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#1 Ran-K

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 12:56 AM

Here's what I have so far:

Case:
COOLER MASTER Gladiator 600
http://bit.ly/1CyPri

PSU:
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W
http://bit.ly/990qwU

Motherboard:

Either:
ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://bit.ly/ae4rP

or

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://bit.ly/5pXWMU

Memory:
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://bit.ly/bxhkVx

HDD:

Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
http://bit.ly/coMC2m

or

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://bit.ly/aLiHxE

Processor:
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://bit.ly/aIcB2s

Video card:
XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://bit.ly/ch5VNY

or

A Geforce GTS 450, though I dunno which since there's not many reviews yet. And a few of the ones on Newegg seem to be overclocked?

CD/DVD Drive:
http://bit.ly/bhm6GE

Any suggestions, stuff you would change (not sold on the memory and PSU) are welcome. My budget is about $900.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:08 AM

I'd build the Gigabyte mainboard just to get the 3.0usb it's the future dude!
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Posted 18 September 2010 - 10:27 AM

i have nothing against intel but unless u r going into the i7 range i would go amd to get a little more for ure money:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...3-851-_-Product 6-core amd processor for cheaper than i5...but i guess unless u are going to use all six cores u can go http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...3-808-_-Product this which is a quad

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131647 u could use this mobo..it has usb 3.0 for the future and core unlocker

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...Gladiator%20600 the case u picked

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827140041 dvd/cd burner and writer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...1-180-_-Product 1333 ddr3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...acuda%207200.12 HDD u picked

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102879 5830 HD Radeon video card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139006 750w psu

all this for just $880.76 with shipping...well to my place so it will probably be a little difference
$875.93 without shipping


if u go with the quad 955 black edition....u can use the money u save to get a better video card or case..but the socket is the same so u can keep this mobo with either processor

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 10:29 AM

oo my bad the price mentioned that i put was using the better 6 core processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...3-849-_-Product

srry about that

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 11:36 AM

I would go with this hard drive instead. It has better reviews.
I would also get a couple quiet fans for the side.
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#6 Ran-K

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 12:22 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! A couple of questions:

- Is the case really okay or could I get one with better airflow?

- Is a 750W PSU really necessary? Seems like overkill to me, since what I'd upgrade in the future is probably just more RAM.

- Is the new Geforce GTS 450 any good compared to that ATI one?

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 01:10 PM

i think that that case should be fine if u just buy some more fans for the side like rainbow six said

as for the psu i just did the calculator on newegg and it says like 540w so i would probably go a 650w psu like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...9-005-_-Product

ummm and srry but i only really know about ati/amd for im not that huge on nvidia so ill leave that question for soembody who knows more about it :thumbsup: but from just lookingat specs i would say the radeon is better\

good luck!

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 03:00 PM

This is how the cards compare, as far as I know

Geforce GTS 450 = Radeon HD 5770
Geforce GTX 460 = Radeon HD 5830
Geforce GTX 470 = Radeon HD 5850
Geforce GTX 480 = Radeon HD 5870

Another thing I should mention is that side fans should blow air inward towards the motherboard.

Edited by RainbowSix, 18 September 2010 - 03:02 PM.

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#9 Ran-K

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:18 PM

Another thing I should mention is that side fans should blow air inward towards the motherboard.

Thanks. Do you think I could get away with just using a rear fan for now instead of the side ones?

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:57 PM

Unsolicited information:

Anytime you run across a power supply with a voltage switch on it, you immediately know it doesnt have PFC. If it doesn't have PFC it is an older design/low end model that is very likely to be more inefficient than current designs.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 09:36 PM

Don't forget, you also need an operating system. I would go for Blaze's build, but do keep a few things in mind before purchasing. If you run programs that can use all six cores, AMD's six-core CPU is a steal, however, if your programs can only use two or four, the CPU will run similar to a Phenom II X4 955. The case is also decent but you may have difficulties installing large graphics cards given the depth and using CrossfireX is not suggested with Radeon 58xx cards or better due to airflow issues. If you want to use that technology or have better cooling, I would go for a full ATX case. Look for free shipping specials on all cases as they can be very expensive to ship. Finally, remember that AMD and Intel are both releasing new CPU's next year. None of Intel's offerings are backwards compatible but AMD's are, sort of. The new CPU's will use the new AM3+ socket and will not be backwards compatible with current AM3 motherboards, however, AM3 CPU's can be used in AM3+ motherboards.

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#12 Ran-K

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 10:31 PM

I'll be using Ubuntu/Windows 7 :thumbsup:

And thanks for the tip. I dunno if I'd go for a full tower, since in any case I'd upgrade to a similar sized video card. I don't really game much apart from The Sims 2/3, but I do use Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.


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Posted 18 September 2010 - 10:56 PM

Get an NVidia card if you plan to use Linux. The Linux ATI drivers are terrible.
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 08:56 AM

Would this one be okay?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130572

It says it's overclocked by a bit, but I don't see it. I wouldn't need any extra cooling for it, right?


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Posted 19 September 2010 - 09:18 AM

Yes, that will be great for your build. Cooling should not be a problem, but you can underclock it if necessary.

Edited by RainbowSix, 19 September 2010 - 09:21 AM.

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