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News PC Hardware Buyer's Guide May 2010

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 7 May 2010.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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  2. crazyceo

    crazyceo New Member

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    How come the Bit-Tech site buyer's guide differs from the CustomPC mag buyer's guide? Aren't you guys in the same office?

    My last build I did use a combination of the two but I still was left scratching my head on a few components.
     
  3. sotu1

    sotu1 Ex-Modder

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    I know it must be a pain putting this up every month but want you guys to know that we appreciate it!

    Any chance we can have the best monitors/speakers for those ranges too? That would be cool ;D
     
  4. Ph4ZeD

    Ph4ZeD New Member

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    I wonder when we will see a significant change in the hardware recommendations!
     
  5. rickysio

    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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    When Sandy Bridge is out?
     
  6. Pete J

    Pete J RIP Teelzebub

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    cybergenics New Member

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    i7 920 still widely available......sometimes as much as £65-£80 cheaper than a 930...lots of people have not been able to clock the 930 higher than the average 920 d0 did. So why is this recommended ???????????????????

    Someone explain ? BT have recommended parts far rarer than the 920, so please don't use its 'scarcity' as a reason, as this guide is month to month.

    Obviously retailers have higher mark up's on the 930...if BT is unbiased, the should be pimping the 920 at the bargain cost it is !

    Good guide overall though.
     
  8. Rob Lang

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    Any chance of a HTPC/media PC build?
     
  9. rollo

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    It's what I'd of suggest

    920 was £160 on overclockers last I checked

    What do you gain on 930 for the extra cash
     
  10. matee

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    Yes I also thought you could either squeeze much cheaper 920 into Gaming Workhorse, or put it into Premioum Player, to get more ram or a nice dinner for two.
     
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    +1
     
  12. Deadpool46

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    Probably not a huge deal with the Premium Player but FYI; Overclockers has a fair amount of 5970 stock, starting at £499.

    Still a lot of money but as it's the Premium Player you might as well go premium.
     
  13. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    £90 P55 vs £155 X58, i think money is better spent elsewhere with gaming workhorse. and obviously Bit thinks the same.

    remember that this is a monthly buyer's guide, and 920 has been EOL'd. so it could run out of stock before the end of month.
     
  14. Kasius

    Kasius Bringing the dremolition

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    Also interested around the comparable differences between the 920 & 930 given the price offset..
     
  15. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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    920 and 930 are nearly identical

    Bit tech has there perfoance scores

    from what I remember if you clocked the CPUs to both the same speed the dif was 0
     
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    Kasius Bringing the dremolition

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    I think I can squeeze a 5850 in your enthusiast overclocker build.

    As this build is geared towards gaming, I believe the gfx card will have the most impact on performance and experience. Therefore, I would suggest the following replacements -

    1. The i5 750 with an i3 530 ( or if one has an AMD build, then probably a phenom ii x2 550 or an athlon tri core) - Games at high resolutions of 1680 X1050 and above are more GPU dependent than CPU dependent.
    You Save - £45.85 (price source - scan.co.uk)

    2.Replacing the 1600Mhz RAM with 1333Mhz - This could limit the CPU overclock, but as clearly highlighted by this article (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i3-gaming,2588.html) the core i3 at stock and overclocked perform very similarly. Moreover, RAM speed alone does not have a significant impact on gaming performance.
    You Save - £30 (price source - BT's May buyer's guide)

    3. Replace the modxstream500w with a stealthxtream 500w - Modular PSUs usually cost more than their non-modular counterparts. You can save £10-£15 when buying a non-modular PSU. Moreover, high end cases like the Utgard have a lot of space for unused cables.
    You Save - £7.49
    (Price source -

    Modxstream - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001GLFD...ode=asn&creative=7974&creativeASIN=B001GLFD4U

    Stealthxstream - http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer...40-Cores)/ATI-Radeon-HD5770-PCI-E-(800-Cores)
    )

    Total Saving - 83.34

    The cheapest 5770 (on pre-order) is for 116.29 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer...40-Cores)/ATI-Radeon-HD5770-PCI-E-(800-Cores))

    The cheapest 5850 (on pre-order) is for 223.23 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer...40-Cores)/ATI-Radeon-HD5770-PCI-E-(800-Cores))

    Thats a price difference of £106.94 which is £23.6 more than our total savings from above. In other words, my build costs £23.6 more than the enthusiastic overclockers build, but I am pretty sure it would perform much better and would be more future proof,provided you are willing to spend

    Now if only someone could test this for me :) because I dont have any money :(
     
  19. rickysio

    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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    Core i5 750 is a better all rounder, though.
     
  20. Xir

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    Considering: does-anyone-really-need-a-1kw-psu/
    Why is the Premium Player equipped with a 750 Watt PSU, or the Gaming Workhorse with a 650 Watt?
    The combination i930+HD5870 or i860+5850 shouldn't drai near that much power..
     
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