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devilreaverx

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Hey guys im glad to be here but i am in real need of assistance.

I have had just about enough of unreal tournament GOTYE on my Pentium 4 and Ti4600 so im ready to join the world of decent online gaming.

I have just got a job at **** Smiths and am earning a hell of alot of money at the moment so i am building a gaming rig for the first time.

The parts im thinking about are as follows.

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R $249
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2989

i7 920 $389
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37147

Lian Li PC-AO3B $129
http://www.sundialmicro.com/lianli_mid-tower-pca03b_1703_1601.html

Antec Earthwatts 750 $149
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=163

3 X DDR3 Kingston 1333 $145
http://www.getprice.com.au/Kingston-2GB-DDR3-1333-DIMM-D25664J90-Gpnc_42--40440767.htm

Gigabyte GTX 260 (216) $213
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/VGA/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2910

Seagate 500GB $64
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=b9df99f4fa74c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

All prices from MSY.

Budget $1200
$1338 total
$1189 without PSU

Any problems or suggestions please i need to know if this will work?

(PS i have optical drives so no need for them)

EDIT: I have a SHAW 720 PSU and will be using that from maybe a month till i get enough money for the Earthwatts.
 
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J-O_S-H

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Hey guys im glad to be here but i am in real need of assistance.

I have had just about enough of unreal tournament GOTYE on my Pentium 4 and Ti4600 so im ready to join the world of decent online gaming.

I have just got a job at **** Smiths and am earning a hell of alot of money at the moment so i am building a gaming rig for the first time.

The parts im thinking about are as follows.

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R $249
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2989

i7 920 $389
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37147

Lian Li PC-AO3B $129
http://www.sundialmicro.com/lianli_mid-tower-pca03b_1703_1601.html

Antec Earthwatts 750 $149
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=163

3 X DDR3 Kingston 1333 $145
http://www.getprice.com.au/Kingston-2GB-DDR3-1333-DIMM-D25664J90-Gpnc_42--40440767.htm

Gigabyte GTX 260 (216) $213
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/VGA/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2910

Seagate 500GB $64
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=b9df99f4fa74c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

All prices from MSY.

Any problems or suggestions please i need to know if this will work?

(PS i have optical drives so no need for them)

EDIT: I have a SHAW 720 PSU and will be using that from maybe a month till i get enough money for the Earthwatts.

First off... WELCOME! to OCForums! :welcome:

Your build looks good apart froma a few minor details.

The first suggestion I have would be to get some faster RAM... 1600MHz is a very good choice... you will be fine with what you have cosen but faster RAM will help you if you intend to overclock.

Next is your PSU... ANtec is a good reputable brand but you will be better off geting a Corsair TX650w... this will also give enough room for future expansion.

The only other part I would change is your HDD... Seagate HDD's have gone down hill... I would suggest a 640GB Western DIgital Caviar Black... they are much more reliable and will give you faster speeds for and increase in gaming performance.

On another note...

LGA1366 can be overkill for single GPU setups... you may find out you are better off opting for an i5 rig... this will save you some money and likely allow you to buy your PSU at the same time.

The performance difference (i5 vs i7) on single GPU gaming rigs is minimal but wll save you a lot of money... gaming doesn't require the need of hyperthreading and the real world performance difference of tripple channel memory is, unless benchmarking, unoticable.

Because you are coming from a P4... the jump to i7 (or i5 if chosen) will be absolutely huge.
 
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devilreaverx

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Thanks for the warm welcome :)

something i have noticed i have not mentioned is that i will be buying another GTX260 soon after to SLI hence the board choice with 2 X 2.0 PCI slots so do you still reccomend the 1366 or drop to 1156 even with a dual GPU setup??

Pentium 4 served me well so i think my heads gonna explode when i get this build haha.
 

J-O_S-H

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Thanks for the warm welcome :)

something i have noticed i have not mentioned is that i will be buying another GTX260 soon after to SLI hence the board choice with 2 X 2.0 PCI slots so do you still reccomend the 1366 or drop to 1156 even with a dual GPU setup??

Pentium 4 served me well so i think my heads gonna explode when i get this build haha.

Ah... In that case LGA1366 would be the way to go... you will be able to run both GTX 260's in x16. You will also get more benefits from the triple channel memory.

I would also say to change your motherboard to an ASUS P6T if possible (V2 is even better) this is a very good board for the price, supports Xfire and SLI. It will also easily get an i7 920 to 4ghz. (OC'd)
 
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devilreaverx

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I may be able to squeezeeee it into budget as its only $20 more what real benefits are there over my current choice???
 

