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Sanco
03-06-2011, 02:00 PM
Hi everyone, in the past you have been invaluable in helping me making informed decisions about technology, I thank you all for that.

I am thinking of upgrading my pc as it is around 8 years old - no issues, just need for more grunt with today's apps and gaming.

Here is what I am considering:

CPU: Intel Core i7 870 2.93GHz Socket 1156 8MB Cache
Intel Hyper-Threading technology which can thread Quad core(x4) to 8 processing thread
Motherboard: Asus/Gigabyte Intel H55 Express Chipset
6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
Graphic: Nvidia Gefore GT 430 1GB DDR3
HD: Seagate/Western Digital/Hitachi 1TB SATA2 3Gb/s
RAM: 16GB Dual channel DDR3-1333
Sound: 8-channel High Definition
Optical Drive: Liteon 24x SATA Dual Layer DVD Writer
USB: 6 at back, 2 in front
Network: Gigabit Ethernet, Broadband ready
Case: Gigabyte GZ-X6 Mid tower case
PSU: 500W

I do not do much gaming, mainly due to current pc specs not being the flashest, and tend to play online games. Other than that I do some basic photo and family video editing and the odd (legal eheheh) burning.

3 questions:

1- Would this be a good to very good system?

2- Is a 500W PSU plenty to run this well?

3- Can you see anything missing or obsolete in that package.

Any help/opinion will be greatly appreciated.

Alex B
03-06-2011, 02:20 PM
Personally I'd chuck in an SSD boot drive, even an 80gb would be fine.

pctek
03-06-2011, 02:57 PM
CPU: Intel Core i7 870 2.93GHz Socket 1156 8MB Cache
Intel Hyper-Threading technology which can thread Quad core(x4) to 8 processing thread
Motherboard: Asus/Gigabyte Intel H55 Express Chipset
6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
Graphic: Nvidia Gefore GT 430 1GB DDR3
HD: Seagate/Western Digital/Hitachi 1TB SATA2 3Gb/s
RAM: 16GB Dual channel DDR3-1333
Sound: 8-channel High Definition
Optical Drive: Liteon 24x SATA Dual Layer DVD Writer
USB: 6 at back, 2 in front
Network: Gigabit Ethernet, Broadband ready
Case: Gigabyte GZ-X6 Mid tower case
PSU: 500W

I do not do much gaming


2- Is a 500W PSU plenty to run this well?


Hmm, lovely. Don't like the low end graphics but as you say - you don't game much so I won't comment.

PSU - well 500w what exactly?
500w Corsair, yeah it should be fine.
500w Hyena or bundled with case rubbish? No.

SolMiester
03-06-2011, 04:23 PM
CPU and motherboard dont match..!

wratterus
03-06-2011, 05:01 PM
Yep ditto PC's thoughts on the PSU.

Upgrading later to a SSD for the OS will be worthwhile too - the longer you wait for that the better really, wait for the intel 510 or the OCZ vertex 3 to get a bit cheaper.

I would steer away from the WD black drives, if you were looking at one, high failure rate.

The H55 is an 1156 socket isn't it? Although going to an 1155 would be a much better idea, 1156 stuff is getting hard to find now and 1155 will be better for future compatibility, well, near future anyway.

Something like these two....

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14249

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14552

I would also go quicker for the RAM - just cause you can, and the price difference is negligible. They both have lifetime warranties AFAIK.

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14263

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=15069

gary67
03-06-2011, 05:08 PM
Yep ditto PC's thoughts on the PSU.

The H55 is an 1156 socket isn't it? Although going to an 1155 would be a much better idea.

Something like these two....

I know it's Friday but you forgot the links
damn you edited as I was typing

wratterus
03-06-2011, 05:10 PM
I know it's Friday but you forgot the links
damn you edited as I was typing

Gotcha. :p

wratterus
03-06-2011, 05:44 PM
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that case, if you like the look of it, great. Me personally, I like crisp and clean, like one of these.


http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=370340

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=385721

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=376723

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=394847

I especially like this one.

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=367426

FoxyMX
03-06-2011, 06:01 PM
Hmm, lovely. Don't like the low end graphics but as you say - you don't game much so I won't comment.


Sorry for butting in but for photo and video editing are graphics cards not so important for these tasks nowadays?

Sanco
03-06-2011, 06:05 PM
Ok, great feedback and food for thought so far - Cheers lads/lasses.

CPU and motherboard do not match? Could you clarify that for me and perhaps suggest a different motherboard that suits the i7 better?

Thank you for the heads up on the corsair PSU PCtek, I will definitely explore it! ;)

Well the graphics card is a huge step up from my ancient ATI Radeon 9550, I thought, and still won't do much gaming anyway ;)

I will steer away from WD black drives based on that feedback - cheers!

