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mycatiscold
27-10-2011, 05:01 PM
Hey guys,
Am new to press F1.

Am getting a local PC store to build me a computer and I was wondering if you could give many any advice on the specs before I get them to build.
If I should change anything let me know
Thanks

Specification Item
CPU AMD Phenom II X4 840 Quad Core 3.2GHz 2MB L2 Cache 95W AM3 Retail
Memory 4GB Kit Dual Channel RAM DDR3-1333 OEM
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA3 6.0Gb/s 3.5' Internal Hard Drive
Optical Drive Lite-On SATA DVDRW iHAS324 Super 24x DVD CD Writer
Motherboard ASRock N68-S3 M/board, GeForce 7025 + nForce 630a Chipset, DDR3 1600, PCI-E 2.0, SATAII, RAID, 10/100 LAN, 8ch, mATX
Video Card Power Color HD5570 2GB DDR3 128bit DL-DVI HDMI VGA
Computer Case Konic Flying Dutchman,Gaming case ,Fans speed& light controller,USBx4,25cm Fan
Power Supply Great Wall 450W AdvanceX Power Supply 12cm FAN

Jen
27-10-2011, 06:23 PM
Welcome to PressF1 :)

What is the computer going to be used for? For example, mainly gaming (what games), video editing or general purpose.

Sherman
27-10-2011, 07:48 PM
What is your budget like?

While I'm no expert, some of those component choices look a bit dated.

I'd personally spend a bit more and get a Phenom II 9x5 series CPU, or go down to an Athalon II X4 processor.

The hard drive I would recommend updating to a 1TB drive.

If you don't want to play any games, the HD5570 is adequate enough, although if you do want to play games, I'd highly recommend going for a HD6000 series card, preferrably 66x0 or above. Alternatively, a Nvida GTX460 or GTX560 or above

Which brings us to the motherboard... I'm sorry but in my mind, the motherboard chosen brings to mind someone scraping the bottom of the barrel. It's cheap yes, but there is a reason for its cheapness. The Nvidia 630a chipset is old, the board doesn't support USB3, Gigabit ethernet, or Sata 6Gb/s. A more expensive motherboard will serve you better in the long run IMO. Look for something with a AMD 800 or 900 series chipset.

Can't comment on the Case or power supply sorry.


A lot of things will depend on your budget, and what you want to use the PC for.

These are my thoughts and opinions, you are in no way obliged to pay any attention to them :p


PS: How much are the shop charging to build a PC with those components?

icow
27-10-2011, 08:02 PM
PSU = Shithouse.

PPp
27-10-2011, 09:07 PM
"Power Supply Great Wall 450W AdvanceX Power Supply 12cm FAN " Great Wall - despite great effort, that didn't work very well either.
This may help http://forums.pcworld.co.nz/archive/index.php/t-114950.html

mycatiscold
27-10-2011, 09:26 PM
Budget $1000 - $1800

Not really for gaming, but I want a semi powerful computer

Quotes at like $669 without an OS monitor and other add ons.

mycatiscold
27-10-2011, 09:33 PM
OK scrap the first idea, realized how crap it was, how about this,

CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz 3.6GHz Turbo Core, 9MB cache Socket AM3 125W
Memory 4GB Kit Dual Channel RAM DDR3-1333 OEM
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 500GB ST3500413AS SATA3 7200.12 16MB HDD
Optical Drive Lite-On SATA DVDRW iHAS324 Super 24x DVD CD Writer
Motherboard Asus M4N68T-M V2 AM3, GF7025 2 x DDR3, D-Sub, 4x SATAII, RAID, GB LAN, mATX
Video Card Galaxy GF GTS 450 PCI-E 2.0 1GB DDR5 128-bit
Computer Case Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case With 450W PSU

pctek
28-10-2011, 05:34 AM
Motherboard ASRock N68-S3 M/board, GeForce 7025 + nForce 630a Chipset, DDR3 1600, PCI-E 2.0, SATAII, RAID, 10/100 LAN, 8ch, mATX
Video Card Power Color HD5570 2GB DDR3 128bit DL-DVI HDMI VGA

Power Supply Great Wall 450W AdvanceX Power Supply 12cm FAN

ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard.
ASUS or Gigabyte GPU
Corsair PSU.

And they are giving you proper warranty? 3 yrs on MB, 3yrs on PSU etc?

pctek
28-10-2011, 05:34 AM
Computer Case Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case With 450W PSU
Case OK, TT PSU - no.

icow
28-10-2011, 06:56 AM
+1

dugimodo
28-10-2011, 09:55 AM
Are you wanting to go AMD as a preference? they make good midrange gear but currently intel is the performance king. Your specs have definately improved, with the PSU being the main sticking point.
Consider also an i5 2400 (or 2500k if you like overclocking) currently about the best bang for buck CPU's available.

My reccomendations:
Get a good PSU, the press F1 communtity will beat you about the ears with that advice until you comply. Corsair is a favourite of mine and well regarded here.

Asus and Gigabyte are the most popular motherboard and GPU vendors with good reason, with a slight bias towards asus personally.
At least 4Gb RAM and possibly even 8Gb if you are using 64bit OS (you should be)
Look for features you will use, USB3 is gaining ground and buying a machine without it at this stage might be something you come to regret if you plan on keeping this machine a good length of time.

Computerlounge is a great online vendor who will build to order, if you prefer to use your local shop that's fine but I'd reccomend pricing up a similar specced system online to see how it compares. Might give you some bargaining power.

forrest44
28-10-2011, 02:33 PM
I'd personally spend a bit more and get a Phenom II 9x5 series CPU, or go down to an Athalon II X4 processor.


Phenom II X4 840 == latest Athlon II X4 (they just renamed it, has the same die/cache/etc)

mycatiscold
28-10-2011, 03:24 PM
http://www.xpcomputers.co.nz/pcbuilder-gaming_pcs-126

This is the shop I am thinking of getting it built at btw.