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October 17, 2010 3:52:26 PM

Hi folks,

I'm from the land downunder, I'm buying some new parts / upgrades for my PC very early next year or possibly soon. I would like to know what is a good set up for an intel build and what are some parts that i should look out to invest. I dont plan on spending too much but I am willing to throw in a few extra dollars if needed to get a good set up. Please recommend some builds.

PS: this is a build i sorta researched up

Intel Core i7 950, 3.06Ghz, 8MB Cache
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX, SATA III 6.0Gb/s, 3.5", 7200RPM, 64MB Cache (two of these in RAID 0)
Corsair CMP6GX3M3A1600C8 6GB (3x XMS3 2GB) PC3-12800 (1600MHz) XMS DDR3 RAM
ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard
Antec TruePower Quattro 850W TPQ-850

Currently running a 275 GTX card and in the near future I plan on upgrading this graphics card so please suggest some good graphics cards. I've been told to wait till the end of the year for the ATI's release of the 6000 series cards. Also, any idea's about sound cards and a TV tuner too.

Hope this isn't much to ask. Thanks. Looking forward to some good replies
October 17, 2010 8:59:51 PM

So let me assume (yes.. i'm assuming..) that this build is for gaming... well lemme just tell you that an i5 Quad core would have the same performance in games as the i7. The i7 isn't needed in this case.

The AMD Radeon 6000 Cards are coming out on the 22nd (confirmed)

i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sabertooth P55 Motha-Board :p 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive (faster) Also.. what are you doing putting storage in a RAID 0? If one of those drives go.. poof! All your data is gone! RAID 0 would be good with an SSD boot drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU (you can run 2 GTX 460's off of this) 650w's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU Option #2 (you can run 2 5870's off this) 850w's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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October 17, 2010 10:27:31 PM

Mr Pizza said:
So let me assume (yes.. i'm assuming..) that this build is for gaming... well lemme just tell you that an i5 Quad core would have the same performance in games as the i7. The i7 isn't needed in this case.

The AMD Radeon 6000 Cards are coming out on the 22nd (confirmed)

i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sabertooth P55 Motha-Board :p 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive (faster) Also.. what are you doing putting storage in a RAID 0? If one of those drives go.. poof! All your data is gone! RAID 0 would be good with an SSD boot drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU (you can run 2 GTX 460's off of this) 650w's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU Option #2 (you can run 2 5870's off this) 850w's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Ok in response to what you have. I can't get a hold of that board. And I have a 3rd Graphics card i plan on putting in with the 2 nvidia cards if i go with nvidia. I have an additional 275gtx i plan on running for physX. Thanks for the advice on the SSD boot drive, will take that into account. And yes this is for gaming and a bit of the general stuff for uni and assignments. You know any good 1156 boards which supports 3 graphics cards without the need to cough up too much cash?.
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October 17, 2010 10:55:01 PM

Three GPUs aren't worth the money, I'd go with the 5870's or 6870's(when they are out)....

i7's retain their usefulness longer then the i5.

you only need a 920, especially if you plan on ocing....

Don't bother with a sound card, unless you REALLY want one, or decided on headphones/headset that uses analog... G35 have BAD range, I have a pair, and I get crackling all the time when I listen to music. Edit: not much when I play games, though.

TV tuners is a personal choice, IMHO no, you can get everything online now.... and if you have an account with BlockBuster or Netflix you can watch 'em online.

@Pizza, since when is it confirmed??? I've been all over AMD/ATI's site, and I can't find it! Can you send me a link?
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October 18, 2010 12:19:15 AM

I want to just say that you should get an i7 950 and not a 920. They are almost identical in price, so it just doesn't make sense to start off lower. I do agree with atotalnoob that the i7 will give your system more longevity. Just for the simple fact that you have more pci bandwidth to spare.

The build you have in your first post is fine. I would change the RAM to this set, though:

G.SKILL PI Series 6 GB, 1600 MHz, CAS 7, 1.5 volts
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-$155

They run on lower voltage, have tighter timings, and run at the same frequency. Aaaaaaaand they're cheaper.

GPU: It's a good idea to wait for the 6000 series to see what they do for prices of current hardware at least. I may be mistaken, but I thought I heard that Nvidia's newer drivers don't allow a geforce card to be used as a physx processor when an AMD card is the primary display adapter. You might want to check on that.

What is your budget for GPUs??

TV Tuner: I have this one

Hauppage WinTV-HVR-1600

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for watching/recording over the air broadcasts. It works great for me, but you might want to look into getting one with two tuners so you can watch one show while recording another. But I've been satisfied with my Hauppauge, so I would recommend that brand just based on personal experience.
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October 18, 2010 1:09:47 PM

no what i meant by the graphics cards if i had tri-SLI, whereby I have a 275GTX running physX and the other two cards are 2X 460GTX's. my budget is not more than $600 australian dollars for graphics cards and as i can get two 460gtx's for $525 and i already own a 275GTX i was thinking of sticking with those.

also in regards to ATI, i was told that the drivers aren't so good ?
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October 18, 2010 2:09:44 PM

I don't have any problem using ATI in years.
I have also no problem at all using nVidia.
There is actually no problem for using any of those known GPUs.
BTW : I am running Win 7 x64 Home Premium and Linux Mint Isadora x64. No problem at all.
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October 18, 2010 6:03:18 PM

kr91 said:
no what i meant by the graphics cards if i had tri-SLI, whereby I have a 275GTX running physX and the other two cards are 2X 460GTX's. my budget is not more than $600 australian dollars for graphics cards and as i can get two 460gtx's for $525 and i already own a 275GTX i was thinking of sticking with those.

also in regards to ATI, i was told that the drivers aren't so good ?


I see. Yeah, I meant if you decide to go with AMD, I'm not sure that the extra physx card will work. You should check it out. People used to do it, but I heard NVIDIA updated drivers so that you couldn't use one of their cards as a physx card when an AMD card is the main adapter. $600 AUS? How much are gtx 470s where you are?
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October 19, 2010 12:30:29 AM

ummm there are a few brands but the evga cards are as follows in australia and you can get them from these websites. pccasegear.com, umart.com.au

eVGA GF GTX460 1G DDR5 EE (External Exhaust) Edition
Internet Price: $275.00
Retail Price: $285.00

eVGA nVIDIA GTX470 1280MB DDR5 Dual DVI DL/Mini HDMI
Internet Price: $399.00
Retail Price: $409.00

eVGA nVIDIA GTX 480 1536M SC Superclocked D-DVI DL/HDMI
Internet Price: $596.00
Retail Price: $606.00


I know they're all different models, but I suppose what i have up there gives you a rough idea. and its not $600 its $550 =P.

Hope that helps. btw the prices are off www.umart.com.au
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October 19, 2010 8:36:16 PM

Phsyx isn't good at all, it is a waste, but if you already have the 275, go for it...
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October 29, 2010 3:12:07 AM

Best answer selected by kr91.
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