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[Complete and OC'd] Amd System Build! Rendering and Gaming! $1100

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February 20, 2011 11:41:04 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of this week! :) 

Budget Range: About $1100 :D  (Not including a new Monitor.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD Video Encoding and Gaming!

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse are set! I have an old AoC 22" from like 2008 I could prob reuse <,< But was thinking Samsung Led 22-24"

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.pccasegear.com, http://www.mwave.com.au, http://www.msy.com.au, http://www.staticice.com.au or any site that ships to Australia! (I'm pretty sure ages ago I read that you could order off newegg etc and get it shipped to a company then they ship it to Australia >.> Can anyone clarify?)

Country of Origin: Melbourne, Australia!

Parts Preferences: Id pref Amd for both GPU and CPU!

Overclocking: Yes light overlocking!

SLI or Crossfire: Prob not atm unless its dual 5770's but I was just looking @ 1 Sapphire 6950, then maybe buying one way later on.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Case I was looking into the Hades from NZXT or the Phantom!

I was thinking either a AMD PII x4 955-65 BE or going full out with the 1090t, but I have no idea what mobo etc, It was looking like generic g.skill 1600mhz ram (8gb) and a cavier black or f3 1tb, as for solid state I would'nt mind one 40gb-60gb! and Psu thinking a 650w either corsair/ocz etc.

Thanks for reading! Heres a happyfase with a clownhat!

o<|:-)

-Chris


February 20, 2011 1:32:21 PM

cklsynt said:
Approximate Purchase Date: End of this week! :) 

Budget Range: About $1100 :D 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD Video Encoding and Gaming!

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse are set! I have an old AoC 22" from like 2008 I could prob reuse <,< But was thinking Samsung Led 22-24"

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.pccasegear.com, http://www.mwave.com.au, http://www.msy.com.au, http://www.staticice.com.au or any site that ships to Australia! (I'm pretty sure ages ago I read that you could order off newegg etc and get it shipped to a company then they ship it to Australia >.> Can anyone clarify?)

Country of Origin: Melbourne, Australia!

Parts Preferences: Id pref Amd for both GPU and CPU!

Overclocking: Yes light overlocking!

SLI or Crossfire: Prob not atm unless its dual 5770's but I was just looking @ 1 Sapphire 6950, then maybe buying one way later on.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Case I was looking into the Hades from NZXT or the Phantom!

I was thinking either a AMD PII x4 955-65 BE or going full out with the 1090t, but I have no idea what mobo etc, It was looking like generic g.skill 1600mhz ram (8gb) and a cavier black or f3 1tb, as for solid state I would'nt mind one 40gb-60gb! and Psu thinking a 650w either corsair/ocz etc.

Thanks for reading! Heres a happyfase with a clownhat!

o<|:-)

-Chris


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Edit1: So looks like newegg orders will be g2g! https://www.priceusa.com.au/ I just took a quick peak after looking around with google and reading 50pages+ of praise over @ http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/
February 20, 2011 1:59:29 PM

Hello cklsynt;

Looking good.
Any of your alternative choices, X4 955, etc would be good choices too.
ASRock 870 Extreme3 Motherboard would make a good alternate motherboard choice and still keep the x8/x8 CrossfireX option open for you.
OCZ Agility 2 or OCZ Vertex 2, 60GB models would be a good boot & program SSD choice.

That 550W PSU will handle all your system parts with some power in reserve for upgrades but won't have the power to handle a 2nd HD 6950. I might suggest getting a less expensive CPU cooler and moving some funds over for a PSU upgrade.
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler $33. The Frio is an excellent cooler, better than the CM Hyper 212+ but not so much better that you're not getting a good cooler for light to medium OC'ing. CM Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler review
OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W Modular $129 -
OCZ Fatal1ty 750 W Power Supply Review


I wasn't sure about that Element S case myself but I found a review that shows its much better than 'average'
Thermaltake Element S (VK6000) Case Review
NZXT Hades Case Review
NZXT Phantom Case Review

There are some trans-shippers / freight forwarders that will handle moving parts outside the US but the fees. shipping charges and duties, etc., don't really offer any financial advantages over buying locally, as far as I know. It's mostly useful if you can't find a specific part locally.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-freight-forwarding.htm
Related resources
February 20, 2011 2:01:46 PM

cklsynt said:
Edit1: So looks like newegg orders will be g2g! https://www.priceusa.com.au/ I just took a quick peak after looking around with google and reading 50pages+ of praise over @ http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/
That's a good find.
Will give you some extra choices. Let us know how the price math works out.
February 20, 2011 4:02:57 PM

Looks like this so far!

Cpu/Gfx Combo:
SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814102914
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
Item #: N82E16819103849
-$18.00 Combo
$458.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Cpu Cooler:

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564
$57.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W Modular (Since I need an Australian plug :p )
$129.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Motherboard:

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99

SSD:

G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-60GBP2 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$117.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
$109.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total:
$1241.93!

