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June 24, 2010 12:54:58 AM

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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June 24, 2010 1:14:31 AM

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.
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June 24, 2010 1:20:42 AM

Why get 285 in an SLI when you can simply get a 470 in an SLI?? That just seems kinda weird to me.
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June 24, 2010 2:00:33 AM

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 :) 
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June 24, 2010 2:05:56 AM

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-gefor...

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
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June 24, 2010 2:13:00 AM

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-gefor...

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.
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June 24, 2010 2:51:09 AM

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.
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June 24, 2010 3:00:48 AM

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.
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June 24, 2010 3:03:34 AM

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 :) 
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June 24, 2010 3:39:04 AM

Enjoy your build, if you have any more questions we're always here for ya!
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June 25, 2010 2:58:50 AM

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?
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June 25, 2010 4:10:54 AM

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
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June 25, 2010 8:06:04 PM

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.
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June 25, 2010 9:23:09 PM

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 :) 
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June 25, 2010 10:26:15 PM

Good build but only 1 Graphics card, thought you wanted 2?
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June 25, 2010 10:33:41 PM

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?
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June 25, 2010 10:42:46 PM

Without knowing your monitor resolution or your intended games I can't even begin to speculate. Sorry.
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June 25, 2010 10:51:40 PM

1920x1080 and Bad Company 2, like what is mentioned in the OP.
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June 25, 2010 10:58:08 PM

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
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June 25, 2010 10:59:14 PM

Cheers.
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June 25, 2010 10:59:26 PM

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