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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by PsychoD, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. PsychoD

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    Hey Fellas. I had a thread here about what to build, it unfortunately suffered the wrath of W1zzards epic clean up :laugh:

    I didn't see any of the replies.

    Basically, I'm starting from scratch. I have had the system in my profile which I built years ago now, and I'm now a noob to the whole pc scene. I haven't been involved in any of it for the last year at least.

    I have a lot more time on my hands now. I'm wanting to get my hands dirty building a new rig.

    Advise me guys! I'm willing to spend $2-2.5k Aus on a new system. I really want a brand new system from scratch. Don't really want to wait any longer, I want WAY more power. I don't mind if it will be outdated in 6 months, I just want a system to enjoy and have fun with.

    Also going to get a 24" LCD, so hopefully it will be powerful enough for high res gaming.

    I already have Win7.

    I'm going to be spending alot of time here getting back into the swing of things. Looking forward to it :)

    Thanks guys!
     
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    If you link us to a couple of online stores what you would prefer to shop from then that will be much easier for us who are not in Oz to find you the thing's you want.

    Also no mention of what the rig is going to be used for? from the sounds of it you just want something what will blow you away compared to your current rig... which is exactly what I went for when I upgraded (from the Athlon 6400+ era to my current system specs).

    So as said post a few links and let us know what you actually want the rig for, if anything in particular?
     
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    hey there, itching to upgrade? love that feeling :) ,,, as of now, Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz and Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz seem pretty potent , Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz is also a solid choice. as for the video cards nvidia's recent gtx460 is available with custom coolers and high clocks, really a good buy, hope this helps a lil
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    Definitely want to be blown away compared to the current rig. Aiming for excellent gaming performance, and overclockability, so quality hardware with some clocking headroom, and a focus on cooling too.

    I'm in a sleepy town called Adelaide. Planning on getting the components from these places:

    http://www.getright.com.au/v2006ver1/
    http://www.allneeds.com.au/
    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

    I like the Antec P193 case so far. I want a quality case, more into the subtle styling though so Its tough.

    http://store.antec.com/Product/enclosure-performance_one_series/p-193/0-761345-81902-2.aspx

    The Fractal Design looks amazing, but the cheap price suggests the quality may not be as good as the Antec case? I LOVE the look of it though.

    http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=52


    No ideas on the rest yet. Thanks for the help! :)

    Yep, need new hardware! :D Want my games looking pretty.
     
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    Just personal advice, coming from a q6600 (they still whip ass! :)), you WILL want to get an i7.
     
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    Here's what I found


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    Everything from http://www.allneeds.com.au

    I know it's not the case you wanted, but I just wanted it to be a full listing, and the case i picked is pretty sweet looking but it all boils down to a matter of personal choice on the casing.
     
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    I do agree on the bump down to that board... Was the original one I looked at tbh.

    However the GTX 480 is only $48 more than 2x GTX 460's so I thought that was a good choice to go for.
     
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    About the case: the Fractal Design case you pointed to, has got a Silver Award from the Dutch magazine/site Hardware.info a few months ago. Fractal Design is a rather new brand (from Sweden, I believe) and thus they can't as huge prices (since most people would rather opt for more known brands (Cooler Master etc.) with which they are more familiar). I don't think you have to worry about that case, though Hardware.info warned its readers, that because of the fact that it is designed to be as silent as possible (insulation, silent fans), the cooling performance is not extremely high. I could point to the digital version of the article on their website, but because HWI stopped translating their (Dutch) stuff into English I will not do so. Would be a bit pointless, doesn't it?
     
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    Thanks so much guys for the help so far.

    Tech2, I have drawn heavily on what you suggested there, and modified it to suit my tastes. I bumped a few things down and swapped a few bits.

    Here is what I am looking at, looks like a nice system to me!

