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Building gaming PC - no set budget yet

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August 14, 2009 1:51:54 AM

Hi all...


BUDGET RANGE: I haven't set a specific budget yet - will be guided by your suggestions. But I know I'll be looking fairly high as I need to replace *everything* (Also I'm not based in US so makes it hard to convert prices)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: video and audio editing, gaming, home theatre, internet browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: n/a - need to replace everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Not based in US so can't buy from Newegg..but please still post links to it so I can see part descriptions

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Intel CPU but happy to be convinced otherwise!

OVERCLOCKING: probably Yes in the future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not immediately, maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: looking at 24" screen with whatever default resolution on that would be

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to run Win 7 64bit, so will need to be compatible with that.
Also, I have a lot of old concert recordings on cassette that I am gradually digitising. So perhaps I will need a separate, dedicated soundcard rather than on-board sound? Happy to be guided by you experts on that.
Also I need heaps of storage space to store this audio in .wav format once digitized, and I also have about 20 hours of video I need to capture and edit - so storage space is important.

Because of my job, I need to relocate to Singapore for a few years, so I will get this system then when I move in a few months. Depending on what is in the apartment, I may also use this PC as the primary 'home theatre' system for TV and DVD etc.
Low noise would be a bonus, as it's possible I'll end up in a studio apartment where the PC and bed would be in the same room, so I don't want it too noisy if I'll be sleeping close to it!

(If anyone has specific experience of where to get PC parts from in Singapore, I'd love to hear them).
a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2009 4:11:25 AM

By October the computer industry will be completely different so it is impossible to pick parts for then. However, this would make a good computer now.

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black


OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower


Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD

I'll leave the speakers/keyboard/mouse up to you...
August 14, 2009 4:30:53 AM

where are you right now? because singapore prices can be higher than ur place right now.

agree with most things jbakerlent suggested, but get a x4 processor instead.

if your budget is not tight then get i7 920 set up instead.
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August 14, 2009 10:07:21 AM

overshocks said:
where are you right now? because singapore prices can be higher than ur place right now.

agree with most things jbakerlent suggested, but get a x4 processor instead.

if your budget is not tight then get i7 920 set up instead.

Thanks. I'm in New Zealand at the moment, but I'd prefer getting the components over there rather than here and shipping them, unless there was going to be a big difference. Especially with larger things like a monitor. My understanding is, components will be cheaper in Singapore, than NZ?
August 14, 2009 12:30:56 PM

INTEL Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Processor with Original Fan and Heatsink
$458.20 $471.95
ASUS Asustek BC-1205PT Blu-ray Reader and DVD Writer
$399.00 $410.97
Western Digital Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB SATA 3 Gb/s 7200RPM 16MB Cache
$195.00 $200.85
GIGABYTE Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P Intel X58 LGA1366 DDR3 Motherboard
$415.06 $427.51
P.O.S HIS ATI HD4890 PCI-E 2.0 1GB 256-bit GDDR5, 850/3900MHz, Dual DVI/ HDMI/ HDCP, Fan
$324.50 $334.24
Corsair NEW! Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB (3x 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 For X58 MB/i7 Core, 3x240-pin DIMMs, Triple Kit, 8-8-8-24 1.65V
$286.80 $295.40
Antec Antec Three Hundred ATX Tower Case
$101.96 $105.02
Silverstone 850W *SilverStone* ST85EF Power Supply, Silent 135mmFan with 19dBA, 80%-85% efficiency, 4x 6pin PCI-E, 2x 8pin PCI-E, Silent 135mmFan with 19dBAOn Order
$247.50 $254.93
BENQ BenQ 24" E2400HD 2MS HDMI Full HD LCD Monitor
$407.86 $420.09

Sub-Total: $2,835.88||$2,920.96 nz prices from