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What Hardware Should I Buy? - January 2010

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okenobi 11th January 2010, 10:51 Quote
So after all that waiting, not a huge amount has changed....

I'm surprised that the i3-530 didn't get more of a look in in either of the first two systems. Perhaps that's due to less than brilliant overclocking that was achieved when it was reviewed, as well as the price.

That said, I really like the new format and I'm impressed that more discussion of alternatives is included. That makes for a far more rounded article in my view. Well done Bit-Tech!
Bindibadgi 11th January 2010, 11:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by okenobi
So after all that waiting, not a huge amount has changed....

I'm surprised that the i3-530 didn't get more of a look in in either of the first two systems. Perhaps that's due to less than brilliant overclocking that was achieved when it was reviewed, as well as the price.

That said, I really like the new format and I'm impressed that more discussion of alternatives is included. That makes for a far more rounded article in my view. Well done Bit-Tech!

Thank you! The 530 is in there - we pointed it out as a viable alternative in between the All Rounder and Enthusiast PC.
okenobi 11th January 2010, 11:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Thank you! The 530 is in there - we pointed it out as a viable alternative in between the All Rounder and Enthusiast PC.

Yeah, I read the whole thing. I just thought it might've made the actual cut as part of one of the systems. The fact that alternatives are discussed is brilliant though. Nice to see the 550 get a mention as well.
BioSniper 11th January 2010, 11:22 Quote
Thanks for this. The "entusiast overclocker" is always around my price point and re-affirmed that the i5 is THE CPU to get at that budget.
Bindibadgi 11th January 2010, 11:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by okenobi
Yeah, I read the whole thing. I just thought it might've made the actual cut as part of one of the systems. The fact that alternatives are discussed is brilliant though. Nice to see the 550 get a mention as well.

^_^ ;)
rickysio 11th January 2010, 11:41 Quote
To be honest, I doubt you really need any cooler over the stock one for the folding rig...
rollo 11th January 2010, 11:53 Quote
No 4890 now? Still get one for £130 ish and ot beats 5770 in every test by long way
lp1988 11th January 2010, 12:08 Quote
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No 4890 now? Still get one for £130 ish and ot beats 5770 in every test by long way

indeeb but personally I would reather have the 5770 due to the noice level, heat produced and power draw. yes you do lose af few FPS but rather that than a vaccum cleaner.
Hustler 11th January 2010, 12:24 Quote
I still think the 550 is the best CPU out there for price/performance....3.8Ghz virtually guaranteed, and with an excellent chance of at least turning it into a triple core, if not a quad.

When i run my 550 as a triple core, its 90% as fast as a full blown quad in games, so your not really losing anything if you don't get all 4 cores.

For an extra £15-20 over the 250, its more than worth it.
Star*Dagger 11th January 2010, 12:50 Quote
Still anemic with PSUs, and I'm getting the 5970, dual gpus and dx11!!
Bindibadgi 11th January 2010, 13:05 Quote
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No 4890 now? Still get one for £130 ish and ot beats 5770 in every test by long way

If you can find a 4890! They are on their way out. Plus 5770 is quieter, cooler and the DirectX 11 path is more efficient so there should be more gains in performance soon. If you can find a 4890 - drop one in ;)
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Still anemic with PSUs, and I'm getting the 5970, dual gpus and dx11!!

A 5970 takes 300W - the 5850 requires 180W. We spec a system that has plenty of power overhead. The 650W will still suffice in that system for a 5970, should you want to spend a ridiculous amount of cash on something we don't recommend anywhere.
stonedsurd 11th January 2010, 13:28 Quote
Why was Star*Dagger's post deleted?
okenobi 11th January 2010, 13:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
I still think the 550 is the best CPU out there for price/performance....3.8Ghz virtually guaranteed, and with an excellent chance of at least turning it into a triple core, if not a quad.

When i run my 550 as a triple core, its 90% as fast as a full blown quad in games, so your not really losing anything if you don't get all 4 cores.

For an extra £15-20 over the 250, its more than worth it.

I don't disagree with you, but worth bearing in mind that an Asus of Gigabyte board with 785G or more is at least £20 more than the 770. So £40 overall. However, I still think that's a bargain. The interesting part here, is what happens when you move to a UD2 and i3-530. Costs are only another £30ish again, but you lose IGPU if that's important. Certainly a lot more to be thinking about in this sector now.

I will be watching AMD pricing to see what happens down there with i3 here now.
SMIFFYDUDE 11th January 2010, 13:37 Quote
I read somewhere that prices for memory were going to go down around Christmas/New Year time. I've not seen any evidence of this, if anything they have increased in price by quite a bit.
srmans 11th January 2010, 13:51 Quote
Edit: Fixed thank you!!
retrogamer1990 11th January 2010, 14:09 Quote
The Lian Li PC-80 has eight expansion slots for the folding cards, bit pricey though.
giskard 11th January 2010, 14:30 Quote
For the premium player rig, the Antec P193 mentioned as an alternative case wouldn't accomodate the Fenrir cooler, not by a long shot. Without modding the P193 to take a Corsair H50, there isn't really any viable cooler for serious core i7 overclocking.
smc8788 11th January 2010, 14:44 Quote
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The Lian Li PC-80 has eight expansion slots for the folding cards, bit pricey though.

As does the Antec 902 IIRC, and it's much cheaper too.
warriorpoet 11th January 2010, 14:45 Quote
Mountain Mods has a 10 expansion slot motherboard tray option that'll easily fit 4 vidcards (cases that fit 2x mobos + multi-card setups, too): http://www.mountainmods.com/
Hustler 11th January 2010, 14:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by okenobi

I don't disagree with you, but worth bearing in mind that an Asus of Gigabyte board with 785G or more is at least £20 more than the 770. So £40 overall..

Not really, i unlocked my 550 on a Gigabyte Nforce 720US3 AM2+ mobo for just £55...
memeroot 11th January 2010, 14:54 Quote
any thoughts on the Fortress FT02?
PureSilver 11th January 2010, 14:54 Quote
'Last month's'* builds/This month's builds;

1. £401/£425 = +£24
2. £652/£713 = +£61
3. £855/£913 = +£58, despite a 'downgrade' from 1366 to 1156
4. £1,296/£1,663 = +£367
5. £709/£775 = +£66

Looks like prices are on the rise. Isn't tech supposed to get cheaper as it gets older?!

*November was the last 'What Should I Buy'...
memeroot 11th January 2010, 14:56 Quote
also the Fenrir does not seem to be avaiable in the netherlands... any alternatives?
memeroot 11th January 2010, 14:58 Quote
"any thoughts on the Fortress FT02? "

I mean more than just a mention... is there a review in the works?
Hustler 11th January 2010, 14:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by memeroot
also the Fenrir does not seem to be avaiable in the netherlands... any alternatives?

Yeah...lashings of mayonnaise on your chips works a treat...:)
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