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Edd20
16-11-2009, 07:14 PM
Hi I'm building (well, having built) a new PC, have done a lot of reading and come up with the following configuration. So far as i can tell it seems pretty good and comes to just over $2000 built from Computer Lounge. Any thoughts on the build would be appreciated as it is the first system I have designed, particularly if anything is unneccesary or over the top, if anything is particularly weak, and if everything is compatible.

Thanks in advance :D


ASUS M4A79XTD EVO SOCKET AM3 790X DDR3 CROSSFIREX
AMD PHENOM II X4 955 BLACK EDITION 3.2GHZ AM3
XIGMATEK XT-S1283DK DARK KNIGHT HEAT-PIPE DIRECT TOUCH CPU COOLER
CORSAIR CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8
SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
SEAGATE BARRACUDA 1TB 7200.12 32MB SATA II
LG GH-22LS50 22X LIGHTSCRIBE BLACK SATA DVD WRITER
ANTEC 300 GAMING CASE
CORSAIR HX620 620W MODULAR POWER SUPPLY
LOGITECH ULTRA FLAT KEYBOARD
LG W2261V 21.5" 20000:1 1080P FULL HD 2MS HDMI LCD MONITOR
TP-LINK TL-WN651G 108M WIRELESS PCI CARD

DeSade
16-11-2009, 07:27 PM
I would like a little more "head room" with the PSU myself, don't even look at anything under 750W but that is as much personal preference as anything.

Think I would also go for 1333 ram not 1600.

Lastly might be worthwhile to check into a ASUS or Gigabye graphics card, as these manufacturers have better reputations.

Edd20
16-11-2009, 07:49 PM
Thanks DeSade, I did wonder that about the PSU, especially considering I plan on adding another 5770 in crossfire when I need it.

Why the 1333 ram? the price different isn't huge, if I went for 1600 CL9 that'd only be $20 more than 1333 CL9?

Have heard that about the graphics cards too, was just hoping to save a few dollars there, but i guess you're probably right :D

whellington
16-11-2009, 07:58 PM
I would seriously consider the i5 750. Even at the stock speed, its faster than the AMD phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 in most benchmarks.

This case: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10168 is better imo

Also note that the 5770 is on par with the 4870. But if you want DX11 then go for it or downgrade the PSU to a corsair 520/550W and get the 5850

Edd20
16-11-2009, 08:29 PM
Thanks whellington but the i5 750 and 5850 are probably out of my price range, the savings on the PSU won't quite make up the difference :P, two grand is really my upper limit.

Or would it be worthwhile to consider the i5 750, ditch the aftermarket cooler and keep it at stock? That'd work out about even I think, though I'd need to change the motherboard...

Was thinking the 5770 for DX11 as I don't really want to upgrade for a while other than maybe adding another 5770 if I really need it and when they're a bit cheaper.

whellington
16-11-2009, 08:38 PM
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10498

Ditch the aftermarket cooler, you can still OC to 3.0 with stock but its not recommended

hueybot3000
16-11-2009, 08:55 PM
for 2k you should be able to build an i7 system, the mobo, ram and cpu in my sig cost me about 1200 all up, plus 200 bucks for a psu, get the 4870 at least and your set to go

Edd20
16-11-2009, 09:22 PM
Except I'm starting from scratch, I couldn't possibly get an i7 system, case, monitor and peripherals for two grand I'm sure.

hueybot3000
16-11-2009, 09:24 PM
This? (http://www.ifocus.co.nz/Motherboards/Motherboard+%25252F+CPU+%25252F+VGA+Combo/Asus+P7P55D+Pro+%25252F+i5+750+%25252F+Corsair+DDR 3-1600+4GB+CL9.html?osCsid=hvf0dbf1tm356le339h0ok4tq 0)

Leaves you 1200 for the rest

Thebananamonkey
17-11-2009, 12:35 AM
Or if you get it from ComputerLounge then this (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10716) should be a good start.

You can do a lot with $2k if you're clever. Don't bother with the 5770. If you go 5xxx then go for the 5850 or the 5870, otherwise I'd save my money and go with the 4870.

I'd stay away from Xfire if this is your first build. Good philosophy is get one great card not two ok ones. Xfire and SLI start to make sense when you don't care about budget. 3xGTX295 or 2x4870x2 or something stupid.