J-O_S-H

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It has 6 DIMM (RAM) slots, overclocks better (better BIOS) and is much higher quality (there have been quite a few issues with th UD3). Im not sure if you even care but the board looks a lot nicer too. It is a very popular choice.
 

Rich'[ard]

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ey :welcome:
how's it going?
i'm from Australia too, as soon as you mentioned **** Smiths i was like :eek: lol.

if you want any heads up with shops i'll hook you up (if i can).
have you tried looking at any other cases especially from Antec or Coolermaster?
they look pretty decent and you could easily fit an Antec 300/Coolermaster CM 690 in your pricelist (if you're into those kind of designs, but each person's different :thup: )


btw, how's the work at **** Smith? i'm kind of young and don't know if i could pass with a job there...i need money bad.
 
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devilreaverx

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Sweeet an aussie. :)

Yea **** Smiths is pretty laid back and the minimum age there is 16 and there always looking so it might be an idea to apply at one.

i have looked at cases and would like the NZXT Apollo but am unsure if a P6T mother board with a GTX 260 or a HD-5770 would fit inside. If you know that would be great.

Also which do you think the GTX260 or HD-5770? GTX 260 would be the (216) OC version and there both the same price.

*revision EDIT*

Asus P6T SE $269
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_p6t/

i7 920 $389
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37147

NZXT Apollo $119
http://www.nzxt.com/products/apollo/

Antec Earthwatts 750 $149
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...Story&reid=163

3 X 2G DDR3 Kingston 1333 $145
http://www.getprice.com.au/Kingston-...--40440767.htm

ATI Asus HD-5770 $207
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desk...d-5770/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5770-overview.aspx

Seagate 500GB $64
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRD

All prices from MSY.

Budget $1200
$1342 total
$1193 without PSU
 
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devilreaverx

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Asus P6T SE $269
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_p6t/

i7 920 $389
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37147

NZXT Apollo $119
http://www.nzxt.com/products/apollo/

Antec Earthwatts 750 $149
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...Story&reid=163

3 X DDR3 Kingston 1333 $145
http://www.getprice.com.au/Kingston-...--40440767.htm

ATI Asus HD-5770 $207
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desk...d-5770/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5770-overview.aspx

Seagate 500GB $64
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRD

All prices from MSY.

Budget $1200
$1342 total
$1193 without PSU (have a SHAW 720w till i can get the cash)
 

jgv115

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That's a good build there.

One last thing, you should try to get a WD Caviar Black. I know on their website they don't mention what model it is. You'll have to go to the shop to ask them.
 

jamesman32

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I really wouldn't recommend that case. There wont be much airflow at all. Depending on the stores you shop at, and the parts available, I'd go with something like an Antec 300. Much better build quality, and way better airflow.
 

MonkeyMhz

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Looks solid, however the case I don't like, looks like it has poor airflow too.

Also regarding 2x GTX260s, its ok. But IMO I think you would be better off having a single GPU thats more powerful. DX11 came out, id go for one of the new ATI's 5850 is a good choice and won't hit the wallet as hard.

If money is a issue, chop ur rig to a i5 + 5850 rather than i7 + GTX260x2. Well I would, but its up to you, eitherway its a good system. Oh and +1 for Corsair, their PSUs are the only thing I 100% trust.
 
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devilreaverx

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I will Call them up later and see if its a caviar black and also will an Antec 300 fit a GTX 260 or HD-5770 graphics card? at 10.5" there fairly big
 

Rich'[ard]

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I will Call them up later and see if its a caviar black and also will an Antec 300 fit a GTX 260 or HD-5770 graphics card? at 10.5" there fairly big
WD Caviar Black 500gb was $79 at PCDIY last time i checked. do you have those shops in Adelaide?
MSY doens't seem to list the green/blue/black model on their price list.
Centrecom has Black harddrives listed but they seem to be a bit more expensive.
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/default.php?page=1&cPath=107_22

and yeah the GTX 260 will fit in the Antec 300. there's just shy of 12" clearance from the HDD bay, if the 300's same size as the 900.

:thup:
 

jgv115

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Is there a centrecom in Adelaide? Richard, which suburb do you live in?

and @ OP. MSY's stock always seems to be low so just be prepared for that.
 
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devilreaverx

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centrecom no i dont thinks so and i live in salisbury.

ill probably be ringing them up soon and buying the parts over a period of time to accomodate for there low stocks.

oh and the caviar black and seagate are both 7200 rpm so whats the difference just build qaulity?