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    New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    I have a £1k to £1.6k budget for the PC without a monitor/keyboard/mouse.

    I'd rather spend £1000... but can go the extra £600 (60%) but rather not if I only gain 30% performance if you get what I mean. I'd know how to overclock it/build it manually. I primarily play supreme commander at the mo, I currently have a duo 2.6ghz, 8800 GTX 768mb that is now getting a little sluggish, but need a 2nd computer for the girlfriends =P

    I did a little research and come up with the following myself

    CPU - £209.50
    i7 920 2.66ghz, 8mb cache 20x ratio

    CPU Cooler - £67.72
    Hydro series H50 high performance water cooler

    Mobo - £247
    Asus Rampage II Extreme (i like for the quality? onboard sound)

    Case - £149.37
    Silverstone Fortress FT01B-W

    HD - £148.21
    2TB Western Digital WD20EADS 32mb
    (was thinking of getting 2 for RAID 0 if it's worth it?)

    GFX - £335.74
    1792mb gainward GTX 295 V2, 55nm, 2016Mhz, GDDR3, GPU 576Mhz
    (dunno if it's worth atm getting 2 of these beasts)

    Memory - £241.73
    6GB (3x2GB) Corsair Dominator GT, DDR3, PC3-16000 (2000), 240 pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, DHX+FAN

    Case Fan £5.63
    2x 120mm Coolermaster silent internal case fan 22db

    TOTAL: £1408

    Suggestions, critism etc. very much welcome :-) Thanks in advance.

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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Should possibly add a PSU to that list

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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    For that budget, I'd think you'd want a dedicated sound card rather than onboard. I don't notice the difference with my Xtreme Gamer (£65), but then again I can't tell the difference between vinyl and CD!

    Plus, don't forget your OS. 70 squid for Win7 Premium or 150 for Win7 Pro.

    Finally, I'd wait to the end of the month and see if the ATi 5870 really is better than the GTX 295.

    And yes, add a ton for a decent 700W (?) PSU (Corsair HX750 or the like at £115)

    Probably not bother with the raid; replace one HDD with a small SSD for your OS. Will have to streamline elsewhere to recoup some dosh though.

    But that takes you over your 1.6k mark! ;o) God, it's easy spending someone elses money!
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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Wait for the new Ati cards, also why not stick a Intel SSD in their ?
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    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Why a SSD for the OS? I heard from a mate that it's not good for windows due to the page file?

    Is their much performance gain?

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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Quote Originally Posted by davely View Post
    Why a SSD for the OS? I heard from a mate that it's not good for windows due to the page file?

    Is their much performance gain?
    SSD's perform like charms under Win 7.

    Edit: You can turn pagefile of as well.
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Ok, so

    SSD - £99
    32GB Corsair CMFSSD-32N1, M32, MLC-Flash, 2.5", 1 x SATA 3Gb/s, Read 170MB/s, Write 100MB/s
    Any good, just for the OS of course :-)

    Also added windows 7 to the list, is Pro £75 better than premium?

    is the mobo/cpu/ram combo in my list any good? Should I go with AMD?

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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Okay, Asus Rampage II Extreme is okay, but if you only selling point is the sound riser (which by the way doesn't improve sound quality that much, just reduces the noise slightly) then you're better off getting a different board.

    As always, I recommend the Gigabyte X58-UD5 but I also recommend the EVGA X58 SLi, mainly because it looks so cool.

    If you're gonna do RAID 0 buy two 1TB drives like the Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blacks FALS, it's cheaper per gigabyte.

    If you're gonna do SSD, buy a Intel X25 as althrough the Corsiar has faster linear read/write, the X25s have better random read/write, which means better overall performance. Also you can get 80GiBs for a decent amount of money. I personaly would then couple it with 3x Samsung EcoDrive F2s in RAID 5 for storage.

    Finally if you intend to overclock, which of course you do with an H50, do not get 2000MHz RAM, all it will do is cause the memory control to produce excess heat with no noticeable performance gain. Get 1600MHz CL7 or CL8 RAM, trust me, I have dealt with 3 i7 920 systems personally and assisted with about 20 remotely, you do not need, nor want, 2000MHz RAM.

    Pro is better than Premium as it has XP mode and a few other useful features.

