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loopy_larry
17-10-2010, 05:15 PM
Hi guys,

It's been a long time since I went through a desktop build (and a long time since I could remember my password/email for my old user account here!) so I was wondering if I could grab any feedback on a potential desktop build I'm looking to do.

I am a desktop user who went notebook for several years and am now going back (motivated by the difficulty/expense of finding decent gaming notebooks). For my genuinely mobile needs I'll probably grab a netbook. Anyway, to the point. I'm trying to build a decent gaming system with an eye to saving money wherever possible.

Here's what I've roughly built on paper so far:

HDD: 2x [in RAID 0 setup] Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS Hard Disk Drive, 1000GB, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, SATA-2
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H Motherboard, Socket AM3, 4xDIMM, DDR3, 2xPCIe-16, 1xPCI, 1xPCIe-1, 12xUSB2, Firewire, Audio, Video, 1xATA, 5xSATA, RAID, M-ATX, USB 3.0, DVI, HDMI
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU, 3.2GHz, Socket AM3, 32/64-Bit, Retail pack with fan
Video: 2x [in Crossfire setup] Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Video Card, Radeon HD 5770, 1024MB, DDR5, PCIe-16, DVI, CrossFire, HDMI
Memory: Corsair XMS3, CMX6GX3M3A1600C9, 3x2GB, DDR3-1600, PC3-12800, CL9, DIMM
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus, 650W ATX PSU, Black
Optical: LiteOn iHAS324 DVD Writer, DVD 16R/24W/8RW, CD 48R/48W/32RW, Internal, SATA, Black
Case: none yet (any recommendations? :))

So yeah, any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated as I really can't afford to screw this one up. Thanks!

jareemon
17-10-2010, 05:33 PM
is the ram triple channel?
[EDIT]: With regard to the case, if you're wanting to save money, might be an idea to just get a cheap case to allow you to spend more money on the parts that really count

loopy_larry
17-10-2010, 05:36 PM
I think it is triple channel, yeah

pctek
17-10-2010, 07:09 PM
HDDSeagate Barracuda
[b]Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
Video: 2x [in Crossfire setup] Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Video Card, Radeon HD 5770, 1024MB, DDR5, PCIe-16, DVI, CrossFire, HDMI
Memory: Corsair 3x2GB, DDR3-1600,
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus, 650W ATX PSU, Black
Optical: LiteOn DVD Writer,
Case: none yet (any recommendations? :))

!
Looks OK, decent brands there. Except GPU - I'd go ASUS or Gigabyte.
Graphics, mmmm, I tried SLI once. Didn't think it gave enough performance to justify the cost of two cards. I personally would just buy a single brilliant card.
However, nothing bad about that choice.

Case - doesn't matter, Depends on personal taste really.
Posh cases with lots of cable management and light weight materials tend to cost loads. The PSU is taken care of so it's not bad to pick a cheap case with terrible cable management and steel construction. I have, plenty of times.

Tidy the cables the old-fashioned way instead.

jareemon
17-10-2010, 07:19 PM
i concur with pctek, get a single high spec card, and if you must have more than one, sli tends to support more games, apparantly

loopy_larry
17-10-2010, 07:24 PM
Cheers guys - so maybe onto the Radeon 5850? (http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=388079)

As for the case, yeah, I'll see how the budget stands at the end but probably just opt for a cheapie

SolMiester
18-10-2010, 08:39 AM
Dont stripe your raid set, you wont noticed any difference unless a) your moving large files around and b) you have another storage solution able to keep up. Raid array increase latency and stripping just increases chances of failure...Arrays are for servers or home setup with fast storage unit able to keep up with large file movement.

As for GPU, well, I prefer NV, however if going for ATi, they are releasing the new generation tomorrow, wait and you can either get new generation or last gen for low cost!

TickTech
18-10-2010, 08:45 AM
Yup definitely wait a couple of days, recommend Radeon too.

jareemon
18-10-2010, 08:53 AM
Cheers guys - so maybe onto the Radeon 5850? (http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=388079)

As for the case, yeah, I'll see how the budget stands at the end but probably just opt for a cheapie
dont go TOO cheap, or you might have problems with the power button wires not being the same as the plugs on the mobo etc

loopy_larry
18-10-2010, 09:34 AM
Dont stripe your raid set, you wont noticed any difference unless a) your moving large files around and b) you have another storage solution able to keep up. Raid array increase latency and stripping just increases chances of failure...Arrays are for servers or home setup with fast storage unit able to keep up with large file movement.

Sorry, my error - I meant to type RAID 1, so as a mirror setup!

Thanks for the advice on ATi everyone, I will probably not be purchasing for a couple of weeks so hopefully the price hits trickle down in that time...

pctek
18-10-2010, 10:40 AM
power button wires not being the same as the plugs on the mobo etc

What??!!

jareemon
18-10-2010, 01:32 PM
What??!!
Well
I've noticed sometimes when i buy a cheap case, the power/reset switch and power/hdd led wires are a b****, i've either had to spend time trying to figure out where each one goes on the (sometimes not labeled) mobo, and/or the case wires are bundled in a single plug which doesnt match the mobo's pin connectors... or is it just me? :p

SolMiester
18-10-2010, 02:04 PM
For me, I keep my cases for 2 or 3 builds, so tend to pick more expensive models, especially if you are upgrading regularly or clocking and need to reset the BIOS. There are no excuses for cheap cases, same can be said for monitors......

Deimos
18-10-2010, 08:00 PM
For me, I keep my cases for 2 or 3 builds, so tend to pick more expensive models, especially if you are upgrading regularly or clocking and need to reset the BIOS. There are no excuses for cheap cases, same can be said for monitors......

Is that all? my last case lasted me at least 10 builds...

jd2759
18-10-2010, 09:08 PM
Case...
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=564479

SolMiester
19-10-2010, 08:11 AM
Is that all? my last case lasted me at least 10 builds...

LOL< Im a married man with young kids, how often do you think a purse strings open long enough for me to upgrade, Im still on an 9600GT FCS!...LOL...besides, Im bored with the Wind Tunnel now, I want an 800D or maybe a Raven II, I want a new...........

SolMiester
19-10-2010, 08:12 AM
Case...
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=564479

Nasty!