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

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=10&id2=106&bid=2&sid=35534
$254

CPU
Intel CORE 2 QUAD Q9550/2.83GHz/12MB CACHE/1333MHz FSB/LGA775
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=13&bid=2&sid=31134
$433

RAM
Patriot 4G(2x2G) PC6400 800Mhz Viper 4-4-4-12
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=111&bid=2&sid=29885
$93

video card
Sapphire HD4890 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=82&bid=2&sid=38094
$385

Dvd drive
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=111&bid=2&sid=30088
$39

Case
Thermaltake V9
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=111&bid=2&sid=30088
$135

PSU
Xigmatek NRP-MC 850W 80+ Modular PSU
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=140&bid=2&sid=33717
$209

Aftermarket cpu cooler
Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme Heatsink
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_311&products_id=8064
$89

CPU cooler fan
cythe Ultra Kaze 120mm Fan 3000rpm
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=6848
$26

HDD
Western Digital 640G SATAII HDD
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=129&bid=2&sid=35886
$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.
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  1. Please change the link for the DVD drive and case. Something different comes up.
  2. I would change the power supply to this:

    Corsair TX-750 750W ATX Power

    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=140&bid=2&sid=28019
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Motherboard
    Asus P5QL-PRO ExpGATE S775 P43
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=106&bid=2&sid=32430
    $153

    CPU
    Intel CORE 2 QUAD Q9550/2.83GHz/12MB CACHE/1333MHz FSB/LGA775
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=13&bid=2&sid=31134
    $433

    RAM
    Patriot 4G(2x2G) PC6400 800Mhz Viper 4-4-4-12
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=111&bid=2&sid=29885
    $93

    Video Card
    Gigabyte GTX295 PCI-E 2.0 1792MB DDR3
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=82&bid=2&sid=36144
    $835

    DVD Drive
    Pioneer DVR-217BK SATA 20x Dual Layer
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=20&bid=2&sid=38432
    $46

    Case
    Thermaltake V9 Mid Tower with Window
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=139&bid=2&sid=33656
    $135

    PSU
    Antec ATX EarthWatts 750W
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=140&bid=2&sid=38401
    $206

    HDD
    Western Digital 500G SATAII 7200 rpm HDD(16Mb Cache)
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=129&bid=2&sid=17156
    $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.
  6. 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 ?
  7. 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
  8. 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 ]
  9. 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.
  10. That WD5000KS disk is not bad. I got 3 of them myself.

    However, if possible upgrade to a Spinpoint F1 1TB:
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=129&bid=2&sid=27641

    It's $165 instead of $101, but it's twice as big and almost twice as fast. It beats even the WD 1TB Caviar Black which costs more :)
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