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Windows 7: Advice on my build

12 Jul 2010   #11

Windows 7 Enterprise

Also from an audiophile background, I'm warey of PC speakers claiming to be more than 100Watts.
As Ignatzatsonic previously stated, which I concur with, marketeers generally provide two pieces of misleading information: 1. the Max/peak rating instead of RMS; 2. Overall rating instead of rating per channel.

Example such as, the amp that is rated at 600W.
Lets assume it it a 5.1 system, therefore each channel is only 100Watts.
So each channel at 100W, lets assume they stated the max/peak power. So divide by 3 would make the RMS of the output to be around 30-35watts RMS.
For max/peak ratings on speakers, you'll divide by 2 for the RMS.

The divide by 3 (for amps) and 2 (for speakers) are not scientifically correct but it is a commonly acceptable guideline to stay within the safezones of your system.

So if all you want to do is make loud noises, this should be fine while sitting at your desk. Probably not so much for your home theatre.

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14 Jul 2010   #12

Win 7

I decided to get the 1090t over the 965BE mainly because I was using these benchmarks PassMark Intel vs AMD CPU Benchmarks - High End but the post you showed me from Toms is quite convincing that 6 core AMD isn't the way to go. Because this rig is for gaming strictly. As for the speakers I knew that they were going to be cheap but i've been using some horrible stock speakers I got with my first computer ever which was 7 years ago. So just about anything that produces sound will be an upgrade. I can tell their marketing is cheap and that's how it is with their power supplies they offer that aren't the 'premium brand' so I went with the cheapest premium brand.

"I just looked at Anantech's review of that video card:

Total system power, idle: 141 watts

Total system power, load: 401 watts.

Make of that what you will."

I'll have more than enough wattage for the card and the rest of the computer components?

Since I originally made this post some things changed and I had to postpone buying my machine until September. Because I am moving and want to settle into my new address before I make the purchase to avoid any confusion. But with that being the case I am HIGHLY considering making an Intel machine instead for the extra performance I would get.

Also, Colonol Travis regarding the reviews once more the results they got from switching GPUs (specifically the 5850/5870) the almost minimal amount of performance benefits displayed is making me think I should save myself the 135~ extra bucks and get myself a 5850 in the machine. Since I am not an overclocker, don't plan to tweak anything, and will only be running on one moniter at 1280x1024 res most likely.

If I go AMD 965BE for sure and a 5850.

If I choose Intel then an i7 930 (I could pay for 20% overclocking)

I will also probably just choose some lower end logitech speakers without a subwoofer.

I appreciate all the help so far.
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