Buying new gaming PC (€1850)

By Yosip
Oct 2, 2010
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  1. Hello, what do you think? Is it good rig or bad? Have better parts? Better rig for same amount of money?

    Approximate Purchase Date: This Year (if luck is right next to me)
    Budget Range: cca. 1800€
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Rendering, Video Editing, Internet, Music Editing, etc.
    Parts Not Required: Required only case and inside parts
    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
    Country of Origin: Slovenia
    Parts Preferences: AMD/ATI
    Overclocking: Yes
    SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire
    Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
    Additional Comments: Here is currently list. Check it out

    Case: Xigmatek Utgard Mesh
    Mimovrste (90.35€):
    Newegg ($99.99 or 72.85€):


    Case cooling 1: akasa Viper AK-FN059 120 mm (x4 side)
    Mimovrste (20.71€ x4 = 82.84€):

    Case cooling 2: akasa AK-195BL 140 mm (x1 bottom)
    Mimovrste (11.59€):

    Case cooling 3: Xilence TR 120 mm (COO-XPF120.TR) (x2 top, default 170mm removed)
    Mimovrste (8.93€ x2 = 17.86€):

    Motherboard: Asus Crosshair IV Formula, AM3
    Mimovrste (216.30€):
    Newegg ($229.99 or 167.56€):


    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T, 3,2 GHz, AM3
    Mimovrste (300.14€):
    Newegg ($295.99 or 215.64€):


    CPU Cooling: akasa Freedom Tower AK-CC017
    Mimovrste (39.44€):


    CPU cooling fan: akasa AK-183-L2B 120 mm (x1, default 120mm removed)
    Mimovrste (12.72€):

    CPU thermal paste: akasa AK-455-5G
    Mimovrste (9.22€):

    RAM: Corsair DDR3 2 x 2GB 1333 MHz (TW3X4G1333C9A) (x2 = 8GB 1333MHz)
    Mimovrste (92.76€ x2 = 185.52€):
    Newegg ($84.99 or 61.92€ x2 = 123.84€):

    PSU: Corsair HX-750W 750W
    Mimovrste (171.27€):
    Newegg ($149.99 or 109.27€):


    HDD 1: Kingston SSDNow V 128 GB, SATAII (SNV425-S2BD/128GB) (for OS, softwares and games)
    Mimovrste (258.84€):
    Newegg ($232.99 or 169.10€):


    HDD 2: WD Caviar Black 1 TB, 7200 rpm, 64 MB, SATAII (WD1002FAEX) (for torrents, movies, music, etc.)
    Mimovrste (89.90€):
    Newegg ($89.99 or 65.56€):

    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD5850, 1 GB, PCI-E
    Mimovrste (298.71€):
    Newegg ($269.99 or 196.7€): (bigger fan!)


    DVD-RW: NEC AD-7241S, black (x2)
    Mimovrste (22.94€ x2 = 45.88€):

    Zillion-In-One Card: Spire Cardreader I (SP332CB)
    Mimovrste (10.32€):

    Operating System: Windows 7 64bit + Ubuntu
    Windows 7 64bit:

    Price: = cca. 1850€ = cca. 1500€ or $2000
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Everything looks pretty good. However, I feel that you could invest in a better video card like the Radeon HD 5870 instead of going with 8GB of RAM. 4GB should be good for now and you could add another 2 sticks later. You could also save some more cash by picking the X6 1055T instead of the BE.

    Or stick with the current build and consider a second 5850 in the near future.
  3. Yosip

    Yosip TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I changed Radeon HD 5850 for a nVidia GTX470 1280MB, which is few fps better and with PhysX! It is also 50€ more expensive.

    Here is better version for little more money:
    Plus another DVD-RW, 22€ more, and SSD instead of VelociRaptor, 15€ more.
    Price would be 1916€. But dont forget Mushkin 2000MHz and V10 and 850W 100% modular SilverStone PSU in nice HAF 932 chassis!
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I would suggest you go with an ATI video card for your build as it would allow you to go for a multi-GPU setup in future. The Crosshair 4 Formula does not support SLI and with the GTX 470 you're limited to a single card.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Unless you're overclocking, drop down to a cheaper mobo. And for your intended resolution, get a GTX 460. You shouldn't see any significant drop in performance going down from a GTX 470. Also, unless you want it for the larger warranty coverage, the Caviar Black is slower than the Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB.

    Everything else looks great. Good luck! :grinthumb
  6. Yosip

    Yosip TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Forgot about this thread... sorry!

    Here is my new list (first is , second is slovenian site...)
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Looks good; if you want, get the i7 930 (if it's significantly cheaper than the 950) and get a Patriot TorqX SSD (for the 10 year warranty coverage). Everything else looks fantastic.
  8. Yosip

    Yosip TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Well on quick update.

    Removed WD Black Caviar, added Samsung F3 1TB
    Removed SSD C300, added OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCIe SSD
    Price same, but better!

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