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New Gaming PC Proposed Specs, $1700-$1800 AUD budget

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April 17, 2009 10:35:09 AM

OK guys.

Here's the new specs i've come up with:

Motherboard
DFI LANPARTY-DK X48-T2RS LGA775 M/B X48/ICH9R
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$254

CPU
Intel CORE 2 QUAD Q9550/2.83GHz/12MB CACHE/1333MHz FSB/LGA775
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$433

RAM
Patriot 4G(2x2G) PC6400 800Mhz Viper 4-4-4-12
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$93

video card
Sapphire HD4890 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$385

Dvd drive
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$39

Case
Thermaltake V9
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$135

PSU
Xigmatek NRP-MC 850W 80+ Modular PSU
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$209

Aftermarket cpu cooler
Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme Heatsink
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
$89

CPU cooler fan
cythe Ultra Kaze 120mm Fan 3000rpm
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
$26

HDD
Western Digital 640G SATAII HDD
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$109

OK. With this setup i will be able to run a second 4890 in crossfire later on or run another dual gpu setup etc. Which is what i plan to do later this year.

And that motherboard supports both PCI-E Gen 2 slots running at 16 lanes at the same time.

What do you guys think??? Any suggestions???

I'm from Australia, so no newegg references please.

April 17, 2009 2:16:43 PM

Please change the link for the DVD drive and case. Something different comes up.
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April 17, 2009 2:23:59 PM

Looks good to me

With the money you're putting into the build, I might suggest going with an i7 920 +X58 motherboard +DDR3 ram + different heatsink instead, but there is nothing wrong with what you have.

Direct X 11 is coming out the end of the year. You may want to go with a lower video card option, 4870 for example, now and upgrade to a newer one at that time instead of the crossfire option. This will also allow you to go with a 650W power supply. Whatever you pick for a power supply make sure all outputs have short circuit and overvoltage protection.

I hear you about Newegg references. I wonder sometimes if some of these folks work for Newegg.

Good luck
April 17, 2009 2:37:09 PM

LOL, no we don't work for Newegg. It's just that their Web site is particularly good for getting info, i.e. specs and user reviews.

I wouldn't worry about DirectX 11. I don't think it will make any difference at all in the next few years, because all games will keep working fine with DX 10 (and most likely DX9 too) for a long time to come. Developers can't afford to make DX11-only games because they'd lose access to the huge numbers of people who still use XP or Vista.

I'd replace the WD6400AACS with a WD1001FALS, if the budget allows. The WD6400AACS Green Power is slower. It's not the same as the WD6401AALS (WD 640GB Caviar Black) that is so popular these days. I can't find the WD6401AALS at that site.



April 18, 2009 1:34:46 AM

Motherboard
Asus P5QL-PRO ExpGATE S775 P43
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$153

CPU
Intel CORE 2 QUAD Q9550/2.83GHz/12MB CACHE/1333MHz FSB/LGA775
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$433

RAM
Patriot 4G(2x2G) PC6400 800Mhz Viper 4-4-4-12
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$93

Video Card
Gigabyte GTX295 PCI-E 2.0 1792MB DDR3
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$835

DVD Drive
Pioneer DVR-217BK SATA 20x Dual Layer
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$46

Case
Thermaltake V9 Mid Tower with Window
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$135

PSU
Antec ATX EarthWatts 750W
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$206

HDD
Western Digital 500G SATAII 7200 rpm HDD(16Mb Cache)
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$101

OK So my budget has been extended to $2000 Australian Dollars

This is another set of proposed specs.

I can't afford and X58 motherboard, so i won't be going I7 but thanks anyway.
April 18, 2009 3:09:50 AM

what monitor are you using ?And whats its resolution ? Any one advising you to buy a particular gfx card without this information is blowing smoke out their .......

I also couldnt help notice that the AMD 940 be is $90 cheaper than your intel quad . Performance is pretty similar .Are you definitely going intel ?
April 18, 2009 5:09:01 AM

Outlander_04 said:
what monitor are you using ?And whats its resolution ? Any one advising you to buy a particular gfx card without this information is blowing smoke out their .......

I also couldnt help notice that the AMD 940 be is $90 cheaper than your intel quad . Performance is pretty similar .Are you definitely going intel ?


Soz i'm going to be using a Samsung 23.6 inch 1920X1080P monitor.

Um, i will definately go intel, as i'm planning on overclocking later, and i don't know how to overclock on AMD boards, and i don't mind paying a bit extra. Besides, "Play to Win on Intel Core 2 Quad" :p  :D 
April 18, 2009 6:29:13 AM

I think a 4890 is plenty for a 1080p panel , though some others will disagree .

The tomas guides "best gfx card for the $" have a few comments about the very top end gfx cards from AMD and nVidia . You dont get enough for the extra money unless you have a really large monitor .

The phenom system is probably easier to overclock that the intel . Instead of ramping up FSB you can just change the multiplier . That increases cpu speed and leaves everything else untouched . Theres an article on this on this site .

The difference isnt as much as $90 though because the AMD mb is about $40 more expensive .

With hard drives performance is partly about data density . ie how tightly data is packed on each disc . Until recently you are better off with 320 . 640 and 1 terabyte drives . which have 1,2 and 3. platters respectively . Last week you'd buy the 640 over a 500 gig because it was faster .

This week there are 500 gb platter hard drives available . One of these will be quicker than the double platter 640 gig [ but I havent seen a benchmark yet ]
April 18, 2009 10:51:15 AM

Outlander_04 said:
I think a 4890 is plenty for a 1080p panel , though some others will disagree .

The tomas guides "best gfx card for the $" have a few comments about the very top end gfx cards from AMD and nVidia . You dont get enough for the extra money unless you have a really large monitor .

The phenom system is probably easier to overclock that the intel . Instead of ramping up FSB you can just change the multiplier . That increases cpu speed and leaves everything else untouched . Theres an article on this on this site .

The difference isnt as much as $90 though because the AMD mb is about $40 more expensive .

With hard drives performance is partly about data density . ie how tightly data is packed on each disc . Until recently you are better off with 320 . 640 and 1 terabyte drives . which have 1,2 and 3. platters respectively . Last week you'd buy the 640 over a 500 gig because it was faster .

This week there are 500 gb platter hard drives available . One of these will be quicker than the double platter 640 gig [ but I havent seen a benchmark yet ]


Any idea when these new 500 GB Drives will surface on the market??? I can afford to wait a little while later to order the hard drive, and i can use a 40GB IDE for the moment. Also are they going to retail at a higher price???

I'll take a look at some reviews of the Phenom Processor and take that into account.

I don't really mind paying that much money for a graphics card, i'm a bit of a graphics whore, and i actually can't wait to max out Far Cry 2 with 8X AA and see how Crysis Warhead goes on Enthusiast settings and see if 2X or even 4X AA is feasible.

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