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Hey there,

So in about a month I'll be getting a PC built for me locally. Now, I'm not very tech savvy, but I've been looking around for components and got this recommended from a different site and wanted your guys opinion about the following for a fairly high end gaming desktop:

Core i7-920
Asus P6TD Deluxe
Corsair 6G Triple 1600C9
Samsung F1 HDD 1TB
Veloci Raptor 150G x 2 (raid0 OS config)
Corsair TX-850 psu
285GTX SLI

How would this run with games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and the likes?

If you could just leave your thoughts/suggestions/any other info I need before I get it built, that would be great. My budget is around ~$2,000 AUD (Australian Dollars)

Thanks in advance. :)
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  1. Unless you are doing something that requires a lot of IO operations, the samsung F3 500GB or 1TB drive will out perform a single Raptor, in RAID 0, they will give you better speed and much more space than the raptors.

    I would upgrade to the 930 if you can, its 1 multiplier higher, and here its about the same price.

    Other than that it looks pretty good and should do quite well.
  2. Why get 285 in an SLI when you can simply get a 470 in an SLI?? That just seems kinda weird to me.
  3. cmcghee358 said:
    Why get 285 in an SLI when you can simply get a 470 in an SLI?? That just seems kinda weird to me.


    Like I said in the OP, I'm not too tech savvy, and am looking for some advice as to what to get for my needs. This was suggested on a different site, and I wanted some feedback/opinions :)
  4. Oh ok, I think I overlooked that. Sorry, didn't mean to come off like a douche.

    Yeah according to the tomshardware.com Graphics Heirarchy chart found here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-card-geforce-radeon,2646-7.html

    The 285 and 470 have similar performance. They are also at the same price point but the 470 supports DX11, which the 285 does not. So if you were to SLI 2 cards, I'd go with 470s
  5. cmcghee358 said:
    Oh ok, I think I overlooked that. Sorry, didn't mean to come off like a douche.

    Yeah according to the tomshardware.com Graphics Heirarchy chart found here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-card-geforce-radeon,2646-7.html

    The 285 and 470 have similar performance. They are also at the same price point but the 470 supports DX11, which the 285 does not. So if you were to SLI 2 cards, I'd go with 470s


    Haha, no problem :) Thanks for the suggestion.
  6. Also I concur with hunter on the i7-930.

    Also it appears your RAM is 6 GB of triple channel 1600 MHz @ CAS 9 latency. Speed of RAM is determined by the MHz as well as the latency. I recommend:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227506

    6 GB Triple channel 1600 MHz @ CAS 7 latency :)
  7. Alrighty, so it should look more like:

    Core i7-930
    Asus P6TD Deluxe
    Corsair 6G Triple 1600C7
    Samsung F3 HDD 1TB
    Corsair TX-850 psu
    470GTX SLI


    Or something along those lines. Correct me If I'm wrong, cause' I'll need a list to give the guy who's building it because I have no idea :D

    Apologies for my ignorance.
  8. Yup everything looks really good now, I don't really see anything to improve on.

    I will mention that I did run those specs through this PSU calculator:
    http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

    And it came out to 621W. So you should be fine for the power needs.
  9. cmcghee358 said:
    Yup everything looks really good now, I don't really see anything to improve on.

    I will mention that I did run those specs through this PSU calculator:
    http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

    And it came out to 621W. So you should be fine for the power needs.


    Thanks alot for your feedback, was really helpful :)
  10. Enjoy your build, if you have any more questions we're always here for ya!
  11. As it happens I do have another question sorry :p. I was looking into it and apparently the 470GTX SLI has alot of heating issues that require a fair bit of maintenance/extra work. Confirm/Deny?
  12. Well you didn't list the case you were planning to get. With a low end case, yes it will heat up. With a good case with awesome airflow, no it isn't an issue. The only maintenance that would be required is just a monthly/quarterly dusting depending on how bad it gets inside
  13. cmcghee358 said:
    Well you didn't list the case you were planning to get. With a low end case, yes it will heat up. With a good case with awesome airflow, no it isn't an issue. The only maintenance that would be required is just a monthly/quarterly dusting depending on how bad it gets inside


    Ahh okay, thanks.
  14. Hmmm, I was looking around at some shops locally, at pre-built gaming PC's, what do you think about http://www.gr-tek.com.au/proddetail.php?prod=Corei7 (use the drop down menus to specify parts better)

    Before you gawk at the price, it's in Australian Dollars :p

    I trying to get it as close as possible to what we've already discussed, with just a couple of changes:

    Zalman/Antec/Ikonik SILENT 850w SLI PSU
    Asus P6T Deluxe V2 X58 6xDDR-1600 3xPCI-E16
    Intel i7-930 Core 17 CPU, Quad Core 2 80 Ghz, 4.8 GT/Sec
    nVidia GF GTX 470 1280MB
    500GB Seagate SATA2 HDD
    OCZ/Corsair 6GB 1600 MHz
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

    The price there is probably the max I'd go up to, just need your opinion mate :)
  15. Good build but only 1 Graphics card, thought you wanted 2?
  16. It's neither here nor there. I'd prefer the 2, but it's starting to get expensive now. How severely will it impact performance? Still run fairly top notch games well?
  17. Without knowing your monitor resolution or your intended games I can't even begin to speculate. Sorry.
  18. 1920x1080 and Bad Company 2, like what is mentioned in the OP.
  19. Best answer
    Bad company 2 is not only Graphics card reliant, but also CPU reliant as it is capable of using 4 cores. a 470 will be able to handle 1920x1080 at near max settings I'd wager. Go head and buy it if you want it, it's a good build. Enjoy
  20. Cheers.
  21. Best answer selected by WUMP4.
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