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Mr. Pedantic

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#1 9 years ago

These are the possible specs for a PC I'll build probably in March or April next year. Yes, I know it's a long time away, and I expect changes. However, these are the approximate sort of things I'm looking for. Any changes or suggestions would be nice, as well as things to look for between now and April.

All prices are in NZD: approx. 2NZD to 1USD.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EX58-DS4 ATX motherboard: $448.88 Processor: i7 920 2.66GHz Quad Core: $624.38 Memory: Kingston 3x2GB DDR3 1.33GHz: total $378.00 Graphics: GeForce GTX 280 (don't know where from): >$736.31 Case: Thermaltake Soprano Full Tower Case VG6000BWS Cooling, PSU: No idea, suggestions please?

HDDs: 2x Seagate 1.5TB 7200rpm SATA2 in RAID1: total $571.50 Velociraptor 150GB SATA 10,000rpm (or two, in RAID0): total $231.78 or $463.56

Total: $3188.85 or $3420.63

Comments, please.




jjz-

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#2 9 years ago

Ohh... NZ dollars, I was going to say "$624.38 for a 920? what the hell LOL"

Anyway, yeah, you will end up changing a lot because there will most certainly be a new video card out by then, as well as newer motherboards, etc. In fact, the only thing that I think will stay the same is your case, processor, and hard drive.

Motherboard: Gigabyte is great for medium to low end boards (I use one at home, decent overclocker too); however, if you are going for the high-end motherboards, you should look into asus. I think their high-end motherboards (P5Q3, P6T, Rampage Extreme II, etc) are more feature rich and better overclockers than the high-end gigabyte boards (or any other boards, for that matter). I'd look into the P6T.$

Processor: 920 is of course an awesome choice for a processor, no complaints!

Memory: Okay

Graphics: Okay

Case: I am not a case expert; however, I have heard great things about the Antec 1200 case, which is in the same price range.

Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Cooling: Are you going for water cooling or air cooling? Water cooling loops are best made custom, to be honest. If you are doing air cooling, I suggest the Ultra 120 extreme

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Wow. Nearly rivals my watercooling setup.

PSU: Newegg.com - BFG Tech ES SERIES ES-800 800W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.92 SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified GTX 260 NVIDIA HYBRID SLI 9800 GX2 CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC SLI Power Supply - Power Supplies $99 for an 800 watt psu that has great voltage regulation and stands up to some very tough torture tests? Yes, please. (Review: [H] Enthusiast - BFGTech ES-800 800w Power Supply)

HDDs: System = Okay. Storage = Okay :)

Total price: $300 + $320 + $208+ $400 + $160 + $40 + $100 + $160 + $300 = $1988 (USD) = $3876.6 (NZD)




Mr. Pedantic

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#3 9 years ago
Anyway, yeah, you will end up changing a lot because there will most certainly be a new video card out by then, as well as newer motherboards, etc. In fact, the only thing that I think will stay the same is your case, processor, and hard drive.

As for the graphics card, I was sort of hoping the 280 would have dropped to $500 by next year, and then maybe the year after getting a next one when its down to $200 or something and putting them in SLI.

Motherboard: Gigabyte is great for medium to low end boards (I use one at home, decent overclocker too); however, if you are going for the high-end motherboards, you should look into asus. I think their high-end motherboards (P5Q3, P6T, Rampage Extreme II, etc) are more feature rich and better overclockers than the high-end gigabyte boards (or any other boards, for that matter).

It's the only one I could find that could fit the 920.

Memory: You should look at corsair's memory Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

What would be the difference?

Graphics: Assuming you want a single-gpu solution so you do not have any driver issues with sli/crossfire, this is a great card. If you are willing to spend another $80-100, and are okay with a few games not scaling properly, you should look into the 4870X2. Of course, by next year, you should probably be looking at a new generation card anyway.

See above. And I don't think the 4870X2 would be good, this rig is going to break the budget as it is... =p

And also, I heard the 4870X2 had heating issues. No thanks. Unless the cooling is absolutely awesome with the graphics card as well...

