Building PC - thoughts please

  User-59BC5C53-D778-4147-8959DBFE6C4BABC6 11:13 18 Jun 2010

Hi all,

I'm building a new PC, I anticipate replacing the entire thing in ~4 years. I don't need to overclock (does anyone really?) and I'd like to be able to game any games out there now on high quality without worrying about overheating, or other problems.

I'd really appreciate input on specific components which aren't good bang for buck, or for which there is a better choice.

Proposed specs:
CPU - Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1156)
Motherboard - Asus P7P55D Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard
RAM - Crucial Ballistix 4GB kit (2GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400
GPU - HIS ATI Radeon HD 5830 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card *Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Edition*
HD1 - OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive
HD2 - Samsung SpinPoint F1 750GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM

Speakers, keyboard, mouse, case and disk drives will be rescued from old PC

I'll install Windows 7 on the SSD, and ghost it to a partition on the HD.


  sunnystaines 16:56 18 Jun 2010

looks good all round.

  OTT_B 23:06 18 Jun 2010

Looks good all round...apart fromt rh DDR2 RAM and DDR3 motherboard....

  Proclaimer 21:48 20 Jun 2010

ATI Radeon HD 5830 1024MB is last year, the 5850 should your entry target. You can get the Asus 5870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Core: 850MHz, Memory: 1024MB 4800MHz GDDR5, DirectX 11 for £320.00

DDR2 with a SSD, no. Go for 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit at £99.00 or less. Perhaps consider 6GB as modern games will work on Win 7 x64.

Don't forget a decent CPU heat sink and fan.

  Chr1st0pher 14:01 21 Jun 2010


I advise browsing as many web sites and magazines as possible before parting with any cash.

Bear in mind that todays cutting edge is out of date within less thatn 6 months.

I jumped for an i7-920, 6gb ram 2x750gb hdd and Nvidia GTX275.

CPU is still great RAM is OK Graphics are out of date and the 2x750 gb is pure luxury, ( I havnt filled 25% of one of them yet.

DOwnside is that running it is equal to turning on 7X100watt light bulbs.

Next time,I will go for a mid range system for gaming (= Overclocking) and a cheapish laptop for web browsing and documents etc.

Hope this helps a bit.

  cheap to fix 22:26 21 Jun 2010

great build but

ATI 5870 or 5850 (for next 4 years)

a domino coolit water cooler (water cooling never been easier, easier than fitting a fan, low noise and excellent temps, no refill in 4 years)

you cant use ddr2 with ddr3 motherboard.
get 1024mhz ddr3 ram "economical"

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