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Best-selling PC hardware, this Black Friday

Intel Core i7

With Black Friday in full swing and everyone rushing for the best deals, I’ve taken a look at the top 5 best selling PC hardware components, right from Amazon’s statistics. I’ve included (practically) the full gamut of PC peripherals.

Intel processors:

No. 1: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366
No. 2: Intel Core i5 750 Processor 2.66 GHz 8 MB LGA1156
No. 3: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-540 3.06GHz 4MB LGA1156
No. 4: Intel Core i7-870 2.93GHz 8 MB LGA1156
No. 5: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-650 3.20GHz 4MB LGA1156

AMD processors:

No. 1: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition 3.2Ghz
No. 2: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8Ghz
No. 3: Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz
No. 4: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0 GHz
No. 5: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2 GHz

Video cards:

No. 1: EVGA nVidia GeForce GT 220 1 GB DDR3
No. 2: Sapphire Radeon HD4550 512 MB DDR3
No. 3: EVGA 01G-P3-N959TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB
No. 4: EVGA  GeForce GTX460 768MB DDR5
No. 5: ZOTAC nVidia GeForce 8400GS 512 MB DDR2

Motherboards:

No. 1: Intel DX58SO Extreme Series X58
No. 2: Intel DP55KG Extreme Series
No. 3: Intel Core i7/i5 LGA1156
No. 4: MSI G31TM-P21 LGA 775
No. 5: Intel DP55WB Media Series P55

RAM:

No. 1: Kingston Apple 2GB Kit (2x1GB Modules)
No. 2: Crucial CT2KIT25664BC1067 4GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 SODIMM DDR3 Memory KIT (2GBx2)
No. 3: Crucial CT2KIT25664BC1067 4GB 204-PIN
No. 4: Crucial 2 GB Kit (2 x 1GB) DDR PC3200 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC
No. 5: Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz

Mechanical hard drives:

No. 1: Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green
No. 2: Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB 5900RPM
No. 3: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5 TB 7200RPM
No. 4: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower
No. 5: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

Solid state drives:

No. 1: Kingston SSDNow V Series 64 GB SATA 3 GB/s
No. 2: Intel 2.5-Inch 160 GB X25-M Mainstream SATA II MLC
No. 3: Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II
No. 4: Intel 40 GB X25-V Value SATA II MLC
No. 5: Kingston SSDNow V Series 128 GB SATA 3 GB/s

PC Cases:

No. 1: Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)
No. 2: Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External
No. 3: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case
No. 4: Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower
No. 5: Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX, MATX Mid Tower Case

Power supplies:

No. 1: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified
No. 2: Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified
No. 3: Thermaltake W0070RUC TR2 Series 430W
No. 4: Cooler Master Elite 460W ATX +12V V2.31
No. 5: Corsair CMPSU-550VX 550-Watt VX Series 80 Plus Certified

Optical drives:

No. 1: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 – Retail (Black)
No. 2: Samsung SH-S222L/BEBS Internal Half Height Supermulti PATA 22X
No. 3: Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE Internal Half Height Supermulti PATA 22X
No. 4: Buffalo Technology MediaStation 8X External Blu-Ray Burner USB 2.0
No. 5: LG Electronics GDR-8163B 16x DVD-ROM Drive

Sound cards:

No. 1: Creative Labs SB0570L4 Sound Blaster Audigy SE Sound Card
No. 2: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Wireless Audio
No. 3: Creative Labs SB1090 USB Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Audio System
No. 4: Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
No. 5: PCISOUND4LP Pci 4CHANNEL Sound Card

LCD displays:

No. 1: ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch
No. 2: Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch
No. 3: ViewSonic VA2231W-LED 22-Inch
No. 4: HP 2010i 20-Inch Diagonal HD Ready
No. 5: ViewSonic VA2431WM 24-Inch

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Asus reveal pics of Sandy Bridge capable motherboards

The ASUS P8P67 Deluxe

Over on the Asus Facebook page, they have given a sneak peek at their next-generation Sandy Bridge capable motherboard, the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. Intel will be releasing the Sandy Bridge processor early next year, but in the meantime manufacturers are getting their boards ready for early adopters. These new processors will have Intel’s on-board video built onto the same die as the CPU, in what Intel promises will eliminate bottlenecks of a discrete graphics processor.

