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#1 Jul 15 2010 at 4:21 PM Rating: Default
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EDIT: updated links with details
EDIT2: updated with recommendations

Hello everyone! long time lurker, first time poster.

I ran the benchmark and I scored a 2500 on low.

My specs are as follows:

amd phenom 9600 quad core 2.3 ghz
4 GB DDR ram (not sure of quality) I think its corsair.
Nvidia 9800 gtx+
vista 32 bit.


Here is the new rig im proposing: (around 1k-1100 budget)

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor + Mobo: 334
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.434532

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
Power supply: 109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
RAM: 98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Western Digital WD5001AALS 500GB 7200RPM 32MB SATAII 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
Hard Drive: 60
http://www.acnt.com/product.asp?pf_id=HD500W510

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Vid card: 294
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Case: 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Total = 1005

I am definitaly up for suggestions!

Also was wondering if it is necessary for me to get an aftermarket heatsink? or if i will be ok with the regular one?

any help is much appreciated!

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 6:49pm by scruffy12345

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#2 Jul 15 2010 at 4:35 PM Rating: Decent
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If you haven't go to your control panel > apearance > windows > and turn off Windows Aero. It's terrible. Just set it to basic or classic then run again. It helps to keep your PC cool, just turning my GPU fan up with the software upped my score as well.

Turn off background apps too. Better yet go in to your control panel and set them not to start with windows. Most of that stuff is bad for gaming.

Doing those things took me from a 2200 to a 2470.

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 3:36pm by GuardianFaith
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#3 Jul 15 2010 at 4:42 PM Rating: Good
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Not trying to be rude, but I really wish people would put the details with the links. I don't want to spend all the extra time opening links just to see what each individual component is (some of us are on slower connections, and some of us are international members, so things aren't as instant for us).
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#4 Jul 15 2010 at 4:49 PM Rating: Decent
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First off, that Mobo is only dual channel and you got a tri channel memory kit. I would say if you are using this for XIV specifically then 4GB (2 x 2GB) is enough. Going up to 2x4GB just isn't worth it IMO. Also, unless you have a lot of music, movies, and pictures 1TB is way more than enough (overkill IMO).

I would also save a little money on the GPU and get the regular clocked version, you can always use MSI afterburner or similar to overclock it after the fact.

Everything else looks good, maybe the only additional suggestion I would make is to get a Modular power supply.

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 6:51pm by burtonsnow
#5 Jul 15 2010 at 4:50 PM Rating: Decent
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How simple is it to overclock? i've never had much experience with stuff like that, I have a friend that puts together my rigs.
#6 Jul 15 2010 at 4:53 PM Rating: Decent
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scruffy12345 wrote:
How simple is it to overclock? i've never had much experience with stuff like that, I have a friend that puts together my rigs.


With afterburner it is fairly easy. Open the program, slide the bars and test until you find a stable, cool set up. Read up some tutorials and find out if you feel comfortable using the programs.
#7 Jul 15 2010 at 5:07 PM Rating: Good
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Everything looks good except for one thing and one suggestion of mine.

First, the i5-750 and the 1156 motherboards don't support triple channel ram so you're going to want to change that.

As for my suggestion, it would be better to get a 470 and looking at the newegg prices they have some huge discounts right now...actually makes me wish I waited a couple months to build my own computer. You can get this evga 470 for just about $20 more than the 460 you have listed (after the $25 mail in rebate).

Also, not so much a suggestion or a problem but just a preference of mine...I prefer western digital hard drives over seagate. I've had a lot of problems with seagate over the years and basically no problems with western digital...overall people just consider western digital to be higher quality.

As for your aftermarket heatsink/fan question, Intel stock heatsinks and fans are actually pretty good but you can always improve, especially if you plan to overclock...I personally find it to be one of the most cost effective ways of improving performance since you need only spend $25 to get a good 10 degree celsius difference.
#8 Jul 15 2010 at 5:19 PM Rating: Decent
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updated with suggestions, changed ram, vid card, HD.

Thanks for all of the suggestions so far! keep them coming!
#9 Jul 15 2010 at 5:24 PM Rating: Decent
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also, does the i5-750 overclock well?
#10 Jul 15 2010 at 5:31 PM Rating: Good
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scruffy12345 wrote:
also, does the i5-750 overclock well?


Very well, some say it's one of the best overclockers out there. Just using the oc program on my motherboard mine is overclocked to 3.7ghz.
#11 Jul 15 2010 at 5:33 PM Rating: Decent
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wow this is very good news. i'm almost glad i talked myself out of the i7-930 :D and i'm under 1k still!
#12 Jul 15 2010 at 5:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Not a big deal, but the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is the hard drive to get at the moment.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product
Other than that everything looks pretty solid.

edit: 500GB version if that's what you're looking for:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 7:37pm by Loaffy
#13 Jul 15 2010 at 5:39 PM Rating: Decent
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how big of a difference is 16 MB cache to 32MB?
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