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Just some review on a to be built system.

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June 29, 2009 6:56:55 AM

G'day,
Just looking for some Reviewing on my build, i haven't built a computer myself for a while.
Last computer was a Athlon 64 5200+ 1gb ddr2 and a X1050 so I have lived with slow long enough, (think the Sims 1 not working)
ohh AND VISTA!! eppp.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE
: In the next month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Extreme Gaming, 3D projects, virtual Machines (reason for 8gbs of ram)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Operating System, Speakers, printer :) .

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: budget is $3000 AUD (what that's like $20 USD right?) already over budget, so no massive changes.


Mobo: DFI LanParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD4870 1GB Crossfire, (i picked the Gigabyte one because of that dodgy fan easier to remove for watercooling)

RAM: Corsair TW3X4G1333C9DHX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 (buying two sets 4*2=8GB)

HDD: Samsung 1TB 7200rpm SATA II HD103UJ (spin-point F)

Case: CoolerMaster CM Storm Sniper AMD Dragon Special Edition

Monitor: BenQ G2412HD 24in Widescreen LCD Monitor

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular

Optical: Lite-On IHAS324 DVDRW (two)

Input: Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5500 Revolution and a Webcam.

Additional: 3.5 VR Rheobus with LCD (fan control and temperature reading)

Water Cooling;

Pump: Swiftech MCP655-B 12V Pump

Res: Bitspower 5.25 Bay Reservoir Black - POM Version

Rad: Swiftech MCR220-QP Radiator

Tubing/coolant: (red) Feser UV tubing and UV coolant.

GPU Block: Swiftech MCW60-4870 VGA Block (two because of crossfire)

CPU block: EK-Supreme - Acetal

+hose clamps and Fittings.

Any help would be great, Just checking i haven't made some uber-gay mistake.

Cheers,
Nickos

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June 29, 2009 7:04:13 AM

If you don't want to defect to Intel and spend your budget, CPU and board is good, if a little pricy. Lose the Samsung, though, and get a Western Digital Black. You're PSU does not have enough connectors, and is insufficiant. That CD drive is very noisy.
June 29, 2009 7:09:24 AM

Only thing that I feel is that you are skimping on the Graphics card and Power supply...
For a 24" monitor, a single 4870 1GB cant push all those pixels @ high settings in most of the current games and if you are planning for 4870 crossfire, that 600W PSU is not at all suffice and that too with water cooling components installed...
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June 29, 2009 7:09:25 AM

Thanks mate,
yea nobody seems to like the Samsung any more. Why is that?
I'll up the PSU to a OCZ Fatal1ty 700W SLI good enough?
noise doesn't bother me at all. current computer is very very very noisy.
June 29, 2009 7:22:51 AM

Get the Corsair 750TX...Though it maybe little costlier than the OCZ, but well worth it...
June 29, 2009 7:25:35 AM

And if you can change the graphics card to 4890, then it would be very good as they overclock higher and better than the 4870 and at stock would give better performance than the 4870...
June 29, 2009 7:25:43 AM

Done, thanks mate was only like $20 dollars more. So whats your word on the Hard Drive?
June 29, 2009 7:29:40 AM

Okay how bout a HD4890 now w/ water block. and in 6 months a second?
June 29, 2009 7:37:13 AM

^ Nice option...

Well in 6 months time, you can expect newer DirectX 11 cards from ATI...And that too not just the high-end ones...So I highly doubt, you would get the 2nd 4890...

But if you get them for less than USD $150 (AUD 180), then its fine...

As for the HDD, the Samsung F1 is a good drive...but the WD Black 1TB would be faster...but if the price difference is significant, then stick with the F1...
June 29, 2009 7:48:24 AM

Western Digital Green 1TB WD10EADS Cheaper by like $5. but is it better?
meh. getting the [logical] best now to avoid massive upgrades later. another computer in like 3-4 years.
June 29, 2009 8:54:49 AM

The WD Green and the F1 would have similar performance...

- WD claims the WD Green series consume less power than other standard HDD...
But have seen is some reviews that it doesnt matter much if you have 1-2 HDDs but an array of HDDs like NAS storage...
June 29, 2009 9:30:07 AM

Thanks, I may upgrade my HDD. but i dunno.
err. my friend has offered me a cheap deal on a Apevia Warlock 900W PSU for $200 AUD is this a good deal to take?
i personally believe it is but i have never been good at understanding PSUs
June 29, 2009 12:11:50 PM

Thanks, for all your help mate. will be ordering some time but i have green day tickets to wait online for.
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