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Old 01-11-2010, 04:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey forum,

building a mid - high range desktop to be used for graphic and design work, (and also gaming) ordering parts off www(.)tigerdirect(.)com my budget is roughly (i say roughly, give or take $100 odd) $500 AUD.
This is what im looking at buying so far:

Hitachi Deskstar OS00163 IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G

Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)

PNY GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB GDDR2, PCI Express 2.0, Dual DVI, SLI Ready (two of these)

Sabrent SBT-SP6C 6-Channel 5.1 Surround Sound 3D PCI Sound Card - Vista Ready

Power Up / 550-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / SATA-Ready / Power Supply

D-Link - DGE-530T - 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter

XFX nForce 750i SLI Extreme Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 750i, 45nm Support, Socket 775, ATX, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID

Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM) (Maybe not this..)

Ultra E-Torque ATX Mid-Tower Case - Clear Side, Front USB, FireWire and Audio Ports

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Processor BX80571E7500 - 2.93GHz, 3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB, Wolfdale-3M, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775

If anyone has any opinions or advice on anything that may either make this system better, or lower the price, or whether this system is any good, please let me know

Thanks, Mitch

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Old 01-11-2010, 10:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Building a desktop desgned for graphic and design, advice wanted :)

how are you going to buy from TD? do you plan to get your parts shipped?

have you considered just buying from an AUS site? take a look here to see if any of these AUS sites will work for you. The Hardware Shopping MegaThread

now, regarding your build:

i wouldnt waste money on 2 low end cards. a stronger single card (for around the price of 2 9500gt's) like an hd 4850 or hd 4870 would be better.

i would drop the sound card for now and just try onboard sound. if youre real picky about how good the sound quality is, you can always get it later, but for most people, onboard sound will work perfectly fine.

you dont really need a network adapter either, unless youre using a really old mobo that doesnt already come with atleast one ethernet port.

do not get a power up psu. they are not good quality and are on TF's psu avoid list.
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with your budget, i would look at amd cpus instead. considering you can get a quad-core for $99, amd price/performance ratio is hard to beat in this price segment. - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
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