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PCT Joe
27-10-2009, 02:01 AM
Ok so I have a friend who needs a new computer, Ive been looking at three builds, AMD Phenom 955, Intel i5-750 and i5-820

Heres the price of all the builds:

Build one:
i5-750

Intel Core i5 750 CPU (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7931)
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3 Intel P55 LGA1156 Motherboard (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7958)
G.SKILL Ripjaw F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3-1600 Memory (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7984)
Bundle = $734.00 incl GST

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (No PSU) (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7637)
Price = $215.00 incl GST

GIGABYTE GV-R489UD-1GD Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP DISPLAYPORT HDMI CrossFire Support (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=8001)
Price = $329.00 incl GST

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA 3 Gb/s 7200RPM 32MB Cache (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=6386)
Price = $159.00 incl GST

Corsair HX-750 ATX 750W 140mm Modular Power Supply (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=8029)
Price = $315.00 incl GST

Asus DRW-24B1ST Black 24x Dual Layer SATA DVD Rewriter BLACK RETAIL (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7922)
Price = $69.75 incl GST

AuzenTech X-Plosion 7.1 Cinema 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card Retail (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=5968)
Price = $169.00 incl GST

Total cost = 1,990.75 Incl. GST Excl P&H

Build Two:
i7-860

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB LGA1156 (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7930)
Microstar P55-GD65 P55 DDR3 LGA1156 ATX (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7933)
G.SKILL Ripjaw 4GB kit (2GB x 2) DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) CL8-8-8-24 MEMORY RETAIL F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7985)
Bundle = $972.00 incl GST

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (No PSU) (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7637)
Price = $215.00 incl GST

GIGABYTE GV-R489UD-1GD Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP DISPLAYPORT HDMI CrossFire Support (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=8001)
Price = $329.00 incl GST

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA 3 Gb/s 7200RPM 32MB Cache (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=6386)
Price = $159.00 incl GST

Corsair HX-750 ATX 750W 140mm Modular Power Supply (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=8029)
Price = $315.00 incl GST

Asus DRW-24B1ST Black 24x Dual Layer SATA DVD Rewriter BLACK RETAIL (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7922)
Price = $69.75 incl GST

AuzenTech X-Plosion 7.1 Cinema 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card Retail (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=5968)
Price = $169.00 incl GST

Total price = $2,228.75 Incl. GST Excl P&H

Build 3:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core 3.2GHz 2MB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache 125W AM3 Retail (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7458)
Price = $302.63 incl GST

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD 790X DDR3 Socket AM2+/AM3 CrossFireX ATX Motherboard Retail (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=8247)
Price = $240.25 incl GST

G.SKILL Ripjaw 4GB kit (2GB x 2) DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) CL9-9-9-24 MEMORY RETAIL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7984)
Price = $164.48 incl GST

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (No PSU) (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7637)
Price = $215.00 incl GST

GIGABYTE GV-R489UD-1GD Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP DISPLAYPORT HDMI CrossFire Support (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=8001)
Price = $329.00 incl GST

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA 3 Gb/s 7200RPM 32MB Cache (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=6386)
Price = $159.00 incl GST

Corsair HX-750 ATX 750W 140mm Modular Power Supply (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=8029)
Price = $315.00 incl GST

Asus DRW-24B1ST Black 24x Dual Layer SATA DVD Rewriter BLACK RETAIL (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7922)
Price = $69.75 incl GST

AuzenTech X-Plosion 7.1 Cinema 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card Retail (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=5968)
Price = $169.00 incl GST

Total Price = $1964.11 Incl GST Excl P&H

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These are what I have come up with. My mate reckons he wants to get into some new/old games(most his games would barely need a 9800gt at the moment however i plan to have this PC going for 2-3 years minimum

Any help with choosing better options(i have no clue about the sound-card, he wants to hook up his PC to his 32" and Surround sound system(unsure if its 5.1 or 7.1) or getting better prices would be appreciated.

-PCT Joe

PCT Joe
27-10-2009, 02:50 AM
Also the OS being used will be Windows 7 Home Premium

wratterus
27-10-2009, 08:15 AM
The first i5 build looks juicy. Where have you got the pricing from?

inphinity
27-10-2009, 08:34 AM
Build one is probably best value for money, imo, and will perform well.
Personally I'd probably go for the Phenom build, throw a little extra $$ at the 965BE and a good cooler and bump it up to 4ghz but hey :)

Blam
27-10-2009, 08:58 AM
I would got for the first as well. The i5 should handle anything he throws at it easily.

