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Originally Posted by Synalar1. GTX580; this card costs 40% more than GTX570 and offers cca. 16% more performance (at 1920); if the game is not playable with GTX570 it's not with GTX580. for AAA games, that have such high demand, a GTX570SLI would prove better (SLI drivers support most popular games).
Originally Posted by SingularityThe recommendation of the Corsair cx 430W made me cringe. Corsair's refusal to give them out for review, coupled with the number of DOA units I've heard of recently just makes it looks like a horrible POS PSU...
I'd much rather go with a cheaper case (one of the smaller CM elite cases for example, or a Xigmatek Asgard) and get a better PSU for the price difference (say, a Seasonic 430W)
Originally Posted by The articleFinally, we've updated the PSU from the Corsair SU-430CX 430W to a PSU we have reviewed: the Antec Earthwatts 380W. We said in Custom PC that it 'proved able to output a stable voltage from all of its rails [and] its also reasonably efficient'. As this isn't a monster PC, a 380W power supply is fine.
Originally Posted by sp4nky"When it comes to PSUs, our sister mag Custom PC..."
I hadn't realised that Custom PC was feminine. Is it on newsagents shelves next to Hello! and such?
EDIT: By the way, nice to see the PC guide back after its Christmas break
Originally Posted by Bit-techexpensive now that SilverStone has stared shipping the case with its excellent Air Penetrator fans.
Originally Posted by HustlerYikes!!!....clean sweep for Intel on the CPU front.
AMD....Bulldozer cant come soon enough.
Originally Posted by ClaaveWe'd actually intended to change that, but we hit the Publish button too quickly. It's changed to the Antec Earthwatts 380W:
Originally Posted by RepoYup, the CX430 has a bad rep, which is a shame as the Builder CX400 (it's predecesor) was a great unit in it's class.
Originally Posted by XirI'd have expected 8GB RAM "Gaming Workhorse" rig
Originally Posted by digitalduncFrom the premium player recommendation:
"Whats tipped our recommendation in favor of an LGA1366 build, though, is the well publicised problems Intel is having with its P67 and H67 chipsets. As a result, youre better off opting for an X58-based board right now."
If you believe this is the case, why recommend Sandy bridge components for the other builds? I fail to see why this is only an issue with the premium player rig.
Following your previous conventions, surely a 2600K based build would be more sensible? According to your own benchmarks the 9xx range is eclipsed, hexcore notwithstanding.
Additionally, the cited advantages regarding triple channel memory and additional PCI-E lanes are arguably negligible, especially in terms of real world performance.
Originally Posted by the_kille4Hmmm... still waiting for LGA 1356 to come out to replace x58
Originally Posted by rasmusdfWhy on earth don't they recommend the Athlon II X3 for the gaming build????
Also - a Phenom II X4 + mobo is quite a bit cheaper than the Intel equivalents, allowing for a bigger GPU - why is this not considered?
Perhaps bit-tech is just an Intel shill.
Originally Posted by BindibadgiSince you're new I'll forgive you ;) for not knowing the Affordable All-Rounder had an AMD CPU for every single buyers guide (in memory) until very recently. The G6950 is just better than the Athlon II X3 when overclocked, and the Gigabyte H55 board is excellent and cheaper than ever. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/06/24/intel-pentium-g6950-cpu-review/1
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