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New Build - Impulse buy
CoronaC 
2/9/08 12:44:32 PM
Serf
Kinda got a bit bored yesterday just before the shops closed so i went down to my local computer shop and got myself a much needed upgrade.
Heres what i got:
CPU - Q6600
MB - GA-EP45-DS3R
MEM - Kingston 2GB Kit 1066mhz
GFX - HD4850 512MB
HD - Samsung 500GB
PSU - GreatWall 700W
CASE - Cenutrion T05

All up it came to just under $950, yes i know its not the cheapest shop around, and i probaly paid more then i should have but too late now.

Anything wrong with this gear/was it a bad impulse buy? I know people are going to ask why i bought that PSU, it was just to keep under budget cause the other one i had on my list they didnt have it at the shop.

Only thing i have to do now is decied which OS (XP or Vista) i wanna use then find where i put the CDs and then learn how to do the first install on a comp, or would that be better left to someone that knows what their doing?

Thanks

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tantryl 
2/9/08 12:48:16 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


Apart from that severely crappy PSU with an exaggerated PSU rating, looks good. Most likely it'd be out performed by the cheaper Zalman 360W. And I probably would have gotten 4GB of DDR2-800 instead. And a 640GB WD drive.

With 2GB of RAM you could go either way. It'll run Vista well, but it'll run XP well as well.

I'd probably go with Vista 64-bit. Installation is easy, although I'd suggest you download all the drivers you're going to need before firing up the installation process, I personally just find it easier to have them on hand.


Edited by tantryl: 2/9/2008 12:49:09 PM

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ausjossman 
2/9/08 12:53:45 PM
Initiate
What he said.

First Vista install is easy. Put CD in and follow steps.

Not bad for an impulse buy.


Edited by ausjossman: 2/9/2008 12:59:37 PM

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Q6600 G0 | GB-P35-DS3P | 2GB Kingston DDR2 800 | Gigabyte 8800GT 512Mb | Antec 900 | Antec NeoPower 500W | G5 + G15

Jeruselem 
2/9/08 1:30:27 PM
Guru

I wouldn't buy any PSU called "Great Wall" :)

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PC 2: XP Home SP3, XP 3000+@2.24 Ghz, 1GB PC3200, 80GB IDE,ASUS nVidia 6800 512MB, Antec PlanetWatts 380W

CoronaC 
2/9/08 2:49:19 PM
Serf
Yeah the PSU is the only thing that im a bit dodgy about, i was going to get the Coolermaster 550w but they didnt have them in stock and the other PSU they had would have put me over budget too much.
Their called "Great Wall" cause that what you can use them for when they clunk out :)

I was also thinking of buying a another 2GB Kit to get it up to 4GB but ill be doing that at a later date and at the same time ill get one or two 1TB drives for storage.

Im thinking about trying vista but i've heard that its still has a lot of problems, for example with media streaming (to ps3) most programs ive heard of have problems keeping movies running smoothly. Then again i wont know untill i try.

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SceptreCore 
2/9/08 3:41:06 PM
Guru

Firstly Impulse buys a dreadful occurrence, and when I get the urge to do that, I jab myself in the ribs with a roasting fork... and viola.. back to my senses.

Secondly that PSU is awfully generic. And in all it's Chinese Dodginess, I can't seem to find your model.
http://www.greatwall.cn/power/en/p2.asp
EDIT: (funny how it says ATX 12V 2.2 series, then all the model names start with BTX.)

Perhaps next time you will take the time to order quality products from online retailers instead of buying crap from local computer shops.


Edited by SceptreCore: 2/9/2008 03:41:39 PM

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CoronaC 
2/9/08 4:07:11 PM
Serf
http://www.arc.com.au/show_product.php?id=PSUGW700W
Thats the one i got, and the shop i got it from.

Whats the difference between online retailers and and local shops?
Nothing as far as i can see they all sell the same "quality products" and shit products, only real difference is they sell things for different prices and you dont have to pay postage ontop of that when you buy from an local shop.
Your making it sound like everything i bought was inferior just because it came from a local shop.


Edited by CoronaC: 3/9/2008 03:47:34 AM

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mohawk 
2/9/08 8:11:52 PM
Guru

PSU's should never be an impulse buy. They are a very important piece of the pie that needs to be researched properly.

I have had dealings with ARC (Chatswood, Silverwater & Parramatta) a number of times and have never had a problem with them. I would rate them above average.




Edited by mohawk: 2/9/2008 8:21:58 PM

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Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s thread.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=19&t=1587

SceptreCore 
3/9/08 11:07:51 PM
Guru

Quote by CoronaC
http://www.arc.com.au/show_product.php?id=PSUGW700W
Thats the one i got, and the shop i got it from.

