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July 29, 2010 11:43:35 AM

Hi, I'm building a system, aiming for around $1000 AUD, and this seems like an ok value build, but I'm a novice at this stuff, so I'd really appreciate some advice on this.

Intel Core i5 750 Processor
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3P
Kingston KVR1333D3N9K2/4G 4GB-kit 1333MHz DDR3
Sapphire ATI HD 5770 1GB
Western Digital Caviar Black SATA2/SATA 3 (1TB )

not sure on what sort of psu this would require.

thanks in advance!

EDIT: sorry, had the ram wrong.

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July 29, 2010 1:09:12 PM

Hello mattresses

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 is better and faster then the WD 1TB and cheaper.
PSU: You need a 450 watt PSU for the HD 5770 with one 75 watt 6 pin PCI Express connector, but could be run on a quality 400 watt PSU. 600 watt with two 6 pin connectors will be needed for crossfire.
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB better, faster for 5$ more.
July 29, 2010 1:10:06 PM

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July 29, 2010 1:42:55 PM

For the PSU :
-Choose a PSU with at least 2 6-pole PCIe connectors. If, in the future, you wanna upgrade to currently available HD5830 or higher, you will need at least 2, because HD 5830 needs 2 just for 1 Card.
If you plan to XFire 2 HD5830s or higher then you will need 4 6-Pole PCIe connectors.
-Recommended for 1 HD5770 is 400W-450W, get higher if you plan to Xfire (power have to fit into your plan).

-i5 750 is good, but have you considered AMD X6 1055T? It has about the same price as i5 750.

-Your choice of RAM is not bad but have you considered 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 CL7, it should have about the same price but a little faster.

-Samsung F3 is definitely faster. And if you still have some room on thebudget, get an SSD for the master partition (where your OS will be).

July 29, 2010 3:12:19 PM

thanks for the suggestions, TomMario and guanyu.
I'd been considering the F3 and Ripjaws from what I had read in the other threads, but I can't find either locally. It might well be worth shipping coast-to-coast though.

the AMD X6 1055T seems like a good idea, and I can get it a good $30 cheaper than the i5 750.

so, taking onboard your advice, I'm going with:

AMD X6 1055T
4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 CL7
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Sapphire ATI HD 5770 1GB

and I'm thinking M4A89GTD PRO for the motherboard, seem ok?

Thanks again, guys.

EDIT: an SSD would probably be a good investment, but they're pretty pricey, have to think about it.

EDIT: I'll be using it for gaming, mostly. I mess around a bit with DAWs and Photoshop, but nothing that's taxing my present system.
July 29, 2010 4:40:29 PM

That is a nice Mobo but take a look at this one ASRock 870 EXTREME3 you get Turbo UCC, True 333: USB 3.0, SATA3, eSATA3 for 50$ less and the same Xfire friendly layer (x8/x8), you only get 6 Audio Channels on the AsRock while on the Asus you get 8. I know the Asus goes more with Trust and Confidence in Brand Name but the AsRock just can't be ignored by budget builders.
July 29, 2010 5:35:40 PM

I'd have to get the ASRock shipped over, and after shipping it ends up more expensive than getting the Asus locally. I'll keep looking, but if I can't get the ASRock local I figure I might as well go for the Asus.

Thanks for all the advice, I think I'm pretty much set!
August 8, 2010 4:47:24 AM

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