Check out more pics over on Facebook.

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Time running out for ASUS GTX 580 giveaway

NvidiaFacebook is becoming the marketing tool of choice for a lot of businesses these days and ASUS are no different. Their latest promo for the social networking site is a simple giveaway of the new GTX 580.

All you have to do is become a Fan of their page and fill out a survey. The promo closes today so get on it. The details are here.

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Tell ASUS how good your PC build is, win prizes

ASUS Your PrideASUS  are running a competition aimed squarely at those who build their own PCs. The tagline for the ASUS Pride promo is Build A PC You Can Be Proud Of. They’re asking enthusiasts to send them in stories and pics of their creations, and have a set of decent prizes for the best submissions. The one caveat to this is you must have used an ASUS motherboard in your build.

Every ASUS motherboard has a story worth sharing. Do you have one that you are proud of? Share your ASUS PRIDE and tell us what you’ve done to create your dream PC. Share your excitement at discovering the joy and PRIDE of PC building. Share your journey and you may win incredible prizes!

The grand prize is an expenses paid trip to Taiwan to the ASUS HQ or one of the latest Republic of Gamers 3D notebooks, while the runner up prizes include a next-generation ASUS motherboard or an ASUS monitor.

Your PC story must be impressive in one of the following categories to win: Performance, Reliability or Innovation.

For full details check out the promo here. Submissions must be sent in by the 16th of December to be in with a chance of winning.

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ASUS GeForce GT 430 Overclocking Performance

Benchmark Reviews tests the overclocking performance on the ASUS ENGT430 video card

Change comes quickly when it comes to computers. Anyone with a computer a year or two old can tell you that. The last year has been all about DX11. Microsoft DirectX-11 has made video games for the PC look the best they ever have. For a while, there was quite a lull between video card capability and software to take advantage of it. It seemed like even the 2nd or 3rd best cards could play all the games at the highest settings. DX11 was certainly a game-changer. But DX11 has been around for a while now in computer age. The chipset manufacturers are chasing down a new squirrel now.

3D is starting to show up everywhere. It’s not just for the movies anymore. 3D TVs with 3D Blu-Ray players and their 3D glasses can be found at almost any electronics store. 120 Hz computer monitors capable of 3D playback can be paired with more than a couple of manufacturers glasses and software to play 3D games. But 3D isn’t just for games and movies anymore. YouTube offers a 3D site now, and other major video sites will soon follow suit. NVIDIA has started a site where users can upload their own 3D videos and pictures. 3D media is coming on strong, and the major players in the video card market are banking on it.

This is a guest article written by our content partners at Benchmarkreviews.com

Read on @ Benchmark Reviews

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ASUS ENGTX480 GeForce GTX 480

Back in late March (2010) when Benchmark Reviews revealed NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 480 video card, Fermi fever was hot and expectations were unreasonably high. After months of wild rumor and inaccurate speculation, the enthusiast community was finally able to purchase the worlds most powerful single-GPU graphics card. As this article is written, it’s been half a year since that launch and the landscape has hardly changed. NVIDIA still sells the most powerful graphics processor made, and the competition has resorted to a low and middle-market focus on value over pure performance. Fortunately for NVIDIA, their launch of the GeForce GTX-460 and GTS-450 product lines have made the value play extremely difficult for AMD. Yet, for a select few with money set aside for elite-level graphics, the top-end GeForce GTX 480 video card still offers good reason for purchase.

In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 480 video card. This GF-100 GPU Fermi-based graphics card is the key to many things: high-performance 3D-Vision and 3D-Vision Surround, unmatched PhysX potential, and one part of an unbeatable SLI set. NVIDIA Forceware driver optimizations and firmware refinements have turned the GTX 480 into the video card it should have been from day one, reducing operating temperatures over the original production samples and improving power consumption and fan noise. Priced at $486, the ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5 empowers DirectX-11 video games to deliver unmatched geometric realism. Our benchmark tests compare 3D frame rate performance with the ASUS GeForce GTX 480 in single-card and SLI-modes against some of the most powerful graphics products on the market.

This is a guest article written by our content partners at Benchmarkreviews.com

Read on @ Benchmark Reviews

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Win an ASUS Sabertooth x58 motherboard

ASUS x58 motherboard contestCyberPower are running a promotion on Facebook to give away two ASUS Sabertooth x58 motherboards. All you need to do to enter is comment on and share the Facebook page for the promotion, and mail a screenshot of the shared story back to CyberPower.

