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June 24, 2010 4:07:29 PM

Hey, im am building a new custom pc and it would be great to get some advice on the parts

BUDGET: around $1500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, internet surfing, movies/TV, maye some video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Centrecom - www.centrecom.com.au

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preferences really, just like advice on what i have looked at already

OVERCLOCKING: not at the moment but maybe if i get a better cooler

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not at the moment, but probably in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW (1680x1050)



Processor
Intel Core i7-930 / 2.80GHz / 8MB Cache / LGA1366 - $349AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Motherboard
Asus P6X58D-E Intel Mainboard - 6x DDR3 / 6x Sata / Gigabit Lan / LGA 1366 - $295AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


RAM
Corsair DDR3 6GB PC-10600/1333 (3x XMS3 2GB) TR3X6G1333C7 Ram - $240.90AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Graphics Card
XFX ATI HD5830 PCI-E 2.0, 1GB, DDR5, 256bit, Dual DVI, HDMI, Display Port, DX11, Fan (HD-583X-ZNFV) - $275AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

OR

Gigabyte ATI R583UD-1GD RADEON HD5830, 800Mhz, 1GB, GDDR5, PCIe2.0, DVI, HDMI, DP - $275AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbs - $95AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Case
Thermaltake V5 - Black Midi ATX Tower Case - $82.50AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Cooling
standard cooling, maybe some better cooling in the future CPU...
advice would be great


PSU
Antec TruePower New Series 750W ATX Power Supply - $153AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Optical drive
Samsung SH-S223C SATA DVD Re-Writer (22x - Black) - $33AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...



Advice on anything here would be great!!!
also, would this be able to run games on higher settings such as FarCry2, COD6: MW2, GTA IV, Team Fortress 2, etc.




I was also wondering about AMD because in another post i read this http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/285078-31-timer-opini...
Quote:
I had been planning on going i7 with my next build, but it was just leaked that Intel is planning on EOL-ing that socket next year. There's no word yet on when AM3 is going EOL, but at this point, I think it's safe to assume that it will at least be 2012, maybe 2013.



It would be great to know more about this and if its true, if so, suggestions about AMD and what mobo, etc. would be great
especially since there cheaper and then i might be able to get a better Graphics Card for eg. ATI HD5850 or 5870 instead

any suggestions about my build will be greatly appreciated


Thanks in advance for all your help!!!
June 24, 2010 4:17:29 PM

How Much Video Editing will you be doing?
That will be a deciding factor in choosing your CPU

Also Are there any other retailers other than centrecom.com.au
They have a very poor selection.
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June 24, 2010 4:20:51 PM

Not much, just the small amount here and there.
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June 24, 2010 4:39:27 PM

ill check them out, and i actually will.

ill be back on later on in the evening
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June 24, 2010 4:40:36 PM

If you're primarily gaming, you would be better off going with either an AM3 build or a P55 build. Gaming doesn't benefit from hyperthreading, so there's little point in spending the extra $200-300 on cpu/mobo/ram for an i7 build if you're not rendering/editing/whatever. Spend it on the GPU instead.

It's true that both current Intel sockets are going away within the next year, while AM3's EOL hasn't been announced yet. However, if you don't plan on upgrading your processor within the next few years, it doesn't really matter.
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June 24, 2010 5:29:59 PM

Processor
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T - $354AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...



Motherboard
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - $189AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


RAM
GeIL GV34GB1333C9DC 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 - $129AUD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
(If you want more than 4GB get two and you will have 8GB)


Graphics Card
(Go with the Gigabyte Higher Clock Speed)
Gigabyte ATI R583UD-1GD RADEON HD5830, 800Mhz, 1GB, GDDR5, PCIe2.0, DVI, HDMI, DP - $275AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Hard Drive (Stick With This Hard Drive)
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbs - $95AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Case
Thermaltake V5 - Black Midi ATX Tower Case - $82AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Cooling (Amazing cooler, it works as well as some water coolers)
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler - $45AUD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular - $115AUD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Optical drive
Lite-On Super AllWrite SATA DVD Re-Writer OEM (24x - Black) - $34AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$1319AUD in total (And you still have room to go to 8GB of RAM or get a better Video card although 4GB and an 5830 are still Amazing)
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June 24, 2010 6:38:26 PM

The above build is pretty good, though rather than a 1090T X6, I'd suggest going with a Phenom II X4 955, as the additional 2 cores aren't used by modern games. With that savings (should be about $150 or so), you should be close to affording a 5870, which will max out most games at 1920x1080. There's also little need to go with 8 GB of RAM for your purposes, though it wouldn't hurt anything.
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June 24, 2010 6:50:02 PM

I would stick with the PSU in the OP as it is higher quality, has more power, which a second 5830 will want/need.
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June 24, 2010 7:10:35 PM

Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE - $180AUD Recommended by Coldsleep
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...



