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  1. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    this makes no sense at allthat psu has 12 sata plugs and from what i can see you are only using 4 two 6950 in cf is fairly straight forward and if your not sure you check the manual there is two cf bridges on in that pick fairly sure you only need the one but i dont think it matters I had the same question on the crossfire bridges...and from what I read, it recommends you use both connectors in case you lose some connectivity (albeit momentarily) in either / or. As to the PSU, I honestly have no idea. Completely outside my area of expertise. I do know that there are: 2 x graphic cards 2 x HDDs 1 x SSD 1 x HDD Drive Caddy 1 x DVD drive all hanging of the PSU...plus of course the MoBo. Anyway, the thing works, it's cool (don't think the CPU has been above 40 degrees yet) and it's fast and it's mine, all mine!!!!
  2. After labouring for 6+ years on my old faithful Athlon PC which now sounds like a 747 taking off when I boot up, I have been given permission from the boss (aka wife) to upgrade to a sparkly new PC. I have some specs for what I think I should build...but would not mind some guidance...in case I have gone off on some strange tangent somewhere... So you know, this is a gaming rig but will also house all my music, movies, images, etc for streaming to the x-box and tv. I have not been able to play any recent games so would like to try out some of the new stuff coming out. I also need it for work hence the double screen combo. Specs: CPU: AMD 1055T Phenom II X6 1055T, 2.8Ghz (3.3GHz Turbo Core), 9MB Cache, 125W Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 GPU: VTX3D Radeon HD6970 2GB X-Edition RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 3.5in 120GB SSD HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ (x2) DVD: Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with window panel Power Supply: Antec TPQ-850W Monitor: Samsung BX2440 24inch Widescreen LED Monitor (x2) OS: Windows 7 Professional Edition OEM KB & Mouse: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Combo - I would prefer wired - but don't really know much about these things... I can get this whole lot from scorptec for $2,296 + delivery - but does anyone know if these are any good? Did I miss anything? Also...can anyone suggest a place that will build this thing for me - I am likely to snap something if I try and do it myself...with the window in the PC case, I would really like to have a place that will also do the cabling correctly (and neatly) Comments and suggestions welcome.
  3. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Hmmm...did not quite figure that bit out...ah well...
  4. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    It's done! It's finished!! It's built... So, picked up the parts last Thursday, brought them into work. Couple of guys here said they;d help me build the thing...long story short, I was the labour, they were the experts. 2.5 hours later, they stand back and ask me to do the honours and turn the power on... ...nothing! At all!! I am not kidding when I say I practically messed my pants at this point. Back inside they went, into the innard and pressed some things and prodded some others. This time it works. And it's quiet. Windows 7 installs in about 6 minutes - not really timing as by this time I was pretending to work again. 3DMark 11 got about 8,800(ish) which I thought was a poor, poor score...but apparently not. 1 thing for people to note though. The 850W modular PSU did not appear to have enough power for everything I put in the machine and I was 1 x SATA cable short...so had to add that later. The only way the guys could get the 2 graphics cards working was by some minor miracle fiddling and cable magic stuff (that I don't understand). Word of warning, that's all. Oh, and the other thing...if you are cross-firing cards, both monitors MUST be plugged into the primary card. Took me a lot of internet research to work that one out. PLUS, I then did not have the right connectors for the monitors. Should be fixed tonight though. Learnings from a n00b. Pcitures...have some pictures...
  5. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK...order now place. I made some late amendments but here is the final, final build: CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Fan: Cooler Master HYPER 212+ Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 Motherboard GPU: HIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ (x2) RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 3.5in 120GB SSD DVD: Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive Case: Antec P183 V3 Case - almost ordered the P193 by mistake - *phew* Power Supply: Corsair AX-850 850W Monitor: Samsung S24A450BW 24in Widescreen LED Monitor (x2) OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition OEM KB & Mouse: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Combo HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003 (x2) Extra thingy: Antec Easy SATA Hot Swap Caddy with eSATA Port - used to transfer old data from existing machine plus data backups By waiting an extra day and ensuring I had the right case selected (silly me!) I actually saved over $100. Total price was a little over $2,700 I think...so $200 more than originally budgeted...but I get 2x monitors and 2x graphics cards... I'll try and post some pics of the build once it's completed...which should be tomorrow. No teeth marks on the MoBo...I promise
  6. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Nah you'll do alright, it's kind of like lego. My lego always used to have teeth marks in it when I was younger...
  7. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Hehe I never get anything for myself either, but then my wife earns all the money, so seems fair... looking forward to seeing some pics of your build, have you decided whether or not to do it yourself yet? Yep...building it myself. Friend of mine from work who is a certified geek / nerd / lord of all things techie has offered his help. If it was just me, I'd end up with a mess of wires, several snapped and hastily glued on parts and a machine that would then be used to keep doors open. With his help, I will have a kick *ss machine that will practically take of when I git the power button...pics of tte build...since it is a "closed case" (no window), I'll have to take some pics before it's all closed up...good idea...