Don't bother with the sound card though..the integrated already has 6 channel surroud..

You could always add a 4890 later if he needs more gaming power..

Blam

linw
27-10-2009, 09:05 AM
I have just built a machine with the I5 and mobo you have listed. Seems a pretty good combination to me. I have it running at 3.2GHz with stock cooler. Now it matches my E8400 at 3.8GHz on the PCUser Benchmark!!

Thebananamonkey
27-10-2009, 09:22 AM
I'd stay away from onboard sound solutions. I hate the sound of random computer noise leaking through into my iTunes and games. Especially if you're running some nice speakers. But I wouldn't go with that one.

The Asus Xonar DX 7.1 has really good reviews and is $10 cheaper at computerlounge. I'm considering getting the STX at the moment, but that's $259, so probably not in the right price bracket. It also doubles as a good preamp/headphoneamp id you want to put a hifi system through it.

Software Developer
27-10-2009, 09:38 AM
Second one for me. Or first one, and spend the money saved on gaming keyboards and mice.

Battleneter2
27-10-2009, 09:56 AM
Id rate this case higher
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10170

Also note if your going to overclock the I5/I7 there is a issue with Foxconn LGA1156 sockets used by many mobo manufactures.

If your not overclocking your "probably ok" but there is still some concern about long term long jeopardy atm. Id go I7 1366 until the issue plays out and there are a few other advantages anyway. Alternatively ask your supplier to check the socket.

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1460140
(many other threads elsewhere)

SolMiester
27-10-2009, 11:10 AM
I'd go a couple better battleneter!....

Obsidian.......

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10343

linw
27-10-2009, 04:31 PM
That's a bit of a worry, Battleneter. The board I have assembled has the Foxconn socket (as do many others). If it starts to become unstable I guess I know where to start looking. Still makes me uneasy, though.

wratterus
27-10-2009, 04:36 PM
I'd go a couple better battleneter!....

Obsidian.......

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10343

I think I'm in love. That is an awesome case, prefer that over the big daddy Lian Li! :thumbs:

wratterus
27-10-2009, 05:21 PM
Ascent have that case a full $95 cheaper than CL and I just checked with them, the new stock is going to be the same price. :banana

whellington
27-10-2009, 05:24 PM
2nd build but:

Any reasons why you want a 750w PSU? You could save over $100 if you get the 620W or 650W.

I'd alspo swap the HDD for the samsung spinpoint F3. Faster and cheaper than the cavier black

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10614

Battleneter2
27-10-2009, 05:52 PM
I'd go a couple better battleneter!....

Obsidian.......

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10343

yea thats a really nice case, not so sure about the price :P

Blam
27-10-2009, 08:24 PM
Must say though, looks massive!

Overkill for me lol.

PCT Joe
27-10-2009, 09:00 PM
Yeah well i could go for cheaper parts but im trying not to compromise on pricing, Those are all priced from playtech although when it comes to the actual order i will pricespy it.

I dont want to have to upgrade later on this computer so I will put the 4890 straight in.

I really have no clue about audio, is metla around? I know he produces music so he should know. if I can reduce the builds by 100$ + each it would be great...

Blam
28-10-2009, 08:00 PM
IMO Unless you're a real audiophile you won't hear the difference...but Thebananamonkey seems to be opposing me on this.

:2cents:

Thebananamonkey
28-10-2009, 11:37 PM
IMO Unless you're a real audiophile you won't hear the difference...but Thebananamonkey seems to be opposing me on this.

:2cents:

It really depends what speakers you're driving. If you've got some nice speakers then I think it's worth the effort. Plus, the noise from onboard the MoBo won't drive you mad every time you move your mouse. If you're going to have games look pretty then you'll be that much more immersed if they sound it too. It really depends if you're a 128kb/s person or a 256+/Lossless kind of person. I'm looking at some $500+ headphones at the moment, so you can guess which I am, which is why I'd personally go for a discrete card. :2cents: :2cents:

Your existing case looks plenty good enough, lots of fans means lots of cooling. Another option is the Antec 900 but I can't say that would be any better and it's not much to look at.