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Old 10-25-2010, 11:31 PM   #1
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Hi, i'm shortly going to build my first desktop. It will be a mid range gaming desktop and my budget is $1400. I have already looked out parts and prices from www.pccasegear.com.au and i shall list them now. I just need to know a good power supply and if anyone has any recommendations on the the parts i have selected or if they wouldn't work just feel free to let me know. Thanks

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CPU Intel Core i5 760 @ 2.8 Ghz $229.00
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3R $165.00
Graphics Gigabyte GeForce GT 430 1GB Overclocked Edition x 2 $198.00
PSU
RAM Corsair CMP4GX3M2B1600C8 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 $139.00
Case Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Case $125.00
Sound card Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI-E $79.00
HDD 1 Corsair Force Series 60GB SSD $175.00
HDD 2 Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB ST31500341AS $99.00
Total: $1,209.00

My old PC was fried by a power surge a few month ago I have been able to salvage the Gigabyte 9800 GT 512MB GPU and im not sure whether to buy another one like it and SLI them or opt for the graphics cards i have put. Any suggestions?
Oh and the SSD is for the OS and maybe some games
Could you recommend any PSU's?
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:16 AM   #2
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I would personally get a new HD6850 for the video. Will use less power and should be very overclockable. Can be had for the same money. Everything else looks good. PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341017
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150505
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:19 AM   #3
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But if i go with a ATI card, that means i have to get an AMD CPU and AMD MOBO?
And is the GPU a 2 in 1 card?

And will the PSU fit my case? And is 600W enough?
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:10 AM   #4
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Everything with that build is fine but go with a GTX 460, it'll perform better than the measly GT 430's.

You can run any graphics card on any motherboard regardless of chipset and CPU. When you start to run multiple cards is when you have to consider the motherboard chipset.

600W is plenty power for this rig and it will fit inside the case too.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:05 AM   #5
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So the HD6850 or the GTX 460? Which one is better?
Oh and can anyone recommend a CPU fan, keeping in mind i may OC the CPU a bit.
I was wondering, whats the difference between the i5 760 and the i7 870 and i7 950 besides the $100 difference and small clock speed increase?
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:25 AM   #6
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So the HD6850 or the GTX 460? Which one is better?
Thats a tough one. They have similar performance so it goes down to what features you want, multi-monitor support on the HD6850 or PhysX GTX 460.

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Oh and can anyone recommend a CPU fan, keeping in mind i may OC the CPU a bit.
Personally i'm liking Thermaltake's Frio heatsink and fan set up at the moment.

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I was wondering, whats the difference between the i5 760 and the i7 870 and i7 950 besides the $100 difference and small clock speed increase?
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So you have the LGA1156 CPU's - i5 760 and the i7 870, and the LGA1366 CPU - the i7 950.

The i5 760 and the i7 870 have the PCI-E controller and dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM Memory controller on die. However the i5 760 does NOT have Hyper-Threading but the i7 870 does. The i5's can be used with the H55/H57 or P55/Q57 'boards and the LGA1156 i7's can be used with the P55/Q57 'boards.

The i7 950 doesn't have the PCI-E controller on board but has a triple-channel DDR3 SDRAM Memory controller on die, Hyper-Threading, and runs on X58 'boards.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:16 AM   #7
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ohhk thanks man
Im thinking GTX 460 as im only using one 22inch monitor for the desktop.
That CPU Fan looks sweet, ill keep an eye on it

Ahk, so now im thinking the i7 870, because of the hyperthreading and im getting a P55 motherboard anyway. So the hyperthreading would make a large performance increase over the non hyperthreaded cores yea? I am also thinking because the Aussie Dollar is almost on par with the US Dollar, i can buy stuff from newegg.com and get it alot cheaper than buying it here. For example the i7 860 (i think it's got a 0.13Ghz decrease in clock speed than the i7 870) but if i'm OC'ing it won't really matter yea?) is priced here at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115214 which is an American store and the i7 870 is priced here at http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=12406 which puts the one at newegg $50 cheaper at only a loss of 0.13Ghz. I think it is worth it, and only puts it $50 more than the i5 760.
And also, if i were to get the i7 950, i would have to get an X54 MOBO which cost a hell of a lot more, which will go over my budget that i'm trying to stick to

What do you think about it?

Ah crap just been on neweggs website, and they dont ship internationally
Anyone know any good computer parts websites that sell cheap? or ones in the US that ship internationally?
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Hyper-Threading can make a difference when your running heavy multi-threaded applications and don't worry about the clock speeds; these overclock brilliantly, so the slower i7 860 can be clocked to i7 870 speeds and more.

If you go for the i7 950 then you will need an X58 board for it. But if you find a i7 920, somewhere, going real cheap then remember it can be clocked to i7 950 speeds very easily.

Basically go for the best deal.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:34 PM   #9
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I'll gladly recommend Corsair brand PSU. I have one in my rig from '08 and still working great. The fan is 120mm and is variable speed. I can actually watch mine spin it's so slow, sorta like a ceiling fan on medium setting. This power supply is also modular so you will have less wiring clutter in your box.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:24 PM   #10
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I just bought the i7 950 for 229.00.

http://www.microcenter.com/shopping_...?addsku=935320

Of course the x58 board will be a little more but probably worth it.
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