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    Its time to update this old machine.

    I've selected what i'd like, but its a little bit more than i planned to spend. So i figured I would once again submit to the collective wisdom of the Aria forum.
    I don't game (but i like to reserve the right to change my mind ), I do a lot of heavy load photoshop work, and for kicks i edit video. so that's the stuff i want my comp to fly doing.
    I also don't overclock, I'm not that clever with computers under the hood (as my recent general hardware thread might have proved ) so i need stuff to just work out of the box fast.

    Oh, i also have a new external for unplugged back up of my work, its usb3, so i'd like to take real advantage of that, i guess thats pretty standard on new kit now?
    I'm not 100% sure about the SSD because you hear about problems, and I have no time to be fixing issues while i'm working. (although i do have a back up rig)

    this is what i'm looking to buy:
    https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/wFMCyg8KiohKLDjD9b_lvw,,
    it's mostly based on the prices of what i bought the stuff i'm upgrading.

    and this is what I'm upgrading:
    Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) Processor
    Cooler Master Centurion 590 Black
    Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet CPU Cooler
    Arianet GeForce GTX 260 "Sonic Edition" 896MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    500GB Samsung HD502HJ F3 3.5" SATA II Hard Drive
    2x 1TB Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 SATA-II 3.5" Hard Drive
    Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard
    G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C8 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit
    Samsung SH-S223B 22x Internal DVD±RW SATA Drive - Black
    Corsair VX Series 550W ATX2.2 Power Supply

  • #2
    Imho, keep the GTX260 - it may not be the world's best gpu, but it's fine for the basics

    Swap the mobo out for the MSI-Z77A-G43 : https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=48876
    Saves a chunk more money, has usb3 front headers and rear ports.

    That alone should free up plenty to bump the cpu up to the i7 cpu. https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...roductId=49758

    You can get the non-k for £14 less because you're not overclocking, but if you ever sell it on the "k" version which hold its value.


    Comes to £502 inc Vat + Del : https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/HQAxUbs6z4B0L1uTZnDvnQ,,


    SSD's are worth every single penny imo. The responsiveness of windows is transformed - you'll never go back
    Last edited by Spaceboy; 06-05-12, 18:36.
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    • #3
      well thats interesting for sure! thank you

      i'd decided to stick with gigabyte just because my build prior to this one i'm upgrading was built on an MSI mobo and MSI gfx card... and it was problem after problem (admittedly a couple of issues were HD related, but it still flavoured the experience). and the gigabyte stuff on 2 builds has been rock solid.

      but its not like MSI are clowns, i might have been unlucky, it was a while ago. i should open my mind. thats a good saving

      I hadn't considered the i7 because when i last did a build i couldn't find any reasons the benefits justified the cost. i didn't do anything that hyperthreading seemed to help.
      so is the cache and stock ghz bump good value?
      the chip costs about 50% more. the cache bump is 33% and the ghz bump only... a really small %. a lot for £80 odd. am i missing other benefits that don't make the product subtitles?

      i feel more sold on the SSD idea - iread here the crucial one is most reliable anyway.

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      • #4
        I recommended the i7 mainly due to this

        I do a lot of heavy load photoshop work, and for kicks i edit video. so that's the stuff i want my comp to fly doing.
        That should take advantage of the i7's hyperthreading
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        • #5
          I'd say don't bother using the GTX260 at all, its a powerhouse going to waste. Might as well just use onboard graphics .

          Thought about getting an overclocked bundle? . Can't beat a free performance boost!
          Main Rig: A8 7670k @4.5GHz // Gigabyte F2A88-XM D3H // 8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz // Sapphire Nitro R9 380 // Samsung 850 250GB // Samsung F3 500GB // EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2 // Dell U2312HM // Zowie EC2
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Spaceboy View Post
            I recommended the i7 mainly due to this



            That should take advantage of the i7's hyperthreading
            With hyperthreading its about 25% faster, bettter performance or something I can't remember

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