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For that money - its a great system 2 15.38%
For a BIT more you could have done a LOT better 3 23.08%
Its ok, but I wouldn't have spent a grand on it 1 7.69%
Some bits good, some bits bad 7 53.85%
Yeah I want a system like that... to prop the door open. 0 0%
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally managed to put together a system for the budget I wanted - i'd love to hear any opinions on this:

CPU: i7 920
Mobo: Asus P6T SE X58
RAM: Corsair XMS3 6GB PC3-12800
Gfx: Sapphire HD5770
HD: Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green
PSU: Seasonic S12D 850W
Case: Antec 900 II
DVD: Liteon 24x
OS: Win7 Home Premium

Cost: around £1000

Thanks in advance for taking the time to give this some thought!


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Old 04-15-2010, 06:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Here are a few thoughts:
The WD Green are no good to store the OS, they use less power but don't perform well. You should buy a smaller WD Black, very good performance, to store the OS and main applications and a larger one to store your data.
I 650W PSU is enough for your build, or you can get a 750W to add a second card later.
Corsair RAM are good but overpriced. Get this one: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with farinha except for the memory. He's showing you a (2x2GB) kit and you'll need a (3x2GB) kit. I would look for OCZ, G.Skill or Mushkin.
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Ops... my bad. Get these ones instead Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB &#40;3 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 &#40;PC3 12800&#41; Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the thoughts. Why are the Green no use for the O/S?
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Because the Green has less performance. You want a fast HD do run the OS because the OS is making constant HD readings and writings.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The green isn't that bad. When I built my computer, I didn't know the difference, and I have a green, but a black would be better. I've had it for a year, and I think I'm gonna be stuck with it for two more because I'm never buying another hard drive. I'm going to wait for SSD's to become reasonable, and I think that will likely take 2 more years.

And, if I were going to drop money on an i7 system (like I did) I would want a more powerful gpu than that to go with it. I would say at least a 5850 if not something more powerful.
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Default Re: Your opinions please!

Agreed on the more powerful GPU part, but disagreed on the green hd part. For storage drives they're fine. But for a main OS drive or to use in an external case, they aren't that great. I mean yeah they aren't horrible, but you can definitely see the difference between a green drive and a blue, even more so a black.
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Sorry - should probably have made clearer that I have already bought the stuff !

Thanks for all your comments. I took the point on the Caviar Green and I bought an extra 640Gb Caviar Blue (didn't have the black) for the o/s and progs. The 2Tb Green will serve as a home for all home video, music, photo type stuff. I think thats a sensible outcome. I did read that the black can be quite noisy, and one of the aims was for this system to be silent - the blue is better than the black on that basis.

On the GPU - its a very fair point, and I considered the 5850 long and hard and decided that if I really want to push things, I'd buy another 5770 and crossfire them.

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