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November 2, 2008 4:38:27 AM

Hi guys, I'm new to this forum and I'd just like some help on deciding on my new computer since my friend says that this is a very good and active site. And I can see that.

Now, can you please check for me if this computer build works and are there any better parts that I should replace it with? If you are suggesting another part different to the one I have now, please make sure that the price doesn't total over 2100. I'm keeping my budget around 2000 (1900 - 2100).

Here is my build at the moment:

GPU: Gecube HD4870X2 R700, 2GB GDDR5, D-Sub, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, HDCP, HDTV, Dual Slot Fansink, PCIe2.0 (GC-HD4870X2-G3) (limited stock)

http://www.bttech.com.au/gecube-radeon-hd-4870x2-p-1833...
$674.96 + $16 shipping

Motherboard: DFI Lanparty DK P45-T2RS PLUS Intel P45 Chipset Socket 775 Motherboard (update bios) (larger than 5 stock)

http://www.stonebridgecomputing.com.au/catalog/-p-17774...
$199.21 + $13.05 shipping

RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x 2GB) DDR2 800 Reaper Edition (PC6400) Ram Module Kit (change voltage in bios for this)

http://www.itsdirect.com.au/com_products.php?view=detai...
$166.10 + $13.95 shipping

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83Ghz

http://www.arc.com.au/?CPUP4775CD2Q95
$468.00 + $0 shipping (pickup @ 222 George St Liverpool)

DVD: 2x Samsung SH-S223F Black SATA 22x DVD/RW Writer (OEM, Nero Included)

http://www.msy.com.au/LOCATION/chippingNorton.htm (limited stock)
2 x 25 = $50 + $0 shipping (pickup @ Unit 6, 53-55 Governor Macquarie Drive Chipping Norton)

Case: Thermaltake Swing RS 100

http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp...
$139.00 + $15 shipping

PSU: Antec 650W EarthWatts ATX Power Supply, 80 PLUS certified, 80mm low noise cooling fan, Dual 12V outputs, 2 x PCI-Express, 4 x SATA, 6 x IDE (EA-650)

http://www.i-tech.com.au/products/26694_Antec_EarthWatt...
$133.00 + $14 shipping (or pick up at Suite 35, Level 2, 330 Wattle Street Ultimo)

HDD: Samsung/Maxtor(by Seagate) 1TB *Special* Harddisk,SATA2,32MB 7200RPM,NEW! 'HD103UJ' (limited stock)

http://www.arc.com.au/?HDSMSATA100032_CA
$158.00 + $0 shipping (pickup @ 222 George St Liverpool)

Total: $1988.27
Total shipping: $72.00

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November 2, 2008 4:56:36 AM

oh, by the way, is there a better motherboard or RAM i should upgrade to without overspending?

(sorry if double posting is against the rules here)
November 2, 2008 10:12:49 AM

Your build looks OK to me. You can check the parts list in my signature for some better choices, but you might not have access to everything at a good price.

You didn't double post, but when you add a second post to your own thread it can be skipped by people who think you are already getting help ;) 

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November 3, 2008 3:24:12 AM

thanks for your reply. you said it was OK, is there any better parts that I can replace my one with?
November 3, 2008 4:18:22 AM

Proximon said:
Your build looks OK to me. You can check the parts list in my signature for some better choices, but you might not have access to everything at a good price.


November 3, 2008 4:19:57 AM

alright, then.

anyone else wanna suggest better parts?
November 3, 2008 4:29:06 AM

did you look in his guide? it's quite good.

Assuming it's for gaming, what size monitor and resolution are you playing at?
November 3, 2008 4:34:33 AM

Yes. probably full hd.
November 3, 2008 5:12:12 AM

any overclocking? you mentioned playing with the voltage of the RAM.

if so, you'll want a heat sink. see if you can find any of these http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

consider 8GB ram, 64-bit Vista, and i'd think a better PSU than that. 650W might be getting a little low for a big quad core, 4870x2 and underpowering is something you just don't want to do.

also, since you'll be in full HD, maybe a blu-ray drive?
November 3, 2008 5:18:26 AM

No, no overclocking. I mentioned playing with the voltage because on other forums some people had to reconfigure that in the BIOS in order to achieve the full potential of the RAM.

