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Midrange Media & Gaming upgrade advice

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Mi66iNS, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Mi66iNS New Member

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    Hello all,

    I am looking to upgrade my existing PC for media sharing and midrange gaming.

    Current rig:
    OCX 400 Watts PSU
    ASUSTEK A8N-SLI DELUXE
    AMD Athlon 64 FX Dual Core 2.60 gigahertz
    2 x 1GB OCX DDR PC3200
    2x Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 250-GB
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT

    I guess I can reuse the HD but think the rest is for ebay or somewhere else! The graphics card outputs to an Audio Authority HD AV Distribution sytem (AVAtrix HD Cat 5 Matrix 6x6) over component, so will need to keep that in mind for any recommendation on graphics cards.

    What else can I tell you?
     
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    Maybe a budget would be a good idea!! Looking around £500, if possible.

    Thanks all.

    M
     
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    PSU: 600W Corsair CX600V2 - £51
    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3 (B3) - £79
    CPU: Core i5 2500k - £161
    RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 XMS3, PC3-10666 (1333) CAS 8-8-8-24, 1.65V - £35
    GPU: 1GB Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti OC - £174
    TOTAL: £500
     
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    Pretty solid build. I'd just recommend a non Ti 560 over the Ti since they are not a lot slower and you can save up quite a bit. Well I don't know about prices in the UK but here it is a lot cheaper much more bang for buck.

    Gigabyte 560 OC 157.90 €

    Gigabyte 560 Ti OC 222.90 €

    After taking look at OCUK and I see price difference is similar. Like I said I strongly recommend saving up the difference for a future upgrade, in around 18 months. It's much better to have a card that is 10% slower now (saving 30-50) now and being able to upgrade sooner and to a better card in the future*. Just make sure you don't spend the upgrade money, keep it! :laugh:

    * Now we are mostly getting console ports, hopefully in a year or 2 we will get much better PC games, for which you'll want a new and better graphics card.
     
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    Thanks, the spec looks damn good for the price, and allows for some upgrade in the future by the look of it. I am based in Germany and can’t find the Mobo readily so though I would do some comparisons with other Gigabyte offers.

    I came across this one; GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD which although raising the cost significantly offers some interesting ideas in terms of onboard SSD to speed up the R/W. Any thoughts if this would be beneficial?

    I also have an OCZ 90GB SSD which I might consider using for the system drive, its used elsewhere at the moment but might make a more interesting addition to this.

    Rgds M
     
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    The onboard SSD will speed things up, but on the other hand if you are planning to install an SSD in the future its pointless. I would not get it purely because I can live with slower speed and money can be put to other components. I am not too sure how fast your HDDs are, but you might want to consider getting some newer (and faster) drives.
     
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    Thanks for your thought's, the other alternative Mobo easily available to me would seem to be the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 in that case.

    If I use it, the OCZ SDD would be the main drive and probably use the 2 250GB Baracuda 7200's as local data which should be plenty, as all the stored media I share is Gigabit connected on a NAS.

    The cost difference between the two I have available is about £70 - so the question for me would be is that worth 20GB of onboard SDD?
     
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    £70 for 20GB of SSD? SSD's costs about £2 per GB (as a rough guide), so definitely not.
     
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