  8. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    oops...my bad...2 x 6950's (HIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ)
  9. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Haha gotta love this.. you valiantly tried to hold out but in the end the computer won. I am currently planning a build and as usual am also suffering from this price creep effect: "but this is just an extra $50 and for just an extra $70 I get that" and suddenly you have jumped $600 somehow! But what does your wife/boss think about all this? :) The wife (boss) will tell me to spend the money. I never get anything for myself and give all I earn to the wife and kids. So, she is giving me free reign with the exception of the case. Having said that, sticking with the green HDD's but going with the twin 6850's. Total price = $2,826. No delivery fee since I will pick it up myself.
  10. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Since this is likely to be a one-time thing, I am leaning heavily towards a pair of 6950's (HIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ) which seem to be pretty good in terms of performance...and at $279 each, will only add $149 to the overall build price. If I leave everything else the same, including using the green HDD's, I can bring the whole build in at $2,826. If I upgraded the HDD's to full speed ones, it will add another $68 to the price - total of $2,894. But for that, I will get a machine that will play everything on ultra-high settings for quite a while to come... Now to check the bank account to see if I have that money...
  11. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    those hdd are slow being 5900rpm but ok for just storing data Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB 7200RPMSATA III 6.0Gb/s, $119 are as close as you will get to fast 2tb hdd under $100 if you looking to save cash drop the cpu back to 2500k and look at asrock ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $145 and maybe save a few $ on the ram go with two 6950 now or just get one and upgrade to a totally new card in the not to distant future unless you find one cheap seconhand its often better to just upgrade after 6 monthsHIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ $279 its just much better value than the 6970 which is going up in price and its not that much slower rest looks excellent to me Get your point on the graphic card - looked at the reviews for the 6950 and could get 1 of those now and upgrade the HDD's to the Hitachi Deskstars. Lowers the price a little overall. Sticking with the i7 and mobo / ram but will definitely consider the GC - with another one to come in a few weeks when I can save more pennies...
  12. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK...which is better? 2 x 6950 or 1 x 6970 to which I might add another one in 6 months or so?
  13. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    I have the advantage here - a friend of mine will pick all the gear up for me - therefore removing the shipping cost...
  14. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK, it's been a few weeks...but finally the ATO has given me my tax return...so, I am now ready to shop. Final build has a few tweaks from when I last posted...but not many: CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Fan: Cooler Master HYPER 212+ Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 Motherboard GPU: VTX3D Radeon HD6970 2GB X-Edition (not avaialble anywhere until 7-Sep!!!) RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 3.5in 120GB SSD DVD: Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive Case: Antec P183 V3 Case Power Supply: Corsair AX-850 850W Monitor: Samsung S24A450BW 24in Widescreen LED Monitor (x2) OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition OEM KB & Mouse: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Combo HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003 (x2) Extra thingy: Antec Easy SATA Hot Swap Caddy with eSATA Port - used to transfer old data from existing machine plus data backups Total price on pccasegear is $2,677. Decided against the Blu-Ray player - I don't have any and not likely to in the near future. DVD drive will be enough - and I have questioned included even that!! Changed the case - Antec P183 over the Coolermaster - this missus over-ruled the case - and since she is letting me spend the money, I don't mind 1TB drives were not big enough and after some thought, changed to the 2TB Seagate drives - but does anyone know if these are any good? Is there a better sub-$100 2TB drives out there? Pushed the boat out a little with the monitors being $289 each but they are 24", 1920 x 1200 resolution - anyone know if these are any good? Going to push the "order" button in the next few days...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  15. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    1 more question before I lock in the overall components...the case. What do people think...should I be going for the CM 690 II advanced of the antec P193...or does anyone have another suggestion? Both get very similar scores on review...anyone got experience?
  16. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    I have used a few cases with cable management in mind and all you have to do really is just stop and think where each cable needs to go and get a fuck load of zipties from bunnings in different sizes. Good point on the cable ties...I'll make sure I get a load of them before building...
  17. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    just go with the build I showed you, I selected some parts so it will have an all black look and tie in with your cable management. I am pretty much going with that build...so all good there...really good tips moving away from the AMD to Intel. The CM 690 II...does that have enough room behind the MoBo for good cabling? Reviews say it does...anyone have experience? Going to try and build myself (with help from mate)...missus is waiting in the shadows with a big fat "I told you not to do that..."!!!
  18. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK...a guy at work has said he can help me build the thing...is it really that easy to put together and get the cabling looking good? Tax return should be coming in a week or so...I'll post my final *proposed* build just before ordering. PC Case Gear best place to get the gear?
