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Old 02-20-2010, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone!

Im looking to build a new computer as my current one is about four years old now, I want to build one instead of order a ready made one because I want to make it possibly upgradeable and hopfully get a good number of years out of it. My budget is proberly about £1200 gbp but that can be changed if I feel that im going to get value for money.

so far Im thinking about the following components...

Processer - Intel Nehalem i7 920 S1366 2.66GHz
OS - Windows 7 Preminum 64 bit
Case - Coolermaster CM690 Dominator Black Mid Tower Case

Im a bit stuck when it comes to the rest of the build though because im stuck in the past when it comes to new computer components;

Motherboard - Somthing compatible with the processer and will support DDR3
RAM - im looking for high spec RAM, what would be the best combo of DDR3 RAM?
Graphics - I want somthing powerfull, but maybe I could go down the crossfire/SLi route for future upgradeability?

Thanks for taking your time to read, anyone have any ideas?
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you're definitely on the right track.

you'd obviously need a socket 1366 motherboard to be compatible with your cpu. Sine socket 1366 is considered high-end, there are no crappy 1366 motherboards. They have different features like triple or quad SLI / crossfire, and some are more extreme overclockers. So it depends on what you want to do really.

Ram, you should get 3 X 2GB (6GB total) to utilize triple channel memory. If you're doing hard-core multi-tasking then you could get 12GB total, but for most people 6gb is more than enough. OCZ golds are of good value (not sure about price parity in UK).

GPU, 5870 is a monster! If its out of your budget, then the 5850 is the next best thing - and its also a monster. XFX is the brand preferred due to their double-life time warranty.

good luck.
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GPU, 5870 is a monster! If its out of your budget, then the 5850 is the next best thing - and its also a monster. XFX is the brand preferred due to their double-life time warranty.
yea, those are both beast gfx cards. unfortunately though, if he got an xfx branded card i don't think he would qualify for the double-lifetime warranty :/

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but any brand should work, just get the cheapest one.

this is a good mobo
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard [] Motherboards Intel LGA1366 (X58 Chipset) - SATA 6Gb/s

some good ram (the ones aliasaid mentioned)
OCZ Gold 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 (1600MHz) Tri-Channel (OCZ3G1600LV6GK) [OCZ3G1600LV6GK] Memory DDR3 Tri-Channel - PC3-12800

gfx cards
5850s Components » Graphics and Video » ATI HD 5850 Series - Overclockers UK

5870s Components » Graphics and Video » ATI HD 5870 Series - Overclockers UK

or if you're willing to spend for the current best of the best, 5970s
Components » Graphics and Video » ATI HD 5900 Series - Overclockers UK
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for your ideas! Ive had a look at them and they seem like sound suggestions.

Processer - Intel Nehalem i7 920 S1366 2.66GHz
OS - Windows 7 Preminum 64 bit
Case - Coolermaster CM690 Dominator Black Mid Tower Case
Mobo - Gigabyte S1366 Intel X58 DDR3 ATX A L
Memory - OCZ Technology OCZ DDR3 Triple Channel 6GB Kit
Graphics - I shall decide once I take a look at my final price total most proberly 5870!

What kind of PSU do you think will be needed to power this setup? il proberly stick with a coolermaster PSU if im getting one of their cases, unless anyone has any better suggestions?

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PSU brand doesn't need to be the same as the case. Best brands out there now are Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, PC Power and Cooling. *READ FIRST* Updated Power supply guide
You'll find other good brands in the PSU guide you could choose from.
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if you plan on running just a single 5870, this psu will do.
Corsair VX 550W ATX Power Supply (CMPSU-550VXUK) [CMPSU-550VXUK] Power Supplies Corsair

or if you plan on maybe running a second card in crossfire later on, plan ahead and step it up to this one.
Corsair TX 750W ATX SLI Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-750TXUK) [CMPSU-750TXUK] Power Supplies Corsair
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thanks for your advice again! Im thinking ive got a decent list together now;


XFX ATI Radeon HD 5850 "AVP Edition" 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - £251.99
Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail - £220.99
Corsair HX 750W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-750HXUK) - £117.99
OCZ Gold 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 Low-Voltage Triple Channel
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Retail (Upgrade Version) - £67.99
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ) - £64.99
Coolermaster CM-690 Dominator Case - Black - £59.98

Then im going to upgrade the rest of my computer with the following..

Iiyama ProLite E2407HDSD 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - £159.25
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard (967929-0120) - £25.99
Sony Optiarc AD-5240S 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - £16.99
Cherry M-305 AZURO Wireless Optical Mouse - £9.99

I have two last questions, thank you to everyone that has helped me so far!

1) What would be the best LCD monitor to get the best gaming performance with a 5870 from? I have choosen this one but thats because it was cheap.

Iiyama ProLite E2407HDSD 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor [PLE2407HDSD-B] 24" LCD

2) My favourite game is Football Manager, a game that relies on good RAM, now I have gone with 6GB 1600MHz (as listed above) but would 6GB of 2000MHz make much difference? also would 12GB of 16000MHz see much improvement?

Cheers!
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