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Build Advice New Build, what do you think and will it work!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Gokartboy, 2 Oct 2009.

  1. Gokartboy

    Gokartboy What's a Dremel?

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    Hi guys this is my first post on here! so hopfully it makes sence

    I've been looking at building a computer for under £800 for a mix of gaming and graphic drawing packages.

    This is the spec i've come up with:

    Processor:
    Amd Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHZ Black edition

    MoBo:
    Asus AM3 M4a79XDT EVO -
    http://uk.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=vk9Pqxby9MjO0WHm


    OR

    Gigabyte AM3 M4a790XT UD4t -
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3010&ProductName=GA-MA790XT-UD4P

    Memory
    OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 Fatal1ty Edition (2 x 2Gb) -
    http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr3_pc3_10666_fatal1ty_edition


    CD Drive:
    HP DVD 22x DVDRW -
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172845


    Hard Drive:
    Samsung 1TB 7200RPM 32MB -
    http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-1tb-7200rpm-32mb-s300-3-5--4ZTT.html?refs=47240000-50480000-50429

    Graphics:
    Sapphire Vapor-X, Radeon 4890 HD 850Mhz 1GB -
    http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-radeon-4890-hd-850mhz-1gb-pci-express-dvi-vapor-x-64M7.html?refs=43280000-50520000

    I'm not too sure what MoBo i should choose so any advice would be helpful?
    Also any imput on what PSU i should buy as i'm not terribly sure what would suit this set up?

    Also does anyone know of and problems with compatability?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. damienVC

    damienVC What's a Dremel?

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    PSU wise there's a list of recommended PSUs on the forum, and if you buy anything not on it you'll cause much sucking of teeth on here. There's also tools on the net for calculating how large your PSU should be (google it), but you don't want to go below 500w with that set up IMO. I've just got an OCZ modular PSU which was around 50 quid for a similar build.
     
  3. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    id drop the AMD 965, its a good chip but i5 750 is beter even at stock. in every department.

    costs about the same but your mobo may cost slightly more. also when overclocked the i5 wipes the floor the 965.

    other choices look look good though mate except the RAM which will be expensive cause its FATAL1TY branded. just grab some good old DDR 1600 from a big brand such as corsair or ocz etc

    also check out the samsung F3 1TB should be cheaper and faster than the F1 series.

    also can save a few pounds by getting a OEM DVD writer for around £15 probly LG or sony.


    650W PSU will be more than enoguh for that rig.

    take a look at the CORSAIR 650W TX, be quiet dark pro 650w or the antec earthwatts 650W
     
  4. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    yeah if your spending that much then intel the way to go.
     
  5. tonpal

    tonpal What's a Dremel?

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    I am afraid I have been converted back to the dark side by the Core i5 750. Its performance is about on par with Phenom II 965 but the (enhanced) turbo boost gives it a real edge particularly in the majority of games that do not scale well across cores.

    As far as the psu goes 500W would be fine. The Corsair HX450 would do the job if you were looking for a good cheap modular psu. If you went for a 600/650W psu it would give you the headroom to add a second graphics card.

    If you can wait a bit it would be worth seeing how affordable a Radeon 5770 is when it is released later this month. If you are really patient you could wait until Nvidia release their DX11 cards and see if that brings the price of the Radeon 5850 and 5870 down to a reasonable level.
     
  6. Gokartboy

    Gokartboy What's a Dremel?

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    Thnaks for the advice! Can you see any problems with just using windows 7 stright away?
     
  7. SexyHyde

    SexyHyde Minimodder

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    no. i've been using the RC since it came out as the only OS and its been solid. so much so, i've got 2 copies on order to be installed on release day.
     
  8. tonpal

    tonpal What's a Dremel?

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    The only problem is that if you install Win 7 RC immediately you will have to re-install the your OS (I believe) once the retail version is available.
     
  9. SexyHyde

    SexyHyde Minimodder

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    easiest way around this is 2 drives (logical or physical) plop the OS on one and your files on the other and bingo reinstall is a breeze. and i'd recommend waiting till its out proper if you want/can it's only 3 weeks away and saves any reinstall hassle. which as i reinstalled last week due to buying a new drive wasn't very much of a hassle at all.
     
  10. Gokartboy

    Gokartboy What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks! Think i'll build it in the mean time/ wait for all the bits to arrive then load up windows 7 on the release date!
     

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