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€ @mimovrste.com
    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: mimovrste.com
    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€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2410059627/ohisje-xigmatek-utgard-brez-napajalnika
    Newegg ($99.99 or 72.85€): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815008

    Review: http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/xigmatek_utgard_review/1
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Xigmatek/Utgard/
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2010/04/14/xigmatek-utgard-case-review/1
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=554

    Case cooling 1: akasa Viper AK-FN059 120 mm (x4 side)
    Mimovrste (20.71€ x4 = 82.84€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2210022090/ventilator-za-ohisje-akasa-viper-ak-fn059-120-mm

    Case cooling 2: akasa AK-195BL 140 mm (x1 bottom)
    Mimovrste (11.59€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2170138426/ventilator-akasa-ak-195bl-140-mm

    Case cooling 3: Xilence TR 120 mm (COO-XPF120.TR) (x2 top, default 170mm removed)
    Mimovrste (8.93€ x2 = 17.86€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2220019016/ventilator-za-ohisje-xilence-tr-120-mm-coo-xpf120tr



    Motherboard: Asus Crosshair IV Formula, AM3
    Mimovrste (216.30€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2380073528/maticna-plosca-asus-crosshair-iv-formula-am3
    Newegg ($229.99 or 167.56€): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644

    Review: http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=24665
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2010/04/27/asus-crosshair-iv-formula-mobo-review/1
    http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&articID=1024
    http://www.techreaction.net/2010/04/27/asus-crosshair-iv-formula-890fx-performance-review/
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...-iv-formula-am3-890fx-motherboard-review.html
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=529&Itemid=69



    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T, 3,2 GHz, AM3
    Mimovrste (300.14€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2420035925/procesor-amd-phenom-ii-x6-1090t-32-ghz-am3
    Newegg ($295.99 or 215.64€): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

    Review: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/27/amd-phenom-ii-x6-1090t-black-edition/1
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=508&Itemid=63
    http://hothardware.com/Articles/AMD-Phenom-II-X6-6Core-Processor-Review/
    http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=24332
    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/32..._black_edition_3_2ghz_six_core_cpu/index.html
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3674/amds-sixcore-phenom-ii-x6-1090t-1055t-reviewed



    CPU Cooling: akasa Freedom Tower AK-CC017
    Mimovrste (39.44€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2200023211/hladilnik-akasa-freedom-tower-ak-cc017

    Review: http://www.mods-n-clocks.co.uk/?p=619
    http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/cpu.product.tpl&model=AK-CC017
    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/919/pg1/akasa-freedom-tower-cpu-cooler-introduction.html

    CPU cooling fan: akasa AK-183-L2B 120 mm (x1, default 120mm removed)
    Mimovrste (12.72€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2220015517/ventilator-za-ohisje-akasa-ak-183-l2b-120-mm

    CPU thermal paste: akasa AK-455-5G
    Mimovrste (9.22€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2170017624/termalna-pasta-akasa-ak-455-5g



    RAM: Corsair DDR3 2 x 2GB 1333 MHz (TW3X4G1333C9A) (x2 = 8GB 1333MHz)
    Mimovrste (92.76€ x2 = 185.52€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/24...m-corsair-ddr3-2-x-2gb-1333-mhz-tw3x4g1333c9a
    Newegg ($84.99 or 61.92€ x2 = 123.84€): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145218



    PSU: Corsair HX-750W 750W
    Mimovrste (171.27€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2400033012/napajalnik-corsair-hx-750w-750-w
    Newegg ($149.99 or 109.27€): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    Review: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/775
    http://www.thinkcomputers.org/corsair-hx-750w-modular-power-supply-review/
    http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/power_supply/corsair_hx750w_750w_atx_psu/1
    http://techreport.com/articles.x/18295



    HDD 1: Kingston SSDNow V 128 GB, SATAII (SNV425-S2BD/128GB) (for OS, softwares and games)
    Mimovrste (258.84€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/20...ston-ssdnow-v-128-gb-sataii-snv425-s2bd-128gb
    Newegg ($232.99 or 169.10€): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139136

    Review: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1005/1/
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/kingston_ssdnow_128gb/
    http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1660
    http://www.thinkcomputers.org/kingston-ssdnow-v-128gb-solid-state-drive-review/



    HDD 2: WD Caviar Black 1 TB, 7200 rpm, 64 MB, SATAII (WD1002FAEX) (for torrents, movies, music, etc.)
    Mimovrste (89.90€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/20...r-black-1-tb-7200-rpm-64-mb-sataii-wd1002faex
    Newegg ($89.99 or 65.56€): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533



    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD5850, 1 GB, PCI-E
    Mimovrste (298.71€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2630066225/graficna-kartica-sapphire-radeon-hd5850-1-gb-pci-e
    Newegg ($269.99 or 196.7€): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102884 (bigger fan!)

    Review: http://www.rage3d.com/reviews/video/sapphire_hd5850/
    http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/hardware/1956_1.html
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sapphire_hd5850/
    http://www.thinkcomputers.org/sapphire-radeon-hd-5850-1gb-video-card-review/
    http://www.bigbruin.com/content/sapphirehd5850_1



    DVD-RW: NEC AD-7241S, black (x2)
    Mimovrste (22.94€ x2 = 45.88€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2000029417/dvd-zapisovalnik-nec-ad-7241s-crn



    Zillion-In-One Card: Spire Cardreader I (SP332CB)
    Mimovrste (10.32€): http://www.mimovrste.com/artikel/2030015415/italec-kartic-spire-cardreader-i-sp332cb-vgradni



    Operating System: Windows 7 64bit + Ubuntu
    Windows 7 64bit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/home?os=nonwin7
    Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/


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

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    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 Newcomer, in training 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: http://www.shrani.si/f/22/Yv/1mR9ENQZ/agt.jpg
    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: 2,288   +7

    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: 7,280   +23

    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 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Forgot about this thread... sorry!

    Here is my new list (first is http://www.mylemon.at , second is slovenian site...)
    http://www.shrani.si/f/2u/f9/31YcPnj4/pc1.jpg
    http://www.shrani.si/f/n/DW/11g81wGL/pc2.jpg
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    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 Newcomer, in training 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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