View Full Version : First Rig Ever. is this right?

18-01-2010, 04:12 PM
Hey, I'm pretty new to all this and was just wondering if all of these parts woul all work and stuff. I will use the computer for gaming mostly.

| Case
| Raidmax Hurricane + PSU 500w (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=383575)
| $126.16 |

| Motherboard
| Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=373569)
| $165.77 |

| AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition (http://www.extremepc.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=107_190&products_id=3841)
| $309.38 |

| Video Card
| Corsair Value Select VS4GBKIT667D2 (http://www.ascent.co.nz"/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=385069]Sapphire Radeon HD 5670[/url]
| $219.80 |

| [url="http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=369334)
| $169.08 |

| Disc Drive
| Asus DRW-22B2ST (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=384928)
| $71.99 |

| Hard Drive
| Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=351238)
| $94.07 |

So please tell me if this works, will be extremely grateful. Also tell me if I can get the same sorta specs for a cheaper price, and if there is anything I've missed.

18-01-2010, 04:20 PM

18-01-2010, 04:29 PM
umm for that sort of $$ I would be seriously looking at Intel I5 750 on the 1156 platform as well.

You have your video card link a bit mixed up there :P

Also what are you using the rig for?

18-01-2010, 04:31 PM
What's your problem, mate :annoyed:
Why don't you try to be helpful.

18-01-2010, 04:34 PM
Well, this was the maximum I would spend. Would definitely spend less if possible use mostly for gaming but sometimes video and image editing. I'm not really sure about all the parts and that but would be happy if I could make a good make with less than $1000.

Of course for $1000 it wouldn't have to be as good as this, just basically a moderately fast and good computer.

18-01-2010, 04:44 PM
Video card should be this. (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=385069)

And RAM this. (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=369334)

18-01-2010, 05:25 PM
What games do you plan to play? By knowing such you can research effectively to find a graphics card that would last a bit longer than a few months.

Oppsss... I recommended a card that wouldn't fit that board! LOL.. Heh. Edited.

18-01-2010, 06:41 PM
Id also recommend going i5, but if you stick with what you've got swap the psu for a brand like enermax. Raidmax is just asking for problems in the future.

18-01-2010, 06:47 PM
Urban.Pacman, if you want a gaming rig for the latest games, your MUCH better off lowering the CPU a little and bumping up the graphics card as high as you can afford.

A Radeon 5770 you can pick up for under $290 ish

And lower the CPU to a AMD x3 for around $195 ish

Far less of a bottleneck than a higher end cpu and a nasty video card.

18-01-2010, 07:00 PM
Funny 2 new members asking almost the same thing?

pablo d
18-01-2010, 09:11 PM
For $926 inc GST delivered you can get the following from computer lounge (best store in nz IMO):

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Processor 2.9GHz CPU
SuperTalent Performance Series 2x2GB DDR3 RAM
Raidmax Hurricane Case 500W PSU
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5750 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card
LG GH22NS50 22x OEM Black SATA DVD Writer
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB HDD

Or add $180 to upgrade to 3.2GHz Phenom II quad core. But, 2 points as have been mentioned, GPU is more important than CPU for gaming, and if you're going to nuzzle $300 for a CPU you may as well go for Intel Core i5 (mobo will be slightly more expensive as well though).

Other option would be to add $100 for a 5770.

18-01-2010, 09:14 PM
Raidmax Hurricane + PSU 500w

Sapphire Radeon HD 5670

The case is fine. The PSU is to be avoided. Buy the case withoit the PSU (you can) and replace it with a Corsair PSU.

Change the card to ASUS or Gigabyte.

18-01-2010, 11:45 PM
Yeah Raidmax PSU are bad. Get something else like Enermax\Corsair\Antec

pablo d
19-01-2010, 05:28 AM
Next step up would be the 500w Modular Silverstone for $109, otherwise it will do the job IMO, as long as you don't push its limits.

19-01-2010, 09:45 AM
There's a difference between a PSU being good quality and a PSU that "does the job"

Usually ones that just "do the job" do it for anywhere from 1 week to 2 years and then either blow up and take your system with it on the way out or if you're lucky they just slowly die and eventually stop working.

A friend of mine had a 2 week old Raidmax which filled the room with smoke. It was actually still going at the time but it's not the kind of thing you want happening.

pablo d
19-01-2010, 09:54 AM
I know, I'd never put a cheap piece of crap like in my system, but I'm lucky enough to be able to afford better. Any cheaper brand of PSU has a risk of failure, so what are you supposed to do if you can't afford an extra $100+ for a decent PSU...not buy a PC?

And anecdotal evidence aside, do you actually have any failure rate data for Raidmax PSUs? I'm sure a small enthusiast company like computer lounge wouldn't sell them if they were bouncing back all the time.

19-01-2010, 11:10 AM
Well personally I either get a cheap something else like video card or RAM and upgrade that later when I get more money. Or just delay my build.

No I don't have any failure data on Raidmax PSUs, to be honest I think the one that cooked itself was from a bad batch here at the time. I think there was a thread on here about them...

They're probably average, not incredibly bad like some. I guess the big fan helps. I still wouldn't trust one though. Even if the silicon and design are good, the capacitors probably wouldn't last over a couple of years anyway. If they don't overheat and vent they usually dry out instead.

pablo d
19-01-2010, 11:13 AM
It's also easy enough to swap the PSU out with something better a few months down the track, and ditch the old one to some poor schmuck on trademe :D

19-01-2010, 01:23 PM
True, though I would rather have everything powered off something decent from day one.

19-01-2010, 01:49 PM
Usually ones that just "do the job" do it for anywhere from 1 week to 2 years and then either blow up and take your system with it on the way out or if you're lucky they just slowly die and eventually stop working.

This months Atmoic MPC mag has an excellent review of various PSUs. The 2 worst failed within 4 minutes.

19-01-2010, 02:40 PM
Impressive. Which brands were they? And did they fail in such a way they would have caused damage to anything connected to them?