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So I'm buying a new computer, but I'm so out of the loop when it comes to hardware and such that I thought it would be best to ask you guys before i press the Buy button.

What I'm looking at getting :

Corsair VX 550W PSU

i7 Quad Processor i7-870 2,93GHz

Crucial DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT

Gainward GeForce GTX 460 1GB

Hitachi Deskstar™ 7K1000.C 1TB

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Anything obviously wrong with that setup? I know the memory is a bit low, and I might get another 4GB down the line, but right now I just want a replacement for my laptop as soon as possible.

Okay now tell me everything will be o-k! :sad:

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I'd personally stick with Intel for your CPU. I just bought the hardware for a new system (should all be here on Wednesday) so I'll post that so you can compare. Have to head out for a bit, once I get back I'll make some suggestions etc.








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I'd suggest an AMD chip over an intel one, personally. They are just money, no object. I expect many to disagree with me, though.

I agree, the prices on intel cpus are ridiculous recently, same for the graphics,I recommend an ATI card, save some cash without losing much if anything on the performance side.

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I'd go with ATi, tbh. Nvidia have been kinda pants lately. :X

Hmmm yeah that's what I've been hearing as well. Planning on getting a gaming PC very soon, need it to play Civ V :D. Thinking about going for one of the i5 CPU's, really can't be bothered to spend too much on this thing and it sounds like that you get a lot for you money with those.

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Here's my list for cost to performance ratio.

AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition "125W Edition" 3.20GHz (Socket AM3) - £117 inc VAT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... ubcat=1328

Asus M4A87TD Evo AMD 870 (Socket AM3) DDR3 Motherboard - £86.99 inc VAT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... ubcat=1782

OCZ Gold 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 (1333MHz) Low-Voltage Dual Channe - £66.96 inc VAT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... ubcat=1516

HIS ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - £299.99 inc VAT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... ubcat=1502

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM - £47.99 inc VAT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... ubcat=1279

Corsair VX 550W ATX Power Supply - £75.99 inc VAT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... ubcat=1084

Asus Xonar D1 7.1 PCI Sound Card - £54.99 inc VAT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... 11&subcat=

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit - OEM - £113.96 inc VAT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... -MS&tool=3

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It really all depends on what you need your machine to do. For me, I just dropped $1600 for the hardware I posted above. I need it for high-end gaming, 3d art, and everything else. It's somewhat "future proof" (oxymoron in PC tech, I know) so I can keep upgrading it until I decide I need a new system again. I had the money and wanted the hardware, so I pulled the trigger.

Intel has been for the past few years on top of the gaming CPUs, plus I can get my i7-930 to 4ghz on air with ease (IF it's not a crummy batch.) That's another thing to consider, do you plan on overclocking at all?

Here's a good overview for comparison of CPUs:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bes ... ,2698.html

And here's one for GPUs:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gef ... ,2697.html

An AMD/ATI system would still be a good way to go though.

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