Published on 10th March 2011 by
Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTHIn the previous buyers guide the reason the AMD build was not recommended before was due to the MSI 770-C45 not being made any more:
This is because the MSI 770-C45 was replaced by the MSI 870-C45 at the same price point:
An Athlon II X3 450 or Phenom II X2 555BE should do the job:
This would leave enough money left for an HD6850 1GB or GTX460 1GB:
Originally Posted by arcticstoatOur monthly guide to getting the best components for your PC build, whatever your budget.
Originally Posted by soviet_When you are used to looking at the beauty of a P182, these cases looked like they've been molested with the ugly stick
Originally Posted by t5kcannonOn the gaming workhorse list, why is there no mention of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti SUPER OC 1GB? It's an excellent version of the 560 and better than the MSI. On dabs.com for only £209.98 too.
On the premium list, I'm not sure I buy the explanation regarding why a Sandy Bridge based system was not recommended. Sure the i7 950 is very nice, but a i7 2600K is superior. How components fair over time, and the performance they offer over time seems to me key. Got think of how upgradable things are.
Awesome premium case recommendation, SilverStone FT02B.
Of course, we were in the same tough old boat this month as we were last month, when we were umming and ahhing between an X58 or P67 based system for out Premium Player rig. In the end, as you can see, we’ve decided to plump for an X58-based system. This is because we try to make this a guide to what’s best right now and, even though P67 boards are filtering back into the country, we can’t be certain that they offer the same blistering level of performance until we’ve tested them properly.
As a result, we’re hedging our bets by recommending an X58 based system that we know will be quick - LGA1366 processors never stopped being fast, after all. They also have the bonus of offering triple-channel memory support and native dual 16x PCI-E lanes as well.
Originally Posted by SnipsThat's all well and good if you are a fan of AMD but tests on the G6950 show it to be the better option allround.
Originally Posted by carpetmonsterQuote:Originally Posted by soviet_When you are used to looking at the beauty of a P182, these cases looked like they've been molested with the ugly stick
The P182 has all the cooling ability of a hot water bottle. I went from a P182, with the tricools on med or high to a Haf922 and my temps dropped considerably across the board. The biggest issue with the P182 is the side is not perforated. Might look nice, but cooling wise, it's crap.
Originally Posted by levellerQuote:Originally Posted by arcticstoatOur monthly guide to getting the best components for your PC build, whatever your budget.
Shouldn't the premium player have an ATi 6990 if you are doing single card solutions, although for a premium player, possibly 2x 6990's?
Added: I just re-read what was written about the 6990 in the article. The problem is, what is the definition of the premium player? You have 3 other categories catering for everyone else, surely premium should be the best money can buy? In which case, until next month, that is the 6990?
Originally Posted by soviet_Some truly awful looking cases picked this month, especially the Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus
Originally Posted by ashaneWhere is the Folding Rig again this month??I asked the same question last month! Has the Folding Rig folded?
Originally Posted by levellerShouldn't the premium player have an ATi 6990 if you are doing single card solutions, although for a premium player, possibly 2x 6990's?
Originally Posted by prisoner369118Actually, you can get the Fractal case in the US. I have a Fractal Define R3 right now.
Originally Posted by Redsnake77Isn't Z68 due in May? Why not hold off recommendations until you've tested the new new 1155 boards?
Originally Posted by MaterialMan doing the buyers guide is a thankless task.
Originally Posted by Landy_Ed
I put it to you that you did something wrong, or chose/built the wrong combination of components. Or you ran it with the door shut & the fans switched to their lowest possible settings. P182 cooling capabilities are fine, you just need to use them all.
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