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First System Build need advice, 1000-1400 AUD budget

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December 20, 2009 6:28:34 AM

hey all im looking to build my first comp, will primarily be used for gaming and possibly some newb attempts to overclock.

Not entirely sure when to purchase am considering waiting to hear what Nvidia comes out with next year (hopefully) before investing in a graphics card.

In Australia with a budget of approx 1000-1400 AUD but that can be stretched. I already have screens, keyboard, mouse and speakers.

Am currently using to screens one 1650 by 1050 another 1440 by 900 so would like to buy another 1650 by 1050 down the road to even it up.

As i already have a GTS 250 i will be looking to get an SLI ready mobo and am considering either buying another soon or waiting and using the current card as dedicated physx, thoughts?

CASE:Thermaltake Soprano RS 100 Full Tower Case Piano-Black with Wndow side-panel No PSU


PSU: 750W "Corsair" TX-750 ATX Power Supply, 140mm fan, Dual PCI-E Graphics Card Connector, 8x SATA Connectors, Universal AC input 90~264V


CPU: Core i5 50 2.66ghz


HDD: Seagate Barracuda ( 1TB ) 1000GB 3.5" SATA-II 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive 1TB HDD
and Kingston SSD Now V-Series SNV125-S2BN/64GB 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) SSD
HDD

MB: Asus P7P55D LGA1156 ATX


RAM: G.Skill 4GB KIT DDR3 1600Mhz VALUE SERIES CL9 9-9-24, Non-ECC, Un-buffered 240 pin DIMM [
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So thats the build minus graphics card which I will wait for rather then buy a 5000 series card and make my GTS 250 redundant.

thank you all in advance any input or recommendations would be great :) 

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December 20, 2009 12:09:40 PM

Good combo except for the ram which is best suited for LGA 1366. Get this ram kit:

http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/ProductDetail/tabi...

It's CL9. High for overclockers. You could turn on Turbo mode in bios and let the mobo overclock for you. Up to 3.2Ghz depending on cooling. The other low CL ram is crazy expensive in AU. They might as well shoot me & take the money.

If you want a roomy case, full tower it is.

http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/ProductDetail/tabi...
http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/ProductDetail/tabi...

I strongly recommend a SSD + HDD combo cuz you use the SSD for speed for OS & HDD for storage/backup. Best of both worlds. The Vertex is an excellent choice.

Now here we go again. It's a gaming rig. The main purpose is gaming. You should spend as much money as budget allows to get the best gaming card possible. The GTS 250 is a low to mid-range card. I wouldn't touch it with a 12-foot pole. If I'm not mistaken, GTS 250 is a GTX 9800+ rebrand. Forget overclocking. Get a better GPU. Sell the 250. I wouldn't get anything lower than HD 5770. In fact, I wouldn't get any next-gen card yet cuz it's the WORST time to buy it. The DX11 cards are marked up by retailers to milk the customers to the bone. There was a chip shortage that caused the prices & demand to go up. I'm talking about North America. Other markets would be worse. More expensive than what we pay. Hence, I got a cheap-o GTX 260 with rebate to tide me over to GT 300 release when the HD 5800s will be lower in prices. I'm waiting the storm out. No official release date yet, but my guess is late Q1 or early Q2 2010. Unless nvidia wants their stock to plummet further.
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December 21, 2009 5:46:10 AM

Thank you for the info and reply, RAM was another thing i wasn't certain on, 4gb will suffice but would there be any advantages on more RAM mainly for gaming?

Thanks for the case suggestions ill go with the Thermaltake simply because its 100 bucks cheaper.

SSD and HDD combo it is, Ive been looking around and many dont like RAID 0 arrays so this should give me the speed atleast.

With regards to the graphics card i still honestly believe the 250 is a great card for its price range, though nothing incredible. Ill hang onto it for now, because, as you say its the worst time to be buying a next gen card, so ill wait and see what Nvidia has to offer before deciding to spend big in the area.

thanks again for the reply
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December 21, 2009 1:04:13 PM

4 gigs is plenty for everything. If you want more, get one more kit. But you'd need a 64-bit OS.

Even if you're doing RAID 0, you need a plan B. That's another drive for backup/storage.
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