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New System - thoughts appreciated
l3xm4rk 
9/9/08 7:42:03 AM
Serf
Hi all - new to the forum but been reading for a while now :-) Was hoping to get any thoughts/comments/suggestions on the following system I'm looking at.

NB All prices taken from Megaware

Gigabyte G4-EP45-DS3L - $132
Intel E8400 3.0GHz - $200
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) 800MHz - $100
Sapphire HD4870 512MB - $328
2xSamsung 640GB 7200rpm - $194
Pioneer 215BK - $32
Antec 900 - $159
Antec 550W Basiq - $109
Vista Home Prem (64bit) - $131

For a total of $1385

Plus I'll find a decent enough 24" monitor from somewhere or other :)

What do you think?

Any comments/suggestions greatly appreciated!!

Cheers
l3xm4rk

EDIT: I should add that I'm in Canberra so MSY are out :(


Edited by l3xm4rk: 9/9/2008 7:45:11 AM

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mohawk 
9/9/08 8:24:21 AM
Guru

All looks good except the PSU. The Antec Basiq's aren't that good at you would be better of spending money on a good PSU now.

From what Megaware have in stock right now I would recommend either the Antec Earth Watts 500, Corsair HX520, Gigabyte Odin 550w or a Corsair HX620.

Check out the link in my sig for quality PSU's.

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http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=19&t=1587

l3xm4rk 
9/9/08 8:27:07 AM
Serf
Thanks for the quick reply and good advice re: PSU.

The Antec Sonata III/ Earthwatts 500W Combo for $184 to replace the Antec 900/Basiq combo? Sound like a good plan?

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Goonit 
9/9/08 9:44:55 AM
Initiate

Hey mate.
I've just got a Antec Sonata Plus 550 which is basically same size/case as the Sonata III and my GTX 260 didn't fit was about 1cm too long. Ok; did some googling for you; GTX 260 is 10.5" and the 4870 is 9.44" so it shouldn't be a problem in that case.

Although I do really like my Antec Sonata Plus 550, it's quiet and the air flow is really good. Bit of extra juice over the Sonata III and it's got a few other extras too, for only a couple of bucks more.

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elmo198 
9/9/08 10:14:50 AM
Champion

get cheaper ram. "geil/G.skill"? and save a few bob

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Master_Scythe 
9/9/08 10:30:37 AM
Titan


Gigabyte G4-EP45-DS3L - $132
yep

Intel E8400 3.0GHz - $200
fine

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) 800MHz - $100
Overkill. TEAM or generic ram plz

Sapphire HD4870 512MB - $328
If its a mainly gaming PC, good.

2xSamsung 640GB 7200rpm - $194
Bloody nice choice there.

Pioneer 215BK - $32
Yep yep

Antec 900 - $159
Personal favorite pre-modded case.

Antec 550W Basiq - $109
Nope. Corsair 620w should be good.
http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/112299,corsair-hx-620w.aspx

Vista Home Prem (64bit) - $131
Vista AND 64bit, nice work there.


So yeah, PSU up, ram down, consider if you need a GPU that powerful, and you're away!

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l3xm4rk 
9/9/08 11:18:05 AM
Serf
Ok cool - thanks all for the advice. :-) Couldn't get a whole lot cheaper than the corsair ram on megaware but this is what I now have:

Gigabyte G4-EP45-DS3L - $132
Intel E8400 3.0GHz - $200
Elixer 4GB (4x1GB) 800MHz - $90
Sapphire HD4870 512MB - $328
2xSamsung 640GB 7200rpm - $194
Pioneer 215BK - $32
Antec 900 - $159
Corsair HX-620W - $142
Vista Home Prem (64bit) - $131

Leaving a total of $1408

Chuck in a decent 24" (although I do already have a decent enough 19" I suppose (samsung syncmaster193T)) and we'll be under $2k.

Lookin' pretty schmick!

In other, unrelated news, just switched on my old desktop (been using a laptop for a couple of years) to check the settings. She's a good old P4 3.2Ghz with a Radeon 9600 and a massive 1GB Ram lol. Cost me a packet when I bought it (how depressing). Of course I also discovered 3 or 4 viruses on it so that's always pleasant. Time to upgrade.

Thanks all for help.
l3xm4rk

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Master_Scythe 
9/9/08 11:21:13 AM
Titan

Quote by l3xm4rk
Chuck in a decent 24" (although I do already have a decent enough 19" I suppose (samsung syncmaster193T)) and we'll be under $2k.



Isnt 22" the 'cheap monitor' range atm?

and if im right *checkes prices* and i am, that will make it look less out of place when its set up in Dual Monitor next to your current 19" which OF COURSE you will be doing.... right?

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l3xm4rk 
9/9/08 11:28:19 AM
Serf
lol, but of course. :-)

The LGE W2242T-BF 22" doesn't look too bad $51 off down to $238...

...maybe I'll just stick with my 19" for the time being. :)


Edited by l3xm4rk: 9/9/2008 11:51:56 AM

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eckythump 
10/9/08 2:00:27 AM
Champion

I'd personally stick with the 2x2GB Corsair kit for $100.

I also recommend against fancy brands like Corsair/Crucial/OCZ/etc when it comes to RAM, because generic is good enough. But at $100, I imagine that's Corsair Value-Select, and factoring in megaware being a little more expensive than MSY where we all seem to gauge our prices, I'd just stick with the Corsair in this case.

(Unless of course you can get 2x2GB DDR2-800 of another brand for <$100, but even then, if there's only a couple of dollars in it, I'd stick with the Corsair over Elixer, which I've never heard of before.)

The Antec Sonata III does seem like a reasonable option to me, though I'd keep the 900 and get a Corsair HX-620 myself.

Everything else looks good.

It was very pleasing to see you getting the DS3L instead of the DS3(R/P) - I give kudos to people who buy what they need and nothing more. I have a DS3, but was annoyed the DS3L wasn't instock at the time. (Actually, I was annoyed the G33M-S2L wasn't in stock...)

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l3xm4rk 
10/9/08 8:17:03 AM
Serf
Thanks for the advice (and the kudos!! :P).

Reckon I'll stick with the Corsair too - it was on special (down $40-odd from memory - no pun intended, memory, get it, ok, i'll shut up) so that's why it looked good.

I'll stick with the 900/HX-620 too, I prefer the look of the 900 :-)

Thx again
l3xm4rk

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