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Build Advice Spec me a supercomputer!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ejr22, 2 Oct 2009.

  1. ejr22

    ejr22 What's a Dremel?

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    Only joking.

    I have a budget of about £2500 ($4000) and need absolutely everything (tower, keyboard & mouse, multi-function printer, speakers, wireless headphones, EVERYTHING!!!)

    I have got my heart set on a 1366 based machine, housed in a Corsair Obsidian 800D case, with the Nvidia 3D Vision & Samsung Syncmaster monitor. All other components are a mystery though (although would need an Nvidia GPU for the 3D to work).

    What would you do with this budget in order to produce a mammoth gaming rig?

    Thanks for any advice (apart from any "save your money" advice).

    ejr22
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  2. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    er, wait til the new nvidia cards? i9 looks to be just aroudn the corner too.
     
  3. ejr22

    ejr22 What's a Dremel?

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    :wallbash:

    Thanks for your non-help.

    I need a computer now, not just around the corner or next year. I can always upgrade the graphics card once the new ones are released and AFAIK Gulftown will only be available as an Extreme edition from around mid-2010.
     
  4. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Core i7 870 is more powerful than the i7 920. Granted you don't have triple memory so you have to choose between memory performance or CPU power.

    LCD: IPS panel screen will provide you awesome color accuracy, vivid colors, ultra wide view angle.. and the best part... matte screen with adjustable stand that can also rotate on itself. Great for gaming and movie.
    Here is what I have my eyes on (24inch):
    http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfo/peripherals/monitor-dell-u2410/pd.aspx?refid=monitor-dell-u2410&s=dfo

    Want more class, how about this Dell 30inch display, with a metal and glass stand:
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...etail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=223-4890

    You need peripherals that goes together with your system, else it will be an ugly ass system.
    Here are peripheral which I believe are great for gaming and office purposes with serious class and modern look:
    - Logitech Illuminated keyboard. The keyboard is what I have on my system, it's very quiet while you type, comfortable, backlit keyboard, and really solid keyboard (it's heavy for a keyboard!)

    As for mouse:
    - Logitech MX Revolution mouse or the Logitech Performance Mouse MX

    Webcam?
    - Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000

    Sound card:
    - ASUS Xonar sound card (avoid at all cost Creative X-Fi unless you enjoy problem and abysmal drivers and support.)
     
  5. Diosjenin

    Diosjenin Thinker, Tweaker, Et Cetera

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    Ditch the 3D. It's a great concept, but it's not anywhere near ready for market yet.

    Well, I live in the US, so it's a bit more of a hassle for me to spec to UK prices, but I'll give you a good $4000 US configuration, and we can go from there.

    CPU: Intel Core i7 920 - $290
    MB: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 - $275
    RAM: 3x2GB Mushkin 998679 (DDR3-1600, CAS 7-8-7-20) - $146
    GPU: 2x ATI Radeon 5870 (any mfr.) - $760
    SND: ASUS Xonar Essence STX - $170
    SSD: 2x Intel X25-M 80GB G2 (RAID 0) - $460 if you shop around
    HDD: 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $160
    ODD: LG CH08LS10 Blu-Ray ROM and DVD Burner - $110
    HSF: Noctua NH-U12P - $58
    PSU: Enermax Revolution 1050W - $241 after rebate
    Case: Corsair Obsidian - $300
    Total (tower): $2970

    Monitor: Dell U2410 - $600
    Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X6 - $56
    Mouse: Roccat Kone - $90
    Headphones: no idea, but give yourself $150-200 to get some
    Printer: Canon PIXMA MX860 - $155
    Other: [nothing yet - more if you think of something I'm missing]
    Total (peripherals): $1051-1101

    Total: $4021-4071, depending on headphone choice. A little over, but not too bad.


    - Diosjenin -
     
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  6. jbloggs

    jbloggs What's a Dremel?

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  7. smc8788

    smc8788 Multimodder

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    You can't be serious? Yes, Dios did forget the OS, but make it Home Premium instead.

    Anyway, £2500 is not $4000 - it's more like $3500. Then add on ~10% which is how much more components cost over here compared to the US and you'll have to trim down Diosjenin's otherwise solid build. Personally, I'd lose one or both the the SSDs and the second 5870 before anything else (which means you could also lower the PSU, although that Enermax is a beast), and maybe get a lower end soundcard. The keyboard and mouse is entirely dependant on your personal preferences so have a look around those in your budget and pick out whichever ones you like the look of.
     
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  8. Kyocera

    Kyocera The Garden of Evil

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    Qustion: do you need a colour printer??
    keyboard: flashy or for typing?
    chassis: Obsidian does not cool properly; can we recommend something else?
    how much HHD storage??
    the GPU-what you need now-power perspective
    do you want a fancy Blue-Ray (that is still missing write function) or do you have one under your TV set?
    why windows ultimate?? you need 16-bit office program compatibility?
     
