Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Need Opinions!

Last response: in Systems
Share
December 1, 2010 11:25:16 AM

So I'm looking to build a new PC, I have about $1600-1700 AUD (Australian Dollars) as my budget.

I have been looking online for good parts etc for money, but I only recently got into computers and builds and I am still learning.. This is the first PC I will build myself, and I sort of want it to be able to run for a fair while before it needs to be upgraded...
I play mainly FPS games so I need a good setup that will allow solid framerates both for playing smoothly and for frapsing while I play.

I am building it from scratch, I have done a bit of research I guess but the community always helps to think of things that can't always be read somewhere.
This is what I have come up with as the main parts... If there are things I should change/add/remove please post the part and the reason why!


PARTS FROM PCCASEGEAR

MOBO - Asus P6X58D-E - $240
CPU - Intel i7-950 (O/C'd to ~4GHz) - $319
RAM - 6GB Corsair Dominator 1600 in Triple Channel - $179
GFX - 1GB 5870 ASUS ATI DDR5 - $369
HDD - WD Caviar Blue 1TB - $78
DVD - Samsung SH-B123A Blu-ray DVD - $69
CPUCOOLER - Prolimatech Megahalem - $69
PSU - Corsair AX850W (Too much? Ummm, I generally run my Logitech G35 headset, Razer Lycosa, and Logitech G3 from USB ports.) - $258

CASE - Thermaltake M9 Mid Tower - $109 ( This was found on UMART.COM.AU , Not sure if the Megahalem will fit in the case )
TOTAL - $1690



Also need help with picking a decent fan (ideas?) to mount on my CPU Cooler, I think 2 fans in a push/pull config would be too loud.. Since the Megahalem would be so close to the exhaust fan of case, would it just be simpler to have a push fan through the Megahalem and have the pull component through the rear of the case? HELP!

THX :D 

More about : opinions

December 1, 2010 12:03:51 PM

I strongly suggest to wait for Jan next year for Intel new CPU's and by then we will have new GPU's from AMD as well.

Even if those new CPU's dont fit in ur budget the prices of i7 will drop considerably so better to wait a bit. A 750w is more then enough doesn't matter how many usb accessories u r running.

For case, target a Cooler Master 932 Full Tower.
December 1, 2010 9:25:38 PM

Get a HD 6870, it's cheaper. Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 (HD103SJ) HDD. 750W PSU as mianmars said. Get a smaller CPU cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 +.
Related resources
December 1, 2010 11:19:39 PM

Revised List:


MOBO - Asus P6X58D-E - $240
CPU - Intel i7-950 - $319
RAM - 6GB Corsair Dominator 1600 - $179
GFX - 1GB ATI RADEON 6870 Gigabyte - $315 (Sold Out atm at vendor)
HDD - Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ - $59
DVD - Samsung SH-B123A Blu-ray DVD - $69
CASE - Coolermaster HAF 932 - $169
CPUCOOLER -CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $35
PSU - Corsair AX750 Gold Power Supply - $234

TOTAL - $1550

Thoughts? I do like the colour blue instead of red in LED fans so what should I do in regards to the HAF 932 having angry red lights? ;) 
December 1, 2010 11:25:56 PM

As mentioned, waiting until January is good advice. The new cpus will either replace your build (most likely), or make it cheaper.

Also as mentioned, Samsung Spinpoint is faster, likely cheaper too.

Your psu doesn't affect the power available via the USB ports. Having said that, not too many PSUs better than the AX850. A similar quality 450W will suffice for this rig, though usually a 5xxW is used because there's no difference in price.

2x5870 will draw 598W from the wall under Furmark,

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/163

so use that as max from the psu to include stressing the cpu as well. So if you are protecting against 2x5870, a (AX)750 would be perfect, allowing a 20% margin. It would probably cost less to run, too, especially while running only 1x5870.
December 1, 2010 11:29:26 PM

rootsy said:
Revised List:


MOBO - Asus P6X58D-E - $240
CPU - Intel i7-950 - $319
RAM - 6GB Corsair Dominator 1600 - $179
GFX - 1GB ATI RADEON 6870 Gigabyte - $315 (Sold Out atm at vendor)
HDD - Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ - $59
DVD - Samsung SH-B123A Blu-ray DVD - $69
CASE - Coolermaster HAF 932 - $169
CPUCOOLER -CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $35
PSU - Corsair AX750 Gold Power Supply - $234

TOTAL - $1550

Thoughts? I do like the colour blue instead of red in LED fans so what should I do in regards to the HAF 932 having angry red lights? ;) 

Nice build, but since you like blue LEDs I would recommend the RV02, amazing cooling performance hats better than the HAF X with newer shipments. http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16010999-SilverStone_Raven_...
December 1, 2010 11:36:24 PM

Timop said:
Nice build, but since you like blue LEDs I would recommend the RV02, amazing cooling performance hats better than the HAF X with newer shipments. http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16010999-SilverStone_Raven_...

Hey thanks!
Lol this is going to sound retarded but do you know any similar cases with a window on the left, its just that having a window on the right is pointless for me since my computer only fits onto the right side of my desk :( 
December 1, 2010 11:40:41 PM

There's a geometry issue - if you rotate the mobo 90 degrees and want the cables to exit top-to-rear and the psu closer to the rear . . . the window ends up on the right side.

Long way of saying . . . don't know of any :) 
December 1, 2010 11:53:21 PM

Twoboxer said:
There's a geometry issue - if you rotate the mobo 90 degrees and want the cables to exit top-to-rear and the psu closer to the rear . . . the window ends up on the right side.

Long way of saying . . . don't know of any :) 

The RV01 has the window on the left.
Technically it wouldn't be an issue to make the RV02 with a left facing window, just swap the Drivebay area with the PSU area and turn it over.
December 2, 2010 12:03:54 AM

Never was very good at those puzzles lol.
December 3, 2010 11:40:46 AM

Ok so I have finally decided what I want!

Thoughts everybody? :D ?

NOTE: MONEY IN AUD (Australian Dollar)
MOBO - Asus P6X58D-E - $240
CPU - Intel i7-950 - $319
RAM - 6GB Corsair Dominator 1600 - $179
GFX - ASUS EAH6870 1GB RADEON - $347
HDD - Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ - $59
DVD - Samsung SH-B123A Blu-ray DVD - $69
CASE - Coolermaster Sniper Black - $199
CPUCOOLER - Noctua NH-D14 - $108
PSU - Corsair AX750 Gold Power Supply - $234
SSD (For O/S) - OCZ Vertex 2 60GB E Series SSD - $149


TOTAL - $1904


I decided to go with the Corsair RAM, just because I dont plan to overclock my RAM, and I'm quite sure standard clock with timings will be the same with most RAM sticks/brands? Am I right?

The NH-D14 is quite similar to the Megahalems actually, and since I can customize the fan on the heatsink (love my blue LED fans!) I am quite happy to pick this heatsink.

Also I chose the ASUS EAH6870 simply because I am an ATI fanboy. (Actually mainly because my first ever graphics card was an Nvidia 8500gt and it brings back memories of terrible FPS lol...)

Is the SSD really worth the extra money? I've heard it offers better boot time etc.. but from peoples experience does it actually help?

Lol so much for $1700 budget :<
!