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New PC Build - what do you think?


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#1 alfalfa20002000

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 11:33 AM

So my current computer is about 7 years old and I'm thinking it's time for a new system. I'm going to reuse a few of the parts (dual cd/dvd drives, an existing IDE 160gb harddrive for backup), but everything else is going to be new.

So far I have decided on this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 LGA1156
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
RAM: Kingston KVR1333 (4gb = 2x2gb sticks) OR G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1333MHz 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM)
Video Card: NVidia GT240
HDD: Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500gb SATAII
PSU: I'm not sure? 400 or 600W?
O/S: Windows 7 Enterprise

I`m hoping to use this computer for general usage and a bit of graphic design, but then I`m hoping to later set up another system that can do more intensive design.

Any advice or suggestions about my current specs?

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#2 MadDawg

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 01:49 PM

I've read the 9800GT is faster than the GT240 for about the same price.

...while the GT 240 is supposed to be below the 9800GT in price, itís not. Itís certainly below it in performance, but one can easily find just as many sub-$100 9800GTs as one can GDDR5 GT 240s, including a number from higher-tier manufacturers. For all practical purposes the 512MB 9800GT and the 512MB GDDR5 GT 240 come in at the same price, which as weíll see makes it very hard to justify the GT 240 when you can get a faster card for the same price.


Also, is there a specific reason you want W7 Enterprise instead of Ultimate?
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#3 alfalfa20002000

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 01:59 PM

I've read the 9800GT is faster than the GT240 for about the same price.

Also, is there a specific reason you want W7 Enterprise instead of Ultimate?


I chose the GT240 as I can get a fanless card, and I am trying to make this computer as quiet as possible without going crazy with spending money on cooling devices. I'll look into the 9800GT though. It may be worth the switch. And I chose enterprise mainly because I get it for free through my work. Any reason why I shouldn't use it? Thanks.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 10:09 PM

What sort of budget are you looking at for this PC? I ask becuase a Phenom II X4 965 (3.4 GHz.) and a GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 will offer equal performance for less money. That motherboard only has one PCI-Express X16 slot, unlike yours, but the motherboard you chose has substantially lower speeds on the second PCI-Express X16 slot which makes it unsuitable for Crossfire/SLI. As for the graphics card, the GT240 is a low-end card suitable for basic tasks. This card gets outperformed by the older 9800 GT and the Radeon 5750. Use caution with fanless cards as your case needs to have excellent airflow. The POWERCOLOR Go! Green AX5570 1GBK3-NS3H Radeon HD 5570 1GB is also a passively cooled card under $100 which offers better performance and more features over the GT 240. The HIS Silence H557HR1G Radeon HD 5570 1GB is also a fanless card. Windows 7 Enterprise offers the same features as Home Premium, but with all the business-y stuff added on. Enterprise is only given out through volume licensing agreements. As with Ultimate, home users have absolutely no reason to use it, unless they don't have to pay for it. You need a PSU, the amount you need depends. If you're going for these low-end graphics cards, you can get away with 500W, if you think you may want to use a higher end card, 650W. I suggest the Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W, CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W, Thermaltake Purepower W0121RU 600W, or the CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W depending on which graphics card you choose and what you think you might need later on.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 11:04 PM

Thanks for the input DJBPace07! I'll definitely have to look into this a bit more. I was thinking sticking with Intel this time around, but it's a pretty substantial price difference in the option you've given me. Looks like there's a lot more research to be done...

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:14 AM

personally i recommend AMD processors rather than intel because they are less expensive and in my experience run faster and better. i like the gigabyte excellent brand they make quality products. ram sounds good if you do a lot of gaming you might want more but you don't really need it i have a laptop with 4GB of ram and i play far cry 2 and Assassins Creed on it and my only problem is that assassins creed isn't fully compatible with laptop graphics cards all the time so sometimes the graphics lag but it has nothing to do with my ram. as for your power supply 400W is probably low you could get by with 500W but i would suggest 600W at least if not a 750W especially running as new of a processor a the i5 after all if you are underpowered then your high tech system is wasted because you cant use all power that your processor can give you. and if you plan to use your old dual cd/dvd drives and your old IDE hard drive then you have a problem there is only one IDE slot on your board so you can only have 2 IDE things attached so you could have the 2 disk drives in it or a disk drive and the hard drive but you cant have all both disk drives and the hard drive.




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