How's this for starters?

By GNS1310 · 10 replies
Aug 31, 2010
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  1. Probably should just add this to my other's what I did on my I said before, I'm new at building and could use some help. I know I got some in the other post but kind of wanted to take the first step on my own, as a learning process. Whats the good and the bad?
    I took the basic 450 PSU because I'll be using my 750.
    I'll be adding a Blueray down the road sometime.
    Got a sound card here.
    Added speakers for the system I'm using now.
    Using a wireless G router, decided to upgrade to the N.

    Case Thermaltake Element G Gaming Case-Black
    Processor Intel® Core™ i7 950 Processor (4x 3.06GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
    Motherboard [SLI] Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R w/ 4x PCI-E 2.0 x16
    Memory 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600-** FREE Upgrade from DDR3-1333 ** Corsair or Major Brand
    Video Card ATI Radeon HD 5450 - 1GB
    Case Lighting None
    Power Supply 450 Watt -- Standard
    Processor Cooling Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1366]-[Free Upgrade] Standard 120mm Fan
    Video Card Brand Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA
    Primary Hard Drive 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s-Single Drive
    Data Hard Drive None
    2nd Optical Drive None
    Optical Drive 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black
    Sound Card 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
    Speaker System iBUYPOWER 2.1 Channel Stereo Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System
    Network Card Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
    Wireless Network Adapter LINKSYS WUSB600N 802.11n Dual-Band Wireless USB Adapter
    Monitor None
    Keyboard iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard-Black
    Mouse iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse-Black
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel)-64-Bit
    Warranty Standard Warranty Service-Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support
    Rush Service Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee)-No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days
    Video Camera None
    Power Protection None
    Headset None
    Meter Display None
    Flash Media Reader/Writer None
    Wireless Network Access Point/Router NETGEAR WNR2000-100NAS 802.11n Wireless Router
    2nd Monitor None
    Free Stuff [Free Game Download] - Blacklight: Tango Down-Free with Purchase of ATI Radeon HD Video Card
    Free Stuff [Free Game Download] - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Free Trial-Free with Purchase of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or higher Video Card
    iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction None
    iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion [6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System + Bluetooth Module
    iBUYPOWER PowerDrive None
    Motherboard USB / SATA Interface [Free] Internal USB 3.0 PCI-E x1 Expansion Card
    Subtotal $1,245.00

    Wouldn't mind lowering the price if possible.

    EDIT: ...and one more thing. Thank you!
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    5450 is terribly weak.
    Fine if you're not gaming though.
  3. GNS1310

    GNS1310 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 99

    Suggestions for a better card?
  4. GNS1310

    GNS1310 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 99

    Added the GeForce GTX460.
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    The GTX460 is much better. Is your 750w psu a decent reputable one?
  6. GNS1310

    GNS1310 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 99

  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Oh I see, yes the i7 EATS power. /sarcasm. Don't get pulled in by silly taglines like "Compatible with Core i7" or similar BS.

    Whats your budget? Probably $1200 right?
    Try SLI GTX460's, an i5, and a P55.
    Fantastic powersupply though.

    I'd throw in a build but i'm tired and it's nearly 1 o'clock.

    EDIT: IMO I like cyberpowerpc better, but they're nearly identical.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    If you are going to use this rig for gaming only then invest in a high-mid to high end graphic card, otherwise it will be total wastage of money.

    Having said that, for first scenario a single GTX460 or SLI would be a great solution, and for second one an ATI Radeon 5670 or 5750 would suffice for your needs.
  9. GNS1310

    GNS1310 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 99

    Computer use:

    Light to moderate gaming. Warcraft, Age of Empires, my girlfriend plays the Sims and I have a ton of expansion packs taking up room on the computer.
    Poker (along with a handful of poker related programs running at the same time, maybe a movie or music going as well as IM programs, internet, etc.)
    Dual monitors. One is older/smaller. 17" running 800x600. The other is a 24.5" running 1280x720. Will be upgrading the smaller monitor soon and someday possibly adding a third.

    Its overkill for the processor, but I want it that way. I wont have to upgrade for a long long time. I want a future-ready mobo, so I wont have to upgrade that either. Cards and drives I can pop in and out quickly and easily so I was thinking of going a bit cheaper in that area for now, and upgrading when the time is right.
    Need wifi and bluetooth as well.
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Apple mac's are terrible but I love them anyway.
    Good logic.

    IMO an i3-5xx along with a single GTX460 would cost about half the price, and would be plenty enough.
    Except I don't think the GTX460 supports three monitors.

    PS: Intel has no future proof motherboards, in a few months, it'll all be old stuff already with socket 1155 out.
    Also, and AMD triple or quad core with an AM3 motherboard would be most "future proof" (silly term, really).

    EDIT: Also with 1TB sized drives, it would be nice to have 32MB of cache. I'm betting the harddrive is going to be rather shady since I don't believe notable manufactures would cripple they're drives with a 16MB cache.
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    For light to moderate gaming GTX 460 is definitely an overkill. I would suggest you to consider buying ATI Radeon 5750 as it will serve you well for all your tasks. Perhaps you can spend the amount you save by buying 5750 in buying an SSD? :)

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