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Investing in a Hex Core Gaming Comp

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May 27, 2011 8:53:24 AM

Hey, I plan to get a computer around 1.5g's - 2g's in 3 months (just the tower). I want to get a very good gaming system that will last me MANY many years. I'm only in the browsing stage atm so I've only been looking on ebay.

I found this so far http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Hex-Core-Computer-Latest-HD-...

In terms of price, is this worth it? Are there others that are more bang for your buck? If I purchased everything individually will it save me money?

I'd appreciate some advice! Thanks
May 27, 2011 9:25:51 AM

Did you seriously just use "g" as a unit instead of AU $? Science be damned! :) 

What you'll find with any ebay build is that there will be plenty of corners cut to try and save on the build cost.

When you build the machine yourself you'll obviously have full control over every component you buy. Additionally you'll have a better understanding of what is upgradeable and what isn't. So if you wanted to game on this for years you'd know how to drop in a new GPU to increase the performance to play future games. It's often cheaper to build your own systems.

That all sounds great but the cost is having to configure everything yourself and fix your own problems. You may not encounter any issues or you may not be able to even boot the machine. There is no way to tell what problems you may face.
May 27, 2011 9:37:07 AM

ahahah I'm sorry for the use of 'g' I'm actually typing with one hand because the other is fractured.

Well I assume that the ebay store is very reliable (100% positive feedback). I have the knowledge when it comes to installing new hardware but I've also had many problems. I'd like to know how much I would save if I purchased the parts on my own because if it's only say..100-200$ I don't mind spending that much more.

I'm mainly interested in how good the specs (for long term as well) and whether or not it is worth it building it myself.

I'll save you the time and post it up here.

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Six Core Black Edition CPU 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 8MB Cache
CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master HYPER TX3 CPU Cooler 3 Heat Pipes Aluminum Fins 92mm PWM quiet Fan
Motherboard:
AMD 890GX, AM3, DDR3, SATA3 6Gb/s, USB3.0, CrossFireX Ready!
RAM:
Latest Model! Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Vengeance 1.5v RAM w/Heatsink
Graphics:
Latest AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 880Mhz/5.5Gbps DX11 Eyefinity multi-display
Primary HDD:
OCZ 60GB SandForce 1200 driven 2.5" SSD Max speed - read 285MB/s, write 275MB/s
2nd HDD:
WD 3.5" Caviar Black 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s with 64MB Cache! WD 5y warranty!
Optical Drive:
22x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW/DL Drive
Case:
Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Mid Tower Pro Gaming Case / Side Window / Superb Cooling
PSU:
Cooler Master high efficiency (>80%) GX 750W Max. Output 900W PSU
Audio:
Integrated 7.1-channel High Definition audio (Onboard)
LAN:
Integrated Gigabit Network Adapter (Onboard)
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May 27, 2011 9:52:12 AM

The majority of those components are great. What would worry me however is that they haven't specified the motherboard manufacturer nor the GPU manufacturer.

One of the regular shortcuts is to use a cheap ass motherboard so watch out for that. I don't like it when the GPU isn't specified fully as you have no idea of what kind of cooling you'll get on it. It could be really loud and inefficient!

The PSU will do but it's not modular and saying that a 750W PSU's output is 900W is just irresponsible!

What you should do is try do a price comparison between that and your favourite hardware store using extremely similar components. I'm from the UK so I don't know of decent Australian websites so I can't help you there unfortunately.
May 27, 2011 10:13:39 AM

From the picture and the model number it looks like a Gigabyte motherboard
-I'm not saying gigabyte is bad but i personally prefer Asus mobos. Reason being that they have a much more superior bios and it makes it soo easy to overclock and making changes.
-Check with your vendor if you can get a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ instead of a TX3 cooler. Its a lot better.
May 27, 2011 10:21:12 AM

sync_nine said:
From the picture and the model number it looks like a Gigabyte motherboard
-I'm not saying gigabyte is bad but i personally prefer Asus mobos. Reason being that they have a much more superior bios and it makes it soo easy to overclock and making changes.
-Check with your vendor if you can get a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ instead of a TX3 cooler. Its a lot better.


Curiously I've had better experience with Gigabyte boards than Asus. Go figure.
May 27, 2011 11:34:35 AM

Okay I'm checking this rig out now

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Core-i7-2600-Computer-GTX570...


CPU:
Intel 2nd-Gen Quad Core i7 2600 3.8GHz Turbo Speed with 8MB Smart Cache
CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER HYPER 212+ w/ 4 Direct Contact Heat-Pipes! 120mm Quiet Fan!
Motherboard:
New P67 Pro LGA 1155 Motherboard LGA1155 SATA III 6Gb/s Support!
RAM:
Latest Model! Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Vengeance 1.5v RAM w/Heatsink
Graphics:
NVIDIA GTX 570 1280MB - Your Next-Gen High-End FULL HD Gaming Graphics DX11 Ready
Primary HDD:
Corsair Force Series 60GB SSD, 285/275(MB/s) Max Read/Write, Sandforce Controller
2nd HDD:
3.5" 1TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gg/s HDD! Get fast I/O with SATA 3 Interface!
Optical Drive:
22x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW/DL DVD Burner Drive
Case:
NZXT Tempest EVO Black Edition Pro Gaming Case w/ 6-Fan SUPERIOR COOLING SYSTEM!!
PSU:
Cooler Master high efficiency (>80%) GX 750W Max. Output 900W PSU
Audio:
Integrated 7.1-channel High Definition audio (Onboard)
LAN:
Integrated Gigabit Network Adapter (Onboard)

how does this weigh up to the other? It has the cooler but I'm not sure about the mobo
May 27, 2011 11:42:05 AM

this is as much i would spend http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Core-i7-960-Computer-GTX580-...

CPU:
Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core 960 3.46GHz AUTO OC with 8Mb Intel Smart Cache
CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER HYPER 212+ w/ 4 Direct Contact Heat-Pipes! 120mm Quiet Fan!
Motherboard:
Intel X58 Extreme M/B 3 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 Quad SLI/CF Ready Up to 6400 MT/s
RAM:
Latest Model! Corsair 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Vengeance 1.5v RAM w/Heatsink
Graphics:
NVIDIA GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 Graphics RAM - The world's fastest DirectX 11 GPU!
Primary HDD:
WD 3.5" Black Edition 1TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s! Loaded with 64MB Cache!
Optical Drive:
Blu-Ray Combo Drive, 5.25" internal SATA, Blu-ray Reader & DVD Burner
Case:
NZXT Lexa S Mid Tower Gaming Case 4Fan Cooling System, Front Panel Fan Control!
PSU:
Corsair TX850 High Efficiency 80%+ Max. Output 1044W 80Plus Certified Pro PSU
Audio:
Integrated 7.1-channel High Definition audio (Onboard)
LAN:
Integrated Gigabit Network Adapter (Onboard)
!