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mATX - Gamer rig build

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Hi Guys and Girls,
I am building a new smaller gaming rig for my small apartment. I got the small stuff covered here is a list of my decided and undecided things.

Decided:
GFX: POV GTX 460 Beast
Case: Fractal mATX
HDD: 80 GB SSD + 1 TB storage
Sound card: Auzentech + External DAC/AMP for audio reviews
CPU Cooler: Noctua N12 something something

Undecided:
RAM: Undecided
CPU: Undecided
PSU: Undecided
Mobo: Undecided

So basically I was thinking of getting a Gigabyte P55m-UD2 or UD4 if it is worth the extra $50 (approx price diff in denmark). For CPU something along the i5-760. I am wondering whether it is worth going for a Sandybridge setup which is obviously more expensive, any thoughts appreciated!

I plan on OCing everything but nothing extreme please keep that in mind when you recommend :)

RAM wise I am totally lost been ages since I last did a build and I am absolutely clueless. Any help, hints and pointers are very welcome!

My budget is limited so I am looking for good price performance components generally, but I will pay if it is a reasonable performance increase.

I am way jetlagged from CES so spelling errors and odd sentences might occur sorry about that!! :)

Cheers,
Frederik Skovgaard
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My mATX setup consists of:

NZXT Vulcan
Core i7 940
ASUS Rampage III Gene
Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler
ASUS HD5870; going to migrate my 5970 to it soon
Corsair Dominator DDR3 C8D; 3 x 2 GB

Everything runs well, the CPU stays cool. My only problem was I had to remove the upper case fan to fit the CPU cooler in the case.
 
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The Gene is overkill for my needs an i5 based rig is what I have the money for. Noctua cooler added.
 
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Any thoughts on the p55m-ud2 or ud4?
 
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i have the UD2 and its one of the best, most stable boards I have ever used can easily push my 750 over 4.4Ghz (if the chip could even handle it).

The easytune software is also exceptional for fan control - allows you to tune your fan curve.
 
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Any one with hands on experience with the ud4 by any chance?
 

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why not amd

MSI 890GXM-G65 $129.99
Phenom 1055t X6 $179.99
G.Skill ripjaws 1600 7-8-7 $64.99
Corsair TX650 $79.99 AMIR


should beat the i7 in alot of things and that mobo can run sli with the right drivers

also here is a TPU review on the 1055T and in most benchmarks the 1055T does very well and can clock to 4ghz...
 
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P55 and i5 750 is definately a good way to go. But now you might want to consider a P67 board and i5 2500k.

Although it's still very new and there are things about Sandy Bridge that people don't like, it is definately more bang for the buck.
 

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Random question: Does anyone know where I can get any of the Fractal cases in the US? I love them but the only ones I can find are the R3 series and I really wanted either the Arc Midi or the one the OP is getting/has.
 
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@smety ncix.com ?
 
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why not amd

MSI 890GXM-G65 $129.99
Phenom 1055t X6 $179.99
G.Skill ripjaws 1600 7-8-7 $64.99
Corsair TX650 $79.99 AMIR


should beat the i7 in alot of things and that mobo can run sli with the right drivers

also here is a TPU review on the 1055T and in most benchmarks the 1055T does very well and can clock to 4ghz...
A similar Sandy Bridge setup would be

ASUS P8P67-M PRO $150
i5 2500k $225
G. Skill 4GB $70
same psu

This is $70 more. So the fun part is deciding if which is the best bang for the buck. :)

But at this point, I might wait to see what Bulldozer is like. Seems like there always something new just around the corner these days. :confused:
 

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A similar Sandy Bridge setup would be

ASUS P8P67-M PRO $150
i5 2500k $225
G. Skill 4GB $70
same psu

This is $70 more. So the fun part is deciding if which is the best bang for the buck. :)

But at this point, I might wait to see what Bulldozer is like. Seems like there always something new just around the corner these days. :confused:
good call but how does i5 compare like i said before the 1055t is known to compare well to the i7 750 at stock clocks and overclocked how much better would a sandybridge be?
 

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@smety ncix.com ?
Unfortunately, the only cases by Fractal they carry are the "Define R3" series :/

Thanks though :)
 
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According to the charts on tomshardware.com the i5 is way better at games compared to the 1055t at stock speeds. With the 1055t OCed it is almost as good as the i5 for games.

The 1055t OCed is on par with i7 CPUs when it comes to multithreaded applications at stock speeds which is nice. Since I plan on using it for gaming I think the i5 route is the best way to go.
 

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According to the charts on tomshardware.com the i5 is way better at games compared to the 1055t at stock speeds. With the 1055t OCed it is almost as good as the i5 for games.

The 1055t OCed is on par with i7 CPUs when it comes to multithreaded applications at stock speeds which is nice. Since I plan on using it for gaming I think the i5 route is the best way to go.
what kind of games the ones that the i5 kicks the 1055's ass in are the ones that are not multithreaded
 
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For microATX cases look at Lian Li. They ain't cheap but they are damn good.
 
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