I believe the H55 is an 1156 and I could go for 1155, but in all honesty this would see me good for another 6/7 years and then I will have to get a better one for my kids coming of (computer) age!!!

I have considered the SSD drives but at this stage they are waaaaay too expensive compared to plates ones - am I wrong???

Sanco
03-06-2011, 06:09 PM
[url]http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=376723[/url


Yes. I was thinking on these lines for a case.

dpDesignz
03-06-2011, 09:06 PM
I highly recommended jumping on the computerlounge.co.nz forum!

Sanco
04-06-2011, 09:45 AM
Thanks dp, however I do trust the crowd at Pressf1 have what it takes for a neophyte like me!

wratterus
07-06-2011, 09:58 AM
OK - well what you've got is pretty good. I would say definitely go for an 1155 socket, so a different motherboard and CPU.

Are there any particular requirements you have for a motherboard? And it looks like you want 16GB RAM?

How about something like this...



CPU - Intel Core i7 2600 Sandy Bridge 3.40GHz 8MB 95W LGA1155 4 Core 8 Thread

MBD - ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0 INTEL P67 DDR3 USB3+SATA3 SLI+ CROSSFIRE LGA1155 PCI-E ATX

RAM (x2) - KINGSTON HYPERX 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3-1600 KIT CL9

HDD - SEAGATE BARRACUDA 1TB ST31000524AS 32MB SATA 3 6GB/S (Maybe add an a SSD later)

PSU - SEASONIC M12II BRONZE 520W 80PLUS POWER SUPPLY

GFX - ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP) GeForce GT 430 1GB GDDR3 PCI-E

DVD - ASUS DRW-24B3LT 24X DVD WRITER LIGHTSCRIBE SATA

CASE - Gigabyte GZ-X7 ATX Mid Tower Case, Black

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Slim
07-06-2011, 10:16 AM
Hi Wratterus,
Approx. cost of components please if possible.
Many thanks.

wratterus
07-06-2011, 10:32 AM
The cost of that lot, including the OS is approximately $1850 from Computer Lounge.

If you shop around you will always be able to get cheaper - but you want to get parts from a reputable store with good after sales service.

And ComputerLounge's prices are pretty good most of the time anyway.

SolMiester
07-06-2011, 01:46 PM
Ok, great feedback and food for thought so far - Cheers lads/lasses.

CPU and motherboard do not match? Could you clarify that for me and perhaps suggest a different motherboard that suits the i7 better?

Thank you for the heads up on the corsair PSU PCtek, I will definitely explore it! ;)

Well the graphics card is a huge step up from my ancient ATI Radeon 9550, I thought, and still won't do much gaming anyway ;)

I will steer away from WD black drives based on that feedback - cheers!

I believe the H55 is an 1156 and I could go for 1155, but in all honesty this would see me good for another 6/7 years and then I will have to get a better one for my kids coming of (computer) age!!!

I have considered the SSD drives but at this stage they are waaaaay too expensive compared to plates ones - am I wrong???

Hi, you had a i7 Lynfield CPU and a Sandy Bridge motherboard, different PINs, the Lynfield will not work with SB mobo!

dugimodo
08-06-2011, 10:41 AM
Bit late commenting perhaps but I also think you should go sandybridge, even an i5 2500 would be comparable to the i7 you wanted and is a fairly cheap option.

The specs you posted are fine though and I'm sure you would be happy with it - once you find the right motherboard of course :)

One other comment, if you think you might play more games the graphics card may eventually prove to be too weak but if you're happy to turn down details etc it should do the job most of the time.

Sanco
12-06-2011, 05:28 PM
Hi all, sorry for the lateness in responding - mainly due to PC upgrade!!!

Well, I looked very carefully at all your advice and decided to take the plunge wratterus's style - well almost.

This is what I have got

CPU - Intel Core i7 2600 Sandy Bridge 3.40GHz 8MB 95W LGA1155 4 Core 8 Thread

MBD - ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0 INTEL P67 DDR3 USB3+SATA3 SLI+ CROSSFIRE LGA1155 PCI-E ATX

RAM (x2) - KINGSTON HYPERX 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3-1600 KIT CL9

HDD - WD Green Caviar 1.5TB SATA 3

PSU - SEASONIC M12II BRONZE 520W 80PLUS POWER SUPPLY

GFX - ATI Radeon HD 5770 1Gb

DVD - Liteon 24x SATA Dual Layer DVD Writer

CASE - Gigabyte GZ-X7 ATX Mid Tower Case, Black

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 with disk and registration.

Screen - Samsung LED SyncMaster BX2031

$2000.00ish all up.

It has been great fun researching and getting it all together, and it is a great little system too!

Thank you all for your great help.

Sanco