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October 13, 2009 10:33:45 PM

I'm about to make my first build and I really wanted something worthwhile to build.
I've looked around and asked a few people and I have a list compiled of the stuff I'm going to use.
I was just wondering if there was anything I should use instead.
Also I'm in Australia, so I can't buy things off newegg.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a year? (but the sooner the better)
BUDGET RANGE: $0-$2,500 (American dollars of course)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing, school essays, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse , monitor, networking, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None because i haven't seen a website that will ship to Aus...
PARTS PREFERENCES: Similar to items below. I like Asus and Antec.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (probably)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (probably not)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have one already

Case: Antec 902
CPU: i7-860
Mobo: Asus p7p55d pro
RAM: 8gb corsair (4x gb i7/i5 ram)
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5850
HDD: 2x WD Caviar Black 500gb RAID0
Sound:Creative PCI Express X-Fi Xtreme Audio
CPU Cooler: Zalman cnps 10x extreme
ODD: Pioneer 20x (oem)
PSU: Antec truepower quattro 850W

I'll probably run 7 or vista pro if it matters.

I wanted these kind of specs but if there is a huge price difference without much performance loss that would be great. Also cheap performance increases are good.


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October 13, 2009 10:40:36 PM

yes there are changes to be made, but first you need to see the sticky at the top of the forum and give us the info we need ;) 
October 13, 2009 10:42:09 PM

ok i'm editing now
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October 13, 2009 11:18:04 PM

Whats your monitors rez ?
October 14, 2009 12:43:03 AM

it's a 21.5"

max res is 1920x1080
October 14, 2009 12:44:38 AM

Prices change, so I can only advise you what is good now, not a year from now.

Without knowing what your current monitor resolution is, we can't say what video card you need.

You have an OK idea on the CPU and MB.


a bit faster than a 500GB Caviar Black, and you shouldn't bother with RAID. In 6 months you can get an affordable SSD if you need more speed.

CPU cooler
Better, quieter.

Antec 1200 case

Special Antec PSU (for the 1200 only)
Better than the quattro

here's a 4850

And now you have places to shop. See my signature for a complete list.

October 14, 2009 12:54:08 AM


The 1200 was an option from the start, but i met budgeting and availability issues, which is to say it was a bit expensive, and i couldn't find a shop that had it.
I get most of my stuff from a shop in Chinatown, so their stock is limited. They did have a 902 though, so i went with that.

Also, the link to the hdd is not working, it just comes up with the home page. Can you give me the model instead? Then I'll go and find it myself to see.

Thanks again.
October 16, 2009 12:55:13 AM

I was looking at the site the shop that i'm getting the parts from and they don't stock the caviar black. In fact none of the shops around here do.
Is the Seagate ST3500418AS 500gb okay?
It's just that the online sites tend to be a bit expensive around here.

October 16, 2009 6:40:49 AM

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB is a good price and a good buy. That would be the second choice. WD Caviar Black 650GB is another good one.
October 16, 2009 8:07:51 AM

once again, they don't supply it. They don't have any caviar black drives or spinpoints. They only stock the barracudas and some caviar green drives.

The barracudas seemed like a better deal.
And yes, we don't have much down here =/
October 22, 2009 8:03:23 PM

No i wasn't shopping at msy but their prices are better anyway =)

I've also gone with the i5 instead of the i7, mainly because of price.

Would you recommend it?
October 22, 2009 10:49:56 PM

Yes, the i5 is a good processor for the price and will work just fine in games.