Building from Scratch

  K_W 11:01 07 Mar 2010
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Location: UK
Previous puter building experience: zero
Reasons: Gaming

Motherboard:
click here ASUS P7P55D Deluxe iP55 Socket LGA 1156
Processor: click here
Intel Core i7 860 2.8GHz Socket LGA 1156
Memory: click here
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800
GPU: click here
Asus ATI Radeon 5970 HD 2GB[/URL]
Hard Drive: click here
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm SATA
or
click here
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800
Case: click here
Antec 1200 Twelve Hundred Full Tower Case
PSU: click here
Corsair 750W HX Modular PSU
Monitor: click here
Asus 25.5" Wide 2ms DVI-D Black VK266H
& various peripherals

Couple of considerations:
Been debating the pros and cons of X58 (1336) vs P55 (1156) and to match the I7 870 performance with a X58 platform you seem to need to go for at least an I7 960... this 1156 seems to be the newer socket and maybe itll get further development of processors for it...
Cost/benefit ratio 860/870 not justified.
The Graphics i know seems excessive - also in consideration were GTX 295 and HD 5870 - main question is will the rest of the system stop the card from reaching its potential - am planning on overclocking CPU and memory - and if so which part is likely to be the bottleneck?
Not sure if the WD black drive is worth getting since it's SATA3 and i think the mobo only supports SATA2
Thanks, Will

Thanks

  retep888 16:17 07 Mar 2010

<<main question is will the rest of the system stop the card from reaching its potential>>

As you're only running a 1920x1080 monitor there is no point getting an Asus ATI Radeon 5970/GTX 295, without a 30" monitor running 2560x1600 resolution you will never get the full potential of the card at all.

Save yourself some money and get either an Ati HD 5870 or GTX 285/280 instead.

<<Not sure if the WD black drive is worth getting since it's SATA3 and i think the mobo only supports SATA2>>

Buy yourself 1 or 2 SSD from the money saved instead, I have 4 300GB raptors in Raid 5 but still can't match a pair of high performance SSD in Raid 0.

No comment on the X58 & P55 as you'll overclock and you'll hardly notice any performance difference at all.

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