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Old 12-10-2009, 02:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I used to be a member on these forums before it was 'renovated' but I lose my account somehow, so here I am again re-introducing myself. I hope to once again become an active member of your community.

Anyway i'll get straight to it.
Christmas is coming up and I will be a getting a new PC, I have a budget of around $500 (AUD) and plan to use my new PC for gaming.

So far this is the build I have come up with. I would appreciate any criticism or advice on it .

Asus M4A785T-M $102
4GB Kit DDR3 1333 Kingston $117
Samsung SATA 1TB $95
AM3 x4 620 $117
1GB 9800GT Inno3D $125
Antec NSK4480B-II $109

One of my main queries is whether the PSU that comes with the Antec NSK4480B-II will be adequate for the rest of the parts the PSU is an EarthWatts 380W PSU.

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Old 12-10-2009, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The PSU should work, its a little on the weak side though.

You would really be better off with a psu that has a max output around 400 or 450 watts.


refer to the power supply guide linked in my signature for brand reccomendations on the cheap end.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have not been keeping up to date on prices as much, but I think you are over paying for that 9800gt.
Newegg.com - HIS H485FM1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
That would suit you better... but I am sure you can find a 4870 for around that price. I saw a few 4870's around the $125 mark when the 5 series came out. I heard there was a shortage though... hmm.
edit: huh... yea prices must have gone up or I am losing it...
Amazon.com: XFX Radeon HD 4870 512MB DDR5 Dual DVI: Electronics
I had this link bookmarked and it was $115 a few weeks ago... at least I thought it was.

In any case
Newegg.com - PNY VCG98GTXPXPB GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Newegg.com - ASUS ENGTS250/DI/512MD3 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Better deal then that 9800gt. Just shop around I guess :/


Other then that, I really like your CPU choice! That's a great budget quad and works great for games.
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Would an Antec Earthwatts 430W be enough to run the system effectively (and maybe even OC the GPU)? It would require me to change my case to a Thermaltake V3 and downgrade to a 500GB HDD(not a problem however as I have spares at home anyway).

EDIT:Thanks Drizz, ill look into that now.
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The 430 watt should be good enough.
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have my finalised build, (extending my budget from $500AUD to $800).
If someone could just confirm that all the parts are compatible with one another that would be great, thanks.

Antec200 Gaming Case+Earthwatts 500w $161
Asus M4A77TD-Pro DDR3 $113
AM3 Phenom II 720 $138
Kingston 4gb $125
Seagate 500GB Sata II $65
Gigabyte 1GB 5770 $212
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yes, they would all work.

dont forget an optical drive though.
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XFX Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - 512MB GDDR5, PCI Express 2.0 x16, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI at TigerDirect.com
$140 + shipping
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not sure if tiger ships to Australia
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Completely missed that part. My bad.

pr0xy122, if you can give me either your old account name or the email you used I can merge it to your new account.
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