What's the comp for? Gaming? Photoshop? Pr0n?

Edd20
17-11-2009, 10:52 AM
ok I've had a bit of a rethink and come up with this:

ASUS P7P55D INTEL P55 CORE I7/I5 DDR3 LGA1156 PCI-E
INTEL CORE I5 750 LYNNFIELD 2.66GHZ 8MB LGA1156
SUPERTALENT GOLD SERIES 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9
GIGABYTE ATI HD4890 OC 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
SEAGATE BARRACUDA 1TB 7200.12 32MB SATA II
LG GH-22LS50 22X LIGHTSCRIBE BLACK SATA DVD WRITER
ANTEC 300 GAMING CASE
CORSAIR HX620 620W MODULAR POWER SUPPLY
LOGITECH ULTRA FLAT KEYBOARD
LG W2261V 21.5" 20000:1 1080P FULL HD 2MS HDMI LCD MONITOR
TP-LINK TL-WN651G 108M WIRELESS PCI CARD

$1948.80 incl. build from Computer Lounge

So I'd be ditching AMD, aftermarket cooling, proper crossfire support and a 5xxx graphics card in favour of an i5 and a better albeit 4xxx card. Also supertalent ram instead of corsair and overall a savings of $85.

It's mostly for gaming but nothing too hardcore or bleeding edge, I just want it to last me for a while.

Is this a better setup and/or a better deal?

wratterus
17-11-2009, 11:16 AM
Looks good to me, what about the OS though? You could save a few $$ by going to a non modular PSU, but having the modular is nice.

Thebananamonkey
17-11-2009, 02:48 PM
Having a smaller sized case, I'd probably stick with the modular. It's nice to get as much airflow going through there as possible. Nothing wrong with having a small case though, that's a good one, too.

It all looks good though. It'll be plenty powerful for most games and it's not ridiculously overspec'd or anything. I'd be happy to have that as my rig.

Edd20
17-11-2009, 05:17 PM
Great, thanks for all your help guys! I think the system is much improved and even slightly cheaper, going to go ahead and order :D

hueybot3000
17-11-2009, 05:25 PM
You wont regret it!

bk T
17-11-2009, 05:28 PM
ok I've had a bit of a rethink and come up with this:

ASUS P7P55D INTEL P55 CORE I7/I5 DDR3 LGA1156 PCI-E
INTEL CORE I5 750 LYNNFIELD 2.66GHZ 8MB LGA1156
SUPERTALENT GOLD SERIES 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9
GIGABYTE ATI HD4890 OC 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
SEAGATE BARRACUDA 1TB 7200.12 32MB SATA II
LG GH-22LS50 22X LIGHTSCRIBE BLACK SATA DVD WRITER
ANTEC 300 GAMING CASE
CORSAIR HX620 620W MODULAR POWER SUPPLY
LOGITECH ULTRA FLAT KEYBOARD
LG W2261V 21.5" 20000:1 1080P FULL HD 2MS HDMI LCD MONITOR
TP-LINK TL-WN651G 108M WIRELESS PCI CARD

$1948.80 incl. build from Computer Lounge

So I'd be ditching AMD, aftermarket cooling, proper crossfire support and a 5xxx graphics card in favour of an i5 and a better albeit 4xxx card. Also supertalent ram instead of corsair and overall a savings of $85.

It's mostly for gaming but nothing too hardcore or bleeding edge, I just want it to last me for a while.

Is this a better setup and/or a better deal?

If you can, don't use the TP-Link wfi pci card. Got one 2 weeks ago, the reception is bad, overall performance is poor. Have tried both the USB and PCI. They are all the same. Use Netgear or even Dlink is better.

Edd20
17-11-2009, 05:47 PM
thanks bk T, good to know, will swap it out in that case

whellington
17-11-2009, 06:05 PM
I'd swap the keyboard for a normal logitech one.

Don't like slim keys for gaming (personal preference)

Thebananamonkey
17-11-2009, 08:12 PM
Ideally you should just run a massive ethernet cable to wherever you need your computer, but I don't know how practical that might be for you. Works for me... I got sick of stupidly framey online gaming and ran the monster cable out.

Edd20
17-11-2009, 10:03 PM
I'm used to using laptop keyboards so i prefer the flat/slim types personally.

Running a cable wouldn't be practical in my situation, but I'm happy enough with wireless performance anyway.