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millzy555 
7/9/08 9:10:56 PM
Serf
First post after doing a lot of searching, so here goes, looking at building/buying a new PC around the $1500 total- I want to be able to play crysis on high (doesn't everyone), have searched a lot and found a decent choice from "Mohawk" that may hopefully get me there
here:

CPU & PSU combo: E8400 $187 & Corsair HX-620 $149
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3 $121
Ram: Generic 4GB DDR2 800MHz kit $98
GFX: Sparkle 8800GT 512MB $209
HDD: Samsung 500GB $82
ODD: Pioneer DVR-215D SATA with Nero Software $39
Case: Coolermaster Centurion 590 $88

Total= $973 all from itestate.

Thanks dude, but looking on ebay have found this:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=200251830918&ssPageName=ST

Is this any good first off, and can any improvements be made upon the above choices.

thanks for the help



Edited by millzy555: 7/9/2008 09:11:45 PM

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tantryl 
7/9/08 10:21:09 PM
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1 - Get the EP45-DS3 or the EP43-DS3R. Similar prices, newer design and/or more features.
2 - Get the 9800GT or HD4850 graphics card. Either newer version of the same card or better (HD4850 faster).
3 - Centurion 590 is a little cramped. Maybe the 690?
4 - WD 640GB drive is only a few more bucks, faster and bigger. Worth it.
5 - While generic DDR2-800 RAM is OK, I'd be getting something with a good 3+ year warranty regardless. And if you plan on overclocking that CPU then DDR2-1066 would be the way to go.

*EDIT* The Ebay one is likely overpriced. No brand name given on the PSU is not good. No indication of the MB on the graphics cards mean likely a 640MB older model, slower than the 8800GTS 512MB by a reasonable margin and slower than the 9800GT. SLI makes it better, but on that platform with that CPU you'd really be better off getting a more balanced system.


Edited by tantryl: 7/9/2008 10:24:00 PM

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mohawk 
8/9/08 7:48:09 AM
Guru

Hi millzy555,

That build was good at the time but has now been outdated.

+1 to what tantryl said.

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

millzy555 
8/9/08 10:19:22 AM
Serf
Well the Graphics cards are the 320mb versions...., am i still better off the the HD4850 or 9800gt

thanks again

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tantryl 
8/9/08 10:29:07 AM
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Yes.

A single HD4850 would likely perform around the same or better than the 8800GTS 320MB's in SLI.

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"It is the war we cannot win, nor can we lose nor drop. There is evidence of an instability of ideas, a floating series of judgements, our policy of nervous conciliation which is very disturbing."
- US Senator Hugh Scott

millzy555 
8/9/08 10:57:33 AM
Serf
Sweet, i'm sold-
CPU & PSU combo: E8400/q6600 (OC in mind) & Corsair vx450
Mobo: EP45-DS3
Ram: G skill 2gb/4gb (are these decent enough)
GFX: Radeon 4850
HDD: WD 640GB drive
ODD: something
Case: Might do some searching

almost done...

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tantryl 
8/9/08 11:08:14 AM
SuperHero
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Q6600 ~ 100W @ 2.4GHz, 175W @ 3.6GHz
E8400 ~ 30W @ 3GHz, 50W @ 4.5GHz
HD4850 ~ 110W @ stock, 135W @ OC
Rest of the system ~ 50W

So with OCing in mind you're looking at 360W draw on the Q6600 system and 235W on the E8400 system.

So the VX-450 would be great for the E8400 system but pushing it a bit on the Q6600 system. The VX-550 would be better on the Q6600.

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"It is the war we cannot win, nor can we lose nor drop. There is evidence of an instability of ideas, a floating series of judgements, our policy of nervous conciliation which is very disturbing."
- US Senator Hugh Scott

millzy555 
8/9/08 11:21:42 AM
Serf
looks like the E8400 is the go then.. just deciding on which ram and a case, then i'm going to order

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mohawk 
8/9/08 3:12:32 PM
Guru

I was running 2x 8800GTS 320mb's in SLI and upgraded to a single 8800GT 512mb. The single card outscored the SLI setup by about 1500 marks in 3dmark06. Since the HD 4850 performs better than an 8800GT 512mb then yes the HD 4850 is the card to get.

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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

millzy555 
8/9/08 3:27:58 PM
Serf
No dramas, can you recommend a case around the $100- is the rc690 the go, after searching thermaltake cases are not held in high regard here, leaving this with limited choices....

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SceptreCore 
8/9/08 3:36:33 PM
Guru

HAHAHA... when I read this "Great SLI enabled gaming computer with an A8N-SLI Premium motherboard running TWO Nvdia 8800 GTS Video Cards in SLI, and an AMD64 3800+ CPU to destroy games with." I lol'd

I would feel sorry for the poor unsavy bastard who buys this thinking it will destroy games .

:P

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millzy555 
8/9/08 3:39:36 PM
Serf
its a good thing i joined this site then, obviously saved a lot of hassle!

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SceptreCore 
8/9/08 3:49:49 PM
Guru

Quote by millzy555
its a good thing i joined this site then, obviously saved a lot of hassle!


Have you read the FAQ's yet... it'll help you to utilise the site better

http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forumfaq.asp

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