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bk T
18-09-2010, 09:48 AM
Here's my proposed (by next 2 weeks) new rig:

CPU:Intel Core i7 930 – 2.8 GH Processor Socket 1366 (8MB L3 Cache)
M'Board: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R – 3 channel DDR3

bk T
18-09-2010, 10:13 AM
Sorry, here are the details:

CPU: Intel i7 950 3.0GH 1366
M'Board: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R –or Gigabyte X58A-UD5
Graphic Card: Saphire 5850 1GB
RAM: OCZ Intel® XMP (2x3G) DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz)
Hard Disk: Western Digital Black Edition 1TB
Case: COOLER MASTER CM690 II ADVANCED

PSU: Corsair HX-650Modular ATX
DVD: LG GH22NS50 22x SATA INTERNAL
Monitor: Viewsonic VX2433wm - would like to have Viewsonic VD2450wm but unfortunately there's no stock in NZ


What's your comments on the above specs?

gary67
18-09-2010, 11:25 AM
:drool

bk T
18-09-2010, 11:57 AM
Edit: preferred monitor should be Viewsonic VX2450WM LED monitor.

bk T
18-09-2010, 12:10 PM
Edit:

RAM: OCZ Intel® XMP (3x2G) DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz)



What's wrong with me this morning????

Speedy Gonzales
18-09-2010, 12:47 PM
Do you want HDMI?? Because that monitor doesn't have it

bk T
18-09-2010, 01:09 PM
Do you want HDMI?? Because that monitor doesn't have it

I do notice that VX2450 hasn't got HDMI; what does it do, it's just the audio input, right?

pctek
18-09-2010, 01:19 PM
Intel i7 950 3.0GH 1366 Gigabyte X58A-UD3R –or Gigabyte X58A-UD5
Graphic Card: Saphire 5850 1GB


Lovely. But I'd change the GPU to Gigabyte or ASUS.

somebody
18-09-2010, 01:23 PM
If you can afford it, get a faster HDD or a SSD. It'll make a huge difference to performance.

bk T
18-09-2010, 01:27 PM
Intel i7 950 3.0GH 1366 Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ľor Gigabyte X58A-UD5
Graphic Card: Saphire 5850 1GB


Lovely. But I'd change the GPU to Gigabyte or ASUS.

Expected you to say that :). It's mainly that Saphire is cheaper!.

I do notice that Gigabyte's 5850 is the Over-clocked version- was told that this is the only ver available in NZ. What are the differences between OC and original version?

bk T
18-09-2010, 01:29 PM
If you can afford it, get a faster HDD or a SSD. It'll make a huge difference to performance.

Would love to but that would blow my budget into pieces!

bk T
18-09-2010, 01:34 PM
Just confirmed with a retailer that the VS vx245owm will arrive here in NZ in mid October.

Should I wait for it or should I get the VX2433?

Speedy Gonzales
18-09-2010, 01:38 PM
I do notice that VX2450 hasn't got HDMI; what does it do, it's just the audio input, right?

Its video and audio. So you wont have to connect audio from the case to it as well. Altho, sometimes I use both HDMI and audio anyway. Since this monitor has audio in and out as well

Snorkbox
18-09-2010, 07:37 PM
I take it that you are going to run a 64 bit O/S if Windows?

bk T
18-09-2010, 09:04 PM
I take it that you are going to run a 64 bit O/S if Windows?

Of course, it will be Win 7 Home Premium x64.

Snorkbox
18-09-2010, 09:24 PM
I only asked as 32 bit will not use or see all the RAM and it was not mentioned. :-)

qazwsxokmijn
18-09-2010, 10:22 PM
Difference between the overclocked 5850 and stock 5850 isn't much. Probably a few FPS during gaming, often not appreciable enough to justify the premium you'd pay for them to factory overclock it for you.

bk T
18-09-2010, 11:22 PM
Is this Cosair 650W PSU good enough to handle all the hardware?

The Error Guy
19-09-2010, 12:00 AM
Just to answer the HDMI question, HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Input) runs you audio and HD video in one handy dandy HD cable

bk T
19-09-2010, 12:12 AM
... But I'd change the GPU to Gigabyte or ASUS.

You strongly recommend Gigabyte or Asus GPUs, is it because they have lower failure rate (from your experience) or any other special reasons that you would like share with us (if you don't mind)? :thanks

qazwsxokmijn
19-09-2010, 12:19 AM
GB and Asus may use higher-quality resistors, capacitors etc but I'm not too sure about that. I'm thinking all their PCB non-reference designs will just stick to the reference made by ATI and will only use better quality components for when they make their own PCB designs.

And also the after sales service, Sapphire isn't exactly the best in that department.

Deimos
19-09-2010, 01:06 AM
Do you want HDMI?? Because that monitor doesn't have it

Incorrect, I have 2 of these monitors and they both have HDMI and built in speakers + DVI and D-Sun (analog) input.

Deimos
19-09-2010, 01:08 AM
I would go for at least an 850W PSU, especially if you are planning to overclock.

qazwsxokmijn
19-09-2010, 01:33 AM
Nah, I don't think bk T is much of a power user, a 650W should suffice, even for a few years' worth of video card upgrades. I personally would get a 750W though, cause I never know when a chance to Crossfire or SLI on the cheap may arise!

bk T
19-09-2010, 10:19 AM
No, I'm not a 'power user' and no intention of over-clocking. However, I may add in a TV-tuner card and maybe another HDD.

bk T
19-09-2010, 10:34 AM
Incorrect, I have 2 of these monitors and they both have HDMI and built in speakers + DVI and D-Sun (analog) input.

Which model do you have? VX2433 or VX2450? Interested to know more about them. How do they perform compare to those LG or Samsung. Been to a few shops in Auckland but they don't have any unit on display! Can't find any reviews on VX2450.

SolMiester
20-09-2010, 01:02 PM
If I were you, I would ditch i7 Nehalem and go for i7 or i5 Lynnfield, reduce mainboard, CPU and RAM costs. Swap the 5850 for a GTX460 and the money saved would get you an SSD.
You dont upgrade often, so there is no future proofing in the mainboard and you wouldnt notice the difference between CPU's...With the i5 setup you only need 2 dimms, not 3, i5 boards are cheaper, so is the 460!

DeSade
20-09-2010, 01:11 PM
Highly recommend the AW2310 monitors from Alienware through dell.co.nz.

http://tinyurl.com/muwhahahahaha

Agent_24
20-09-2010, 01:34 PM
I would always get a better PSU than needed.

PSUs are most efficient when running at about 50% of capacity, anyway.

Speedy Gonzales
20-09-2010, 01:37 PM
Incorrect, I have 2 of these monitors and they both have HDMI and built in speakers + DVI and D-Sun (analog) input.

Well the site is wrong then . Because it doesnt say its got HDMI

Gobe1
20-09-2010, 02:42 PM
Nice specs Bkt
I love the look of the cm690 case too, i would buy one of those of i was building a machine at present