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Lizard
24-10-2009, 02:24 PM
Hi all, I'm just about to make the call, but I'd like opinions on the final configuration that I've been quoted:

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.80GHz 8MB LGA1156
ASUS P7P55D Pro P55 DDR3 PCI-E LGA1156
SuperTalent Gold Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600 CL9
LG GH-22LS50 22X LightScribe Black SATA DVD Writer
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 32MB Cache SATAII
Corsair HX620 620W Modular Power Supply
Silverstone Raven RV01 EATX Tower Case
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit OEM

Total = $2279 Incl GST shipped.

I'm thinking of changing the Super Talent RAM to Corsair TW3X4G1333C9DHX 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9. Is Corsair a better brand than Super Talent, and is DDR3-1600 better than DDR3-1333 in a P55 motherboard? I vaguely recall reading someone having difficulty with DDR3-1600 RAM not working properly.

Also, the HD5850's are in short supply. Is it worth holding out for Gigabyte or XFX, or is a Sapphire-brand card okay?

Cheers

Lizard

pctek
24-10-2009, 05:35 PM
SuperTalent Gold Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600 CL9
LG GH-22LS50 22X LightScribe Black SATA DVD Writer
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E


I'm thinking of changing the Super Talent RAM to Corsair

Is it worth holding out for Gigabyte ?





Good idea, I prefer Corsair.
Yes, Gigabyte or ASUS. be patient.

And I'd change the DVD to ASUS or Pioneer too.

Lizard
27-10-2009, 07:33 PM
Anyone have an opinion on Corsair vs Supertalent, or whether DDR3-1600 is going to cause a problem on a P55 motherboard?

whellington
27-10-2009, 07:54 PM
Good idea, I prefer Corsair.
Yes, Gigabyte or ASUS. be patient.

And I'd change the DVD to ASUS or Pioneer too.

Sapphire cards are fine, i'm not sure what you are on about. If its factory card (not OC or diff cooler) its exactly the same as other brands e.g. asus, gigabyte. In short, you are basically just paying more for a sticker on the card. Go with the sapphire

The ASUS dvd drive is $20 more than the LG on CL


Anyone have an opinion on Corsair vs Supertalent, or whether DDR3-1600 is going to cause a problem on a P55 motherboard?

Depends on the voltages

qazwsxokmijn
27-10-2009, 08:09 PM
Sapphire cards are fine, i'm not sure what you are on about. If its factory card (not OC or diff cooler) its exactly the same as other brands e.g. asus, gigabyte. In short, you are basically just paying more for a sticker on the card. Go with the sapphire
Not sure what you're on about either. GPUs may all be the same but components on the PCB may not be. Not only that Asus and GB have reputable warranties while Sapphire is not widely known for reliable warranties.

Lizard: SuperTalent is OK, but if there's a better brand for around the same price I'd go for the better brand. 1600 is fine for P55. Good if you're overclocking.

Blam
27-10-2009, 08:38 PM
Good idea, I prefer Corsair.
Yes, Gigabyte or ASUS. be patient.

And I'd change the DVD to ASUS or Pioneer too.

+1

Corsair is better too IMO.

Same with Asus/GB

For the DVD Drive I think those two brands are good, plus Lite-On

Blam

SolMiester
27-10-2009, 10:29 PM
Sapphire cards are fine, i'm not sure what you are on about. If its factory card (not OC or diff cooler) its exactly the same as other brands e.g. asus, gigabyte. In short, you are basically just paying more for a sticker on the card. Go with the sapphire

The ASUS dvd drive is $20 more than the LG on CL



Depends on the voltages

Err...what?....Sapphire are terrible...do not get Sapphire.

whellington
27-10-2009, 10:37 PM
Err...what?....Sapphire are terrible...do not get Sapphire.

Never had a problem with sapphire cards except for a hd4890 vapor-x but got a replacement

inphinity
28-10-2009, 08:51 AM
+1 to go with Corsair RAM, and GB/Asus/XFX for the GPU. I'd also consider a slightly beefier power supply, but that's just me.

Battleneter2
28-10-2009, 09:11 AM
Most current 5850's are flat out reference design, doesnt matter if it has Asus or Ginsu 2000 stamped on it, you do need to consider price and warranty however, but the quality is going to be much the same accross the reference cards.

LG optical drives are excellent and have a very low failure rate from past wholesale experience, as in i haven't seen a brand come back so little. There is nothing special about Asus drives to warrant paying more, sold those in the past also.






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