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Review my built please - Light Gaming/ Online Poker Home Built

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January 21, 2011 8:55:35 AM

Hello,
I am currently trying to put together a home built that suits the needs for online poker, light gaming and movies. Also because my old one is close to dropping dead.

My thought were fast HDD and an additional SSD.
A dual or triple monitor setup with ergonomic peripherals.

I havent done overclocking so far and would like to do try it out this time. Budget is probably around the $1600 mark. Also I live in Australia, so newegg doesnt really come into consideration for ordering unfortunately.

System:
CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 $159

Mobo:

Asus M4A87TD-USB3
Motherboard AM3 AMD 870 $99

Ram:

Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 $89

HDD:

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $59

Case:

NZXT Phantom Case Red
$179.00

PSU:

Antec Neo Eco 520C 520W Power Supply $69

ODD:

Sony $27

GPU:

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 1GB Overclocked $239

SSD: Only needed for Databanking

Kingston SSDNow V Series 32GB Sata2 SSD - A$96.00

Monitors:

2 or 3x ASUS VH222T 22in Widescreen LCD Monitor $149.00

Mouse:

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 With Leave-in USB Receiver (910-001799) $99.00


All Up should be around $1580.
But if I missed anything or you know any better alternatives it would be so much appreciated!

Thanks
January 21, 2011 10:37:21 AM

way too much money for a GTX460, should be only $160 or so.....(sorry if those are normal prices in 'down under'!)

For that kind of money, you are close to 2500k/P67 mainboard territory....
January 21, 2011 10:39:15 AM

SSDs do give faster boot times, but if planning on gaming, I'd skip the SSD and choose a GTX570......
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January 21, 2011 11:25:05 AM

So you are saying skip the ssd and go for an asus p67 and GTX 570?
Thanks so much for your time! :-)
January 21, 2011 12:36:36 PM

Woah woah woah This guy is doing online poker and light gaming, not crysis.
Where are you getting these items anyway? I suggest such sites as http://pccsaegear.com Great site for parts. If you're doing such things as online poker i suggest this build, which will still kick ass in gaming, but for a much better price.



This will save you about 600$ And im an aussie too

EDIT: relised eyefinity set up, I would suggest a 6850, if you are planing on playing games. and possibly order two ram stick packs for 8gb.
January 21, 2011 10:17:49 PM

Looks pretty awesome to me lavitz. :) 

I also got a HP w2408h monitor already that leaves me with only 1 or 2 to buy. You reckon they need to be 24" as well? Here are the specs for the monitor.


LCD feature Specification
Display size 24-inch (61 cm) diagonal and viewable image
Display type Thin-Film Transistor LCD active matrix

BriteView technology
Input terminal VGA 15-pin D-type connector

HDMI single-link connector
Scanning frequency Horizontal scan range 24-94 KHz

Vertical scan range 48-85 Hz
Recommended resolution (H x V) 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz

Maybe 2 24" could be enough for now and I will buy another one later.

I mean I dont think I would use 2 or 3 screens to game. For gaming like starcraft 2 or diablo 3 I would only use one screen but I dont game that much, the main purpose is online poker. Its just for multiple docs, ,tables browsers and progs open and to watch at the same time. Is this still eyefinity? Or would the 1-2-3 setup do the same thing?
For that the 5770 would be enough?

The mini displayports need to be connected with the proper cables? So for my current HP monitor i would need a miniport to hdmi cable?

For the 4x2gb ram, would 2x4gb make a difference? So I could safe some space?

January 21, 2011 10:34:07 PM

A 5770 is slightly old now, it will game great, but the 6850 would be a good option also. yeah 2 24' would be great for poker, and doc's. A 5770 will play starcraft and diablo great, but if you plan on stretching it to more then one screen a 6850 is good. Anyway, AMD (the company that makes graphic cards) Will be releasing the 6770 sometime in the coming months, you could always wait if you want the 'better' verison. Personly i would go with either the 5770, or 6850 if you plan on gaming.
EDIT: Oh and on eyefinity, i know if you want 3, you need a mini-display port, if its two you only need two cables. On ram, it doesnt matter either way whether its two sticks of 4gb, or 2 sticks of 4gb.
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