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Postby kusari on Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:30 pm

Hi lads only back on the servers for a day and I'm already on the scrounge :)

Seeing as the new counterstrike is out a couple of days before my bday I think it's high time I upgraded my machine (still running a first gen dual core Intel from about 6 years ago and it's starting to get louder than my vacuum)

I have a sound card / dvd drive / monitor / hard drive / keyboard / mouse that can be ported over but need a spec for the guts of the machine if you could?

Last time I checked Intel was the way to go but I'm so out of the loop these days.

Anyway got a budget of about £500 for a case / psu / mobo / cpu / ram and gfx any ideas?

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Re: new pc spec.

Postby Deathtaker27 on Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:08 pm

What soundcard do you have currently, how much storage do you need? what size if your hard drive, what connections does you monitor have and what resolution is it?
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Re: new pc spec.

Postby Ragonz on Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:19 pm

Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155
Asus P8Z68-V LX Socket 1155 Onboard graphics output 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz HyperX XMP Memory
Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU - 80plus Bronze Certified


I would reccomend the above, comes in at a bit over £500 but its worth it for the quality of the components, Or if you would prefer if you take a look at my sig i can do it all for you :)
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Re: new pc spec.

Postby kusari on Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:33 pm

Cheers for the reply guys.

Soundcard is a Xonar D2X
Monitor is 1080p with HDMI and DVI
and I have plenty of storage for my needs they are SATA 2 compatible or better.

Has GPU power swung back towards Nvidia then? Hehe last time I got a card ATI was on top in bang for buck.
Looks like a good spec there and I've been using Asus for years so I know they work for me.


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Re: new pc spec.

Postby Ragonz on Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:53 pm

The 560Ti is a really good card, ive been using it in my builds for some time now, While there are better ati cards out there, nothing can currently match it bang for buck
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Re: new pc spec.

Postby sNaKeBiTe on Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:24 pm

I'd recommend an HD 7850. It is a little bit more expensive, but it uses less power, it is current generation and a little more powerful. Plus is overclocks like a beast. You can get it to performance levels of a GTX 580.

You can't really say which is better at the moment, AMD or Nvidia. I depends on your preferences (i.e. gaming, rendering, folding, bitcoin, whatever).
Bitcoin or Eyefinity (3+ Monitor Setup) --> AMD
Folding or 3D Vision --> Nvidia
If you don't care just look which company has the best card in your price range. http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012 ... ,2976.html

You should also know that the 2500 is Intels last gen CPU Sandy Bridge. While Ivy Bridge is a little faster is is also more expensive. Also keep in mind that you can't (I wouldn't) overclock with the stock cooler.
Pros Sandy Bridge: - It overclocks a little bit better than Ivy Bridge
- It is a little cheaper

Pros Ivy Bridge (for example a 3570K): - It uses a little less power than Sandy Bridge
- In combination with a Z77 board has native support for USB 3

If you are planning on using external USB 3 harddrives, I'd go with a Z77-Ivy Bridge combo


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