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  1. #1
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    Building a new PC

    Hey, first post and whatnot, but I am a bit stumped..

    Current specs:
    CPU: AMD 3700+
    GPU: Nvidia 7800GTX
    RAM: 2GB DDR1 ""
    Mobo: Some old S939 one
    PSU: 600w Jeantech
    HDD: 80gb

    I had this PC built for me by a relative just over 3 years ago, for a very limited budget of 150, and he supplied most of the parts (namely Mobo+GPU)

    I would like to upgrade to something "future proof" (last me more than 2 years), like my current spec has.

    I'd like to have a Intel CPU, preferably S1366 (i7) + DDR3.
    Along side this, I'd like to have a 275GTX. Other than that, I am easy.

    My budget, I am presuming to be around 500-600, but I can easily save up for a bit longer if needed.

    Could anyone give me some suggestions?

    I would like to use Scan, as they offer installation insurance - this will be my first full build, so I'd like that bit of security saying if I mess up, I won't be left hanging in the dark.

    (Have only edited PCI+PCI-E + Ram Slots before)

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    Check this list out, Some parts arn't in stock and you could maybe save a little by cutting back on the PSU (Not recommended), mobo etc But I think I would rather save up a little and get all this.



    I would have rather got a Western Digital black but can't couldn't see any on scan WTF?? Also I'm guessing you already have a Full ATX case?? I would also advise you to get a decent CPU cooler.

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    Ok let's use exchange rate of 1pound-1.6USD.
    Not sure where you're shopping, but you can use these newegg links for reference if you want. And I know that things can get quite inflated over there, but this is as good as I can do.
    CPU
    I7-920 ~$280 (cheaper if you shop around maybe)
    MOBO
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P - ~$260
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 - ~$288
    Asus P6T Deluxe V2 - ~$289
    Foxconn BloodRage- ~$260
    RAM
    G.SKILL PI Black 6GB - ~$200
    G.SKILL Trident 6GB - ~$170
    Kingston HyperX 6GB - ~$180
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB - ~$190
    Mushkin 6GB - ~$150 (Good Value)
    OCZ Platinum 6GB - ~$125 (Good Value)

    I'm not sure where you're shopping or where you're from, but you're looking at roughly$650-700USD + Shipping for CPU/BOARD/RAM. Maybe ~$425pounds.
    After that, put a good amount towards the PSU. Something like a Corsair TX series, or one of the new BFG's. Do a bit of research, but something in the 650-750W (50-60Amp12v) range should do you and leave you a good amount of headroom.
    case, HDD's and Optical I really have no comment on.

    EDIT:
    I would also advise you to get a decent CPU cooler.
    This guy posted while I was writing mine. But this is good advice. Go have a look at some reviews and see what's good. I use a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme on my 920 and I love it.
    Last edited by baditude_df; 08-12-09 at 07:54 PM.
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    CPU cooler - How is the Zalman series?

    Zalman Super Aero

    My brother uses one, and swears by it.

    It was either that or an Akasa -

    Akasa


    EDIT:

    Also: I would be primarily gaming on this PC, and have read quite a few reviews saying that the performance increase on the i7 mainly comes with multi-gpu setups, and at stock speeds with single GPU's, the difference is a few FPS at most.



    That setup is about £120 cheaper, and has the same setup.

    I would like a i7 however, as that means if I chose to go SLI, then I will feel the benefits a bit more.

    Any opinions?
    Last edited by Razerr; 08-13-09 at 02:52 PM.

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    I will not knock the 45nm 775's or the phenom II quads, but I think if you switched to i7 you would see performance increases accross the board. Some noticeable, some not, but definitely a better way to future proof yourself(if that can really be done).
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    well you will need different ram for the AMD setup but other then that looks sweet
    I've been to several forums... OC is the best!You guys rock!
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    Logitech Wave Keyboard and Revolution mouse

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlavrenz View Post
    well you will need different ram for the AMD setup but other then that looks sweet
    Remember hearing something about that.

    I decided I'd wait until I paid to see how much I will actually have to spend.

    I will probably start building in Sept. Shortly after my bday

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