I'll might get one of the heat sinks when I upgrade, for now, I'll stick with the stock cooler. If needed cooling, I might go with the X1283 Xigmatek Red Scorpion CPU Cooler.

I'll upgrade to 8GB ram when needed, but atm, I think the OCZ 4gb will do me just fine. Anything to play GTA IV. =)

I really don't like Vista, I'm a big fan of XP.

Is there a better power supply that you can suggest to me that will last the time? I was thinking of going with the Thermaltake 750W ToughPower, is this a wise choice?
Here it is:
http://www.arc.com.au/?PSUTH750TP

I'll get the blu-ray drive when I upgrade, at the moment its a bit over priced.
November 3, 2008 5:45:22 AM

Vista will allow you to use all 4GB of RAM, XP only allows 3.5 or less.

as for the PSU, i personally stick with Antec or Corsair. corsair has a very nice 750TX for $120 USD (+$20 MIR), otherwise you have to go to 850W.
November 3, 2008 5:48:12 AM

Sorry I cant get that PSU for that price in my area, I'm prob sticking with Thermaltake.
November 3, 2008 6:17:32 AM

about your dvd drive... you have 2 writers, you can save an extra 20-30 bucks by getting standard dvd drive and only using one buerner. OEM versions aren't quite the same as retail versions as they dont come typically come with anything but the drive, a lot of times other items may be in the picture but with a disclaimer somewhere saying picture for retail version or something like that. just a warning to you since you have nero included on the post.
November 3, 2008 6:19:35 AM

nevermind my last post about price i didnt notice it was 25 x's 2 i just saw the $50 part 25 isnt a bad price for even a standard drive
November 3, 2008 6:37:58 AM

Don't worry, kurtyboh, I have the software part fully covered. =D
November 3, 2008 8:33:58 AM

Oh hey guys, I have decided to change some parts again, tell me what you think:
GPU: HIS ATI HD4870X2 PCI-E 2.0 2GB 512-bit
http://www.diycomputers.com.au/product.asp?ID=6679
$699 + $0 shipping (Pickup at 115 Parramatta Road Granville)

Motherboard: DFI Lanparty DK P45-T2RS PLUS Intel P45 Chipset Socket 775 Motherboard (update bios) (larger than 5 stock)

http://www.stonebridgecomputing.com.au/catalog/-p-17774...
$199.21 + $13.05 shipping

RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x 2GB) DDR2 800 Reaper Edition (PC6400) Ram Module Kit (change voltage in bios for this)

http://www.itsdirect.com.au/com_products.php?view=detai...
$166.10 + $13.95 shipping

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83Ghz

http://www.arc.com.au/?CPUP4775CD2Q95
$468.00 + $0 shipping (pickup @ 222 George St Liverpool)

DVD: 2x Samsung SH-S223F Black SATA 22x DVD/RW Writer (OEM, Nero Included)

http://www.msy.com.au/LOCATION/chippingNorton.htm (limited stock)
2 x 25 = $50 + $0 shipping (pickup @ Unit 6, 53-55 Governor Macquarie Drive Chipping Norton)

Case: Thermaltake Swing RS 100

http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp...
$139.00 + $15 shipping

PSU: ThermalTake 750W Tough Power

http://www.arc.com.au/?PSUTH750TP
$174.00 + $0 shipping (pickup @ 222 George St Liverpool)

HDD: Samsung/Maxtor(by Seagate) 1TB *Special* Harddisk,SATA2,32MB 7200RPM,NEW! 'HD103UJ' (limited stock)

http://www.arc.com.au/?HDSMSATA100032_CA
$158.00 + $0 shipping (pickup @ 222 George St Liverpool)

Total: $2053.31
Total shipping: $42.00
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