*GeForce GTX285 Edition
*1024MB of GDDR3 memory
*240 processor cores
*3-way NVIDIA SLI-Ready
*2nd Generation NVIDIA Unified *Architecture
*PCI Express 2.0 support
*Full Microsoft DirectX 10 support
*OpenGL 2.1 compatible
*NVIDIA PhysX technology
*NVIDIA CUDA technology
*Dual dual-link DVI C up to2560x1600
#Case:Thermaltake Armor+ MX Black Steel Mid Tower Case with 23cm fan on Window Side Panel
*Optimized design for both liquid cooling and air cooling system
*Sliding hood with toolbox on top
*Tool-free design for 5.25" device and PCI slot
*Independent thermal management for CPU, VGA & HDD
*Cable management system for better cable routing and internal air flow
*Micro ATX, ATX supported
#Power supplies: COOLER MASTER 650W eXtreme Power Plus SLI Silent 12CM Fan Newest ATX 12V V2.3 Dual +12V1 and +12V2
#Optical: 20X Dual DVDRW 20+R/20-R
System 2 doesnt come with a monitor. System 1 seems to have an additional thing, a "sound adapter".
I am also not quite sure about the power supply-what do you guys think??
SO, please- which one should I buy?? The thing is, system 1 has a better processor and mobo, but not as good a vid card as compared to system 2.
Thank you Axeon
Should I get 32 or 64 bit vista, or should I stick with xp? If I go for 64 bit visa, will I have to get more ram? The supplier says 6 gig ram is an extra NZD$106
I was thinking along those lines myself-the only game I play is..er..*blush*..WoW.
I've JUST started getting into warhammer and COD4-I think a 9800GT should be fine for that? I hardly ever play games, and WoW currently takes up like 5 hours a week from my time. Its cos I'm at uni studying software engineering, and am in my first year-I expect as I progress in my studies and start on artificial intelligence and graphics and research into multicore and whatnot the system will come to be better utilized-future proofing may be a good thing?
Axeon is right in saying that the i7 is more appropriate in terms of future-expansionability... but I think the Core 2 Quad series are still powerful processors in their own right (Although I would recommend the q9550 over the q9400) I guess if you think you'll have a few extra bits of cash in the near future, go with the i7. You'll be able to replace that graphics card and add more RAM. (the 9800 GT will manage at 1080p... but honestly, its almost painful to look at an i7 and 9800 placed side by side)
On the other hand, 500w on an i7 system? You see, budgeting for an i7 isn't exactly the ideal approach; you end up dishing out so much cash on the processor and the motherboard that you lose out on cash to spare for your RAM, the GPU, and... your PSU. In this case, if you hoped to expand (which to me looks like the only reason you'd get the i7 as opposed to a cheaper core 2 build), you'd probably have to replace that PSU at the same time, especially for any sort of SLI/Crossfire.
I guess someone with more experience with power supplies will have to comment on that though.
Also, you don't seem to have mentioned a CPU cooler - do you plan to use the stock cooler? Intel's stock coolers are pretty famous for sucking in the metaphorical sense.
Build your own. You will get more for your money, learn something about your PC, and have a new feeling of self-worth when you are done. Prebuilt systems are almost never a good deal when compared side by side with a homebuilt system.
Mobo: Asus mobo for an i7.
processor: 920 i7
power: Corsair TX-650W ATX Power Supply, 120mm fan, Dual PCI-E
ram: Corsair TR3X6G1333C9 6GB (3x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 CL9-9-9-24 RAM
tower: Antec nine hundred
hdd: 500gig 7200rpm seagate
vid card: gigabyte 1 gig gtx285
optical: 22x dvd writer combo
OS: vista 64 bit
monitor: BenQ T2200HD 21.5" Widescreen FULL HD 5ms 10000:1 DCR
generic keyboard, mouse, speakers.
2. Get the best price for the parts
This is a problem.
Lets try though:
Mobo: NZ$488.00 excl GST (12.5% of item)
CPU: NZ$599.00 excl GST
power:NZ$185.78 excl GST
ram: NZ$559.11 excl GST
tower: NZ$217.78 excl GST
HDD: NZ$120.00 excl GST
vid card: NZ$799.11 excl GST
optical: NZ$40.00 excl GST
OS: NZ$217.78 excl GST
Monitor: NZ$244.44 excl GST
add that up: NZD$3471 excl GST
And this is where it all falls down. Its too expensive. I dont know if it would be cheaper to get the above items in the US, get them shipped over and then I can build it myself..what are your thoughts?