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Hardware PC Hardware Buyer's Guide July 2011

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Lizard, 11 Jul 2011.

  1. Lizard

    Lizard @ Scan R&D

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  2. chrismarkham1982

    chrismarkham1982 Well-Known Member

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    waits for comment about why amd's new cpu hasnt been used instead :rolleyes:
     
  3. Kris

    Kris Lord Lolwut

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    actually, I would just add that instead of a gtx590 (that might blow up on you), you'd be better off with xfired 6970 cards, it would save you a good amount of money while performing faster and consuming a lot less power at the same time. What's not to like?
     
  4. slothy89

    slothy89 MicroModder

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    Watercool the 590, problem solved :)

    Regarding the article:
    I'm just jealous PC Hardware isnt this cheap in Australia.. It cost me around AU$2,500 to build something that performs similar to the Gaming Workhorse..
     
  5. chrismarkham1982

    chrismarkham1982 Well-Known Member

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    bit-tech dont like multi gpu set-ups normally
     
  6. Anneon

    Anneon New Member

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    Gaming Workhorse -
    I recently bought a M4 64GB SSD. I have to agree it is the most worthwhile upgrade I have carried out in a long time. Windows boot time, game loading times (levels, initial loads) and general program loading times has been drastically reduced. Will never go back to a mechanical main drive.
     
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    rollo Well-Known Member

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    What's the did between duel core gpu and crossfire they both use similar drivers
     
  8. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    Premium player Septemeber 2010? That's interesting they have some new hardware in the past. :D

    By the way nice as always, although you might want to recommend a CPU cooler for the US crowd. Thermaltake Frio perhaps?
     
  9. hurrakan

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    Is the motherboard Z68 or P67 ?
     
  10. Snips

    Snips I can do dat, giz a job

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    The 590 is here because it was faster, quiter and cooler than the 6970. After thorough testing by Bit-tech it was the better option.
     
  11. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    On another note, have they fixed the 590 explosion thing yet?
     
  12. Stickeh

    Stickeh Help me , Help you.

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    I'd quite like to see an amd equivalent for each system, sure you might not get spec-for-spec identical comparisons, but something in each level, to show a price difference or offer a broader choice of just buy intel would be nice. I'm no fan boy (switching from p4 to amd XP to amd 64 to intel quad and back to amd quad) i just go on bang-for-buck at the time
     
  13. MaverickWill

    MaverickWill Dirty CPC Mackem

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    At the risk of coming across as slightly arrogant, I think the ball has been somewhat dropped by the Bit-Tech boys, with regards to the Affordable All-Rounder. Changing out the Pentium for the i3-2100 is a bit of a sideways step (I'd normally stick to overclocking-friendly parts on budget builds to eke out that lovely performance), but understandable if an upgrade path is desired.

    And then it gets a swift kick to the chops by using an H67 motherboard. Really, guys? You recommend an upgrade path through LGA1155 with ZERO chance of using the i5-2500K? To add insult to injury, you take one of the most frugally-powered desktop chips on the planet, and attach a Freezer 7 Pro. For the extra £15, you could have a P67 motherboard, right?
     
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    In the premium player you seem to be using 3 SATA III drives (SSD + 2x 2TB WD Caviar Black HDDs), however the Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z only has 2 SATA III ports. Is there any performance decrease from using SATA II with the 2TB drives?
     
  15. StoneyMahoney

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    Holy CRAP! You're right, it is cheap (and amazingly small) for a card with more RAM than I have hard drive space!
     
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    Any hard drive doesn't need a SATA 6Gbps port frankly. Only SSDs do :) Buffered results don't count. ;)
     
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    Pssst, the much-anticipated Z68 is not to be mentioned :D
     
  18. chrismarkham1982

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    as far as i remember no HDD maxes out sata 3gbps let alone sata 6gbps, only ssd's make use of the extra bandwidth the new sata standard gives.
     
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    Why use a cheap sata DVD drive in the premium rig? I think a blu-ray player would be the way to go.
     
  20. tonyd223

    tonyd223 king of nothing

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    ok, how does the A8-3850 compare when run with the HD 6670 (to create a HD 6690d2) compared to the choices you made for processor and graphics card? Just interested as no one seems to have posted that on the web that I can find yet...
     
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