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July 21, 2009 9:33:39 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Two days from now!

BUDGET: AU$900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing games

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have the following parts:

CPU: Intel ATX E8400 CORE 2 DUO /3.0GHz/6MB/1333FSB/LGA775
http://www.umart.com.au/member/products_item.phtml?&pid...

OTHER: Keyboard, mouse, 22" HDMI monitor, 2.1 speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.umart.com.au

PARTS PREFERENCES: not too keen on ASUS motherboards, otherwise anything is good.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: don't need software as I already have Windows XP, just looking for a mid-range system and must order all parts from umart website (as above). My only real worries are having support for my HDMI monitor and a nice case to make upgrades easy. I'm talking things like removable drive bays etc.

So far I'm looking at the following parts:

Case: Lian Li PC-8B
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP43T-UD3L S775 4DDR3 PCIE2.0 SATA2 GbLAN ATX FSB1600(O.C) UD
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

**NO LONGER USING THIS RAM
RAM: Corsair TR3X3G1333C9 3GB (3 x XMS3 1GB) PC-10600 (1333MHz) XMP DDR3 RAM 3x240-pin DIMMs Triple Kit (I chose this RAM because I'm running XP)
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

EDIT: Geil 2G(2x1G) DDR3 1333 PC10666 CL9
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=2

VIDEO: Sapphire HD4890 VaporX 1G GDDR5 HDMI PCI E
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

HDD: Samsung 1TB SATA II 7200RPM 32M
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_review.phtml?id=10...

DVD: LG DVD22X+- DUAL LAYER DVD Rewriter with Software(GH22NP20)
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

PSU: PLEASE HELP!!

Ok so there we have it! These parts come to a total of $875 (after edit). There is no way I can go over budget, except for possibly buying the optical drive at a later date.

Any advice on my build would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys!

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July 21, 2009 9:46:27 AM

the ram you have selected is a triple channel kit for ci7 motherboards

You need a 2 x2 gig dual channel kit
July 21, 2009 9:49:45 AM

Ok, thanks for the quick reply. I was hoping to use this kit over three channels, two paired in dual channel and one running in single channel, as it is a nice cheap option to have the 3gb supported by XP. I take it this is not possible due to the triple-channel nature of the RAM?

I have adjusted my OP.

Any other problems/advice?
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July 21, 2009 10:04:04 AM

There is no need for ddr3 with the core 2 series... offers no benefit. Save some cash and go ddr2. That way you can get 4gb for the same price. What motherboard are you using right now, it can't be too bad if it supports a 3ghz core 2 duo.
July 21, 2009 10:39:57 AM

I don't have a motherboard at the moment, I'm on a completely different system. That motherboard seems fairly cheap and offers plenty of expansion options which is all I'm really after at the moment.

I've also edited my OP to include more information about my CPU/PSU.
July 21, 2009 10:57:17 AM

Yea, that actually is a good price on that motherboard. I would recommend 4gb of ram though.
July 21, 2009 11:13:20 AM

Ok, advice taken! Thanks kevin and outlander! I'll probably just wait a week or two and get another couple of gigs of ram when I can afford it =)

You guys have been really helpful. Keep the advice coming!

EDIT: Ok so I'm now in need of a PSU. Seems I lent my Antec 430w to a mate some time ago. He's happy to swing me the $78 I paid for it and lend me a few extra bucks if I need it so he doesn't have to take it out of his system haha. So yeah guys I'm pretty noob when it comes to PSU issues, all I know is I'm pretty sure I need one with 2x PCI-E connectors for my video card. This is what I'm looking at so far:

Antec ATX EarthWatts 500W
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

Or this:

CoolerMaster 650W Extreme Plus
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

I've heard that Antec tend to deliver more reliable power supply, however the CoolerMaster is cheaper and has removable cables to reduce internal clutter.

Thanks again for the help guys!
July 21, 2009 12:38:13 PM

Bump for new info/question.
July 21, 2009 2:55:58 PM

The Antec Earthwatts is more efficient... so even though the coolermaster offers 650W, the Antec can possibly still output more. Still, either would be pushing it with a 4890. Once it's 80plus certified and offers about 600W, then you're clear... a weaker psu may probably get the job done, but why take the chance.

Something like this would get the job done:
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
July 22, 2009 1:22:52 AM

Hmm while that does look like a nice PSU my concern is that the 140mm fan won't fit in my Lian Li PC-8B case.

Another concern I have is with the size of my video card and whether this will fit in.

I've spent some time trying to find an answer to this problem, does anyone happen to know if my PSU/GFX card will fit into this case?
July 22, 2009 2:29:58 AM

Hmm ok so my PSU isn't a problem but my video card will NOT fit in this case. Can anyone suggest a different case with a similar price?
July 22, 2009 11:22:50 AM

Yeah I called up Umart and had a tech try and fit it in. He can't get it in there. I've settled for the nVidia case by CoolerMaster. And yes I realise the irony of having an ATI card in that case =p

I placed my order not too long ago. Thanks again for all your help guys!
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