    The i7 Bloomfield coupled with a 295 is the best system on the market right now, bar none. You could however spend a little less and get a system that does 99% of the performance for slightly less with a P55 board. However, it will limit you upgrade path in the future. As for AMD, they are doing mid market builds, so unless you intend to half you budget, stick with Intel.

    However, this may change with the 5800 series from ATi. But until we have some reviews and they are actually on the market, a 295 is still the best card to get.
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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Hi,

    The silverstone case is £15 cheaper on ebuyer(free delivery)...Every little helps!

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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    I've come up with a new setup based on your feedback, alot on nightkhaos (+ reading his setup)

    Is SSD worth bothering with atm?

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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    CPU - £209.50
    i7 920 2.66ghz, 8mb cache 20x ratio

    CPU Cooler - £45
    Prolimatech Megahalems Performance CPU Cooler (Socket 775/1366)

    Mobo - £191
    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5, Intel X58, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 1066/1600/2000, SATA II, ATX

    Sound - £65.67
    Creative SoundBlaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer PCI 7.1Ch Sound Card OEM

    Case - £149.37
    Coolermaster RC-1100 Cosmos case (great reviews)

    4xHD - £267.28 (RAID 5?)
    1TB Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache

    GFX - £399
    EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Co-Op FTW 1792MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card (Single PCB)
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-114-EA

    Memory - £96.59
    Patriot Viper 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Triple Channel kit, CAS 8-8-8-24 Timings

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?PAT-6GDDR3

    PSU - £113.56
    Corsair 750W HX Modular PSU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164950

    Monitor - £210
    Samsung 2433BW 24 inch Monitor TFT LCD 1000:1 300cd/m2 1920 x 1200 5ms VGA DVI
    http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.asp?pn=ls24cmkkfv

    Case Fan £12
    2x 120mm Coolermaster silent internal case fan 22db

    Windows 7 - £150
    Professional

    TOTAL: £1906

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    Quote Originally Posted by davely View Post
    CPU - £209.50
    i7 920 2.66ghz, 8mb cache 20x ratio

    CPU Cooler - £45
    Prolimatech Megahalems Performance CPU Cooler (Socket 775/1366)

    Mobo - £191
    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5, Intel X58, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 1066/1600/2000, SATA II, ATX

    Sound - £65.67
    Creative SoundBlaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer PCI 7.1Ch Sound Card OEM

    Case - £149.37
    Coolermaster RC-1100 Cosmos case (great reviews)

    4xHD - £267.28 (RAID 5?)
    1TB Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache

    GFX - £399
    EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Co-Op FTW 1792MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card (Single PCB)
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-114-EA

    Memory - £96.59
    Patriot Viper 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Triple Channel kit, CAS 8-8-8-24 Timings

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?PAT-6GDDR3

    PSU - £113.56
    Corsair 750W HX Modular PSU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164950

    Monitor - £210
    Samsung 2433BW 24 inch Monitor TFT LCD 1000:1 300cd/m2 1920 x 1200 5ms VGA DVI
    http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.asp?pn=ls24cmkkfv

    Case Fan £12
    2x 120mm Coolermaster silent internal case fan 22db

    Windows 7 - £150
    Professional

    TOTAL: £1906
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    But otherwise, pretty much what I was considering so far... except maybe a better moniter, like the HP LP2475W. Anyone know where we can get that cheaper?
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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Quote Originally Posted by davely View Post
    GFX - £399
    EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Co-Op FTW 1792MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card (Single PCB)
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-114-EA
    Weak! Don't you want a 4gb 5870x2 if you're spending that kind of money? Or at least wait until the benchies hit next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmuz View Post
    Weak! Don't you want a 4gb 5870x2 if you're spending that kind of money? Or at least wait until the benchies hit next week.
    A 295 is not weak. It is the best card on the market at the moment, bar none. And yes, the 5870x2 might blow it out of the water, but until it does, and until it can be bought, he will spec his machine with a 295.

    There is no point waiting for new tech if you have the money, otherwise you will always be waiting. Be bleeding edge now and accept that in a month or twos time you will be out of date. That's what I do.
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    Re: New gaming build - £1000 to £1600 budget

    Well I wont be buying anything till the end of the month... so I take it it's best to wait until then anyway to decide the gfx card

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    I personally think you're nuts for spending that much money on a PC and not buying an Intel SSD.

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