Full details can be viewed here.

The contest is open to US residents only and closes on the 29th of September so check it out soon.

A few details about the Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard:

  • CeraM!X – Premium ceramic-coating technology provides best heat dissipation
  • TUF Capacitors, Chokes and MOSFETS – Certified by military standard to ensure ultimate durability
  • Efficient Switching Power (E.S.P) – Higher Power Efficiency; Higher Reliability
  • MemOK! – Any Memory is A-OK!
  • True USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s RAID – Faster data transfer with sufficient bandwidth

Via the ASUS Facebook page.

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Win a ticket to Blizzcon 2010 with Asus

Win a ticket to Blizzcon 2010 with Asus

ASUS  GeForce  GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB - Official hardware of Blizzcon 2010Asus are running a straightforward contest to win a ticket to this year’s Blizzcon. Just enter some contact details on their site to be in with a chance to win. Simple eh?

Asus provide the official hardware of Blizzcon and the contest is promoting the ASUS Rampage III Gene Micro ATX Intel Motherboardand the ASUS GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB graphics card.

Blizzcon 2010 will be held 22-23 October in the Anaheim Convention Center in California and is the main showcase for Blizzard Entertainment’s new announcements and releases.

Enter the contest here.

For those unfortunates who don’t win the contest, Blizzard are also offering an online ‘virtual ticket‘ to the event with 4 channels of live coverage.

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AlienBEware: Why You SHOULD build Your Own Gaming PC

AlienBEware

For the past 10 years I’ve been living in a laptop-gaming fantasy land where games never run quite right and low frames-per-second are enough to give you migraine. So I decided a few weeks back to break the mold and build me a new gaming PC, an almighty Herculean flagship for the wrath of Directx 11 titles on the way, and of course for next year’s Rage and Doom 4.

But how much would it cost? And what was I going to put into it?

Back when I was building PCs it was much more of a pricey hobby. Intel Pentium III processors were all the rage, and if you had over 128mb of ram you were considered a little eccentric and on the fringes of the overclocking community. Times have changed though, and thanks to major competition we can build a high-end gaming PC with a fraction of the budget of 10 years ago.

Below is a chart showing how much I will be paying for my new dream rig, and how much it costs with a reputable PC builder. As you can see the savings speak volumes. But more on that later.

Currency My PC Alienware’s Price Money I Saved
Sterling: 1,534.79 3,029.01 1,494.21
Euro: 1,875.00 3,693.28 1,818.28
Dollars (US): 2,368.23 4,666.50 2,298.27

System Specs:

Full tower case: £116.99

I watched more case unboxing videos than I care to remember. There’s a lot of great choice out there when it comes to a PC enclosure. But at the end of the day I settled with the Coolermaster HAF 932. It has ample space, more than enough to accommodate the hardware I’ll be putting into it – with lots more room for anything that might happen a few years down the line. Plus it has 2 x 230mm fans and looks like something Darth Vader would use.

Coolermaster Haf 932

Power Supply: £118.99

If my CompTIA instructor taught me nothing else (and he didn’t) it was never to skimp on a power supply. This is important even more so in the last few years as graphics card power requirements are through the roof. ATI recommend a minimum of 650 Watts when powering their 5970 card. I went with a Cooler Master Silent Pro 850 Watt. If I choose to add another card sometime down the line this power supply (which comes with a 5 year warranty) will comfortably handle a dual-gpu setup.

Silent Pro 850w

Processor: £234.99

Right off the bat we’re going quad core. The price of Intel’s i7 processors are dropping significantly in 5 days time so now even the i7 950 is not out of reach for the cost-conscious gamer.

Everyone seems to be overclocking these chips with ease. It’s not something I plan on doing anytime soon but it’s nice to know that perhaps in a few years when it needs a bit of a kick, I can go into the bios and start fiddling with voltages and what-not. But with a stock speed of 3.06ghz this thing should be fine for the time being.

i7 950

Motherboard: £149.99

For the motherboard I’ll be buying the much lauded Asus P6X58D-E. This board is future-proof in supporting USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. It also can hold up the 24 GB of ram. I’m not sure if I’ll ever use that much ram, but I wouldn’t rule it out. It handles both SLI and Crossfire configurations with all the usual features you would expect from a premium ASUS board.

