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September 25, 2009 3:01:48 PM

Hi All,

I have had a nice discussion regarding Processors, so I'm now submitting my potential build to you all. Please feel free to advise on any changes needed or if I have made rubbish choices!! I'm in South Africa, but converted the overall price to GBP to make things easier. Also I have no OS at the moment, so if you can recommend that would be great. I'm aware you can now get Vista with a Win7 free upgrade?

Anyways here it is, and I look forward to hearing some expert advice!!

OCZ PC3-12800 DDR3 6GB Plat Low-Voltage Triple Channel 3x2GB Kit Coolermaster V8
Corsair TX750W, Eps12V, ATX 12V V2.2 - 750w (12v : 720w)
Intel i7/Nehalem 920, 2.66ghz box cpu
Asus ENGTX275/HTDi/896MD Geforce GTX275
LG GH22LS30, 22x, Lightscribe
Seagate barracuda 7200.12 st31000528as, 1TB/1000gb, s-ata2
ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme - Republic of Gamers
Coolermaster RC-690, CM690 + Windowed side panel

Total Price: £1,387

Much appreciated in advance!!


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September 25, 2009 3:04:58 PM

it won't let me edit this thread, so *edit / update*

the memory is OCZ3P1600LV6GK and I'm not sure that its compatible with this MB, I'm very confused about the compatability issues :s

Also obviously Coolermaster V8 should be on a different line :) 

Thanks again

September 25, 2009 3:07:05 PM

Change it to something that follows this format so we can know what you want out of the machine.
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September 25, 2009 3:13:38 PM

hey ian ek ook in ou r.s.a wa kan ons help
September 25, 2009 3:43:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP money is in the bank waiting to be spent!

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Want a nice gaming rig with potential for upgrades. As per spec SLI / Crossfire support, but a single card for now.


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Not a clue currently, although can get dealership as IT reselling myself. (no idea what disties are good)

PARTS PREFERENCES: none, good ones

OVERCLOCKING: Yes - to say no is silly with processors today

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1680x1050 22" Wide monitor. Whatevers best for gaming!

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: not really loud, no bling requirements!

MY LOCATION: South Africa


Current Parts list - ALL from (no real reason, they seem cheap!)

Coolermaster RC-690, CM690 + Windowed side panel (not sure what window side panel is :s dont need it) - R1,021.36

Corsair TX750W, Eps12V, ATX 12V V2.2 - 750w (12v : 720w) - R1,496.41

ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme - Republic of Gamers - R4,360.96 (for no reason just looked good)

OCZ PC3-12800 DDR3 6GB Plat Low-Voltage Triple Channel 3x2GB Kit - R1,520.16

Intel i7/Nehalem 920, 2.66ghz box cpu - R3,168.58,_...

Coolermaster V8 - R836.09

Asus ENGTX275/HTDi/896MD Geforce GTX275 - R3,097.32 (only 1 for now)

Seagate barracuda 7200.12 st31000528as, 1TB/1000gb, s-ata2 - R874.09

Hope formatting is right now!!

September 25, 2009 3:46:27 PM

ian what part of s.a you from? i know of a place in boksburg fleamarket that has the case for R700 and the v8 for R650
September 25, 2009 3:51:47 PM

Hey I'm in Cape Town, I sadly don't even know where boksburg is :) 
September 25, 2009 3:56:36 PM

Yes, this is much better, thank you. As for the parts an usage, it all looks great. Just a few small suggestions. It might be worthwhile to switch to an Intel i5 CPU, but this site doesn't seem to offer it. Could be this site, or could also be your location, either or, the i7 920 still a great choice. I also would've suggested moving to the HD 4890 instead of the GTX275, but apparently nVidia is a lot cheaper than ATI in South Africa. All in all, if this site gives any insight to the parts availability in South Africa, I would definitely say that you have a great setup here. Goodluck with your building endeavors!
September 25, 2009 3:58:27 PM

try changing that hdd to a western digital caviar black
September 25, 2009 4:46:05 PM

Intel 920 2.66GHz i7 Quad Core CPU

including VAT

Coolermaster RC-690K-KWN1 CM690 Pure Black Windowed Side Panel no PSU


Asus Rampage II Extreme Intel X58 Chipset

including VA

Corsair TX750W 80PLUS Certified for Energy Saving 750W

including VAT

OCZ 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) Plat Low-Voltage Triple Channel Kit

including vat

Western Digital CAViAR Black WD1001FALS 1TB S-ATA2 7200RPM

including VAT

Sapphire 21162-00-50R 5850 1GB ATI Radeon HD5850 GPU

including VAT

Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366 RT


total of R16460.64 from
September 25, 2009 4:47:00 PM

Thanks Obs,

Do you have any idea what distributors these people buy from? I could save even more money if I buy directly from them :) 

Trying everything!!

Xaira, thanks for the input WD Caviar black is on the ordering list :) 


September 25, 2009 4:49:26 PM

andy runs landmark pc's he imports directly, most retailers get from him
September 25, 2009 5:00:53 PM

Is Andy on these forums?
September 25, 2009 5:03:47 PM

nope andy aint i just know him through a mutual friend but you could call the company to find him
September 28, 2009 11:04:32 AM

So do you all think its better to go for the i5 technology rather than sticking to the X58 chipset in the wait for the hex cores?

I just want to get a machine that is going have a good upgrade path! And is that mother board a good one? or should I rather go for something else. Looking at the specs, it appears to have minimal expansion slots etc??

Look forward to hearing from you. On the final few decisions!!

Thanks in advance!