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  1. #1
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    Question Help a newbie out

    Hi guys,

    I need some advise please.

    Had this pc for about 6 years.

    Current specs:

    Motherboard: Asus P5Wdh Deluxe
    CPU: C2D E6600
    GPU: His 1900XTX
    PSU: OCZ 700w
    Ram: 2 gigs OCZ
    Harddisk: 120 gig Seagate
    Monitor: Benq, 1680 * 1050 rez.

    I tried a gtx 285, 460 & 560 on my rig & none of them work. Nothing that I've tried has worked. The only reason that I can think of is that my pci-e 1.0 mobo doesn't like pci-e 2.0 gpu's.

    So I've got 2 options, get a pci-e 2.0 mobo.
    I can get the following secondhand:

    an Asus P5P43TD Pro - P43 LGA 775 Motherboard - R750
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 - R1000

    DDR3 ram - R500 (new)

    OR

    Go sandybridge.(leaning towards this)

    Some of the components that I've picked:

    mobo: ASUS Sabertooth P67 (Rev B3) LGA1155 mb with EFi - R2159
    ASUS Sabertooth P67 (Rev B3) LGA1155 mb with EFi [SABERTOOTH-P67R3] - R2,159.39 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    Undecided
    CPU: Intel Sandybridge lga1155 i5-2500K Quad core - R1845.77
    Intel Sandybridge lga1155 i5-2500K - Quad core / [BX80623I52500K] - R1,845.77 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    OR

    Intel Sandybridge lga1155 i7-2600K Quad core+H - R2692.05
    Intel Sandybridge lga1155 i7-2600K - Quad core+H [BX80623I72600K] - R2,692.05 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    Undecided. It gets really hot & humid in summer, yesterday was 33 deg.
    CPU cooler: Noctua NH-C14 : C-shape heatsink design - 6x com - R620
    Noctua NH-D14 : 6x composite heatpipe with dual
    Noctua : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus , RR-CCH-LB12-GP - R262.14
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus , RR-CCH-LB12-GP , a [CC-CH212P] - R262.14 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    Thermalright Silver Arrow , retail pack , alumin - R717
    Thermalright Silver Arrow , retail pack , alumin [CC-TSA] - R717.00 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    Thermalright Archon , with 40-70lbs pressure adj- R690.67
    Thermalright Archon , with 40-70lbs pressure adj [CC-TA] - R690.67 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    GPU: already have a Gigabyte 560 SOC

    Undecided
    I want to sli the 560 if I get another cheap.
    PSU: Corsair HX650 , Eps12V + Modular cable managemen - R1181.44 (cheapest cosair)
    Corsair HX650 , Eps12V + Modular cable managemen [PS-C650HXEM] - R1,181.44 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    Undecided
    Memory: Mushkin 1333MHz DDR3 4GB Silverline Low-Voltage - R477.60 (cheapest)
    Mushkin 1333MHz DDR3 4GB Silverline Low-Voltage [996768] - R477.60 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    Corsair CMV4GX3M1A1333C9 , value select , 4Gb- R429.72
    Corsair CMV4GX3M1A1333C9 , value select , 4Gb , [ME-C4G3V13C9] - R429.72 : Rebel Tech cc, For all your Computer needs

    No Idea about the case. I like the cosmos but thats over R2000, can't afford it.
    Case: ?

    Not really sure
    Hard disk: Western Digital Av-GP WD1600AVVS 160gb , with AF - R330.37 (cheapest)

    I'd appreciate any input you guys can give. Keep in mind this is the first time that I'm building a pc myself and stability & longevity are important.
    Will be used for gaming & the usual everyday stuff.

    I'm trying to keep this under R8000 but can go higher if I have to.
    Last edited by Ravensborg; 03-24-2011 at 06:11 PM.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Help a newbie out

    Would get:

    Motherboard: Sandy Bridge isn't picky about motherboards, you can get a cheap one that does exactly the same as the Sabertooth.
    Like the Gigabyte P67A-UD3R or the new Z68 chipset:
    Gigabyte P67A-UD3R
    Gigabyte Z68X-UD3

    CPU: you have to ask yourself it you're going to use the HT?
    Which is one of the main differences between the 2500K and 2600K
    If gaming is the main purpose, then you have no added value for HT, and you are best of with the cheaper 2500K
    Intel Sandybridge I5-2500K

    RAM: For a little more you can have 2x4GB, it's not really needed at the moment, but with the low prices it can't hurt either.
    Corsair CMV8GX3M2A1333C9, 2x4Gb

    HDD: Get the Western Digita 320GB, Sata600, double the space plus double the cache, for less.
    WD caviar blue WD3200AAKX 320gb, Sata600

    PSU: Corsair HX650 is a very nice choice.
    Corsair HX650

    CPU cooler: The Thermalright MUX-120 is a very nice cooler without the high pricetag, check some reviews, performs very well versus the high-cost coolers.
    Thermalright MUX-120


    That makes the total of:

    With P67 motherboard: R6,068.58
    With Z68 motherboard: R6,188.39

    Leaves you enough headroom for that case, a SSD or just in the pocket :)

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