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A mate and I are both going to get new PC's and we've been talking to people on the best system to buy that would suit us. Basically we are after a good gaming PC that cost between US$1100 to US$1300.

So far after talking to people this is the system we are looking at buying

MONITOR Benq G2411
CASE Thermaltake V9
PSU Seasonic PSR650+
HD Seagate 1Tb SATA
DVD/CD Pioneer DVR-218 SATA
MOBO Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P
CPU AMD Phenom II X3 720
CPU COOLER Cooler Master Hyper TX2
GFX HIS Ati 4890 1Gb
RAM 4Gb DDR3 1600 G.Skill-NQ

I'm not too sure about this so I'd really appreciate feedback because you guys are the experts on PC builds, components etc.

So if you think this system is good, bad, what you'd change and why, please tell me.
 
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Possible substitute for the Seasonic? I know for a fact CM makes quality stuff.

Why not get this card with better ratings and whatnot if it's going to be the same price?

I don't know about the case, it could be nice. Just make sure you get a nice case, something you like. If you're disappointed with the case it just ruins everything.
 

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Possible substitute for the Seasonic? I know for a fact CM makes quality stuff.

Why not get this card with better ratings and whatnot if it's going to be the same price?

I don't know about the case, it could be nice. Just make sure you get a nice case, something you like. If you're disappointed with the case it just ruins everything.
Ok, so the card you are recommending is the "XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card"

Thank you for you feedback Soylent Joe. That card looks good. I noticed it does not have HDMI output, it uses a DVI to HDMI instead. Not as good as straight HDMI is it?
 
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its ok but i wouldnt change the seasonic psu.

also the cooler, get a xiggy or the rosewill forte 120 (sorta like that)
 
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Ok, so the card you are recommending is the "XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card"

Thank you for you feedback Soylent Joe. That card looks good. I noticed it does not have HDMI output, it uses a DVI to HDMI instead. Not as good as straight HDMI is it?
I wouldn't think that it'd make much of a difference. HDMI isn't like component where some tainted contacts can mess the picture up, it either gets the nice shiny pic or it doesn't, or at least that's what I heard ;)



Edit: Actually, just nvm me. If that first card has native HDMI instead of using an adapter get that. I'm sure it'll work just as good as the XFX. I'm not being sarcastic or anything, I have a HIS and it's the bomb. :D
 
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doesn't HDMI = DVI + sound therefore no difference? I believe atm the corsair 650 is on special at newegg as well as the crucial 4gb ddr3... Both are great... I would also change the board and case and cooler but atm I don't have time... I may be able to help you tomorrow
 

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doesn't HDMI = DVI + sound therefore no difference? I believe atm the corsair 650 is on special at newegg as well as the crucial 4gb ddr3... Both are great... I would also change the board and case and cooler but atm I don't have time... I may be able to help you tomorrow
You are probably right, DVI is HDMI with out sound.

Helping tomorrow would be great if you can.
 
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i agree with n-ster the corsair is on sale at newegg and it is a champ i own on myself!
 
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MONITOR: ASUS 23.6" 1080p 200-10MIR or Hans-G 24" 180$
CASE: CM Storm Scout 90$ OR CM HAF 932 140$
PSU: Corsair 620-HX
HDs 2x in RAID 0: WD Caviar Black 640gb
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CPU + GFX: 720BE + 4890 Vapor-X
CPU COOLER: Xiggy S1283
RAM: The famous Crucials OCs very well

With the most expensive configuration I offer you, it comes to 1150$ - 70$ MIR = 1080$ :D if you want i7 920, if you live near MicroCenter, it'll come to about 1300~1350$... 100 more for processor 100 more for mobo, 30 more for RAM and 20 more for cooler
 
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I won't say anything bad about the Seasonic PSU's except that you will pay a premium price for them. I have a 380 watt unit and it works flawlessly and quietly. Corsair also has a great reputation and they have a huge sale going on through 9/5. The TX and VX units are not modular, the HX are. I also have a 550VX and it's a gem.
The only reason's to spend more are brand loyalty and the desire to have an even higher efficiency rating, IMHO.
You said "mate", so I have a stinking suspicion that you're not in the U.S.A., which means I just wasted my time.
 
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yea "mate" made me think UK too... so I might have wasted my time too xD but maybe he moved from england to US? btw after I'm done with all that on my previous post then I'll make it much cleaner and easier to read lol

EDIT: much cleaner :D
 
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Consider a 10,000 RPM Velociraptor drive, that will give a boost to your gaming performance
 
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Never go Velociraptor IMO... waste of money, less GB, barely any speed gained... NOISY...
 
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plus you could also get an SSD, fot the OS only and HDD for storage and it would be wicked fast... I myslef would drop to a 500 GB westeran Digital clavair black. it has 32mb cache and plenty of space
 

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you will get a pretty good performance boost if you use a velociraptor and properly configure ACH10 drivers,however many people just throw in the velociraptor as an IDE device, that surely wont give any boost
 

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Consider a 10,000 RPM Velociraptor drive, that will give a boost to your gaming performance
Maybe some online MMO but offline a faster hdd will only increase game loading times and with games that have alot of textures, Oblivion for example.

@n-ster

The Gigabyte 770 is good if you need to save some cash from going 790GX. It's what I call, an intermediate chipset thats falls somewhere between 785G and 790GX.
 

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Thank you every one for all your advice and suggestions. Went to my local PC market yesterday and the price for this system with a 22" Samsung monitor is US$1080. The only major surprise is the 4890 1GB card was almost $100 more expensive. Comes from living in a back water.

Thinking of having the same system as discussed here but with two PCI slots and two graphics cards. But that is a story for another thread :)