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hey all im new to the forum
on monday im heading down to the computer shop to put in an order for a new pc. this is what i have lined up so far
- Intel CPU:Intel Core i7-950
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- Graphics Cards:Asus ATI RADEON 5770,
+ an Antec TriCool 120mm Blue LED Case Fan with 3-Speed Switch
so yeah thats going to be my build. if you can suggest anything to make it better or that doesnt fit right or to make it a quieter i would love your help
i was also wondering if i should buy a aftermarket cooler that isnt to expensive
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if youre not buying till monday, new sandy bridge comes out sunday, i5-2500k or i7-2600k, which out performs the i7-950. where are you located? cause if you live near a microcenter you can get a good deal on the new sandy bridge chips.
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Lose that powersupply. Especially if it's some generic PSU it probably is a POS. Hence the reason you should choose again. A nice SeaSonic, Corsair, or Antec should work perfectly.
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post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by catalan View Post
if youre not buying till monday, new sandy bridge comes out sunday, i5-2500k or i7-2600k, which out performs the i7-950
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/10?vs=288

Honestly, a i5-2500K build is a fair bit cheaper and out performs the i7-950. Then the fact that the 2500K can do 5ghz on air means it will out perform any overclock the 950 can do.

That being said, you can opt to save on ram, as even with 1333mhz, you can hit well above 5ghz due to using unlocked cores, as well as saving cash since the board wont make a difference to the over clock.

With those savings, you can go out and buy yourself a nicer GPU.
Edit: Or a decent PSU
Edited by starpwnage - 1/8/11 at 12:18am
    
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You should really go for Sandy Bridge. The i7-2600k is the chip to get. Much better performance than i7-950.
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Originally Posted by starpwnage View Post
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/10?vs=288

Honestly, a i5-2500K build is a fair bit cheaper and out performs the i7-950. Then the fact that the 2500K can do 5ghz on air means it will out perform any overclock the 950 can do.

That being said, you can opt to save on ram, as even with 1333mhz, you can hit well above 5ghz due to using unlocked cores, as well as saving cash since the board wont make a difference to the over clock.

With those savings, you can go out and buy yourself a nicer GPU.
Edit: Or a decent PSU
if i go with the new processors what motherboard am i going to change to? sorry im quite new to this.
and is it out in australia?

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Lose that powersupply. Especially if it's some generic PSU it probably is a POS. Hence the reason you should choose again. A nice SeaSonic, Corsair, or Antec should work perfectly.
as i said above sorry im new to this, what power supply?
    
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if i go with the new processors what motherboard am i going to change to? sorry im quite new to this.
and is it out in australia?
It is out on some places (mwave.com.au) and (pccasegear.com), well the pccasegear one will be avalible tommrow, and mwave doesnt have 2500K till monday.

You will need to purchase a socket 1555 mobo, which will be any of the p67 motherboards. Try and avoid H67 as you cannot overclock with them.
    
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Here are a lot of options from one of those Australian sites. I'm pretty sure with most of my recommendations and comments but you may want to ask Phaedrus about some of the technical details and platforms to verify.

Corsair TX650
Great power supply but Corsair has been a bit shady with their TX650 units and switched it to another platform without telling anyone. It's still a good power supply with performance having increased with the switch but build quality has decreased slightly. One downfall is that it's a non-modular power supply. Prior to the shift I believe it was based off of the older SeaSonic M12I??

XFX XXX Edition Green Fan
This is a great powersupply. It is modular and is actually based off of a SeaSonic platform. Fully modular and SeaSonic made is just about always a great combination.

XFX 650 Watt Black
Also a great power supply and is based off of the same SeaSonic platform as the XFX XXX Edition but this one is not modular.

Corsair HX650
Another Corsair 650 watt power supply. I do not believe it is based off of the same platform as the TX650 but it is still solid and this one is modular.

Seasonic M12II
SeaSonic simply makes some of the best power supplies you can buy. Modular cables and over all a solid power supply.

SeaSonic X-650
This is probably the best 650 watt power supply that you can buy. It has the Gold efficiency rating, is fully modular, and is just sexy to look at. THe only major downfall is the price.
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PSU: 520W modular by SeaSonic -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-093-_-Product


For a graphics card I'd reccomend an HD 6850. It is a little more expensive and a lot more powerful than the 5770.

For you hard drive, get something faster. The 2tb green drive you are looking at is great for storage, but a WD Caviar Black or Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a better choice for installing your OS and applications.

I personally don't see the need for a blu-ray player.
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PSU: 520W modular by SeaSonic -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-093-_-Product


For a graphics card I'd reccomend an HD 6850. It is a little more expensive and a lot more powerful than the 5770.

For you hard drive, get something faster. The 2tb green drive you are looking at is great for storage, but a WD Caviar Black or Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a better choice for installing your OS and applications.

I personally don't see the need for a blu-ray player.
I believe he's in Australia. I agree with the 6850 as a great GPU for him but IDK how much it cost in Australia. Also Hard drive wise the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb is actually faster and much cheaper then the WD Caviar Black 1tb so i would definitely go with the F3.
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