NEW COMPUTER BUILD IS IT OK?

dhicks2008

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I am going to order some computer parts soon, would the following parts be ok together, are there any problems with my system build?

INTEL I7 920 D0 Stepping
6GB CORSAIR XMS3 1600MHZ DDR3 RAM
1GB HIS ATI 4890
ASUS P6T SE X58 MOTHERBOARD
COOLER MASTER 650W PSU
COOLER MASTER ELITE CASE
LIGHTSCRIBE DVD DRIVE
1TB SATA HD
22" SAMSUNG MONITOR

Would my graphics card be ok for the max resolution on a 22" monitor, would the FPS be improved by getting a bigger/smaller monitor?

I will probably overclock the cpu very slightly, would this be possible with the above setup?

How would i be able to play games in High Definition?

Would the above set up be ok to play games on full settings or would I need a better GPU?

Thanks

Dan

 

dragoon190

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Yeah, the max resolution of a 22", depending on model and manufacturer, is somewhere around 1680x1050 (some models can do 1900x1200).

The graphic card you have should be more than enough for that.

Which model of CM's PSU are you getting? Some models are better than others, and since you're going to overclock, it'd be a good idea to check the 12V output from that particular model to make sure you have enough juice to power the whole system.
 
If the CM 650W PSU is the Real Power Pro model it's OK. If it's anything else report back with the model name.

CM Elite case = 1 case fan? Is that right? Is the case a MicroATX model? Probably not a good match for your high performance CPU, MB and GPU. Look for a high performance gaming case too - like the CM RC-590 or RC-690 2 or more fans recommended.

Games do not "play in High Definition" but movies and videos do. You could get a "1080P" high definition monitor 22" 1680x1050 or 23" 1920x1080 The 1680x1050 monitor will still show play High Definition movies and videos using 720P. And the 1680x1050 will be a bit "faster" in games since it has to handle fewer on-screen pixels than a 1920x1080 monitor.

 

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"High Definition" is a term dubbed for Movies an Televisoin, because the old resolution was ~480i/p for regular televisions. HDTVs have a resolution of ~1024x720p to ~1980x1080p. Computers have always been in "High Definition" with resolutions at at least 800x600. A 22" monitor will have a resolution of 1680x1050, which by television standards is "high def." If you get a monitor with HDMI and have an Xbox 360 or PS3 you can hook it up and play those games in HD, which is what I did.
 

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Also, if you're going to OC your CPU, you'll need a good CPU Cooler like this one.

Don't forget to check out the combo deals if you're ordering from Newegg, you can save a lot of extra cash if they have what you want ;)
 

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Thanks guys for all your help, my case is an Coolermaster Elite 330 with the CM realpower 650w psu but I might get a upgrade to a 1KW psu. What cheap but good 1kw psu do you recommend?
 

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Hi, I may be swapping the Graphics card listed above for the ATI 4870 X2 , I have heard it requires alot of power. My only worry, would it fit in my Elite coolermaster 330 case?

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I wouldn't do it, the airflow might kill it.

and a 4870 X2 only needs a 750w PSU, or a high-end 650w, you'd probably be looking at a corsair, PCP&C, Hiper or Silverstone PSU @750w+ because your build is i7 based.
 

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Ok so what case do you recommend for under £100 that will be very roomy to fit either a gtx 295 or a 4870 x2 (still havnt decided) and have some beasty fans to cool the thing down, aint bothered about noise.

Also which is a better card GTX 295 or the 4870 X2, I can afford either, is the 295 better at every game ?

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the 295 is only slightly better, is not worth the extra cash.

and the best case for under £100 is probably the HAF 932, but you could get away with a Coolermaster 690 V2, they only cost £60 but they are the mid-price case of choice and will handle even 3 cards absolutely fine.
 
Besides the CM 590 (aka Centurion 590) and 690 I mentioned above a few other good high performance gaming cases under £100:
Antec300, Antec 900 or Antec 902
Coolermaster Storm Scout / NZXT Tempest / Thermaltake V9

I actually think getting 1 4890 now is the best bet. Grab a 2nd one later if you feel you need it.
If you want two GPUs now, instead of the 4870 x2 I'd get 2 separate 4870s.
Another good multi-GPU option would be 2 GTX 260s.