Motherboard
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - $189AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


RAM
GeIL GV34GB1333C9DC 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 - $129AUD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
(If you want more than 4GB get two and you will have 8GB)


Graphics Card

Two Gigabyte ATI R583UD-1GD RADEON HD5830, 800Mhz, 1GB, GDDR5, PCIe2.0, DVI, HDMI, DP - $550AUD Reccommended by Silvertune
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Hard Drive (Stick With This Hard Drive)
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbs - $95AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Case
Thermaltake V5 - Black Midi ATX Tower Case - $82AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Cooling (Amazing cooler, it works as well as some water coolers)
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler - $45AUD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


PSU
Antec TruePower New Series 750W ATX Power Supply - $153AUD Recommended By silvertune
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Optical drive
Lite-On Super AllWrite SATA DVD Re-Writer OEM (24x - Black) - $34AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$1457AUD (closer to your budget but better performance)
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June 24, 2010 7:59:35 PM

Going crossfire is certainly up to you, but I personally prefer to get 1 big graphics card to start with. That leaves you an upgrade option if the graphics start to slip in a year or two. If, instead they're fine for a few years, you can get whatever the big new graphics card is at that point. If 2x 5830 starts to slip in a year or two, you have no choice but to get an entirely new setup.

Something like this ASUS 5870 for $478.

That is, however, up to personal preference.
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June 24, 2010 8:07:12 PM

coldsleep said:
Going crossfire is certainly up to you, but I personally prefer to get 1 big graphics card to start with. That leaves you an upgrade option if the graphics start to slip in a year or two. If, instead they're fine for a few years, you can get whatever the big new graphics card is at that point. If 2x 5830 starts to slip in a year or two, you have no choice but to get an entirely new setup.

Something like this ASUS 5870 for $478.

That is, however, up to personal preference.


I agree the 5870 Is his best bet if he does not want to crossfire
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June 24, 2010 8:15:19 PM

I googled "crossfire 5830" and found a decent review from tweaktown.

Tweaktown says:
Two HD 5830s are going to set you back $479.98. Compared to the HD 5870 this setup is slightly more expensive as the HD 5870 retails for around $399.99 to $439.99. So, the question we need to answer is; whether or not it’s worth spending an extra $40 - $55 buying a HD 5830 CF setup over a single HD 5870? - In a word, yes. For slightly more money you're getting slightly more performance at the highest resolution. said:
Two HD 5830s are going to set you back $479.98. Compared to the HD 5870 this setup is slightly more expensive as the HD 5870 retails for around $399.99 to $439.99. So, the question we need to answer is; whether or not it’s worth spending an extra $40 - $55 buying a HD 5830 CF setup over a single HD 5870? - In a word, yes. For slightly more money you're getting slightly more performance at the highest resolution.


I'd disagree with the above, I'm not sure it's worth the extra money (apparently $AUS 75) for the performance gains they saw. But, again, it's up to whether or not you want to start with CrossFire or use it as an upgrade path for later.
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June 24, 2010 8:24:27 PM

i5 750 + hd 5870 + 4gb ddr3 2000mhz + vertex 2 60 gb series and you are in business
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June 25, 2010 2:23:29 AM

all this info is great and i think goin with the AMD will be a better idea, and plus just for your info it would be better for me to get all the parts from the same retail/online shop because i need a tax invoice for a whole computer because over here (Australia) we have an educational rebate. i can claim upto $1500 and get $750 back because you tell them that its for educational purposes

this is why i need to get the parts from the same shop, for the tax invoice
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June 25, 2010 2:27:07 AM

i will more likely go with a single graphics card at the moment, and go CrossFireX in the future when i need to

so with the savings of the CPU, etc. would i be better off goin with a 5850 or 5870 at the moment

also will the 750W PSU be able to power the 2 Graphics card in the future or will i have to buy a new PSU aswell
which then i would be better off goin with a PSU with a bit more power now???

the only problem that i have with centrecom is that the only RAM they sell is kingston value or corsair so its kinda ***.
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June 25, 2010 2:37:42 AM

subpk10 said:
i will more likely go with a single graphics card at the moment, and go CrossFireX in the future when i need to

so with the savings of the CPU, etc. would i be better off goin with a 5850 or 5870 at the moment

also will the 750W PSU be able to power the 2 Graphics card in the future or will i have to buy a new PSU aswell
which then i would be better off goin with a PSU with a bit more power now???

the only problem that i have with centrecom is that the only RAM they sell is kingston value or corsair so its kinda ***.


