - Enjoy 100% Blu-Ray Quality Audio
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Graphics Card - Not decided yet if I should go ATI HD 5870 or Nvidia GTX 480....

I havent fully decided on the motherboard, I wont be overclocking it so maybe the Rampage III is a bit much, the other choices I was thinking about were - Asus P6X58D Premium Intel X58 or Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 (im not really sure what the difference between them are)

Please let me know what you think and if this sounds ok or if you think I should change something, Im looking for something that will run quiet and be able to handle anything I do on it.

Thanks

Edited by dino0392, 23 May 2010 - 09:01 PM.


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#2 Luke L

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 07:50 PM

Wow, nice setup. I am no expert but since you are spending that much I would get at least one Solid State Drive. You could get two and put them in a RAID configuration. A regular hard drive for your OS partition would be a bottle neck

Edited by Luke L, 23 May 2010 - 07:51 PM.


#3 dino0392

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 09:00 PM

Hi

Thanks for checking out my post.

The 160GB Intel® X25-M 2.5" SSD (34nm / upto 250MB/sR | 100MB/sW) I have on my list is a SSD, what I wasnt sure about was if it was better to have 2 SSD? one with the OS and storage and the other for my software and games, Im not sure if splitting them up like that would make them faster as the OS would have its own and the software would have its own drive to run from.

what do you think?

also would I need the Processor Cooling - TITAN FENRIR EXTREME DIRECT TOUCH COPPER CPU COOLER if I wasnt going to overclock? would the stock cooling be fine for it?

Thanks

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 12:35 AM

That's some serious cash you are willing to spend, too bad the price you are going to pay for it will be far lower in a year. Anyway, you could get two Radeon 5870's and Crossfire them or, go all out and get a Radeon 5970. Both graphics solutions will often outperform a GTX 480. If you have the cash, get an SSD to install the OS on. Once the OS is booted, games may load a few seconds faster on an SSD, but other than that, you will see no performance benefit once the game has launched.

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#5 dino0392

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:06 PM

Thanks

I think I will go for ATI, do you know when the new ATI cards will be out?

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:53 PM

The Radeon 5870 and the 5970 are both new cards. I doubt brand new cards will be released anytime soon with ATI favoring hardware refreshes. I have heard of a 4GB version of the 5970 with slightly higher clocks, but I have no idea when it will be released other than Q2, possibly within the next few weeks.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 02:43 PM

thanks




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