Need help in building a PC

By spacescreamer
Jul 10, 2010
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  1. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +116

    Starcraft?
    Tetris?
    HD video?
    You won't even be using it.
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,382   +825

    I like your board choice; Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3. The H57 bumps the number of SATA devices to 6 (from 5 on the H55 series) and you don't have to load drivers for ACHI drive mode, so there's no need to run IDE emulation in BIOS. A Core i3-530 will take the measure of an E7500, and possibly an E8400 or better, It's the hyper threading that makes the difference.

    Everybody's been having good luck with GSkill memory, if you can get your hands on it.

    I put this 1333Mhz CL8 set in my 530/ H55 board; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1189&cm_re=GSkill_DDR3-_-20-231-189-_-Product ,since I"m using the Intel graphics. You could bump up to a 1600Mhz set, if you're not going to use the onboard graphics. ER, rather "on chip" graphics.
  3. spacescreamer

    spacescreamer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    i did looked up the reviews of the motherboard and it had few good comments mentioned about it.
    However now that it seems to have been established that the mumbo jumbo about the on board (chip) graphics wont play too much of a part , how about i opt for a more cost effective P55 board and save some money on it ..?
    What features i would be compromising on if going for a P55 based board ?

    Not planning to overclock anything.
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +116

    I hope you didn't read newegg reviews and believe them.

    Absolutely nothing, the p55 is a more expensive chipset. Not really worth it, the H57's are fine.
  5. spacescreamer

    spacescreamer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    is there any site where i can attempt head to head comparison of two motherboards ?? Like specs appearing side by side ?
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,382   +825

    Yeah, right here at Techspot;http://www.techspot.com/review/259-intel-h55-motherboard-shootout/

    And then there's the P55's; http://www.techspot.com/review/214-intel-p55-motherboard-roundup/

    Newegg sold a bunch of H55 boards with Core i5-750 CPUs as a bundle. Then a bunch of *****s bought said combos, and expected the i5-750 to have onboard graphics, which it of course, doesn't.

    Obviously said *****s were unhappy, since the board won't POST without working graphics. In America nobody is responsible for either their own actions, or their own stupidity. To prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt, they write bad product reviews.

    Whether you use the onboard graphics or not, Intel H55 or H57 are decent chipsets.

    I have a Gigabyte H55 and Core i3-530. The combo posted flawlessly, and as I said before, you don't have to install SATA drivers to run your HDDs (and opticals) as SATA.
  7. spacescreamer

    spacescreamer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,382   +825

    I think we're all hoping with the Gigabyte boards that their "Ultra Durable" construction will pay off in the long run.

    I think you meant me, so here's the system;

    Intel Core i3-530 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...cm_re=i3-530_processor-_-19-115-222-_-Product

    Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H (Yes, that very board) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128421&Tpk=H55-UD2H

    Memory Gskill (2 X2 GB) this set; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180

    As I said earlier, with the onboard graphics, memory speed is limited to 1333Mhz.

    Seagate Barracuda 320GB HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148469

    PSU Antec EA430D (I paid way less than the current selling price. You have to wait for the sales on these). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034&Tpk=Antec EA430D

    Plus some other s*** in the box; Hauppage ATSC tuner; Sony Optiarc DVD burner, and an extra WD "Caviar Black" 640GB for storage.

    For the OS I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64Bit

    Part of the trick in interpreting Newegg reviews, is you must "review the reviewers". A great many have enormously inflated senses of their "technical ability", and it must be said that malcontents seem quite a bit more eager to involve other people in their misery. A great many people have bought these products, are enjoying them, and don't feel compelled to tell the world about it.
  9. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Hi spacescreamer. I'm a little late onto this thread, but do you have a specific budget? Not "the lower, the merrier"! :)

    If you need to check out the prices, Lynx India is a pretty good website.
  10. spacescreamer

    spacescreamer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Hi Ritwick.
    Was wondering when would you show up glad u did :)
    Yea i know that guy. But his service at times has been in question.

    My budget is not too strict, just looking to build a machine which wont be an overkill for my main and humble req: Coding and gaming after i attach 4850 Radeon card
    No plans to attach the card immediately though.

    i3 seemed a lil bit better choice than going in for a decent Core2duo/Quad Core.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +116

    It makes their epeen feel bigger.
     
  12. spacescreamer

    spacescreamer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Guys any site which pits the processing power of a C2D against its equivalent of say Quad Core and even an i3 proccy ?
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +116

    IDK what you're saying, there is no dual core equivalent to a quad core, nor an equivalent for i3, they're different processors.

    Anyway, its pretty easy to find benchmarks.
  14. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Gaming is not really a "humble" requirement. Are you willing to hit the 50K mark for your system? Or would you like something around 30-40K? If you want your system to be relatively future proof for a while you'll have to spend. If you can quote a max budget I can recommend specific components.

    Have you already bought the HD 4850?
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