The PSU will be fine

Also what is wrong with Corsair?
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June 25, 2010 2:43:16 AM

i like them its just sometimes there a bit overpriced, and some more choice would be nice


also if i were to go with a single 5870 which one do you think i should go for??

and since they only sell corsair i have to go with them of coarse, but i would like some help on which RAM to choose, im not sure which ones are better for the price and so on
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June 25, 2010 2:50:16 AM

subpk10 said:
all this info is great and i think goin with the AMD will be a better idea, and plus just for your info it would be better for me to get all the parts from the same retail/online shop because i need a tax invoice for a whole computer because over here (Australia) we have an educational rebate. i can claim upto $1500 and get $750 back because you tell them that its for educational purposes

this is why i need to get the parts from the same shop, for the tax invoice


b]Processor[/b]
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE - $180AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...



Motherboard
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - $189AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


RAM
Corsair DDR3 4GB PC-12800/1600 (2x XMS3 2GB) $147AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

Graphics Card
Asus ATI 5870 $478AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

Hard Drive (Stick With This Hard Drive)
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbs - $95AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Case
Thermaltake V5 - Black Midi ATX Tower Case - $82AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Cooling
Centercom.com.au does not carry the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus


PSU
Antec TruePower New Series 750W ATX Power Supply - $153AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

Optical drive
Lite-On Super AllWrite SATA DVD Re-Writer OEM (24x - Black) - $34AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$1358AUD All from Centercom.com.au (except cooler get the cooler some where else)
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June 25, 2010 2:51:38 AM

just to make sure, will the power supply run 2x 5870 CrossFireX
so if i go with a 5870 in the future if i add another one will the PSU still handle it
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June 25, 2010 3:03:41 AM

Yes the PSU will be fine. Even at FULL POWER DRAWthe system I showed you, will max out at 725ish
But if it makes you feel better, Consider the:

Antec TruePower Quattro 850W ATX Power Supply $193AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...
(Might as well you would still be under $1500AUD) hint hint :) 
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June 25, 2010 4:33:58 AM

Yeah the Hard Drive upgrade is a good idea

The $212AUD one is the: M4A89TD-PRO-USB3 It has better CrossfireX (X16) but no onboard Graphics
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

The $189AUD one is the: M4A89GTD-PRO-USB3 It only has (X8) Crossfire but it has onboard graphics
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

But other than the graphics everything else is pretty much the same

You might actually want to go with the $212AUD board, as that 23 extra dollars worth of board will come in handy when you crossfire
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June 25, 2010 5:02:22 AM

ok, ill probs do that since its still in the budget and its worth it in the long run
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June 25, 2010 5:35:57 AM

Yeah definitely. Go with the better board.

Look at your original planned build and then look at your current planned build.

Pretty different eh?
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June 25, 2010 5:56:44 AM

yeah it is, i think ive got a good idea of wat im goin to get now
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June 25, 2010 5:58:12 AM

Best answer selected by subpk10.
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June 25, 2010 7:15:50 AM

Looks like this might be the final choice :D  :pt1cable:  :D 


Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE - $180AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...



Motherboard
Asus M4A89TD-PRO-USB3 AMD Mainboard - 4x DDR3 / 6x Sata Raid / Gigabit Lan / AM3 - $212.30AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


RAM
Corsair DDR3 4GB PC-12800/1600 (2x XMS3 2GB) $147.40AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

Graphics Card
Asus ATI EAH5870-2DIS-1GD5-V2 RADEON 5870, 1G, DDR5, PCIE2.1, 2xDVI, HDCP, HDMI, DX11, ATX $478AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 7200RPM 32MB SATA 3Gbs - $99AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Case
Thermaltake V5 - Black Midi ATX Tower Case - $82.50AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...


Cooling
probably get the cooler master hyper 212 plus - $37AUD, but will come with stock as first
will get the cooler from scorptec - http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/37645-rr-b10-212p-g...


PSU
Antec TruePower Quattro 850W ATX Power Supply - $193AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

Optical drive
Lite-On Super AllWrite SATA DVD Re-Writer OEM (24x - Black) - $34.10AUD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...



Thanks for all the help :D  :pt1cable:  :D 
I shall have loads of fun with this new computer when i order it and then get it :D  :pt1cable:  :D 



EDIT:

I shall report back in a couple days if this is what i get or if i end up getting anything changed!! ;)  ;) 
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