View Full Version : Quadcore Setup

gum digger
17-11-2009, 04:09 PM
thinking of putting together a quad core computer, i wont be using it for gaming so sli, crossfire support not needed. but i want to have a dedicated graphic card.
so naturally i am only looking for graphic card, best value for money quad core, good motherboard, and >=500gb hdd. i am going to use my exiting atx case. budget is about $1000.

previously i bought parts and assembled it myself but now i see there are ready made system which are quiet cheap.
so far i came across

what do you guys think?

17-11-2009, 04:10 PM
I personally don't trust those guys, look at Ascent, ComputerLounge, PBTech or Playtech.

There is also no way under the sun the PSU they have included is powerful enough to run that system properly, and the graphics card is not the best. Get an Asus or Gigabyte card and motherboard, and a minimum of a good 460W PSU.

17-11-2009, 04:29 PM
How about this lot (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/pf1build.JPG) from Ascent? :thumbs:

Speedy Gonzales
17-11-2009, 04:31 PM
XP computers are alright, I've been there a few times. The only thing they need to watch is their site. Since it was hacked, not so long ago

gum digger
18-11-2009, 12:48 PM
i think q8400 is pretty good value for money, but i see ddr 3 chips out too. is it worth getting a http://qmb.co.nz/p.aspx?109413 and a motherboard that takes them.

18-11-2009, 01:11 PM
In regard to your HDD, I would get a 128GB SSD for the OS and a 500GB-1TB HDD for data. If you use the preset windows folders (Documents, Music, Video etc) you can move the location of them to the other drive rather than the windows drive.

Also DDR3 ram is coming down in price so it is worth getting and you should defiantly get Win7.

18-11-2009, 01:30 PM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3
SuperTalent Gold Series 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL9
ASUS M4A77TD AM3 DDR3 770 PCI-E (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10945)

Asus 9800GT (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=7229)

1TB Seagate HDD (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=4731)

650W Corsair PSU (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=6478)

Comes to just over $1000

18-11-2009, 03:00 PM
I bought my quad at the wrong time. AMD Phenom X4 9550 2.2GHz for $299. I'm hurting now after seeing the prices of Phenom 2s.

19-11-2009, 09:13 AM
Yes, the 'right' time to buy is always AFTER you have bought:D