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i7 spec from oz

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by seanpears99, 14 Oct 2009.

  1. seanpears99

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    Hi all

    Moved to oz 3 months ago with my Vaio Z series and 4870 x2 desktop.

    Love COD and want to upgrade as far as I can so I dont have to pay the mega prices over here to much as I can claim some of the spend back on new business tax.

    Anyways, I want to futureproof myself as much as possible (again) and wanted to know if any builders could see any problems in my spec choice:-

    PS Some of these things might be different over here (i.e. candle powered PSUs)

    Black Armor Case with Liquid Cooling VH600LBWS
    EVGA X58 SLI Classified LGA1366
    Intel Core i7 950
    Corsair 12gb pc3-12800 ddr3
    evga geforce gtx295 x2 (sli)
    thermaltake toughpower w0133 1200w
    LG GGW H20L x 2
    Western Digital Velociraptor 300gb

    need to consider heat sink? (or will the case cooling be ok)

    This is coming in at about $5k aussie dollars.

    Do I need to be careful at hardware choice? Havent built since the 775 days!
     
  2. BIGBC

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    Joined: 21 Jun 2009

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    Location: Chester/Loughborough

    The EVGA classified is a lot of extra money for very little gain. Are you sure you NEED any of the extra features ? If not then the EVGA X58 SLI LE is a great board to go for.
    The 950 is also unnecessary, extra cost for what can easily be achieved with overclocking, even with 12GB RAM. This being said, it does make the heatsink a critical part of the system. Does that 'Liquid Cooling' in the case mean it has a water cooling loop built in ? If so make sure it is all compatible with the components your choosing. If not a decent air cooler like the Prolimatech megahelems or Thermalright Ultra or True or one of the new Alpenfohn Nordwand.
    12GB of RAM is pretty extreme, are you sure you need it ? If not then 6GB will allow you to get a better CPU speed which will give you noticeably better performance.
    Buying 2 GTX295's is really quite silly atm, nVidia should be releasing their new range sometime soon . . . ish. Or get 2 5870's so that you can run DX11 games, otherwise your just shooting yourself in the foot future-proofing wise.
    1200W is pretty extreme, I wouldnt expect the components Ive suggested so far to use over 850W at peak. One of the Corsairs would serve you very well.
    The Velociraptors are pretty pointless, getting one SSD or a couple in a RAID setup is the fastest way to go. With something larger and slower for storage.
     
  3. seanpears99

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    I am a futureproof idiot, I am only runing a quad core E6600 with ATI 4870x2 and 4gig of ram.

    Should I wait to future proof, normally COD realeases are the bench mark of where I want to be.

    Cheers

    Sean
     
  4. seanpears99

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    Which means, when a new COD title comes out, I can spend more money
    !
     
  5. Robinho_Skills

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    i used to live in OZ till about 2 months ago, Here is a a build from PCCASEGEAR, It will suffice all your needs for a couple of years :)
    [​IMG]
     
  6. BIGBC

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    That speced does look good, but the Noctua isnt worth the money imo. The ones I suggested perform better and should be cheaper.
     
  7. seanpears99

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    Thanks for the advice guys, agree with everything you said so in the end opted for the one below.

    My only concern is that they only had the following memory available:-

    Patriot PVT36G1600LLK PC3-12800 2GX3 VPR XMP C8 6GB Triple Channel Kit 0.00 1 0

    is this going to make a big difference?

    Cheers

    Sean

    Product Unit/Price Qty Subtotal
    ASUS P6T X58
    Lightspeed FX 3968.00 1 3968
    Lightspeed FX DDR3 0.00 1 0
    Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme Heatsink + Fan Holder + 120mm Fan 0.00 1 0
    Integrated IEEE-1394 Firewire Port 0.00 1 0
    Patriot PVT36G1600LLK PC3-12800 2GX3 VPR XMP C8 6GB Triple Channel Kit 0.00 1 0
    Integrated Gigabit Ethernet 0.00 1 0
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 0.00 1 0
    Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz, 8MB Cache 0.00 1 0
    Gigabyte Odin 1200W Modular PSU 0.00 1 0
    Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium PCIe Fatal1ty Pro Series 0.00 1 0
    (2) Radeon HD5870 1GB CrossFire | Dual DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI 0.00 1 0
    Enspire Digital Standard 1 Year Parts and Labour Nation-wide Onsite Western Digital 300GB Velociraptor, 10000rpm, 16MB Cache 0.00 1 0
    LG 22X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer, SATA 0.00 1 0
    LG 8X Blu Ray/HD-DVD Combo Drive, DVD Burner 0.00 1 0
    G.Skill Falcon 128GB SSD 477.00 1 477

    Total: $4471
     
    Last edited: 19 Oct 2009
  8. paul8811

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    Dont forgot to try MSY, should be able to get most parts cheaper from there.

    Also worth a :eek: for you non aussies http://www.msy.com.au/ so you can see how poor some of the websites are here. MSY is generally the cheapest place in Aus for PC parts.
     
  9. seanpears99

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    That is the worst website I have ever seen :)