That's right. It is my turn to get a new PC.
Core i7 920 Asus P6T Deluxe Transcend 3x2GB DDR3-1333 Sapphire HD4850X2 2GB Western Digital 1TB SATA HDDs in RAID 1 (later RAID 10) Silverstone OP1000-E PSU Thermaltake Armour (I'm thinking about changing this to either the HAF 932 or the Antec 1200, both of them are quite affordable here) Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme Discuss. Suggest. Criticize. I don't need a monitor, OS, keyboard, or mouse.
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
That looks like a pretty solid build.
I would wait and see how the coming Radeon 4890's do before deciding on the X2, they are said to be 20-30% faster than the current 4870's. Prices on the X2 will probably drop a bit then too.
For the case i would go with the Antec.
Mm. I've thought about waiting the fortnight. I'm going to see a retailer where we're going to get the parts from, and get it built (with Biomed and everything I don't have the time to have to build everything, test everything, install everything, and fix stuff if it goes wrong). But I was hoping that since it was only two weeks away they'd be able to give me some estimates of what sort of prices they'd be able to offer for them, and I might get some advice/prices on the case and stuff, so this might change quite a bit after today.
23rd October 2007
I agree with Doc, stay away from the Armor. The armors flaps don't stay open by themselves which is incredibly annoying when you have DVD drives. The Antec 1200 is nice yes, but I still think the Cosmos S (RC1100) and the Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package are "The Shit" in cases at the moment. My Spedo is incredible, and with stock fans has great cooling and is dead silent (16dba anyone?) I paid just over 320$ AUD for my Spedo, money very well spent, and its a solidly built case. Also, why Mirror raid? And if my work fella's saw you call it "Raid 10" they'd eat you alive :d Its "Raid 1+0" or "Raid "0+1" lol
Gettin' hardware chilly
16th June 2004
Do you plan on running quadfire? Because if not I would suggest you get a 700w silverstone instead. These things are built like tanks. Tri-fire 4850s have no problem with this PSU. And as the other guys have said, stay away from the armor. I would suggest the 1200 or the 900 instead. The 1200 is great if you need tons of space, but I find that the 900 has a little better temps since everything is more streamlined. Also, what fan are you going to pair with the TRUE? I just finished trying around 7 different fans to see which one came out with the best noise / temp ratio. And it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be to choose a fan since everything performed so differently.
Okay. I went and saw the guys at the tech store, and we've finalized a build.
i7 920 MSI Eclipse G.Skill 3x2GB DDR3-1333 XFX HD4870 512MB Western Digital 640GB HDDs in RAID 1 Silverstone 700W PSU Antec 900 Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
The italicized is changed...so most of my build's changed...:lol:
So: The MSI, G.Skill and PSU because they didn't have what I wanted in stock, and same with the 1TB drives for some strange reason. The XFX HD4870 512MB because their prices for the 4850X2 are hugely inflated, and because I'm not going to run anything bigger than 22" on this PC in the forseeable future, so the extra memory is sort of useless. And the case, because they don't have the HAF, some guy just bought out their last Antec 1200 two days ago, and the 900 is really cheap. Since the exchange rate is so crap right now (~0.5) to get the new stock of HAF 932s and Antec 1200s would be about 50% more than what they're worth. So the 900, which was bought when the dollar was up round 0.8, is a really good bargain right now.
Total is about NZD$3400, which is actually quite good. I had expected to pay closer to $3800 for the build in my first post, and about $3600 for this build. So it's very good value for money.
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
Mr. Pedantic XFX HD4870 512MB
See if you can get the 1GB version, or what their prices on GTX 260's are like.
You can get the 260 Core 216 for around $190 (US) now, if your prices are similar it would be a great deal. I'm actually considering one now over a 4870/4890, Newegg has a MSI 260 Core 216 OC @ 655Mhz for just $159 after rebate!
Nah, their prices on NVidia cards are for some reason inflated beyond scope, so AMD is the best choice from them.
And the extra 512MB has a premium of about $80-120 from anywhere in New Zealand, and I don't see myself getting a monitor big enough to justify using the extra memory.
A psychedelic experience.
16th April 2004
The 1GB is about $70NZ more expensive, so worth it IMO. A 260 is about in between the two 4870's in price.
That Eclipse is damn expensive too, is it really worth that much? You could downgrade to the Platinum, or even a Gigabyte DS4 and save $300. Cut out the extra HDD (unless you really need RAID?), get a cheaper case and spend the $500 on another card :)
But nice build in any case (I get the feeling it's already been finalised). Where did you shop anyway?