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Monitor: Samsung 22" LED
$189.99

February 20, 2011 4:06:08 PM

Since the case will incur the largest shipping charge that's something you can pickup locally along with the heavy PSU.

You have to watch (and read) the NewEgg customer reviews. Some of the ratings are based on "I couldn't figure out how to make it work for me' type ratings.
February 20, 2011 4:56:42 PM

WR2 said:
OCZ 60GB SSD Vertex 2 / Agility 2 Vertex 2 is $110 before rebate that is probably N/A for you.

Most of the 870 motherboards with 2x PCI-e x16 slots run CrossfireX @ x16/x4. Only the Asrock Exteme3 does x8/x8.
AM3 890FX motherboards

Grab a CPU cooler from one one of these reviews:
FrostyTech Top 5 - AMD list
CPU cooler review @ Benchmark Reviews (be sure the choice is AM3 compatible)


Price USA submits the rebates :D 
But I was thinking maybe a G.Skill SSD, I love there ram and the reviews arnt that bad!

G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-60GBP2 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$117.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 20, 2011 5:05:53 PM

Any SandForce SF-1200 Series Controller SSD (Phoenix Pro 60GB is one as are the OCX Vertex 2 / Agility 2) makes an excellent choice ATM.
February 20, 2011 5:30:02 PM

Last thing now is the case, I really can't make up my mind.

CoolerMaster CM Storm Sniper AMD Dragon Edition
$195.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Thermaltake Armor A90 Case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
$95.00

NZXT Guardian 921RB
$105.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

NZXT Phantom Case White
$179.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

NZXT Tempest EVO Case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
$119.00

Also to double check my ram choice and mobo are compatible right? D:
or is there something else you would suggest?
February 21, 2011 9:22:07 AM

Looks like I'm going with

CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
$109.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

By far the best case for the price :D  No bad reviews @ all :D :D !!!

Also might switch to mobo to MSI, ie;

MSI 870A Fuzion Motherboard
$159.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

I could also buy this

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Motherboard
For like $150 off a mate he bough it and is now going intel >.> so its a month old and only had the box opened, the seal on the mobo is still thar :D 
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If anyone has any other suggestions please post! <3
Otherwise ill send the order out tommorow! ^_^

-Chris

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February 21, 2011 9:56:31 AM
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I really do like the CM 690 II Advanced but case choice is as much about about personal taste as anything else. CM 690 II Advanced Case Review

There is no 'down side' to getting the Crosshair IV Formula @ that price.
Editor's choice @ Legitreviews - and they like it a lot pver @ Tweaktown


Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC
Look over the forum's "System won't boot" checklist to see some of the common build errors and how to avoid them.

While you're waiting for delivery you can download the online version of manuals or install guides if they're available and start getting familiar with the parts. The motherboard manual is going to be your #1 priority.

And let us know how things work out.
February 22, 2011 11:47:28 PM

Well long story short I got all the parts locally!

I went down to msy yesterday (http://msy.com.au {Box Hill}) told them the quote for newegg etc and then he basically matched it! I even up'd it to a 6970 :D 

Got the Mobo from my friend yesterday!
Still got the case and PSU from PCCasegear. (Picked up 9am today!)

After finishing my build about 1hr40mins ago, I've basically finished the overclock its as stable as I want it, could go to 4.2 maybe but I don't wanna push it!
I also switched out the Thermaltake cooler for a CoolIt Vantage ALC ^_^



Temps:
24.5° Ideal
34° Full load tested with Prime95

And I'm getting
941/1520MHz with my 6970!
(Tweaking with Afterburner)

I had some slight issues with the solid state >.> not showing up but reseting the motherboard fixed that.

Just wanted to thank WR2! Ill post pics of the build process soon! :D 


Masive boost over my old Core 2 Duo 6550 and 250gts, 4gb ddr 800mhz ram >.> rendering is cut down to 1/30 of what it took before!
February 23, 2011 12:00:28 AM

Excellent news. Impressive results.

Always good to share experiences of a successful build.
(most of the time people are just off enjoying the new hardware, playing games, etc)
February 23, 2011 12:20:44 AM

WR2 said:
Excellent news. Impressive results.

Always good to share experiences of a successful build.
(most of the time people are just off enjoying the new hardware, playing games, etc)


Yeah I also should mention I got a 24" LED LG Monitor that was 3weeks old for $80 on ebay! Basically brand new and I got the receipt for the 3year warranty!

Running Heaven 2.1 now for a benchmark! Will post soon!
February 25, 2011 6:12:00 AM

cklsynt said:
Well long story short I got all the parts locally!

I went down to msy yesterday (http://msy.com.au {Box Hill}) told them the quote for newegg etc and then he basically matched it! I even up'd it to a 6970 :D 

Masive boost over my old Core 2 Duo 6550 and 250gts, 4gb ddr 800mhz ram >.> rendering is cut down to 1/30 of what it took before!
Most impressive item - that rendering improvement.
March 4, 2011 11:00:53 AM

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