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May 29, 2010 6:08:25 AM

This is a system that my dad's getting, I'm just pretty much telling him what to get for it.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 1 month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: non-gaming all-rounder (some gaming - but nothing like crysis)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Non-standard computer parts... like unicorns

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: msy.com.au (for those who want it: http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf is the *interesting* price list)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU preferred

OVERCLOCKING: No (at least very unlikely)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mobo needs to have dual LAN, the case and peripherals have to look pretty "standard", most likely using 32-bit windows (due to program compatibility) and there is almost definitely going to be more HDs added later when needed

So far it's looking like:

Intel i5 750 (running at stock)
Gigabyte P55A-UD5
Kingston 4GB 1333 Kit
Samsung 1TB
Gigabyte 1GB 5770
Sony OEM SATA drive
Corsair TX-650
Antec 300

Asus 23.6" VH242H
Microsoft Wired 600 (desktop: kb+mouse)
Logitech Z-523

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit OEM

Thanks in advance

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May 29, 2010 1:09:24 PM

If it helps, the $1500 is about the equivalent of $1200US with Newegg prices
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June 1, 2010 2:34:50 AM

I don't know that I can find much fault with that build, at least with my knowledge of the site (yes, I looked through the pricelist but I'm not quite good enough to know what a mobo or something is just from the model number). My standard advice would be that you could easily shave a hundred or two $ and/or get better crossfire scaling (not that it would matter with that vid card) if you went with an amd system, but you have said that you don't want that.

I seem to remember from looking for a case for myself that some antec 300's come with a hard drive fan and some don't (yup, looked on newegg and the 300 doesn't, the 300 illusion does). It looks like the normal 300 still has mounting for two 120(?) mm. fans in front of the hard drive, which would be a nice addition if you get many of the later.
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June 2, 2010 2:28:09 PM

An AMD build is fine, it's just that I varely know anything about the amd chipsets/boards etc. If I were to go AMD, what proc shoudl I get (and if there are any good boards with dual LAN, then that'd be useful too)

Yep, just the standard 300 with 2 fans towards the back, with space for 2 more 120mms at the front
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June 2, 2010 2:42:07 PM

Fyi you could do this for a lot less. For just standard home use, you would be fine with an i3-530 and H55 mobo. The integrated graphics are enough to run HD content at 1080P, and this would save you a good bit of money in the process.
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June 2, 2010 2:56:59 PM

This comp's gonna be around a while before being upgraded/replaced, plus I need to hijack when there's not enough computers during the LAN party :D 
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June 2, 2010 3:31:11 PM

Ah okay, then stick with the i5, or the AMD equivalent Phenom II X4 955.
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June 5, 2010 7:20:52 AM

I'm not good with AMD mobos, so any good ones with dual LAN?
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June 6, 2010 8:50:25 AM

Did some more mobo research and the Gigabyte p55a-ud4p has dual LAN same as the UD5, has an almost identical feature set and is a bit cheaper (where I'm buying anyway) so if going with the 750 build, I'll switch to that.
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June 6, 2010 10:33:44 AM

That site is a pain. Also don't buy a HDD from there unless you know exactly what you're buying.

AMD Phenom II 955 $185
HD5770 Gigabyte/Asus $199
Asus 23.6" VH242H $229
Corsair TX-650 $119
DVD RW $35
Lian-Li(Lancool) K58 $116

$883

Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp...
Samsung 500GB 3.5" Spinpoint F3 HDD
http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp...
G.Skill 4GB (2x 2GB) Dual Channel Kit, PC3-10666
http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp...

$477.00

Total $1360

LE: Oops, non gaming, modified.






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June 6, 2010 11:39:28 AM

If you dn't want to OC then amd is probably the way to go. Since you can only get the full performance out of intels if you OC.
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June 6, 2010 12:34:44 PM

I'll see what he thinks about using the 955 then.

Yes the site.. could be worked on.. a lot. But they still give some of the best prices in Aussie. Thanks for the part recommendations, but my dad's pretty set on only buying from these guys, which is why I'm having a bit of trouble finding decent amd mobos that have similar features.

I emailed one of their stores about a few of the parts about a month back.. and they still haven't replied yet, so I'll check with a different store (email replies are virtual zero at a few stores - I just have to find out which ones...)
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June 6, 2010 12:49:36 PM

Besides needing some work, my impression was that the site loaded pretty fast compared to what I'm used to. Do they make allot of Ausie sites like less bandwidth intensive?
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June 6, 2010 2:36:42 PM

I don't think that was quite the intention when they did the site.. and you don't tend to find that many sites with so little of ... anything besides bad text layouts. They just can't make the website look good.. not even leave the content alone and change the styling - half the stuff is highlighted! Oh well, website loads pretty fast as you said, their prices are really good and their warranty is usually good too - overall they're good enough for me

well that's on topic :) 
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June 12, 2010 5:16:21 AM

Best answer selected by Mark Heath.
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June 12, 2010 12:52:05 PM

Thanks :) 
Glad I could help
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