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Need help urgent Purchasing in 2 days AUD$2800

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January 17, 2010 10:16:24 AM


Hi,

Building a pc with my dads mate (hes a system builder) and was wondering if anything could be possibly changed to make this pc better. I'm unsure about the monitor and whether I should get a 5870 instead of the 5850.

All feedback will be much appreciated

Thanks in advance

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Two days

BUDGET RANGE: AUD $2500 - $2800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School work and in years to come uni (I'm 15). Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes ( I would like to add another 5850 in a year or so)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC




Processor: Intel Core i7-920

Motherboard: ASUS P6T-DELUXE-V2 LGA1366, X58, 6DDR3, RAID, 2GBLAN, 3xPCIE2.0, ATX

Video Card: HIS 5850

Sound Card: ONBOARD

Memory: Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB (3x 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 RAM

Hard drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200rpm HDD - SATA-II 3.0Gbs, 32MB Cache

Optical drives: LG BH08LS20 HD BURNER

Case: Antec 1200

Network card: ONBOARD

Monitor: Samsung 2494HS 24

Keyboard: Logitech G15

Power Supply: Antec 850

Operating System: Windows 7 HOME OEM version

CPU cooling: Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme

Mouse: Logitech G9





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January 17, 2010 11:43:49 AM

Not sure which Antec 850 you're looking at, but the CP 850 is tailor made for the 1200. At 109 (usd) it's a bargain. Only downside is you'll have very few options as to moving it to different cases due to it's oversized form factor.

Dominators are vastly overrated. Something like these G.SKill will work just as well. You'll save another 60 (usd). Really, you won't know the difference.

The TRUE is great, but you might consider the Noctua NH-D14, Prolimatech Megahalems or even (and my current favorite) Thermalright Venomous-X which is the newest version of the TRUE that comes pre-lapped with a new pressure mounting system. Any of the three have since surpassed the once (and still) excellent TRUE. If sound is the biggest concern, lean towards the Noctua, it's all but silent and still ranks (arguably) as the best cooler.

5850 vs 5870

If you're going for a single monitor I'd say just stick with the 5850 and OC to 5870 speeds. It's more than enough to handle everything you can throw at it. If you plan to run an eyefinity setup however, well then the 5870 or even the 5970 (If you're lucky enough to find one) is recommended.
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January 17, 2010 11:58:22 AM

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1) I would stick with the HIS 5850 at this point. It will have enough power for your gaming needs.

2) On your PSU, I would get the Antec CP-850 since it is designed specifically for the Antec 1200. (This maybe the one you are getting but just listed Antec 850)

3) On your MOBO, I would look to get SATA 6 Gb/s & USB 3.0 support on a new MOBO. I would recommend the ASUS P6X58D Premium

4) On your RAM, I would look to pick up RAM with Cas7. Tighter timings on your RAM is more important than the Mhz. Here are two RAM's I would recommend... G.SKILL PI 6GB DDR3 1600 Cas7 or OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1600 Cas7.

The rest of your build looks good! :) 
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January 17, 2010 12:16:31 PM

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3) On your MOBO, I would look to get SATA 6 Gb/s & USB 3.0 support on a new MOBO. I would recommend the ASUS P6X58D Premium


The only thing I'd add here...
If you plan on crossfiring, the P6X58D is suboptimal with its pcie layout. The cards will be stacked unlike with the P6T Deluxe v2. USB 3.0 is great, but it's only a minor improvement from e-SATA. SATA 6 gb/s is a joke and already shown that it offers zero performance with mechanical drives due to platter speed, and in order to saturate SATA 3gb/s with SSD you're looking at 3-4 in RAID 0, of course you'll then be bottlenecked by your RAID controller hahaha. In time both of these things might change, but for a build today, they are non-considerations in my opinion.
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January 17, 2010 11:29:10 PM

a4mula said:
Not sure which Antec 850 you're looking at, but the CP 850 is tailor made for the 1200. At 109 (usd) it's a bargain. Only downside is you'll have very few options as to moving it to different cases due to it's oversized form factor.

Dominators are vastly overrated. Something like these G.SKill will work just as well. You'll save another 60 (usd). Really, you won't know the difference.

The TRUE is great, but you might consider the Noctua NH-D14, Prolimatech Megahalems or even (and my current favorite) Thermalright Venomous-X which is the newest version of the TRUE that comes pre-lapped with a new pressure mounting system. Any of the three have since surpassed the once (and still) excellent TRUE. If sound is the biggest concern, lean towards the Noctua, it's all but silent and still ranks (arguably) as the best cooler.

5850 vs 5870

If you're going for a single monitor I'd say just stick with the 5850 and OC to 5870 speeds. It's more than enough to handle everything you can throw at it. If you plan to run an eyefinity setup however, well then the 5870 or even the 5970 (If you're lucky enough to find one) is recommended.


Thanks for the quick reply. I'm going to with the Antec CP 850. I'll take your advice and get the Noctua D14 CPU Cooler. I going for a single monitor display so I'll get the 5850 and OC to 5870 speeds. I'll go with G.SKILL 6GB (2GB x 3) PC-12800 (DDR3-1600) NQ 9-9-9-24 kit.


Could you please tell me the difference between the Samsung Spinpoint F1 and the Samsung Spinpoint F3. Which is better performance wise and overall?
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January 18, 2010 12:44:43 AM

jt4975 said:
Could you please tell me the difference between the Samsung Spinpoint F1 and the Samsung Spinpoint F3. Which is better performance wise and overall?

The F3 is newer and faster. It is based off of two 500GB platters vs four 250GB platters. The larger the platter size, the faster the hard drive is. You will be better off with the F3.
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