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    i7 build -your assistance please!

    My budget is £700 - I don't need a case and I have a good few hard drives.

    I'll primarily be playing Empire: Total War, maybe a bit of video editing.



    Saw this deal on a Scan email. What are your thoughts?

    Seems ok to me - and if I add a 4890 or some such, and a SSD to boot from; I think it could be a decent system for £650-700.

    Please let me know your thoughts.

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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Heh. Apart from my cooler (which isn't quite as good as the Megahelens) that is exactly my system. See on the left.
    I'm waiting for a little price drop on SSD's and 5870s...
    Society's to blame,
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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    Heh. Apart from my cooler (which isn't quite as good as the Megahelens) that is exactly my system. See on the left.
    I'm waiting for a little price drop on SSD's and 5870s...
    Think the deal's decent value?

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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    I do. Prices on those items have been quite stable for some months now, and that's what I paid. However, I would be looking at getting NightKhaos to give an opinion on the RAM (although Corsair have a good rep I'm thinking of timing issues), and that mainboard is not one I'm familiar with. I would have chosen either the P6T, the UD5, or the MSI X58 Pro.
    I assume you are going to OC the chip ? Hence the Megahelens ? Nightkhaos would be your man there too.
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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    I assume you are going to OC the chip ? Hence the Megahelens ? Nightkhaos would be your man there too.
    Yes: With a little help from Nightkhaos I'll be OCing the chip.

    My wife's going to kill me.

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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Oh and 4890 at £130; or 5770 at £110?

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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    5770, it's not that much further behind and it's a lot cooler and quieter so more headroom. Room to improve with drivers, and DX11, too.

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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Tough one that. The 4890 has more grunt, but chews a few more watts and is therefore hotter and lacks DX11. But there's no games for that yet anyway...If it was me (I think I play more games than you) I'd put my old GPU back in and order a 5870 in the new year.

    Did a bit of research - DFI mainboards are rated highly. In fact I think Clunk may have one.
    Are we not allowed to link to reviews now ? When did that change ?

    Looks like a good deal. And yes, your wife will kill you. I spent weeks concocting the aruments around why I needed Deep Thought in my study.
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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    Are we not allowed to link to reviews now ? When did that change ?
    Eh? Did it not let you submit the post or something?

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    No I posted with a link to *********** who had a review, and it asterisked out the *********** name, breaking the link. As the OCUK forums do.

    Is *********** a competitor to Scan ? I wouldn't have thought so. A competitor to Hexus, but not Scan.
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    As you can see.
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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    No I posted with a link to *********** who had a review, and it asterisked out the *********** name, breaking the link. As the OCUK forums do.

    Is *********** a competitor to Scan ? I wouldn't have thought so. A competitor to Hexus, but not Scan.


    blimey - careful what you say?!

    I know Clunk's site, I have a mooch round there if you're not allowed to link

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    Weird I know. Still Google is your friend.
    Society's to blame,
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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    Tough one that. The 4890 has more grunt, but chews a few more watts and is therefore hotter and lacks DX11. But there's no games for that yet anyway...If it was me (I think I play more games than you) I'd put my old GPU back in and order a 5870 in the new year.
    2x7800 GTX in SLi may actually see a fair bit of improvement from upgrading teh CPU

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    True. Tough choice. A SLI set-up says gamer to me, so I'd stretch the budget on the GPU as far as I could.
    My golden rule of builds has always to buy the biggest/baddest GPU you can afford, as it dates the fastest of any component. In your case can you go 5850 at around £200 ?
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    Re: i7 build -your assistance please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    True. Tough choice. A SLI set-up says gamer to me, so I'd stretch the budget on the GPU as far as I could.
    My golden rule of builds has always to buy the biggest/baddest GPU you can afford, as it dates the fastest of any component. In your case can you go 5850 at around £200 ?
    Guess I'm a gamer, but I tend to play one game for ages, rather than race through a load. Haven't bought a game on release day since HL2

    It'd sort of blow my budget a bit - but what the hey, I like your logic! It's certainly what I did before 7800gtx was a lot of wonga back then and I added another a couple of years after.

    From looking about I'd have to wait 'til after xmas for a 5850 as availability is zero, so may just end putting the 78s back in

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