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I7 920 encoding build, please help

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January 3, 2010 7:27:14 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: AU$1100 (US$988)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: encoding, watching HD movies, CAD(only light), surfing the net,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: mainly been using http://www.staticice.com.au/ COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No(as long as my GPU supports dual monitor)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1. Just making sure the grahpics card has dual monitor HDMI support
2. Wondering whether the 700W PSU is overkill (as I'm not using SLI/Crossfire)
3. This build is focused on encoding, so parts will have to match that.
4. This is a future build, so it will need to last.

Parts:

CPU - Intel i7 920 - AU$336 (US$300) - Already Bought(on it's way)

GPU - http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Gainward-ATI-Radeon-HD4850-PCI-V... - Gainward ATI Radeon HD4850 PCI VGA (this needs dual HDMI monitor support)

Mobo - http://www.theofficeshop.com.au/store.php?specs=23834&s... - ASRock X58 Extreme - AU$215.06 (US$193)

PSU - http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1... - Thermaltake Litepower 700W PSU - AU$90 (US$80.82)

RAM - http://www.itsdirect.com.au/com_products.php?view=detai... - G.Skill 6GB (3 x 2048mb) DDR3 1333 (PC10600) 7-7-7-18-2n 1.5v - AU$184.80 (US$165.95)

HDD - http://cgi.ebay.com.au/500Gb-SATA-2-Seagate-ST3500830AS... - 500Gb SATA-2 Seagate ST3500830AS Barracuda 7200.10 - AU$65 (US$58.35) - will be getting a good quality one later

Case - http://www.instantpcshop.com.au/pcshop/446/index.php?pr... - Antec Nine Hundred Two 902 - AU$165 (US$148)

This comes to a total of: AU$1055 (US$946) minus the gpu, close enough to my budget

I hope I'm not missing anything, this is my first build. I'm open to advice.

Thankyou in advance

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January 4, 2010 1:32:51 PM

1. HD 4850 cards always has had 2 outputs. There's no single ouput one. In fact, most new cards have 3 outputs each. You may need a monitor with the correct input. For that one on ebay, it's DVI. Or you can get a DVI-to-VGA adapter.

Two integrated dual-link DVI display outputs

http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd4800/specs.html

2. The bare minimum for that card is 450W. The Litepower isn't a good model. If you prefer Thermaltake, get the Toughpower. It ain't cheap. You get what you pay for. Or look for Antec, Enermax, Fortron, OCZ, Sparkle, etc.

http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd4800/requirements.h...

3. You picked out the right parts for the usage.

4. It will.

You sound like you're def. getting the 2 parts from ebay. Sometimes you can't. If you can't, you may be over budget. I always have a plan B. Say, I am buying a cpu, I make sure there are 2 local stores that have the same cpu in stock for about the same price.
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January 4, 2010 9:50:12 PM

Thankyou for the reply p55ibexpeak,

I have decided to go with OCZ for the Power Supply:

http://www.spotit.com.au/items.aspx?id=54717 - OCZ MODXSTREAM PRO 700W 80+ -AU$129 (US$117)

Apart from that change I think these components will stay.

I may start ordering soon.
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January 5, 2010 12:56:07 PM

That's one of the lower-tier good brands. Go for it.
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