Need advice on building the ultimate gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week
BUDGET RANGE: Australian $~3500, can go higher but would rather notBefore / After Rebates do not apply

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web surfing, Fraps, Video Encoding

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Headphone, Mousepad, Keyboard, Mouse. Just require the box + monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.pccasegear.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Lightly (+.5 ghz) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1 24" Monitor needs to be included. If struggling to meet budget, I can recycle my current Thermaltake Black Armor case, but would rather a new case as that one is ~4 years old.

Do not care what the case looks like, but it will be on carpet, so if there is no dust filter I probably wont go for it.

Had in mind 2X 5970 as the new Nvidea cards appear to run too hot (we get warm weather here, I don't need a heater in my room during summer lol)

Not very confident with watercooling, haven't done it before.

Comp will be used over the next 4-5 years for the purposes listed above (ideally)

Please use the webiste I've linked for assembly, they have the most reasonable prices in Australia & a fairly good range (except maybe monitors)

I look forward to your suggestions!
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  1. So this is about £2100 or $3200. The PC world is yours.
  2. First off nobody is going to need 2 5970s on a single 1920x1080 resolution. Atleast no point of paying $700 x 2 right away (wahtever that is in aussie money).

    And how about a cas7 set of memory instead
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12494

    And why 2 500 gb drives instead of one? Were you planning to raid? If so why not just get a Ssd
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12711
  3. Thanks for your replies guys, made me have a rethink

    Okay, so I've thought about it some more & I'm only going for 1 x 5970 as I will only be using a 24" monitor.

    That said, I was looking at the following:

    Intel Core i7 930 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_930&products_id=13592

    $359.00


    Antec Nine Hundred Two Case http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_733&products_id=8767

    $145.00


    Zalman CNPS10X Extreme http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_769&products_id=12246

    $89.00


    Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2001FASS http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=13031

    $319.00


    ASUS DRW-24B1LT DVDRW Drive SATA http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=13537

    $49.00


    Corsair HX-750 Power Supply CMPSU-750HX http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_354&products_id=12110

    $215.00


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=12847

    $135.00


    Samsung 2443BW+ 24 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_565&products_id=13295

    $415.00


    Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD5970 2GB http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_978&products_id=13113

    $939.00


    But then here's where I get lost, I have no idea which M/B or Ram to chose, so randomly:

    ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_775&products_id=13179

    $362.00

    G.Skill Ripjaws F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_914&products_id=13934

    $259.00

    Total: 3286

    Given that there is about another ~300$ of room, would there be anything that I could/should be changing & is the M/B and Memory ok?
  4. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_218&products_id=11288
    for ram.

    The mobo you chose is awesome. you wont regret.

    Antec 902 feels very flimsy for me. I suggest the Lancool K62.

    Also, yeah more power.
  5. Thanks for your replies, seems like everything is falling into place nicely.

    One question though, with the tri channel ddr3 kits, is the difference between getting 1 kit of 6gb or 2 kits of 12gb worthwhile?
  6. With your BUDGET you should be looking at MULTIPLE monitor set ups. TWO gtx 480s or a 5970
  7. I think that multiple monitor set ups are still premature & won't enter that market until the next gen graphics cards are released (and work wonders across multiple screens) & monitors with ultra thin bezels are released.

    Not to mention that games like starcraft 2 become far more difficult to play across 3 screens & I don't play any sim/racing games or MMO's.

    I'd consider it as an upgrade path, but it's probably something I won't look at until i buy my next PC (~3-4 years from this one)

    Thanks for the idea though
  8. Okay, updated it once more.

    Parts list now looks like this:


    Intel Core i7 930 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=13592

    $359.00


    Antec Twelve Hundred Case http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6916

    $217.00


    Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=8743

    $79.00


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB ST31000528AS http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12095

    $105.00


    ASUS DRW-24B1LT DVDRW Drive SATA http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=13537

    $49.00


    Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13279

    $249.00


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=12847

    $135.00


    Samsung 2443BW+ 24 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=13295

    $415.00


    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5970 2GB http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13010

    $899.00


    ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=13179

    $362.00

    G.Skill PI Series F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13929

    $249.00 x2

    Total: 3367

    Not sure if I should be getting 1 better triple ddr3 kit or 2X the one I've listed...

    Will be ringing up the company tomorrow to see if they can offer me a better price than listed.

    Please let me know if something is horribly wrong with this!

    Many thanks :D (i'll be sure to post pics of the new computer once I get it!)
  9. just a word of advice check out the X58A UD7 its an ablsolute brute of a mobo, i just bought a few a new pc and trust me the gigabyte cooling on board is very impressive where in aus u located
  10. in melb, yeah i saw that board used in the toms 3000$ march PC
  11. get 6gb 12 is serious overkill
  12. even a 5870 is more than enough for a serious gamer, if you want a price checker in aus checkout staticice.com.au price comparison for cheapest pc part in aus
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