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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 need a motherboard??

Sorry, forgot to post it.

ASUS P7P55D-E LX, P55, Socket-1156 DDR3, SATA 6Gb/s, USB3.0, ATX, GbLAN, PCI-Ex(2.0)x16

Look at all those numbers which I don't know what means!

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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.

CPU INTEL|CORE I7 930 2.80G

CPU COOLER COOLER MASTER V8

DVD BURNER LITE-ON | IHAS124-04 %

PSU CORSAIR|CMPSU-850TX 850W RT

MB GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

WIN PRO 7 64-BT

HD 2T|HITACHI 7K SATA2

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GTX470

MEM 2Gx4|CORSAIR CMX8GX3M4A1333C9

/copypasta

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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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Hmmm, I've just heard that AMD isn't quite so hot these days. Also, I've never actually bought an Intel CPU, would be nice for a change :)

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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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+1 for the Asus Xonar. I had nothing but crap with my Creative X-Fi card. It would work fine for a few weeks then fuck up so it would start to make random hissing noises and generally cut out on it's own accord. :|

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ATi is fine in its latest generation here. Just one thing messes, is Autodesk Products. Motionbuilder can be one bitch with ATi Graphics and 3Ds Max and Maya tend to lower performence sometimes (though not as brutal as MoBu).

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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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