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October 8, 2009 1:43:21 AM

Hi All

I'm after a gaming machine with the best bang for my buck
I like to have my computer on 24/7, so overclocking is normally no good for me.

I've had a try at selecting parts but i just seem to always end up with the sub-total of 4000$...

So, based on the prices at www.pccasegear.com can you please advise which of the available parts there would be best to use to make a good gaming system?

My budget is 3000$ (all prices are Aus$)

I only need the box, no monitor, no keyboard/mouse etc.

Much appreciated

-Dan
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a c 230 4 Gaming
October 8, 2009 2:02:37 AM

I'd start by looking at the standard builds here and at other sites such as extremetech.

http://www.tomshardware.com/theme-build-your-own,156.ht...

Scroll down till you see the "System Build Marathon" articles.....note september was "AMD only" which is kind of a disappointment as it artificially limits the choices so you may wanna look at the May builds too.

Aslo

http://www.extremetech.com/category2/0,2843,644478,00.a...
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October 8, 2009 3:06:31 AM

Hmmm, with the build where they use 3X4890's, would it be better to use 1 5870 and an i7 960?
Also, I'm not sure how much ram i need, what's considered overkill? is 8GB (what they used in toms sept. build) overkill? or will 6gb be bottlenecking the system?
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October 8, 2009 3:47:12 AM

i'm actually building an i7 computer with a budget of $2000 USD. i've got it up to just over $1900 with 2 5870's!
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October 8, 2009 4:35:18 AM

i7 920
x58 mb
6 gig of ram
a pair of samsung f3 500 gig hard drives
a 5870
decent cpu cooler
antec 902 case
850 watt psu , corsair tx ?
a dvd drive
another 5870 if you have a vast monitor or are compensating for lacking in the trouser department

there will be change left over for taking your mom out for a meal
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