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Advise or critique my first system please!

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January 22, 2011 11:10:07 AM

Hi everyone,
I have already submitted a system a bit earlier and got good advise and now I think I finalised my system and just wanted to make sure I havent overseen anything or left out any parts that could perform better for the same money. It will be my first built and hopefully worth the money :) .

I gotta give already a lot of credit to lavitz who has basically improved most of the system but I added a few things more and need to be a 100% sure.

I live in Australia and therefore newegg can not be considered for shipping and the parts are a bit more expensive here unfortunately. Also will I be running a dual (for now, maybe later upgrade to triple eyefinity) monitor setup with 24"s. I got already an HP w2408h 24" and therefor need only one more.

The built will be mostly used for light gaming (starcraft 2 and diablo 3 on probs mid res), movies (nothing too fancy) and online poker (multitabling with datamining software simultaneusly)

The budget is probably around the A$1600 mark.
But I would be so happy to get some more feedback and critique on the system!

Toms hardware forums are great!! :) 

Monitor:
ASUS VE248H 24" Widescreen LED Monitor $249

Case:
NZXT Phantom Case Red $179

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition $156

MOBO:
ASRock 870 Extreme3 Motherboard $105

PSU:
XFX Core Edition Pro 650W $122

GPU:
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB EyeFinity5 Edition $129

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB WD5001AALS Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB WD5001AALS $65

SSD:
Corsair Force Series 60GB SSD $149

RAM:
Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 $48

ODD:
Lite-On IHAS524 24x DVDRW Super AllWrite $29

Mouse:
Logitech TrackMan Wheel Corded Mouse $48

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM $109

2x Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Converter 15cm $32x2=$64

Astrotek 3.5in Front Bay USB 3.0 4 Port Hub $32

65 Piece Computer Tool Kit $39

Subtotal of $1523
With Shipping $1603

Source: pccasegear.com.au

Any input to wether the system could be improved or any difficulties putting it together would be so much appreciated!!

Thanks Everyone!!

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January 22, 2011 9:14:56 PM

Thanks jsc!


Does anyone have some input about the built??
January 22, 2011 9:52:42 PM

A couple things:

If I were you I'd look at the new i5 and i7 processors. (The new i5 2500 is $210, and outperforms the 955 by a long shot. Keep in mind you'd have to select a different motherboard.) If you want to go AMD, however, I recommend the Phenom II x4 965 BE over the 955 BE.

Also skip the computer tool kit. All you're going to need are a few screw drivers.

Also, unless you have any devices that NEED USB 3.0, I'd skip the front bay panel.

The price you've listed for that 24" monitor is also pretty high. You should search for a better deal. My 23" Samsung was $200.

These prices are all USD

a b B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2011 10:59:06 PM

Here's a couple of things i would change.
Logitech MX518 is a very good mouse i used one for 7yrs and $39.
pudgychicken's right about the tool kit i'm a certified tech and 90% of the time you need one phillips screw driver.preferably magnetized.and a nice pair of needle nose pliers.
The HDD is a little pricey since the 1TB Samsung F3 $79 and even the ITB Seagate $65 are good drives.
Nothing wrong with your ram i own two different sets of Corsair but i also own a set of GSkills Ripjaws and the score higher in WEI and offer good price/performance ratio.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...






January 23, 2011 6:36:38 AM

I have changed a few things and for about $150 more I got a lot better value than before. I hope this will be fine :) 

Monitor:
ASUS VE248H 24" Widescreen LED Monitor $249

Case:
NZXT Phantom Case Red $179

CPU:
Intel I5 2500k $269

MOBO:
ASRock P67 Extreme6 $216

PSU:
XFX Core Edition Pro 650W $122

GPU:
XFX Radeon HD6850 1GB XXX Edition $209

HDD:
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ $79

SSD:
Corsair Force Series 60GB SSD $149

RAM:
G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

ODD:
Lite-On IHAS524 24x DVDRW Super AllWrite $29

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM $109

all up $1749

But I now with the new parts, I would like to overclock and also with the new gpu will I need an additional fan? Or are the 4 fans that come with the case enough even after the OC?

Thanks everyone for your time :) 

a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2011 7:04:58 AM

By any chance how much is the 6850 Asus DirectCu? That'd be a better choice IMO because of the great cooling system and pretty good overclocks vs other competitors.
January 23, 2011 7:15:41 AM

aznshinobi said:
By any chance how much is the 6850 Asus DirectCu? That'd be a better choice IMO because of the great cooling system and pretty good overclocks vs other competitors.


Same price. The xfx is on sale from 239 to 209. But you still think the cu would be better?
January 23, 2011 7:27:08 AM

i5 2500k is a good choice.You should look for a better GPU if you have money.
January 23, 2011 7:36:18 AM

Im going for a dual eyefinity setup so i guess i will need the outputs. or are there better ones for that?
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2011 9:04:08 AM

Get the DirectCu it's better, I wouldn't say ALOT better, but it is better. Mainly because it runs cooler OCs better and just overall I like the DirectCu series. By Dual Eyefinity, you just mean two monitors right? If that is what you mean you'll just need a DVI monitor and a HDMI monitor. Then you'll be able to eyefinity. You should also look into overclocking if you get the 2500K. The K just stands for unlocked basically like the AMD Black Edition label. But the K for intel is different. The normal 2500 is basically locked and can't but OC'd. The K means it can OC.

If you learned to overclock you'd get a lot of potential out of the chip. The chip can OC easily to 4.6ghz on a stock cooler from what I've heard. I think it'd be to your benefit to Youtube some "how to overclock Sandy Bridge" videos. Also look at the THG Graphics card Forum for help on how to overclock your card. It'll bring out a lot of performance out of your 6850 as well if you get the Asus DirectCu.
January 24, 2011 5:33:13 AM

Thanks everyone for your input!
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