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February 11, 2008 7:55:22 PM

Looking to upgrade from my old P4 3.2ghz with ddr400 ram, have a small budget: Around 600 AUD
Will be using www.umart.com.au, since pickup is just down the road! (toowong branch!)
i was thinking

Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2GHz/1MB CACHE/800FSB/LGA775 (Will be overclocking when i have time!)
Internet Price: $112.00

Gigabyte P35-DS3P P35 ATX FSB1333 2xPCIEx16 SATA2 RAID 1394 GbLAN DualBIOS+ (futureproofing, will be getting a HD3870 at the end of the semester, so i can add another one later)
Internet Price: $165.00

CoolerMaster Centurion RC332 Elite Black with No Power Supply(RC-332-KKN1
Internet Price: $55.00

Corsair VX-450 ATX 450W Power Supply 120mm fan
Internet Price: $99.00

Patriot 2GB (2x1024MB with Heat Spread) DDR2-800MHz DC SL Kit
Internet Price: $88.00

Western Digital 160G SATAII 7200 rpm HDD
Internet Price: $62.00

Pioneer DVR-215BK 20x Dual Black OEM with software- SATA
Internet Price: $37.00

Thoughts?

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February 11, 2008 8:26:05 PM

go for the e2160. Since you're planning on overclocking, many have said they have achieved over 3.0ghz on them(air cooling). Also, if you are going to add another video card up your PSU to the corsair VX550w instead of the 450w with the extra moneys you saved on the CPU
February 11, 2008 8:40:49 PM

For the cpu choice, I'll leave that to you..But the e2160 would be the best bet IMO.

Drop the p35-DS3P...There is no future proofing this year. Nehalem kills all boards, end of this year, no more upgrading. Will need to jump to a new mobo/socket to support nehalem. So don't spend too much money on a board. If you don't need raid or firewire, just nab a p35-ds3l and save your money, or nab a Asus P5K-E or Gigabyte P35-DS3R if that DS3L doesn't fit your needs (no raid/firewire). By the time your semester ends, nehalem will be around the corner or out...best to save as much money as you can if you want one.

Memory? Save some cash and get these instead.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Micron D9GMH = Yummy OC. Also a mail in rebate that expires on the 24th to save you even more money.

For the psu, get this from here.

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-520w-sli-certified-modu...

You save some cash, and get a much better PSU with free shipping also. If you want one even cheaper that's still high quality, you can nab this, it's not modular though, but saves you even more money for another high quality unit.

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-550w-power-supply/q/...

That's pretty much all I can think of, if you drop the ram you chose, the motherboard, get this psu, and a e2160, you'll have some more funds to spend it on other places. If you want, nab this case with the additional funds.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The stock cooling is great for the price, it's also a quality case. The fans inside are 3 speed, they cater to low noise, or better cooling. This will help when you're ocing. You gotta make sure you keep temps nice and low...Also if you do decide to go with a 2 card setup, it'll help even more.

That's pretty much all I can think of, if you have any questions, feel free to post.
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February 11, 2008 9:38:35 PM

^I agree with Kamrooz selection on the PSU (520HX/550VX), the and the RAM (Crucial Ballastix D9 OCing god chips ;)  ). The case is totally up to you to decide depending on the size,etc. If you don't want all the extras go with the P35-DS3L. See comparison (DS3L, DS3P, DS3R) here:
http://www.giga-byte.us/Products/Motherboard/Products_C...
February 12, 2008 5:07:25 AM

sigh, i cant buy from newegg which means i cannot get crucial ballistix, which is why i posted the site.

i didnt realise nehalem would have a completely new socket, i guess the DS3L is the way to go then.
February 12, 2008 7:49:57 PM

going to use my 8500GT until i can afford a HD3870
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