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March 13, 2009 11:17:45 AM

Hi all, most impressed with the knowledge base of this community, therefore.....

I am looking at an upgrade for my home PC. Have all the basics, getting a new PSU (coolermaster extreme 650W) and maybe new case.

But the nuts and bolts are what I would like your opinion on.

1st:
MB : EP45-UD3
CPU : Q6600/Q8200 (nearly same price)
Ram: 4Gb (2*2Gb DDR2 800 Kingston HyperX )
GPU: 1Gb 9800GTX+ (giga-byte) - AUD $ 860

2nd:
MB: PQ5
CPU: Q9400
Ram: 4Gb (2*2Gb DDR2 1066 Kingston )
GPU: 1Gb 4870 (ASUS) - AUD $ 1052

3rd:
MB: P6T
CPU: i7 920
Ram: 6Gb (3*2Gb DDR3 1333 Kingston)
GPU: 1Gb 4870 (ASUS) - AUD $ 1381

Now Options 1 and 2 are the most viable for me, as 3 leaves me with no money left :( 

Which one gives the best bang for buck and is reliable. Mainly used for Mid to High end games, and graphical editing software like Corel. Also does it pay to match MB manufacturers to GPU manufacturers?

PS: I do not over clock and will never over clock so dont tell me what I can do with creative cooling, there is no such thing as cooling in Australia.

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2009 12:54:45 PM

LOL @ "there is no such thing as cooling in Australia". I'm freezing to death here in Canada in the middle of March. Australia isn't that bad after all :) 

Short answer, I'd pick this combination:
MB : EP45-UD3
CPU: Q9400
Ram: 4Gb (2*2Gb DDR2 800 Kingston HyperX )
GPU: 1Gb 4870 (ASUS) - AUD $ 1052

The HD 4870 is a lot faster than the 9800GTX, and better bang for the buck at those prices.

The Q8200 is about the same speed as the Q6600, but consumes less (it's 45 nm technology, newer than the 65nm in the Q6600) so get the Q8200 if it's between those two. The Q9400 will beat them both. A Q9550 would be best IMO, if possible.

As for the motherboards, I personally trust Gigabyte more so I'd go with the GA-EP45-UD3. However, the P5Q is good too. Check the features and see which one has all the PCI slots and SATA ports and whatever else you care about.

You don't need DDR2-1066 if you don't overclock. The DDR2-800 will be fine.

Are there any better options for the PSU than CoolerMaster? For example do you guys have Corsair or Seasonic or PC Power & Cooling products there?
March 13, 2009 2:38:49 PM

aevm said:


Are there any better options for the PSU than CoolerMaster? For example do you guys have Corsair or Seasonic or PC Power & Cooling products there?


Thanks aevm.

I can get my hands on a 550w Seasonic PSU, is that enough power? Or there is Thermaltake PSUs.

Oh and the prices were for all the parts the 9800gtx+ = $292 and the 4870 = $379
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March 13, 2009 2:59:27 PM

Yes, to answer that, the 550w will be enough for a 4870.




a b B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2009 4:25:22 PM

Yeah, and Seasonic is one of the best brands.
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