  19. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    Love this build and it seems like the right one to go with...but a question...will PC Case Gear build the thing for me? I have short stubby fingers that are very good at snapping important components...and would very likely end up with spare bits everywhere, terrible airflow and a PC that runs slower than my gran...and she's dead!!! Happy to pay for them to build it, if they do it right. Additionally...and I do like the Dell Monitors...which is better? The Dell u2412M or the Samsung BX2440? Votes...
  20. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK...shifted to an Intel build based on the comments in this thread...seems the i5 2500k kicks butt pretty much everywhere in my price range (althoug it is going up and up...) Current build looks like this: CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-Z68XP-UD3 - is this the right motherboard for the chip? GPU: VTX3D Radeon HD6970 2GB X-Edition RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 3.5in 120GB SSD HDD: Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 32mb Cache (x2) DVD: Samsung SH-B123A 12X Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with window panel Power Supply: Corsair AX-850 850W Monitor: Samsung BX2440 24inch Widescreen LED Monitor (x2) OS: Windows 7 Professional Edition OEM KB & Mouse: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Combo Heatsink: Cooler Master HYPER 212+ Total price is now up a little further to $2,681 although I can bring this down to about $2,500 if I source the monitors through MSY. But here's a problem I think I will hit...the SSD & 2 x 1TB HDD's are all SATA3. From what I can tell, the Mobo only has 2 x SATA3 ports...will the 2nd HDD work? Is it overkill to get SATA3? Also, $2,500 is my limit...any other suggestions?
  21. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    hmmmm...now you got me thinking...from what I can tell, the i5 2500k kicks dirt in the fact of the AMD...to which I have no strong affiliation. So, assuming I go with the Intel chip, would that motherboard support the 6970 GC that I was planning to put in - and planning to add an additional one further down the track for X-fire. If so, I might re-hash the whole build and start again with an i5 build... Will try and do that today...but if not, I'll re-post tomorrow for thoughts...
  22. ridgemassey

    My New PC Build

    OK...I will bow to pressure and add an after-market cooler...will even take the advice and add the Hyper 212. It adds another $37 to the price. I also changed the PSU to the Corsair but maintain the 850W as I plan to add another graphics card once I save up some extra pennies...that way, I can slot in the extra card and not worry about anything else. It also allows me to add additional hard drives further down the track - I know 2.2TB is a lot, but will likely fill it with movies, music & home movies... Version 3 now stands at: CPU: AMD 1055T Phenom II X6 1055T, 2.8Ghz (3.3GHz Turbo Core), 9MB Cache, 125W Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 GPU: VTX3D Radeon HD6970 2GB X-Edition RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 3.5in 120GB SSD HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ (x2) DVD: Samsung SH-B123A 12X Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with window panel Power Supply: Corsair AX-850 850W Monitor: Samsung BX2440 24inch Widescreen LED Monitor (x2) OS: Windows 7 Professional Edition OEM KB & Mouse: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Combo Heatsink: Cooler Master HYPER 212+ Total price (and it's climbing) is $2,475...which is now around my maximum budget. I reckon I can save about $100-150 sourcing the monitors from MSY or something like that...and it will have no effect on the overall build (quick check of staticice confirms this)...so I can bring this down to about $2,350. How are we tracking now?
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    My New PC Build

    Take your point... the SSD is $20 more for a much faster drive (same size)...so I swapeed that in. Blu-Ray is $60 more and whilst I don't have a blu-ray player in the house I can see the point for future proofing...swapped that in as well. With regards to the new AMD chips - I am aware they are coming out but I would expect a dodgy supply chain / premium prices until the new year at least. Motherboard is designed to take the chip so can upgrade later if I want. With regards to PSU - is the extra $60 really worth it to go from Antex to Corsair (CMPSU-850AXAU) - both 850W, both modular...again, limited knowledge on these. revised build would be: CPU: AMD 1055T Phenom II X6 1055T, 2.8Ghz (3.3GHz Turbo Core), 9MB Cache, 125W Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 GPU: VTX3D Radeon HD6970 2GB X-Edition RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 3.5in 120GB SSD - I am assuming the motherboard can handle SATAIII? HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ (x2) DVD: Samsung SH-B123A 12X Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with window panel Power Supply: Antec TPQ-850W Monitor: Samsung BX2440 24inch Widescreen LED Monitor (x2) OS: Windows 7 Professional Edition OEM KB & Mouse: Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Combo With a total price of $2,376 + delivery Assuming I am still a little uncomfortable building...which I am...can anyone recommend a good retailer that does good cable management...my current PC looks like someone let off a cable-bomb inside the case! Airflow is terrible!!!!!
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