  9. Diosjenin

    Diosjenin Thinker, Tweaker, Et Cetera

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    Did I seriously forget the OS? *checks* :wallbash: Okay, so that's another, what, $110 for Home Premium 64-bit (if it follows Vista's pricing)...

    The currency conversion is pretty close, though. Just ran it through Bing and got 2500 GBP = 3,984.07644 USD.

    If you need to trim the price some, try this:

    - Get one SSD instead of two (maybe migrate to an Indilinx-based 120GB drive if you still want more than 80GB of space)
    - Get two Radeon 5850s instead of two 5870s, and then pick up a Corsair HX850/Seasonic M12D 850/Enermax Revolution 850 instead of the Revolution 1050W
    - Get a Xonar DX instead of the Essence STX
    - Get a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P or an EVGA 758-TR instead of the UD5

    Props to smc8788 for picking up on the OS and offering some good price-conscious alternatives which I shamelessly stole. :D


    - Diosjenin -
     
  10. bigsharn

    bigsharn Officially demotivated

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    Canon PIXMA MX320 All in one Multifunction Colour Inkjet Printer with Fax £72.97

    1.8m USB cable £1.56

    Sony DVDRW Drive £15.99

    Intel Core i7 920 OEM Processor £199.99

    Antec 900 Nine Hundred - £78.33

    2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive £167.85
    4x Plexus Serial ATA 2.0 (SATA) 7-pin Cable (Red) 46cm / 18" £7.96

    Be Quiet 650W Dark Power Pro Modular PSU £103.36

    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 £204.00

    2x Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory CL9(9-9-9-24) for i7 motherboards £205.46

    Razer Goliathus standard Speed Mouse Pad £10.37

    Logitech Illuminated Keyboard £45.49

    Logitech MX Revolution £53.49

    2x BFG GTX260 OC MAXCORE 55nm 896MB £274.90

    Sennheiser PC 350 Pro Gaming Headset £112.42

    2x BenQ B2409HDS 24 LCD Monitor - £400.94

    Asus Xonar Essence STX Soundcard - £125.10

    Linksys By Cisco Wireless-n Pci Adapter £30.04

    Total is £2115.01, without an OS (just get Win 7 from Microsoft, Ebuyer don't stock it yet) and without speakers (again, Ebuyer don't stock a 7.1 surround sound kit)


    Although, like most, I'd strongly recommend waiting for the GT300 cards to appear
     
  11. C-Sniper

    C-Sniper Stop Trolling this space Ądmins!

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    I can sell you an AMD Duron OCed to 1336mhz (you never specified what was supposed to be 1336), put it in an obsidian case, add in some blue/red 3D glasses and also sell the monitor for $4000
    :p
     
  12. thehippoz

    thehippoz What's a Dremel?

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    definitely 5870 for graphics.. no point in buying a dx10 card new- the next big buy will be the monitor- I'm not much help there.. look at corsair psu's

    cpu/board/memory cooling will all depend on if you ocing or not.. mouse and keyboard is all preference too.. seriously with that kind of money you should be able to build everything along with backup storage and have money to spare
     
  13. jbloggs

    jbloggs What's a Dremel?

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    If I wasn't serious I would not have posted such... If he's spending $4000 (or ? equivalent), he might as well cover all future eventualities in his computing experience...
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  14. 4.54billionyears

    4.54billionyears What's a Dremel?

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    $600 £376.86
    water cooling loops
    Fit that in there?
     
  15. smc8788

    smc8788 Multimodder

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    :duh:

    I was converting from € to $ for some reason.

    Well I guess, but it's just a cash cow for Microsoft and the money could be better spent elsewhere. Most people wouldn't even notice the difference in general use, so there doesn't really seem a lot of point in going above the Pro version (for the extra RAM support).
     
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  16. Diosjenin

    Diosjenin Thinker, Tweaker, Et Cetera

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    GAAH I JUST NOTICED I FORGOT SPEAKERS TOO :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash:

    I'm a headphone kind of guy - I'm okay with crappy speakers and good quality through headphones - so I don't really know what to do here. Check this article, I guess.

    - Diosjenin -
     
  17. Moyo2k

    Moyo2k AMD Fanboy

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    There's an agreement on the forums across most members than spending more than £1.5k on a computer is excessive, get a decent main rig and spend on the peripherals, they don't age as fast atleast so if you've got spare mula then spend on those... or charity... or build a folding rig...
     
  18. Moyo2k

    Moyo2k AMD Fanboy

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    [​IMG]

    Base Unit - add peripherals... not many games this won't handle...
     
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  19. Moyo2k

    Moyo2k AMD Fanboy

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    [​IMG]
    Your peripherals... though I can't see the need for some of them, adding bluetooth costs about £5 and would be more useful than £70 worth of headset
     
  20. smc8788

    smc8788 Multimodder

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    £1.5K budget and you haven't managed to squeeze in an i7?

    FAIL.
     

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