Russta (russta) wrote,

New PC

CPU: Intel i5 760 2.8GHz Socket 1156 8MB L3 Cache
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 P55 Socket 1156 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Intel Exteme XMP memory Kit CL8(8-8-8-24)
GPU: Sapphire HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 750W Modular PSU - 80plus Certified 9x SATA 4x PCI-E
HDD: Western Digital WD2001FASS 2TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 64MB Cache - OEM Caviar Black
Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced Mid Tower Case 1

And also, because I desperately needed them;

Keyboard: Logitech G15 Keyboard LCD GamePanel USB
Mouse: Logitech MX518
Headset: Roccat Kave Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

On top of all that I got a SteelSeries mousepad and a really good desk that I won't bore people with. Well, all of this is in principle; ordered it like thirty minutes ago after a three hour consolation with Silinde over Skype. Hopefully building it on Saturday though no idea when I'll get the desk, mouse and headset.

celeras plz r8
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Hmmm, feels kinda dickish critiquing something you already bought.. but guess I have too since you called me out specifically lol.

First thing that jumps out at me is the OCZ ram, since they announced that they are going to stop making some models a few months ago. They'll probably still honor RMAs in the long run anyway and its likely nothing to flip about, but it's just something I would've stayed away from to be safe. I personally like G.Skill, and Corsair/Mushkin are both solid. And I dont think OCZ would be much cheaper unless you got a deal.

Also I would have went with a Microcenter i7 930 for $199, since that's probably around what you paid for the i5.. granted the motherboard/ram would have been more expensive since youd need x58 and triple channel. Either that or an AMD processor if you were lookin to budget, which woulda been comparable with the i5 and a few bucks cheaper.

Other than that it looks good to me, and I'm sure you'll be pleased with the improvements over whatever youre upgrading from since it'll be plenty fast. I like Gigabyte motherboards, Antec is solid, 5870 is gewd. Maybe a HAF 922 instead of the 690, but a case is a case unless youre overclocking or worried about fan noise. Four out of five celstars!
Thanks for responding. I knew the sort of position I was putting you in but I also knew I was putting myself at the mercy of being told I'd made horrendous choices by someone with infinity more knowledge than me in the field. In my defence though, I did have a lot of knowledge backed up, used this and bought it over the course of a three hour Skype call with a very knowledgeable friend that'll help my put it together. Oh yeah, I already wrote that.

With regards to the RAM, I was aiming for Corsair, G.Skill or Kingston but the difference between them all was practically indistinguishable for a layman. The cost between all of them was negligible and I ended up going for the one my friend has and suggested amongst those we narrowed it down to.

The difference between in price between an i7 930 and the i5 760 was $95. Considering how much that would've pushed up the motherboard (and the RAM because I would've HAD to get 6gb), I stuck the i5 in the basket and decided to review it at the end. Given the cost, it stayed lol. I at least went for 8MB cache over 4MB and will overclock it to somewhere in the region of 3.5GHz.

I went with the 690 case because it was recommended everywhere, for most of the builds on that guide, had a shiney gold star thing on the site I bought from an LOADS of 5* reviews. It just came across as a really, really good piece of kit for a good price.

One thing we deliberated on for a while was whether to get a 5870 1GB or the 5850 2GB. After a lot of searching later (hell I almost asked you over AiM at one point but got confused by your away message) we came to the decision that the 5870 was far better. Looking through a Tom's Hardware benchmark test on L4D2 at the resolution I run at, the 5870 1GB won over the 2GB 5850 which was a big turning point.

One thing I spent probably more money on than I should've was the HDD. I was initially going to get one (or two) 1TB F3 Spinpoints but ultimately decided that double the cache and 300,000 spins (instead of 50,000) was worth the step up.

I paid a little extra to get that PSU over a Corsair one we were looking at. £10 more for an extra 100W and some other shit seemed well worth it.

Oh and my current PC is AMD 64 Dual Core 4200+, 2GB RAM and a GeForce 7900GS 256MB. And yes, that runs at 1680x1050. Jealous??
Now that I think about it I don't know why I even mentioned the i7 930. Theyre $199 here compared to $195 for the i5.. but that's at Microcenter which is a US only retailer ;x International prices can be wonky sometimes.

The only way a 2GB 5850 could even compete with a 1GB 5870 is when you're talking about 3-monitor eyefinity, where the extra memory can flex its muscle. So you definitely made the right call there.

Oh, and my AIM is 'MarandoPSU' nowadays. Ditched the old screenname from the teenage years, if that's the away message that confused ya :)


October 6 2010, 20:25:41 UTC 7 years ago

I would recommend the Corsair H50 or H70 heat sink, mixed with some low DB fans in a push-pull setup on the radiator, makes nearly no noise. You will pay nearly the same for a good HSF and the results are amazing (Up to 30 degrees less on load over a good HSF).

Also may want to consider upgrading the fan on the GPU, depending on noise and temperature levels. From my experience, some of the latest ATI cards have a tendency to sound like a tank when under load. my XFX HD 4890 managed to drown out the sound of everything in my PC it was that loud, plus a more advanced fan can give lower temperatures for extra overclocking.

With doing that for extra cooling I managed to overclock my CPU another 3 gig and up my GPU to nearly 1 gig clock speed.

No Crossfire? You disappoint me!

Wow! Sweet new system and <3 the GPU. :-) Time to fire up Steam and make some game purchases!