    Case-Antec P183 Performance One-$195 Allneeds

    PSU-Antec Signature 850-$239 Allneeds

    MB-Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R-$249 MSY

    CPU-1366 Pin Core i7-950-$349 MSY

    GPU-Gigabyte GTX 480 1536MB-$545 MSY

    RAM-Kingston t1 Triple channel 6GB DDR3 2000-$219 MSY

    HDD-Seagate or WD 1TB SATA-$72 MSY

    Optical-LG SATA Blu-Ray Writer-$139 MSY

    Case fans-3X Antec Tricool 120mm-$45 MSY

    CPU Cooler-Noctua NH-C12P SE14-$93 MSY

    Speakers-Logitech Z2300 THX 2.1-$135 MSY

    LCD-BenQ G2420HD 24"-$219 MSY

    Total-2499(!)
     
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    Why tricool fans? they are so noisy
     
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    Looks like a solid build so far, if you could I would change the CPU to a i7 930 if your overclocking but if not, go for the i7 950 as its not much more expensive. Also I would recommend Enermax, Coolermaster or Noctua fans as they have good airflow and are very quiet:toast: and one more thing just so you know, the GTX 480's perform well, but run really loud and really hot coming from my experience so I would either go with a GTX 460 now or if your really want a GTX 480, I recommend you getting an aftermarket cooler for it:rockout: as summer for us would kill these cards:cry::cry:
     
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    When it comes to the fans: Scythe Slip Streams are awesome fans with decent airflow and low sound production. Their medium-priced here in the EU, so if you can find them there in Australia I recommend them strongly. Their are a better option than CM and Tricool fans, I think. I don't know how their performance compares to Noctua, but at least the prices are much lower.

    About the GTX 480: Sparkle and Point of View have put a Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus on it. The Point of View card is also slightly overclocked and is named "GTX 480 Ultra Charged TFC" (note the "TFC" which makes difference when it comes to the cooler you get). The Sparkle card is the Calibre X480: http://www.sparkle-usa.com/products_graphic_04.asp?cate=38&seq=131
     
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    if you dont mind dropping down some stuff, not advising on what thats your decsion this is just a recommendation on my part. Get 2 of the exact same hard drives and run them RAID 1 so that you have double read speed(helps in game load up times) and a backup drive. then install windows on probably a 40-60gb solid state drive, this combination will increase speeds of a single harddrive dramatically, and based off the math i have done and help from the forums here, going from my WD 640gb blue to the setup above will cut my boot/load time by around 50-70%, which with the system you have listed would be freakin insane. just a recommendation
     
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    Ehm, as far as I have understood, does that happen when you put the disks in RAID-0.
     
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    You're right. Raid 1 basically mirrors the data to an identical drive as a redundant backup if the first disk fails.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    I'll look at the raid option. I do love the idea of the SSD drives, just trying to keep the system clean and simple.

    I'll also have a look at the coolers for the GTX480. With the Antec fans, I just chose them because they match what is already in the case. Comes with 3 fans and 3 vacant mounts, I thought I would just fill them up. No hugely concerned with noise as the current system howls!

    Thanks again to everybody. :)
     
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    Everything been ordered then? ;)
     
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    this may be close to your budget. since i don't know much of currency in aus to usd...these are all based on newegg&tiger direct:


    Core i5 750 $169.99
    CM V10 tec cooper $129.99
    Biostar TH55XE LGA 1156 H55 mATX $99.99
    Cosair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 $279.99
    EVGA GTX 460 01G-P3-1373-AR $249.99
    OCZ OCZSSD2-1CLS120 (master) $299.99
    WD cavior black WD20000LSRTL (slave) $179.99
    RocketRAID 1740 4 Port SATA 3Gb/s RAID $109.99
    Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W $399.99
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 $89.99
    Pioneer BDR32205 $229.99
    Samsung SH-B083L $79.99

    this is just mainstream pc to me
     
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    I have heard of people rigging their RAID 1 array to read from both drives at the same time, but it would still be RAID 1 so the drive's contents are identical in nearly every way
     
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    stick with the sg 850 better then the hx850 just a lil bit
     

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