Hey guys, this is the build i've come up with. Basically wanting some advice on any changes that can be made. I have gone about $150AU over my limit and wanting to cut that down. Atm this all comes to $1880AU, that being $1527US. I want to chop it down to around $1400US. Anything I can cut down on without losing too much performance? Will be running on a 1900 x 1080 resolution monitor. Thanks a lot guys!
Thanks guys, swapped the PSU for the 650 equivalent corsair, and the heatsink over for the Xigmatek. Also removed the GPU cooler which won't be added until later down the track when I overclock. This takes it down to around $1760. Sounding better If anyone has anything else to add that would be great. Besides this, someone else has mention this build below, what do you guys think with that? Honestly I think what I already have is better value for only $100 extra, but I do like the dual 275GTX. Opinions?
CPU: AMD AM3 PHENOM II X4 955 BE $355
Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P $135
RAM: 4GB Kit(2x2G)DDR3 1333 G. Skill $99
HDD: Western Digital 640GB 16MB SATAII $91
GPU: 2 x 1GB ATi 4890 Gigabyte $538
Case: Antec 300 $107
PSU: Seasonic PSR550+ $125
Optical Drive: Pioneer 216 SATA $28
In my opinion you can wait for the next generation graphics cards to come out, and with that will come the i5 platform, the middle to top end i5 will be very similar to the i7 920 and will be cheaper. If you want to order now then you have a solid build which will last awhile, the good thing about the AM3 socket is that it last a while. Also if you can - go with DDR2 and save some money, perform differences are very slim and not worth the extra cash. In a lot of reviews the 4890 was even beating 280, at your resolution you'll see much better results with the 4890s. Also I say go with the XFX brand for ATI cards, they have the best customer support. Oh and don't pay for overclocked cards, you can overclock them yourself. If you want better cooling for your GPUs (because in your first post you wanted after market gpu coolers) you can mod the side of your case to put in 1 or 2 120mm fans to blow cool air directly on the GPU. As for the heatsink, the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme (TRUE) is currently the best around, they have the regular version, black, and copper, I know the black cools better then the regular version and I don't know much about the copper. It's about 70 USD at xoxide. The HAF 932 is currently the best air cooling case, so you can't go wrong with that. The Antec 300 is OK, but compared to the HAF (in terms features and cooling) it's pretty much crap.
Thanks for the reply mate, but Iw ill be purchasing within the next month or so, can't really wait for the i5. And as for GFX card, I will be getting a DX11 compatible card to work in crossfire with my 4890 when they are released
Memory: OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 Platinum 3x2GB - $159.00
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD4890 Overclocked - $315
PSU: Corsair TX-750 750W Power Supply - $219
CPU Heatsink: CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler - $89 OR
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU Cooler - $55
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 1366pin-series - $392
Mobo: Gigabyte EX58-UD4P - $329
HDD: Seagate SATA 500G - $74
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case - $209
Optical Drive: SATA SONY - $35
Complete Total: $1821/$1737
So I'll just grab the corsair 750w instead of going cheap ass and getting the $650. Will the TX750 hinder the performance of the dual 4890s at all? If so, I would think it would be worth it to spend the extra to grab a 8-900w supply? Thanks a lot