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robsonde
20-02-2010, 12:43 PM
will these part work together :-)

http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA16119
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA17977
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA18744
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA09338
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA20704

I plan on re-using a DVD drive, and I have a 250GB SATA hard drive.

can I use SLI video cards at some stage down the road?


thanks

pctek
20-02-2010, 03:35 PM
Yes.
Yes.

robsonde
20-02-2010, 04:13 PM
any thoughts for improvements ?

improvements that wont bump the price too much ?

DeSade
20-02-2010, 06:26 PM
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA18031

Use this dual channel ram kit

Is this a gaming machine?. if so your graphics fall a little short.
Your budget is quite low but I would still spend at least $200 on graphics.

robsonde
20-02-2010, 06:28 PM
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA18031

Use this dual channel ram kit

Is this a gaming machine?. if so your graphics fall a little short.
Your budget is quite low but I would still spend at least $200 on graphics.

this will become a gaming system.
the plan is to get a running system first.
what we are building here is a good solid base to build on over time.


then go for SLI graphics in a few months when we have cash, already have a re-use for the cheaper card we start with.

DeSade
20-02-2010, 06:46 PM
Just that SLI is not much of a improvement, you will not get double.

Its a better idea to get a decent card first time around.

If I read that right however you intend to buy two new cards and SLI them, as you are going to use the other card elsewhere when you do that, in that case go for it, but that card will limit your gaming.

robsonde
20-02-2010, 07:09 PM
Just that SLI is not much of a improvement, you will not get double.

Its a better idea to get a decent card first time around.

If I read that right however you intend to buy two new cards and SLI them, as you are going to use the other card elsewhere when you do that, in that case go for it, but that card will limit your gaming.

yep, the objective is to build a running system, it will be used for web surfing /email at first.
then in a few months we will upgrade the graphics to all new cards with SLI.
at that stage we will have a mid-range gaming system.

Brooko
20-02-2010, 09:20 PM
Rob

Just be aware that when you mention SLI - the board is X-fire compliant (ATI), but won't do SLI (Nvidia). At least that's what I read with the actual board specs (http://asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=0AvsBb7WBZe2i9zK).

If you're using ATI gfx cards, you're ok with 2 in Xfire. You can't use 2 Nvidia boards in SLI though.

One thing I'd immediately change would be the case. The case is OK - but order one without a PSU, and then get a decent brand PSU. Also - if you plan on using a better gfx card in the future, or going Xfire, then you'll need a higher wattage PSU. Something in the 550 to 650 range - depending on which way you go.

The specs for the case (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6528) simply list:

Power Supply : Standard ATX PS2
So you can almost guarantee it'll be budget and nasty.

whellington
21-02-2010, 11:01 AM
Change gfx to this:

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=11719

trinsic
21-02-2010, 12:16 PM
The case is fine but the PSU it comes with it shoddy at best IMO. I just bought a Elite 341 and had three PSU replacements on it in a matter of weeks. I actually wish the case didn't come with one so it was cheaper but seeing as I bought it I would like to use it on another low power machine. A Vantec ION2-500w at $110 (http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA06074) is pretty good value for money and quiet.

Don't buy the cheap quad, it will not suit your needs. The Athlon X2 550 at $166 (http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA16345) will run faster and give you better frame rates in gaming. The quad will only help in crunching/rendering and be slower in everything else.

Again do not go SLi/Crossfire, you're not spending enough and using low powered cards together is highly crapactular. You would save money on buying one good card, using less power.

For the motherboard go for something like the ASUS M4A785T-M at $147 (http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA17791). It should support ACC allowing you to try unlocking that X2 550 to a quad if you're lucky (we don't tend to get good batches of CPU's in NZ though so its less than 50%).

With a BE CPU you don't need anything more than DDR3-800 RAM. Overclocking RAM is redundant as its not even close to being a bottleneck. $207 for the Patriot RAM (http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA18979) is good (out of stock at the moment but so was the stuff you wanted).

I don't know what screen you have or what games you're planning so can't recommend a video card at this time.