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New System to Support Directx 10 Gaming

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October 28, 2007 6:47:00 AM

I need some help and suggestions for building a system that will support direct x 10 games and will have a decent amount of future upgradability. My budget can stretch as far as AUD$1500 but I'd prefer to keep it around $1000-1100 or less. This is what I've come up with so far:

PSU: 550w+ (haven't looked at psu's yet, but may consider up to 1000w).
Case: already have a case that could be reused. But open to suggestions on any decent ones.
RAM: 1-2gb 800mhz/1200mhz. I will probably go with 800mhz...(2x1gb 800mhz modules for $143, 2x1gb Kingston 1200mhz $269.50)
Video Card: Radeon X1950pro/x1950xt, GeForce 8600gts or 8800gt. Both x1950pro and 8600gts $238 at the computer fair.
CPU: C2Duo 6550/6600. Computer fair price for 6550 was $215.
M/b: eVGA 680i SLI 775 A1 Version. RRP $365
HDD: SATA Western Digital Drive. Seen one at the local computer fair for $100 (320gb sata).
Other drives: floppy, dvd dl burner etc.
OS: Judging on what I've been reading in the forums, probably a dual boot vista/xp. I was originally planing to run vista home premium 64- or 32-bit. Computer fair price on Vista Home Premium (32-bit) $148.

Estimates:
Case+PSU: $150
DVD burner + floppy: $75

Total: $1434

At the moment I've only looked at a setup that uses default clock settings, a single HDD setup and single graphics card. I plan to add more HDD's in a RAID setup later on.

For some basic comparisons on prices I've used staticice (www.staticice.com.au) and the local computer fair. One of the vendors claims he can order in the evga board at whatever the going price is from Shadow Entertainment Australia (presumably the only supplier in Aus). Perhaps some bargaining could get the price down a bit ($365 rrp). But he also claims that since Radeon is made by ATI (=AMD), the card will be limited using the evga NVIDIA chipset. I can't find any info online that would suggest that...can anyone help me with that? I was planning to buy a radeon x1950pro or x1950xt and wait until the next gen dx10 nvidia cards come out (thinking about using sli in the future).

I haven't looked at other motherboards, I mainly chose the evga for its features and decent reviews so I'm also open to suggestions on other motherboards. If it's not possible to build an ideal system for $1500 or so, I would like to hear about the kinds of setups (and costs) that are more suitable. Finally, should I choose 32-bit or 64-bit Vista?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
October 28, 2007 9:21:58 AM

where are you in AUS? im in the brisbane are.. i just bought the corsair 2x1gig pair 800mhz cas4 DHX XMS2 from itsdirect.com.au at $151

they are a online pc shop and deliver anywhere in australia..

and i doubt you will need 1K watt PSU..

there is this article on some forum somewhere about a pc running on the corsair HX620W psu doing 8800 gtx sli...
October 28, 2007 1:32:39 PM

PSU: A fully built 8800 ultra pc uses up to 500W 35A. If you get a psu in the 500-600w range, it should be fine with a few future video card upgrades. In these days, you don't worry about wattages since most psus have big wattages. Instead, you worry about the combined amperage on the +12V. This info is on the psu manufacturer's site or on the package or on the label on the psu. As for brands:

http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon

Case: Depends on your budget. This is low priced & well-cooled:

http://www.coolermaster.com/products/product.php?act=de...

RAM: Since you won't be overclocking, get the cheapest quality pair. As for speed, the fastest Intel desktop cpu has 1333mhz FSB:

1333 / 4 = 333.25 * 2 = 666.5

By default, the mobo will see any ram rated at 667mhz or higher as 667mhz. In other words, you can waste money on 800-1000mhz+ ram, but you will be using it as 667mhz. Unless you make changes to BIOS.

MOBO: Will you be running SLI? That mobo does best at overclocking and SLI. If you do neither, get something cheaper. Such as 650i. Like ASUS P5N-E SLI or MSI P6N PLATINUM if you prefer nvidia chipset. Or better yet, get a popular P35 mobo such as ASUS P5K, ABIT IP35-E, GIGABYTE DS3L (NO RAID) or DS3R (RAID).

ginbong46 can help you out with the best stores/prices.
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October 29, 2007 1:00:02 AM

Thankyou for the advice akhilles and ginbong46.
October 29, 2007 3:48:17 AM

Go with a Corsair HX520 or HX620. You can get 2Gb 800 Ram for ~$50 after rebates if you look around. Go with the 8800, you will be sorry if you choose the 8600. Get the E6750, its a bargain right now.
October 29, 2007 4:12:34 AM

all those rebates and stuff are only in the US or europe..

we dont even have the EVGA step-up program in australia..

i know it sucks..
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