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December 30, 2009 2:29:49 AM

Approximate date of purchase : next 90 days

Budget : around 2000 US dollars or around 2400 australian dollars

All items will be bought from australia and some parts from singapore.

Purpose of use : Mainly for gaming at 1920x1080 , watching lots of movies in HD, listening to music (mainly techno, rock and dance, house tracks), and for certain work and study purposes

Processor: Intel Core I7 920 2.66Ghz ( I wont be overclocking much as i dont think i'll need so much performance)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus P6TD Deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(i'll probably buy a USB 3.0 and sata 6.0 motherboard later when its has been properly released and there are lots of devices for use with it)

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit TR3X6G1600C8D
or is there a similar memory where i will get the same performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: Sapphire hd 4890 vapor-x 1gb or should i go for 2 4870 toxic in crossfire. I plan on buying the 5870 vapor-x or toxic when the price is less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair 850HX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Coolermaster HAF 932 or the HAF 922 (which is better for airflow and looks better)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Samsung XL2370 full HD LED monitor (hope this is good for gaming and movies)
http://www.productwiki.com/samsung-xl2370/

Harddisk: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers: Logitech X-540 or should i go for the Logitech Z-2300 with THX (which is better for music and movies)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech G500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 ultimate

Please let me know if the above parts are good as i dont want my pc to fail on me miserably.
Any advice, suggestions and help is welcome as this is my second time in building a gaming rig.
Thank you all in advance and really appreciate if you all would help me. :na: 

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December 30, 2009 3:07:25 AM

MoBo - For same price get the version 2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or for $10 more, get USB 3 and SATA 3 now, rather than spend $300 later.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - price is high for CAS 8....suggest Mushkin CAS 6 998692's if ya can get em or 998691's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - Buying $204 card to hold you till price drops on a $400 card....don't think you will see price drop $200. One alternative might be a GTX 260 which you can then keep and uses as a dedicated PhysX card with your new 5870.

Case / PSU - Case is a personal aesthetics choice to a large extent but consider the Antec 1200 if for no other reason that you can put a CP-850 PSU in it....normally saves about $30 and Antec PSU is at least a match electrically and is much quieter. Both PSU's are outta stock at newegg.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs

Monitor - Would suggest the Asus 1920 x 1200 models.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

hard disk - avoid the older 320 GB per platter drives and get a 500 Gb platter drive .... Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 Check the THG performance charts (link on home page) and pick HD that does best at the spefic usage you have planned as each drive performs differently on different tasks.

Mouse - I use the Logitech 518, my son the G9

Speakers - the Logitech 5500's are expensive but worth the investment....have 4 sets in house.

OS - Ultimate is cool if you want applock and bitlocker, otherwise get pro.

Suggest a Heat Sink if you gonna OC ..... currently using Prolimatech Megahalems w/ twin fans and IC Diamond 7 Karat TIM
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December 30, 2009 5:23:31 AM

Thanks for your suggestions mate.

I'll probably change the harddisk and go for the 500gb caviar black or seagate 7200.12

I guess i'l also invest in a 5870 vapor x since the price wont come down anytime soon.

Isn't the P6td slightly better than the version 2?



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December 30, 2009 6:17:18 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
MoBo - For same price get the version 2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or for $10 more, get USB 3 and SATA 3 now, rather than spend $300 later.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - price is high for CAS 8....suggest Mushkin CAS 6 998692's if ya can get em or 998691's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - Buying $204 card to hold you till price drops on a $400 card....don't think you will see price drop $200. One alternative might be a GTX 260 which you can then keep and uses as a dedicated PhysX card with your new 5870.

Case / PSU - Case is a personal aesthetics choice to a large extent but consider the Antec 1200 if for no other reason that you can put a CP-850 PSU in it....normally saves about $30 and Antec PSU is at least a match electrically and is much quieter. Both PSU's are outta stock at newegg.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs

Monitor - Would suggest the Asus 1920 x 1200 models.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

hard disk - avoid the older 320 GB per platter drives and get a 500 Gb platter drive .... Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 Check the THG performance charts (link on home page) and pick HD that does best at the spefic usage you have planned as each drive performs differently on different tasks.

Mouse - I use the Logitech 518, my son the G9

Speakers - the Logitech 5500's are expensive but worth the investment....have 4 sets in house.

OS - Ultimate is cool if you want applock and bitlocker, otherwise get pro.

Suggest a Heat Sink if you gonna OC ..... currently using Prolimatech Megahalems w/ twin fans and IC Diamond 7 Karat TIM




That's probably the best advice!

Speakers: I would also recommened the Logitech Z-5500, especially if you're planning on watching HD films in surround sound!

HDD: 500 GB might be too small, I recently bought two Seagate 7200.12 1 TB's for storage. HD movies sizes are quite big and I think that you'll run out of space quite quickly. You might want to go for two 500 GB or one 1TB drive?

Graphics: I wouldn't go for the ATI 48XX series anymore, that would be a waste of money, I'd go for the ATi 5850 straight away and who know's the price might drop in your perchuse timeframe.

MoBo: I'm using an Asrock X58 Extreme which was very cheap but very good! I'm so far extremly pleased with it and it could help your budget if it's needed.

Memory: I chose 6 Gb of OCZ 1333 7-7-7-20 platinum memory, this memory easily overclocks to 1600 7-7-7-20 and is reasonably cheap, but memory speed and timings offer hardly any performance benifits as seen in this article :


Cooling: If you want some extra CPU cooling or just something that's a lot quiter you might want to take a look at buying a Scythe Mugen 2, it's a great cooler and for a quite system or an overclocking system.

Greets
Dylan
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December 30, 2009 4:58:26 PM

I'd say your specs look good. I agree that you might as well go for the ATI 5xxx series now. A 5870 will give you good performance at that resolution. Or consider 2 5770's in Crossfire.

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