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Need help on a new build

By nik11105
Feb 19, 2010
  1. Hello dear techspot users,
    i live in england and i am looking into building my own gaming pc i have a budget of about 1400 pounds. I have been reaserching for a while now and these are the parts that i would like to use

    Case: Antec 1200
    Mobo: Asus Maximus III Formula
    Processer: Intel Core i5-661
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8
    Graphics Card: Ati Radeon HD 5770 in CrossfireX
    PSU: Corsair HX 850w
    RAM: OCZ MEMORY 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHZ
    DVD-ROMs: LITEON BD-ROM BLU-RAY & SONY DVD-ROM
    OS: MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 32BIT

    so this is what i want and if any one has any suggestions it would be much appriciated.

    Cheirrio old chaps
    Nik11105
     
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +7

    well everything looks ok beside getting windows 7 32 bit. get 64 bit because you have 4 gigs of ram. also what about a hard drive
     
  3. nik11105

    nik11105 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 74

    silly

    oh ye here is the hard drive: WD 500GB Caviar
    and is windows 64-bit worth getting??
     
  4. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +7

    yes it is worth getting, im using win 7 64bit right now with 4 gigs of ram, when i was using vista 32bit i could only use 2.5 gigs of ram
     
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +8

    I would say that you should get the Core i5 750 instead of the 661. Also, CPU coolers like the Xigmatek HDT S1283 or Prolimatech Meghalem might be a better buy.
     
  6. nik11105

    nik11105 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 74

    but don't what the Core i5 750 because im not going to overclock and i want a proseccer that has a high Ghz at stock
     
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,875   +1,220

    Why?

    Here's a side-by-side comparison should you wish to check the productivity and performance of the various CPU's out there.
     
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,426   +142

  9. nik11105

    nik11105 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 74

    is hyper threading always enabled on the core i5 750 and if its not could anyone tell me how to turn it on?? also where i come from the asus maximus is a cheaper board
     
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    That CPU doesn't come with Hyper-threading enabled. However, in general use/gaming/encoding etc. you will be very satisfied with performance of this processor.
     
  11. nik11105

    nik11105 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 74

    but can hyper threading be enabled
     
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    I dont think so you can do it with that CPU. However, if you really want to have a CPU with HT (and have some spare money) think about getting a i7 860, I think as the prices settles and start to come down, it will be the best processor for your buck in coming months; relegating i5 750 to lower segment.

    Frankly, its much cheaper already (at 280$, after rebate) in my view, when I compare it to the fact that I bought Core 2 E6600 for 320$.
     
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,426   +142

    i750 is still a better buy imo.

    Hope your not getting ripped off, asus maximus formula 3 is about twice as expensive.
     
  14. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    It is a good buy kitty, I won't be contesting that; but if I decide to upgrade my rig today, that is not what I will look to buy frankly, but that is just me.

    I do believe nik will be very happy & satisfied with i5 750's value/performance
     
  15. nik11105

    nik11105 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 74

    thank you for your replys also does the 750 have turbo boost and is it easy to overclock
    (and if any one would be kind enough to put a link up for overclocking it would be appriciated)
     
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,426   +142

  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Very correct; but more on the technical and marketing side of the i5 750; the sole purpose of this processor is destroy the appeal of LGA775 processors; which it does extremely effectively (along with the destruction of opposite offerings) at very affordable price.
     
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