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January 24, 2010 11:30:51 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within this week, I'm trying to go for before the end of this month.

BUDGET RANGE: ~ $1100 [less then $1000 at best]

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming ; Photography ; Video ; Work ; Web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Sound, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://ijk.com.au / http://www.centrecom.com.au / www.pccasegear.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: See below for part list (mainly ATI and Intel)

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (maybe 1920x1200 if affordable although last priority).


i5-750 Core i5 CPU, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, Socket LGA1156 $258 AUD
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC ATI HD 5770 PCI-E $213
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...

CoolerMaster CM 690(RC-690-KKN1) $105
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...

Corsair CMPSU-550VXAU Power supply: 550W ATX $109
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...

OCZ OCZ3G1600LV4GK
4GB PC3-12800 2GX2 GOLD XTC $165
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/produ [...] _id=124542

Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB (2x 2Gb) (1333MHz) DDR3 non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24 $132
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...


Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 $159
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB $78
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/produ [...] _id=124363

Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB $65
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...


Acer x243HQ 23.6" 1920x1080 $201 ($250-$49 rebate)
http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...

Total : $1288

Well first just like to know if my parts chosen are any good, or if better alternatives exist. At the very best I'm aiming for <1000AUD but I don't think that's possible without sacrificing the i5. But the thing is for me the PC upgrade is a thing I do once every 4 or so years so I wanna make sure it lasts that time period. Willing to choose AMD parts and would like suggestions on CPU + Motherboard and any other changes necessary.
January 24, 2010 11:52:39 AM

well, its hard to find things on that cite, so here are some suggestions:

RAM: its better to get ram with lower cas latency, so atleast get 8-8-8-24, like this:

http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?cPath=478...

HDD: this drive is much faster and safer:

http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?cPath=27_...

MONITOR: these are much better:

http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?cPath=46_...

http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?cPath=46_...

but yours is very very good.
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January 24, 2010 7:54:38 PM

I thought ram latency wasn't important if you weren't gonna overclock. But will switch out the drive, and maybe the monitor. Added some better sites I s'pose. I'd also like to ask what CPU and Motherboard would be suggested if I switch to AMD to save some $$? Hopefully AMD has something in plans to compete with the new Intel cores in the future to eliminate the need of excessive upgrades, but from what I saw the II Phenoms X4 are not that much weaker than the Core i5s?

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Umms, on the P55A-UD3 spec page in particular (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...) at memory it says it can support 4x1.5v DDR3 Ram, but the OCZ one listed is 1.65v?
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