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March 9, 2010 10:24:00 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 Weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, Monitor,Video Card,Power Supply,Mouse,Keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.Megaware.com.au

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel,

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need Motherboard, CPU, RAM and CPU Cooler.

Budget $750 to $950

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March 9, 2010 2:24:13 PM

How much do you plan on OCing? You have room in your budget for possibly the best Air cooler on the market. But if you are just doing mild OCing it is not really needed.
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March 9, 2010 6:48:53 PM

I do plan on overclocking but how much i dont know, the thing i dont have to worry about is shipping the store in ten mins from my house. I was thinking this setup:

CPU
http://www.megaware.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_...

Motherboard
http://www.megaware.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_...

Ram
http://www.megaware.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_...

My alternative which i can pickup from another store in my area
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Cooler
http://www.megaware.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_...

My alternative was buying this cooler which i can pickup from another store in my area
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Very similar cost either way

From megaware $833

Or $805 if i opt for different ram and cooler
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March 9, 2010 7:53:33 PM

Why are you worried about shipping when the stuff is marked up by 20%+.....

Example Newegg has the same processor for $279 and it is $335 at that store.

Just curious because you are going to pay a lot more then what you should be paying especially with the Newegg Combos and free shipping on a lot of the parts.


***EDIT
What is the resolution of your monitor? And What Power Supply do you have?
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March 9, 2010 7:55:51 PM

I thought i heard somewhere the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard that the usb3 gets disabled when crossfire is used i may be wrong
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March 9, 2010 7:56:41 PM

i am located in australia
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March 9, 2010 7:56:58 PM

Because he's in Australia, probably. (And the prices are probably in AU$, not US$...in addition to things possibly being more expensive due to the innate shipping costs.)
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March 9, 2010 8:01:56 PM

Whoops did not realize that he lived in Australia. Good Idea then...lol


Anyways.

I would look for a set of CL7 1600 Ram that is cheap at that store you can usually get them for close to the same price as the cl9's that you picked out.


Also If you wanted to save a little bit of money you could go with an I5-750 instead cause it does not look like you will need the 860 and you would get just as much performance gaming from the 750 as the 860.



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March 9, 2010 8:03:14 PM

Definitely go with an i5-750 instead of the i7-860. The i5 doesn't have hyperthreading, but that's really only useful for intense number-crunching type tasks, and doesn't really do anything for gaming.
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March 9, 2010 8:36:26 PM

i have an asus vh242h monitor and a coolermaster 1000w psu
other hardware i have are
2xsaphire radeon 5770 Vaporx
Seagate barracuda 7200rpm 1tb hdd
thermaltake armour+mx mid case with modding
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March 9, 2010 8:39:46 PM

you can get i7 930 for 200 at microcenter
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March 9, 2010 8:42:58 PM

samdsox said:
you can get i7 930 for 200 at microcenter

im in australia
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March 9, 2010 10:09:13 PM

Spur I like Saints suggested set up - running the newer socket would mean that when the 6 core cpu's come out you could upgrade without having to swap the board out at the same time.

If the money was about right that would be the option I would look at - better future proofing
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March 10, 2010 12:16:58 AM

playing games, surfing the net or watching a video as the main tasks of my pc does that really warrant the price of the I7 CPU for my needs. What is hyperthreading actually used for. And would i notice the difference if all were clocked at the same speed eg 3.0ghz?
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March 10, 2010 2:21:57 AM

Hyperthreading is typically used to provide additional logical cores for applications that can use multiple cores effectively. Things like Photoshop, video editing programs, audio editing programs, CAD, etc. For your stated usage, I'd go with an i5-750 at most, an AMD Phenom x3 or x4 is more likely to provide you extra room in your budget for a good video card.
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March 10, 2010 4:17:57 AM

i may go with the 17 930 just unsure at the moment, as i think its worth it maybe worth the extra 200 its more future proof
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