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Building a new comp

April 30, 2010 at 13:15:08
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Alright, I'm looking to build a new comp, mainly for gaming and HD videos, just wanted to know, best Motherboard graphics card ect for it? Pretty much any info would be appreciated.

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April 30, 2010 at 14:59:36
Can't recommend a board unless you tell us which CPU brand - AMD or Intel. And even then, there are a few different socket types to choose from so you will have to narrow it down - Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Athlon II X2/X3/X4, Phenom II X2/X3/X4, etc.

This article will help with the video choice:

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: April 2010

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April 30, 2010 at 15:42:43
I didn't really have anything prior in mind, I'm fully building a new
one, not adding on to something already existing, I don't know
much about the hardware at all.

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April 30, 2010 at 22:00:15
Here's what I'd recommend:

Intel Core i5 750 ($199.99) or AMD Phenom II X4 965 (185.99)
Both are quad-core processors. The i5 750 is a little faster than the Phenom 965, but motherboards for the Phenom are cheaper. Both are very fast x264 video encoders and gamers.

If you choose the Core i5, you'll want a P55-based board like this Asus:
Or, if you choose the Phenom II X4:
Both of these boards have USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s SATA, so they're ready to rock and roll with the 6Gb/s hard drive I've listed below. They're also CrossFire ready, which means that you can add a second video card in the future.

Gigabyte Radeon HD 5850 ($309.99):
OR Radeon HD 5770 ($139.99):
The 5850 is a very fast DX11 gaming card that uses far less power than nVidia's latest DX11 offerings. The 5770 is quite a bit slower, but it's also $170 less. The 5770 is still fast enough to be considered a gaming video card. And since you're interested in HD video, both cards have H.264/VC1 video decoders, integrated HDMI audio engines, and protected HDMI audio paths. The protected audio path lets you bitstream Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master tracks from Blu-ray discs to a home theater receiver.

ATI also makes a Radeon 5830, but it isn't much faster than the 5770, despite being $100 more.

4GB (2 x 2GB) of DDR3-1600 memory ($109.99):
4 gigs of scary-fast DDR3 will still run 98% of the software that's out there very well.

1.0TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive ($109.99):
You might as well have tons of storage for all that high-def video. This drive has a 64MB cache and 6Gb/s SATA interface; it's a fast one.

LG's Blu-Ray reading, DVD burning optical drive ($99.99):
What's an HD video box without a Blu-Ray drive? This drive also reads and writes CDs and DVDs.

Antec Case and Power Supply bundle (114.99):
This case also comes with an Antec 500w "EarthWatts" power supply that will easily run the components mentioned above.

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM ($99.99):
It's a well known fact that Windows 7 kicks major patootie. The OEM disk is the cheapest (legal) way to get Win7.

Total (Radeon 5850; Intel CPU/board): $1199.92
Total (Radeon 5850; AMD CPU/board): $1140.92

Total (Radeon 5770; Intel CPU/board): $1029.92
Total (Radeon 5770; AMD CPU/board): $970.92

BTW, yes, I have a life. Barely. :-)

HTPC | Pentium M @ 2.82GHz | 4GB | 1.0TB | Radeon HD5750 | Blu-Ray | Win7 Pro | HDMI out to Onkyo TX-SR707

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May 1, 2010 at 04:03:19
Nice setup recommendations Jackbomb!

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