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Old 06-13-2008, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my idea for a new gaming computer, all prices are in Australian dollars. I would really appreciate any comments because I'm not sure if all of the parts are fully compatible. All prices are in Australian dollars.

CPU - CPU/Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz/45nm/1333FSB/6M) LGA775 - $319.00

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-EX38T-DQ6 Motherboard, LGA775, Intel X38, 1600MHz FSB, Dual DDR3 1900, Dual PCIe2.0 x16, SATAII, RAID, Gigabit LAN, 8-Channel Audio, DES, ATX, CrossFireX - $311.50

RAM - Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHX 4GB (2x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 RAM, 2x240-pin DIMMs, Non ECC Unbuffered, 9-9-9-24 - $495.00

Video Card - ASUS GF9800GX2, 1GB, DDR3, PCIE2.0, 2xDVI, HDMI, DSUB, HDTV, HDCP - $689.00

Hard Drive 1 - WD3000GLFS VelociRaptor, 300GB, 10000RPM, 16MB Cache, SATAII/300 - $375.00

Hard Drive 2 - Western Digital GP, 1000GB, 7200RPM, SATAII, 3.5" - $238.00

Case - Aluminium, No Power Supply, Side Window - $300.00

Power Supply -Silverstone 750W Power Supply Unit - $180.00

Optical Drive - LG GH20-NS10 20 x Dual Layer Black SATA - $39.00

Monitor - 24" Wide- Response Time: 2ms (GTG)- Contrast Ratio (Max.)L1000:1- ASUS Smart C. R.(ASCR):3000:1- Max. Resolution: WUXGA 1920x1200- 24-Pin DVI-D + HDMI + D-Sub- speaker - $551.00

Total $3497.50
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Thats good, but highly overkill in so many areas...

its all compatible, but are you accepting recommendations for changes?
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velociraptor can go.. everything else is good

wanna buy my gx2 for 420
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Maybe he could drop the board to something like an Asus P5E or Maximus Formula and flash it to x48, and go to DDR2 instead (P5e or Maximus don't support DDR3)

possibly drop the e8500 to an e8400 or get a q6600 because both are cheaper

Power Supply is overkill: check out a PC Power and Cooling s610 or Corsair 650tx at MSY

maybe consider getting an eVGA or BFG 9800gx2 so that you can step up to the new GTX 280 or 260 when it comes out

You'll get about the same performance for a good lot cheaper
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You see I'm actually making it for someone else. He asked me to design a $3500 gaming computer for him. I showed him the specifications above and he has happy with the power it provided. He wanted the following changes made...

1. Drop the Velociraptor and get a 32GB Solid State Disk. I wasn't sure if the advantages would be that great.

2. Up the Power Supply. He wanted a 1KW at least. He's a bit pig headed, even I knew that it was overkill.

3. He was also adamant that he wanted 4GB of DDR3 and a 9800GX2. Isn't the RAM a bit excessive?

From the above posts I gather that the same performance could be gotten for a lot less money. Can you please make suggestions as to where I can cut the price of a part and add it somewhere else to keep the price at $3500, and also suggest where the parts are overkill and they can be reduced/tweaked but keep the same performance?

Also, would a Q6600/6700 perform better than the E8500 for high end gaming (Crysis, etc.)?

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Right now higher clocked Dual-Cores would outperform most Quad's except in UT3 or other Quad Intensive games, but over time, eventually games will be able to consume a Quad-Core
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So would you recommend getting a quad core, will the slight disadvantage now be made up for in bigger advantages in the next 3-4 years.
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Definitely
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Just wondering, do all computers run on 12 Volts? In Australia, our power supplies convert from 240V to 12V. Therefore the current running through the computer with a 500W PSU is 500/12 = 42.7amps. If American PSUs (for example) convert from 110V to 5.5V, then the PSU only needs to be 5*42.7 = 230W, if the computer is still to have 42.7 amps running through it.
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Here is my revised system design. It's cheaper and hopefully better.

CPU - CPU/Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz /45nm /1333FSB /12MB/ LGA775 - $399.00

Motherboard - Intel BLKDX48BT2 Moterboard, LGA775, X48 Chipset, 1600MHz FSB, Dual DDR3, PCIex16 2.0, PCI, SATA, eSATA, IEEE1394, Gigabit LAN, 7.1CH High Definition Audio, CrossFire, ATX - $298.70

RAM - Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHX 4GB (2x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 RAM, 2x240-pin DIMMs, Non ECC Unbuffered, 9-9-9-24 - $495.00

Video Card - ASUS GF9800GX2, 1GB, DDR3, PCIE2.0, 2xDVI, HDMI, DSUB, HDTV, HDCP - $689.00

Hard Drive 1 - Transcend 32GB 2.5" SATA Solid State Disk (TS32GSSD25S-M) - $245.80

Hard Drive 2 - Samsung 500GB SATA II HD501LJ 16mb Cache 7200RPM HDD - $83.95

Case - Personal Choice - $150.00

Power Supply - Silverstone 750W Power Supply Unit - $180.00

Optical Drive - LG GH20-NS10 20 x Dual Layer Black SATA - $39.00

Monitor - 24" Wide- Response Time: 2ms (GTG)- Contrast Ratio (Max.)L1000:1- ASUS Smart C. R.(ASCR):3000:1- Max. Resolution: WUXGA 1920x1200- 24-Pin DVI-D + HDMI + D-Sub- speaker - $551.00
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