Case: I am not a case expert; however, I have heard great things about the Antec 1200 case, which is in the same price range. Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

:lol: I'd heard great things about the thermaltake soprano, too, that's why I chose that one. Plus, it's comparatively cheap (~$100 US).

Cooling: Are you going for water cooling or air cooling? Water cooling loops are best made custom, to be honest. If you are doing air cooling, I suggest the Ultra 120 extreme

Hmm. Seems good. Does that cover the whole case, or will I need something separate for the GPU (if I get a 4870X2...)

PSU: Newegg.com - BFG Tech ES SERIES ES-800 800W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.92 SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified GTX 260 NVIDIA HYBRID SLI 9800 GX2 CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC SLI Power Supply - Power Supplies $99 for an 800 watt psu that has great voltage regulation and stands up to some very tough torture tests? Yes, please. (Review: [H] Enthusiast - BFGTech ES-800 800w Power Supply)

It looks good. Does Newegg ship to New Zealand? Or, at a stretch, does it ship to California?




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#4 9 years ago

Newegg doesn't ship internationally even if you request them to do so. And the 4870x2 doesn't have the overheating problem that the 4850 did since it has a bigass heatsink and blower fan. That PSU isn't bad at all, however if you cant find one in your area I would highly suggest you get a Corsair TX750. Its an awesome psu for the money and can generally be found under $100 usd.




jjz-

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#5 9 years ago

Ah, you posted before I modified my post. I changed the memory back to your original since it seemed to expensive and it isn't even available yet.

The cooling does not cover the gpu.

I went back to the 280 as the 4870X2 seemed outside your budget.

The P6T supports x58, this means the 920. With the Ultra 120 Extreme, you will be able to pull off some damn good air overclocks.




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#6 9 years ago

Yeah the GTX 280 will definitely drop by then and probably before then when the 40nm GPUs release. Also, you may even be able to get a 3x2GB triple channel DDR3 kit in PC3-16000 at a reasonable price.




Mr. Pedantic

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#7 9 years ago

Oh, and how big will my case have to be? I saw a lot of good (read, cheaper :p) cases that people have said are pretty good, but how big will it have to be to fit the heatsink and stuff?

The P6T supports x58, this means the 920.

It's about $200 more expensive, though. Is it worth it?

With the Ultra 120 Extreme, you will be able to pull off some damn good air overclocks.

That's what I was originally thinking, to get a 920 and OC it to at least the 940 clock, if not more.

So with the XT-750 PSU and the Ultra-120 Extreme, It comes out to about $3700. Wow. That is a lot of money... :P




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#8 9 years ago

It all looks ok. As people have said, things will change between now and then, but hey.

Your graphics card will most-certainly be a GTX-290/350. (45nm/40nm respectively, won't get into specs here). That memory is fine too. I know jjz- recommended Dominators - and don't get me wrong, they're the best out there, especially DDR3 modules - but they're not worth the HUGE price.

For a powersupply... if you can, anything from PC Power & Cooling (ideally 850W+), if not, Thermaltake's Toughpower series is great. I have the 1.2kW version myself.

Everything else seems fine... you could look into an SSD or two instead of the Velociraptor if you're interested, not sure of the prices though.

As a motherboard, I'd recommend MSI for pure build quality and reliability. They also have excellent customer support. ASUS boards are very good, if/when you get one that works - you may have to go through a few boards first mind, and the support people will make you jump through a lot of hoops for them too - and they're very good overclockers too.




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#9 9 years ago
Everything else seems fine... you could look into an SSD or two instead of the Velociraptor if you're interested, not sure of the prices though.

I thought about SSD drives as boot drives, but they're horribly expensive, and I'm way, way over my original budget already (I was hoping to have it under $2500 NZ...). But I'll see if I can get a relatively small one, and boot off that or something.




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#10 9 years ago

Yeah, I figured they'd be more expensive than a VRaptor, but hey, just threw it out there...

If you are getting one though, you'll want it to be 32GB. 16GB will hold an OS, but when you factoring a pagefile, drivers, etc. it may not.




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