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New Build First Time - $2000 AU budget

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January 3, 2010 10:38:23 PM

Just looking for some feedback, any thoughts and advice would be much appreciated.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: $2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MMO for SWG

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.mwave.com.au, www.spotit.com.au;www.pcdiy.com.au
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Gaming online primary function, surfing the net after that
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Component Brand Model Description Cost Vendor
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P $229 www.spotit.com.au

Processor Intel Intel Core i5 750 $219 www.pcdiy.com.au

PSU Antec 750W TruePower ATX $169 www.spotit.com.au

Case Cooler Master CM 690 Pure $140 www.MWAVE.com.au

Memory G.Skill DDR3 PC10666 2 x G.Skill 4GB (2x 2GB) $270 www.spotit.com.au

Graphics Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5750 $344 www.pcdiy.com.au

HDD WestDigl Caviar Black WD5001AALS $70 www.pcdiy.com.au

Optical Sony AD7240SGB $40 www.MWAVE.com.au

Monitor Viewsonic VX2260WM $169 www.MWAVE.com.au

Keyboard Razer Arctosa $46 www.pcdiy.com.au

Mouse Razer Diamondback $59 www.abit.com.au

OS System Microsoft 7 $116 www.pcdiy.com.au

Cooling Xigmatek Balder SD1283 $59 www.spotit.com.au

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January 4, 2010 12:44:48 PM

It helps if you link to the actual part, not the front page of the site...

You don't need 8 GB of RAM. 4 is plenty. Get some 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks.

PSU: Antec's TruePower series isn't that great. Stick to either Corsair, Antec Earthwatts or OCZ. Unless you're Crossfiring, get a 650W.

GPU: Upgrade to the 5770. It's worth the little bit extra.

HDD: Switch that for a Samsung Spinpoint F3. It's cheaper, faster, and just plain better.

Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212. It's cheaper, and one of the best coolers out there.

Edit: BTW, all of this is overkill for online gaming and surfing. You can easily get that on a 800-900 USD build (or even cheaper).
January 4, 2010 8:16:05 PM

MadAdmiral said:
PUS: Antec's TruePower series isn't that great. Stick to either Corsair, Antec Earthwatts or OCZ. Unless you're Crossfiring, get a 650W.

Antec Signature > Antec True Power > Antec Earthwatts > Antec Basiq

Earthwatts is generally 80+certified, True power is generally 80+ bronze certified. True Power is generally better and more expensive than the Earthwatts series. Basiq is the low end, uncertified models that I would shy away from if there were other options.
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January 5, 2010 12:55:10 AM

Hi many thanks for the feedback, really appreciated.

Will switch but need some help on the GPUs

HDD Samsung Spinpoint F3 $71.03 AU
http://store.livefire.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=44_...

Cooling Coolermaster Hyper 212 $48.85
http://www.austdeals.com.au/p-93270-coolermaster-hyper-...

Memory OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 RAM - 7-7-7-20 - Platinum Series $241
http://www.techbuy.com.au/product.asp?at=51&prodid=9695...

PSU Corsair HX 750 ATX $215
http://www.abit.com.au/items.aspx?id=15558

GPU I was going to crossfie the 5750s but play MMOS on the main. Would it be better to go for 1 card but spend $400 au on it.
Something like the 5850 at $383 australian dollars keeps me still under budget.
http://www.itsky.com.au/catalog/partdetail.aspx?partno=...

Cheers

Pir


January 5, 2010 11:36:11 AM

The 5850 is overkill for what you're doing. As is Crossfiring the 5750s. I recommend getting 1 5750, and if you find yourself playing different, more graphics intensive games, then Crossfire. This way you can save yourself a good $140 US (guessing that's about $200 AU..). The best thing about the 5xxx series is that they scale up very well and require very little power.
January 5, 2010 5:47:37 PM

The 5770 is 50% faster than a 5750 and usually not too much more expensive. You might want to start there as a 5770 plays most games at high-ultra high settings at 1920x1080 and might satisfy your needs. If you later added a second 5770 you would have graphics about as powerful as a 5870.

The corsair HX 750 is going to be overkill unless you are getting two large graphics cards (5870/5850). If you stick with the 5770/5750 then an Antec True Power 650W/ Earthwatts 650 or Corsair 650 PSU will handle two of them quite easily.
January 5, 2010 7:04:38 PM

What an awesome forum. Much appreciated for all the advice.

Going to take a 5770 with the corsair 650.

THanks again

Pir
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