Whats the difference between online retailers and and local shops?
Nothing as far as i can see they all sell the same "quality products" and shit products, only real difference is they sell things for different prices and you dont have to pay postage ontop of that when you buy from an local shop.
Your making it sound like everything i bought was inferior just because it came from a local shop.


Edited by CoronaC: 3/9/2008 03:47:34 AM


No.. just when your faced with lower prices and a larger range... you end up with a better build, but yours is fine!

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CoronaC 
6/9/08 4:10:44 AM
Serf
Well the system is all put togeather now and up and running with no problems...yet, not bad considering it was my first build and install ive ever done. All i need to do now is get my brother to setup the network connection and i can start using it.

Looking to upgrade it a bit already, heres my upgrade list
2x2gb ram kit (dont know what yet)
better psu (again, dont know what yet)
Asus vk222u 22" monitor $340
2x1tb samsung Hdd's $165x2

That should keep me going for a good while.

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mohawk 
6/9/08 8:34:39 AM
Guru

For the PSU check out the Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s thread (Link in my sig).

I would recommend either the Corsair HX520 or HX620 but, any of the PSU's up to 650watts in the mid to high range systems will be fine.

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AM2 5000+@3.0Ghz,GA-M57SLI-S4,8800GT 512MB,2gb geil ultra,Corsair HX620w,22" Acer AL2216W,Antec 900
Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s thread.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=19&t=1587

Jack Genders 
6/9/08 9:22:00 AM
Disciple

Quote by mohawk
For the PSU check out the Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s thread (Link in my sig).

I would recommend either the Corsair HX520 or HX620 but, any of the PSU's up to 650watts in the mid to high range systems will be fine.



Quote by tantryl
Apart from that severely crappy PSU with an exaggerated PSU rating, looks good. Most likely it'd be out performed by the cheaper Zalman 360W.
Edited by tantryl: 2/9/2008 12:49:09 PM



I've just learnt this from these two. What I thought read and looked a good PSU with 560watts power can only actually put out 440watts maximum on it's 3x 12volt rails. And my machine in my signature has 3x HDDs, 2x opticals drivers and 4x 120mm fans with other bits similar to your choice.

I'm looking at the list in mohawks signature, a Corsair 750watt TX for $174 NZD is looking good to me.

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Q6600|TRUE|2GB XMS2 PC6400|HighPower 560watt|DS3P v3.3|F5|8800GT 512MB|3x 250GB SATA2|RAID5|2xLG 18x SATA DVD|NZXT Apollo|22" 226BW LCD|Logitech X-530 5.1|Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

maxamatosis 
6/9/08 11:38:34 AM
Master

I like Silverstone or Seasonic CPUs if you can find one locally.

http://www.arc.com.au/view_product_group.php?id=1193

Expensive from that particular store but it'd be a solid part to build your PC on. I love my M700.

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SceptreCore 
7/9/08 1:35:14 AM
Guru

Quote by maxamatosis
I like Silverstone or Seasonic CPUs if you can find one locally.

http://www.arc.com.au/view_product_group.php?id=1193

Expensive from that particular store but it'd be a solid part to build your PC on. I love my M700.


So how far can these Silverstone and Seasonic CPU's overclock? :P


Edited by SceptreCore: 7/9/2008 1:36:04 AM

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mohawk 
7/9/08 8:05:00 AM
Guru

Quote by SceptreCore
Quote by maxamatosis
I like Silverstone or Seasonic CPUs if you can find one locally.

http://www.arc.com.au/view_product_group.php?id=1193

Expensive from that particular store but it'd be a solid part to build your PC on. I love my M700.


So how far can these Silverstone and Seasonic CPU's overclock? :P



LOL! :P

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AM2 5000+@3.0Ghz,GA-M57SLI-S4,8800GT 512MB,2gb geil ultra,Corsair HX620w,22" Acer AL2216W,Antec 900
Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s thread.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=19&t=1587

Shyne 
7/9/08 8:45:36 AM
Learner

I would go 4Gb of ram for vista tho

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Antec 900 case
G/B N680SLI-DQ6 m/b
C2D E6600@3.6ghz@1.4v
2G/b OCZ gold DDR2 800
2x 400 G/b Samsung sata h/d raid 0
2x Asus sata DVD burners
2x GeForce 8800GTS 320M/b XOC(575/1800) in SLI
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CoronaC 
10/9/08 2:44:33 AM
Serf
Well i just ordered KINGSTON KHX6400D2K2 4GB Kit to slap in, and im finally using the new system now and its going well so far.

Only problem i have now is getting Media Center to play my movies, I still have to get all the codecs on the new system.
I also have to find out how to get the sound to go through the tv when im using it but play through my computer speakers when i want to just use the computer without 5.1 . Guess im going to have to get a a switch box for that, Any other suggestions?

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