Asus P6X58D-E

GPU: £469.99

We’re not skimping on the processor or motherboard and the graphics card will be no different. For this rig I’ll be fitting a Sapphire Radeon HD 5970. I didn’t make this decision lightly, it’s still a pretty expensive card but nearly all the benchmarks I’ve seen put this dual graphics processing monster King of the DX11 range. It simply creams through any game out there. With 2gb of GDDR5 memory this card is likely to be a strong contender for the next few years. Let’s hope the price drops before I buy the card (which will be my last purchase).

Finally I can play games at 1080p resolution!

Sapphire HD5970

RAM: £169.99

For system memory (Ram) Corsair’s Dominator memory modules are top of most enthusiast’s list. These ultra-low latency DIMMs will find themselves right at home inside the case. I was going to go with 12gb of system memory, but after close examination of benchmarks and reading what the experts say I don’t think I can justify forking out the cash for 12gb. Even recently released games don’t recommend anything over 4gb.

Corsair Dominator

HDD: £47.99 x 2

My hard-drive setup will consist of 2 x 500gb Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 6Gb/s 64MB, in a RAID 0 configuration. I’ve never set up RAID before but the idea always intrigued me – the power of 2 hard drives working as one. I’m assuming it’s easier to setup than it was 10 years ago. It will be interesting to see just how much faster RAID 0 (or striped set) will perform.

WD Caviar

Monitor: £126.89

For the monitor I’ll be going with a 21.5 inch BenQ LED. I’m not too fussy about the screen as long as it supports a 1980x1080p resolution, which this monitor does comfortably. I’ve never used an LED monitor before so I’m looking forward to seeing how far technology has come in 10 years.

Benq LED

Keyboard/Mouse: £33.99 / £16.99

Keyboard and mouse will be Microsoft’s Sidewinder range (x4 and x3 respectively). I already bought the mouse and I can assure you it’s the most comfortable thing I’ve ever wrapped my right hand around.

So far I’ve purchased the case, power supply and mouse. It will be about 6-8 weeks before I have the rest of the hardware, but you can get an idea of what you’ll need to spend to build a high-end rig. For my money this pc has a good 3-4 years on the top of the gaming world before it will start to show its age with the very latest games.

Below is a list of the components – where I’m buying them an the cost (and no, I’m not getting any money from the companies I’m linking to ). :P

  • Sapphire Radeon HD5970 GPU £469.99
  • Coolermaster Silent Pro M 850 Watt Power Supply £118.99
  • Coolermaster Haf 932 Case £116.99
  • Asus P6X58D-E £149.99
  • Intel Core i7 950 £234.99
  • 6 GB of Corsair Dominator Ram @ 1600Mhz £169.99
  • 2 x 500gb Western Digital Caviar SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache £47.99 x 2
  • 21.5 inch BenQ LED 126.89
  • X3 Gaming Mouse £16.99
  • Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard £33.99
  • Building the Dream Machine with Alienware:

    I know Dell has taken over Alienware but that’s the first name that pops into my head when I think of high-end gaming PCs. So with that in mind I went over to Alienware’s UK website to build a PC with the exact same (almost) specifications to the one I’m building to see what the cost benefit is in building it myself.

    Alienware Area 51

    This Alienware Area-51 differs only in a 200mhz faster processor. I’m not sure what kind of motherboard, power supply or ram they have in that machine, but I can’t imagine it’s any better than what I have chosen for my PC (Asus, Coolermaster, Corsair etc).

    I’m aghast to the nth degree at the exorbitant pricing of Alienware’s flagship gaming PC with the build I specified. It boggles the mind thinking how this could actually be justified. I sincerely hope this is an eye-opener for anyone thinking of going for a pre-built gaming PC. Building one yourself is a piece of cake, and you’ll save a whole lot of cash in the process and likely end up with something more powerful and ultimately more personal than a mass-production assembly line could ever conjure up.

    Update: 27/10/2010:

    Since the PC is now built, I figured I’d follow this post up with some performance benchmarks and updates on the changes made (notably the price).

    Read about it in my new article:
    AlienBEware Episode V: The Wallet Strikes Back

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