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Old 10-03-10, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default New Build, I'm coming back to PC gaming! ?s

Hi folks,

It's been years but now I am back onboard and going to do a clean build but daaamn, so much to consider. I am amazed at the options available to me now and the pricing is so much better than it use to be.

I've got to keep it under £1000 but i've priced up this rig and wondered what your thoughts were.

i7 950 w/ Corsair H50-1 Hydro Cooler , 6GB triple channel 1600mhz ram, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev 2 mobo, 640GB Western Digital WD6402AAEX Caviar HD and the part where I get frowned on... lol... ATI 5870. (Or GTX 480 depending on budget.)

Still not sure about the PSU yet, need to do more reading up on them but im looking at the 750W Powercool PC750UM Modular if it's compatiable.

Any thoughts or pointers?

Still not sure whether to go with 1600mhz ram or just go for 1300.... whether to drop down a socket and go for 8GB dual channel.

Confused.
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Old 10-03-10, 05:42 AM   #2
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go with 1600 stick with 6GB for overclocking and get that cpu to 4.2ghz.

Nothing wrong with a 5870 great choice. If you can wait a month or two the ATI 6 series will most likely be available.

Motherboard is a good choice also might consider the Asus Sabertooth.

Never heard of that power supply cant comment. just make sure you get a good supply.
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Thanks for the info. Tempted to wait for the 6000 series then, if it's likely to be worth it. hmmm
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go with 1600 stick with 6GB for overclocking and get that cpu to 4.2ghz.

Nothing wrong with a 5870 great choice. If you can wait a month or two the ATI 6 series will most likely be available.

Motherboard is a good choice also might consider the Asus Sabertooth.

Never heard of that power supply cant comment. just make sure you get a good supply.
+1, and welcome back to PC gaming dude.
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Solid looking choices

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What are people's thoughts on going the AMD route?

Do the 1055Ts overclock to anywhere near the 1090T? And what's the 1090Ts for an overclock to compete with Intel's offerings?
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Thanks for the info. Tempted to wait for the 6000 series then, if it's likely to be worth it. hmmm
Also sandy bridge is around the corner and a worthy upgrade. I would wait for it if I could.

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GTX 470, i5 750 (or 760), 4GB 1600 DDR3, P55.

The 6 core AMD isnt bad either, but nothing is going to use more than 4 cores right now. Intel is a better, more solid build and probably going to give you better scaling if you overclock.

If you wait for AMD 6000, I'm sure Nvidia will have something right around the corner, there is always something better coming. Find a good deal and just jump on it, dont keep waiting or you'll be waiting forever.
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I'd wait a couple of weeks. You might be waiting a few more after that if you decide to go with a HD6000 part, but at the very least, you should find 5870 and GTX480 prices will drop in a 2-4 weeks time. You might even be able to pick up a second hand one for a bargain for those anticipating an upgrade.

Sandybridge is also coming not too far off, but it sounds like you want to upgrade before then so asking you to wait it out that long seems a bit too much. If you can though, it will be worth it in the long run.
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Do any games benefit from more than 4GB ram these days?
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What are people's thoughts on going the AMD route?

Do the 1055Ts overclock to anywhere near the 1090T? And what's the 1090Ts for an overclock to compete with Intel's offerings?
The AMD offering typically costs half as much as the Intel and you don't get twice the performance from the Intel. It gives you the choice: A) The fastest, but at a premium B) Competitive, with value for your money.

So we have the 3.2ghz i7 (not the fastest clock sold) for $1012.01 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ufacture=Intel

and the 3.2ghz 1090T for $334.99 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...anufacture=AMD

So yes the intel is faster (no argument), but is it worth it?


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9vgJ1nwu_x...40/3d+mark.JPG

AMD chipset motherboards tend to be comparatively cheaper too.
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The AMD offering typically costs half as much as the Intel and you don't get twice the performance from the Intel. It gives you the choice: A) The fastest, but at a premium B) Competitive, with value for your money.

So we have the 3.2ghz i7 (not the fastest clock sold) for $1012.01 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ufacture=Intel

and the 3.2ghz 1090T for $334.99 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...anufacture=AMD

So yes the intel is faster (no argument), but is it worth it?


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9vgJ1nwu_x...40/3d+mark.JPG

AMD chipset motherboards tend to be comparatively cheaper too.
So looking at that, the 1090T would be a better option than the i7 950?
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