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Thread: Help for a buddy of mine

  1. #1
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    Default Help for a buddy of mine

    Okay i going to show you what a buddy of mine is going planning to order in about 2 weeks. He's been on a old like 6 year old laptop, Now wants a Desktop. But from what looks like he picked out looks pretty good i think. His budget is $1000, But it went to $1100 which he don't want to do but he wants to see if it will all work ok so im posting this for him since his laptop is pretty much blown up lol.

    He plans to upgrade memory in a month or so to 8g, So yes mem size is little low but need to make sure it's decent memory with the whole system.

    Okay without further to do here is the system...

    Motherboard... - GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    CPU... - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

    Memory (Until he gets more money to get another 4g kit to put in there) - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9

    Video Card, This is was one thing he don't know what to do for Cards, what kind or what brand. He wants best bang for buck. He is planning to game with it, SC2 & D3. Also with these 2 cards i posted will set a different final price for ordering. - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $1100
    or - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $1000

    HDD (for now until he gets more money to put another HDD in) - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    DVD Writer... - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support

    DVD-ROM... - LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - CD / DVD Drives

    Case /PSU... - Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply - SAMSUNG B2030 Glossy Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DC 50000:1(1000:1)

    Okay that's it for what he's getting, Do you guys think it's a good setup? Think it will all work together? If there is something you'd change out that would give better performance then that with same price range then let me know please.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2009
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    Default Re: Help for a buddy of mine

    Personally I'd get him to stick to 4GB unless he uses Video editing SW or does a lot of 3D or mathematical modeling. 4GB is easier to get running and buying two kits at different times can end up being a disaster. Lots oc companies inc Corsair revise their RAM at some points so two kits of the same identical model number can end up containing totally different IC's and/or PCB's making compatibility an issue.

    For those kind of games, a mid range card would be ideal. Ones thar would complement them at the res of a 20" LCD would be:

    5770 - Nice all rounder but only really worth it if you over clock it, at which point it gets to become a really good card
    5830 - Same as above, an OC turns an average card into an awesome one.

    GTX 460 - My personal fave. The same price as a 5830 but much more powerful, competing with a 5850 even at stock. You can grab atleast a 20% GPU OC too, maybe even 25% +
    9800GTX+ - only if DESPERATE to save cash as it's DX 10 not 11 and is basically 3 generations old, being the same basic GPU as what was in the original 8800 GTX.

    For HDD's I recommend the Samsung F3 500GB or that WD Black, the F3 being just as fast and cheaper (in the UK at least). To save money, he can use the DVD Writer as a reader too, no need for an extra DVD ROM only. It may wear out quicker but more likely it'll outlast the usefulness of the system.

    For cases, the Antec is good, as are the Coolermaster HAF (ugly but great cooling), the Coolermaster 690 and the Corsair Graphite Series 600T.

    I don't particularly like that monitor though. it has an odd res of 1600x900 which isn't 720P resolution or 1080P resolution, it's a half way house. Look for one with a res of 1680x1050 to get a balance between good resolution and good performance with mid range GPU's. Also IMO a glossy screen is a pain in the arse. as soon as any strong(ish) light hits it it turns into an expensive mirror. Reflections make them irritating to use (IMO). A matt coated monitor would be much nicer. Tell him to spend as much as he possibly can on it as the monitor is the "Window" to your PC and a poor one can really makle the experience unpleasant or disappointing. I'm glad I spent 220 on my 22"Del E-IPS screen as it's so much better than any TN pannel I've ever used. Good brands are Dell, NEC and some matt finish Samsung models. The glossy screens are used to improve contrast and impact of a poorer quality TN pannel, and as said, it's best to avoid them unless you know you like them.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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