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Old November 21, 2010, 12:44 PM
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Hey guys! haven't posted in a while but my friend asked me to put a new computer together for him so I thought I would post what I've put together so far and see if I can get any recommendations:

He does a bit of everything but nothing too intense and said he's looking to spend around 1000-1200 all in. Already has monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers.

Case: CM Haf 922 $80
CPU: Intel i5 760 $199
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 $135
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3-1600 $65
PSU: Corsair HX650 $100
Video: Sapphire HD 5770 $140
HDD: OCZ Vertex 2 ES 60GB $140
+ WD Green 1.5TB $60

Plus a dvd drive and Win7 comes to ~1050 plus tax.

I figure it has enough graphics power to play most new games on a single 22" monitor and is cheap enough that it doesn't make much sense to go cheaper. He primarily wants speed in multi-tasking and I think the i5 760 with a nice SSD will be plenty fast. As for RAM I think 4GB will be enough but he can always pick up another set and push it to 8GB if he starts hitting 3+.

Thoughts, opinions, obvious incompatibility?
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i would sugest an i3 and ud2 board from giga, perhaps a cm 212+ even though he may not clock right away.
very nice psu, way overkill. look up an earthwatts on the cheap.
what resolution is the 22 incher?
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Old November 21, 2010, 04:12 PM
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Thanks for the input dangtx!

Is the $50 difference between i3 560 ($150) and i5 760 ($200) worth it? Obviously the clock speed is higher on the i3 but I'm having trouble finding comparative benchmarks on the two. As for a ud2 board, the only one I can find is a mATX board which I'm not a fan of so would probably get the ud3 board anyway for an extra ~$30.

The PSU is probably more power and has more features than he needs but when you see a modular Corsair PSU for $100 it's hard to pass up. The ~$15 in savings over a lower wattage Antec PSU is really not worth it imo.

Not sure the resolution on the monitor but I would have to assume it's 1680x1050. I'm currently running a GTX 260 216 on dual monitors playing new games (sc2 on ultra and black ops on high) and as the 5770 is comparable to that card (slightly worse in benchmarks) it shouldn't have any trouble with anything my friend might get into (I assume this is what you're getting at).
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well, budget for intel means i3 530/540. yes. 4 real cores at same clock speed are better than 2+2 virtual. but the 530 clocks very well as well, so there you have it.

hell be fine then. very good choice of case, and 80 bucks is a killer deal for that one.
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5770 is a good card, but prices have come down more on the nvidia side making my vote go to a gtx 460 768mb for just a few extra dollars. The i3 530/540 is a great budget chip, but if you have the few extra dollars available the 760 would get my vote.
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Old November 22, 2010, 10:03 AM
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Thanks for the help guys! I'll keep the 460 in mind and see if I can find a good deal on one over the next couple weeks. The 5770 should be enough power but if I can find the 460 cheap it's quite a bit better.

Will look into the i3 560 vs i5 760 issue more and try to decide if losing 2 physical cores is worth the increase in clock speed and savings.
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If you're buying this week, I'd grab this bundle: NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 750 Processor & Gigabyte P55-USB3 Motherboard - P55-USB3 i5-750 In Canada.

Saves $35 which can go towards a GTX460 or HD6850 ;)
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If you're buying this week, I'd grab this bundle: NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 750 Processor & Gigabyte P55-USB3 Motherboard - P55-USB3 i5-750 In Canada.

Saves $35 which can go towards a GTX460 or HD6850 ;)
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I'm running a 5770 until I can afford an upgrade / the new series get more developed on an i7 950 etc etc... Runs everything on highest settings without much difficulty at 1680x1050 and a moderate GPU OC.. (wow, MW2, TF2 so far)

Unless he really wants bleeding edge GFX then either the 5770 or 460 should be plenty.. However if you can squeeze in a 6850 to the budget it will give quite a bit of headroom especially if he would OC it a little as resource demands increase..

Have to say with the power of the i7 950 that my plans to OC have been put on hold as it is more than fast enough for these games and anything else I've thrown at it...

Can quite happliy go through dala when it's busy at 40-50 fps with everything on ultra high settings..


Personaly I would tend to go for the one that allows him to simply buy a new cpu in the future for a "drop in" upgrade.. Though this is a question of socket rather than chip speed / features
(this is the reason I went for an i7... I will eventually get one of the top chips, mebby even a hex core, when they are alot more affordable for some cheap and easy upgrading)

Hope this input is useful... I have limited experience of the i5's and i3's so can't really help there I'm afraid..
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The SSD is overkill and too expensive. You could save money on the drive and put it toward a better video card.

When I build gaming machines with two hard drives I partition both drives, no more than 15% of the drive on the outer portion of the platters.

For example, a Western Digital Black is still a very good drive for gaming.

What will become C: drive can be 90GB to 100GB. Of course the OS will go here. Do the same for the second drive and use the outer area of the platters for installed programs.

So, about 100GB for the OS and about 100GB for programs [games] on the second drive [100GB if the second drive is also a WD Black drive].

Extra space on both drives [inner partitions] can be used for anything, music, back-ups, downloads, and so on.

The above will make it much easier to defrag as well.
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