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April 17, 2010 2:01:20 AM


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!
April 17, 2010 8:57:29 PM

So this is about £2100 or $3200. The PC world is yours.
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April 18, 2010 2:19:42 AM


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_i...

$359.00


Antec Nine Hundred Two Case http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$145.00


Zalman CNPS10X Extreme http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$89.00


Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2001FASS http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$319.00


ASUS DRW-24B1LT DVDRW Drive SATA http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$49.00


Corsair HX-750 Power Supply CMPSU-750HX http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$215.00


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$135.00


Samsung 2443BW+ 24 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$415.00


Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD5970 2GB http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$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_i...

$362.00

G.Skill Ripjaws F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$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?
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April 18, 2010 4:17:24 AM

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?
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April 18, 2010 4:42:24 AM

With your BUDGET you should be looking at MULTIPLE monitor set ups. TWO gtx 480s or a 5970
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April 18, 2010 5:08:26 AM

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
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April 18, 2010 9:48:45 AM

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_i...

$217.00


Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$79.00


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB ST31000528AS http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$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_i...

$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_i...

$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_i...

$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!)
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April 18, 2010 11:06:17 AM

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
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April 18, 2010 11:17:51 AM

in melb, yeah i saw that board used in the toms 3000$ march PC
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April 18, 2010 12:24:41 PM

get 6gb 12 is serious overkill
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April 18, 2010 1:19:45 PM

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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