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Flodgy

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#1 10 years ago

Howdy Tech Monkeys,

Every now and again I carefully tread into your domain seeking advice about an ideal upgrade, recent purchase or so on. For pretty much the time I joined these boards I've always made threads about upgrading and my plan to do it. Alas, that has never happened. For 6 years now I've been sitting on my old Single Core CPU and 1 GB DDR RAM, the Graphics card is the only thing that has seen light, and even that was a cheap purchase I found in China., and I don't feel really runs to it's true potential. Now, I have made myself the promise that within 2 months, I'll have a new machine, get my funds organised and so on.

There is an Australia group called iBuyPower that I have decided to use, simply because I've heard great reports from friends and they do the whole package, pretty cheaply as well I feel. This is the setup I've worked out.

What I ask of you is, what possible improvements could be made? Or is it a pretty sound machine?

The reason no speakers are included is I already own a set of 5.1 SS that kind of just sit here being used to minimal effect on a cramped desk.

Cheers!




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#2 10 years ago

I would give input, but that link is your shopping cart, which we can't view. Could you list off the specs?




Flodgy

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#3 10 years ago
The-Bleh-Bleh;4360768I would give input, but that link is your shopping cart, which we can't view. Could you list off the specs?

Guess you can see why I don't traverse this place that often.. It worked on my crummy laptop earlier, ah well. Since it won't let me direct copy/paste, I'll edit it into here. Cheers for the Head's up Bleh!

Case: Coolermaster CM 690 (Top I/O Ports) w/ Side Window CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0Ghz 2x3Mb Cache 1333FSB Dual Core Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3 RAM: 4Gb (2x2Gb) 800Mhz (6400) 4-4-4 Timings (OCZ/Patriot) GPU: Nvidia 9800GTX 512Mb 675Mhz (Inno3D/Gainward) HDD: 500Gb 16Mb SATA II NCQ (Samsung/Western Digital) DVD Drive: Pioneer 215 Dual Layer 20x DVD+-RW Black SATA PSU: 620w Modular PSU SLI Ready (Corsair) Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit DVD Extras: Microsoft Office Home & Student Edition 2007, Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 Monitor: 210V 5ms 22" Widscreen LCD Monitor HDCP 1680x1050

That is with Onboard sound, and I already own speakers. Grand total of $2,179.00 AUD.




FN_lewrbm69

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#4 10 years ago

OMG for that price i can amke a nice system buy parts from online @ newegg cheaper. never going to pay retail agen!




Flodgy

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#5 10 years ago
FN_lewrbm69;4360966OMG for that price i can amke a nice system buy parts from online @ newegg cheaper. never going to pay retail agen!

Guess what? Newegg is a US site.

You know what? I'm Australian. Those prices? Yea? They're in the Australian Dollar.

We pay that much for things sadly. The average PC game = $80 - $100. Console games? roughly $20 more.




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#6 10 years ago

That looks like a good system to me. You might want to wait on the 9800GTX though. The next series from Nvidia (GTX 280) and ATI (4870) is coming out very soon (forget the dates, sometime in june) and should outperform the 9800 by a good bit.




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#7 10 years ago

That price is about right for retail considering the graphics card will be about AU$500 I guess (£250 here). You also get a decent sized monitor.

The only improvement which would make any noticeable difference would be to get a RAID hard drive configuration and/or a Raptor 10,000RPM hard drive, but SATA II is fast as it is. Up to you if you've got the extra cash to spair, but you'll certainly have no problems with that rig.




Oblivious

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#8 10 years ago

Essentially that looks pretty good, but since you're asking, I'll nitpick a little...

GPU: Nvidia 9800GTX 512Mb 675Mhz (Inno3D/Gainward) Both ATI and Nvidia are releasing their next generation of videocards within a month. A GTX 280 or even 260 may end up being a better choice. Rumor has it the nextgen ATI 4870 will perform the same as the card you've chosen, we shall see. Gainward is the better of those two brands you listed, other good brands are XFX, BFG and EVGA. The 9 series nvidias are really not much better than the 8 series, so you may even go for an 8800GT/GTS 512mb for nearly the same performance at a better price.

HDD: 500Gb 16Mb SATA II NCQ (Samsung/Western Digital) Perhaps things have changed, but Seagate's latest 7200rpm drives were faster than everyone elses last time I checked. Very reliable too. Otherwise, I'd go with WD over Samsung.

PSU: 620w Modular PSU SLI Ready (Corsair) Corsair is known for good ram, not PSU's (unless it's an "HX" model). Go for a better brand such as: Antec, Seasonic, Fortron (FSP), OCZ, Tagan, Enermax, Silverstone, Zippy or PCP&C.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit FYI - I Use Vista x64 Ult. and love it, but not everything will work with it. I still dual boot 32 bit XP for the things I need that won't work. Be sure you're ready to jump into the 64 bit world.

Onboard sound If you can, try to get an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude, or some type of soundcard. The difference from onboard is truly amazing. A Creative X-Fi sounds wonderful too, but I've vowed to never recommend them again due to their business practices (even though I own one).

Even if you change nothing, the list you already have would serve you quite well! :smokin:




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#9 10 years ago

I don't know how to compare to see if that's a good price since it's Australian, but it looks pretty good to me.

The one thing I would agree with is to wait for a bit so the new lines of graphics cards will come out. It will likely be worth the wait for the better cards, or at the very least it will bump down the prices a bit for the current selection you're looking at.

Then again, you can't always wait for the tech world, things are always getting better.

Good luck, sir :)




Flodgy

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#10 10 years ago

Thansk for the input guys. If you go to the website listed, and then proceed to:

Intel Systems> Terminator T1000, you'll have a view of the available parts listed for the machine I just built.

I've had some queries over Vista, and instead opted for a 32-bit approach, would it be more worthwhile staying with XP? Or just moving to Vista sooner than later? As it would most likely be a hassle later on to change.




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