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    Gaming guts upgrade - $1000ish

    I pulled the trigger and ordered all parts today, pickup tomorrow :) The only thing I had to change was the fan as it was not in stock, so I went for the Coolermaster Hyper T4, Final parts list is: CPU - i5-4670k RAM - G.Skill Trident-X 8GB Kit (4Gx2) DDR3-2400 F3-2400C10D-8GTX MB - ASRock Z87-EXTREME4 Intel Z87 GPU - Gigabyte GV-R797TO-3GD 3GB 7970 GHZ HD PCI-E VGA Card CPU FAN - Coolermaster Hyper T4 RR-T4-18PK-R1 Universal CPU Cooler SSD - Samsung 840BW EVO MZ-7TE250BW 250G SATAIII SSD Solid State Drive PSU - Antec EA-550-Platinum 550W EarthWatts A big thank you to noskcaj, Master_Scythe and Dasa for your excellent advice! I can't wait to run BF4 on this rig :D
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    Gaming guts upgrade - $1000ish

    Ok cheers, The Gigabyte GHZ version says it wants 600w, is that just marketing/covering their arse suggested requirement? http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=11254 PSU - thoughts on this one getting the job done? seems to be in stock at my branch :) Antec EA-550-Platinum 550W EarthWatts http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9653
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    Gaming guts upgrade - $1000ish

    GHZ aha! I now understand, thank you kind sir ;) Steam folder, sorry I should elaborate we currently just move game folders from steam dir to another drive or uninstall depends if we will play again (aka massive arma2 installs) either way shows how impatient I am hahah Antec / Seasonic / Corsair got it! I was perhaps thinking of getting 550W (instead of the 420Wish suggested by noskcaj) only because it may allow me to upgrade/sli in future to a higher powered card/s in a year or two, is this silly thinking on my behalf? or is there some merit in this? Thanks for pointers Champions
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    Gaming guts upgrade - $1000ish

    Hey guys, I have a few existing 1tb drives so additional storage is sorted, my missus has a 128gb SSD and she manages to fill it easily with just steam/origin games and OS so I do not want the hassle of uninstalling/re-installing games like she has to ;) In regards to the OC 7950 ok will source this elsewhere if this is the option, otherwise with the 7970 OC/GHZ editions are they worth the extra $60-80 Dasa? if so I'm assuming the GHZ is the best bet for an extra $20 over the OC? Samsung 840 EVO ok sounds good, will use the extra cash to grab the 7970 GHZ? I do not think my PSU is 80plus bronze rated :( can't see it marked anywhere and do not remember that when buying a while back, so I guess I should upgrade, noskcaj mentioned the Seasonic are they the go these days? was looking at: PSU -Seasonic M12II 520W Modular PSU $129 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=15957 Downside is MSY don't seem to stock them, do you suggest any alternatives? (ideally I can head down to my local MSY branch and pick all the bits up together in the next few days to get the build sorted asap) Thanks again Legends!
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    Gaming guts upgrade - $1000ish

    Ok so here is my current upgrade parts list: CPU - i5-4670k $265 ($20 more for the k version, so I may try overclock) RAM - 8G Kit 2400 G.Skill Trident-X $112 MB - ASRock Z87-EXTREME4 $189 GPU - 3G 7950 Asus (only one they had at MSY is there a better option?) $299 CPU FAN - Coolermaster Universal Hyper 212 EVO $37 PSU -Keep what I have to keep build cost down SSD -Samsung 840 PRO Series SATA3 256G $250 Current Total: $1152 All prices from MSY Does anyone else (Dasa / Master_Scythe) have any input on the parts before I commit? would be looking to purchase in the next few days (BF4 yeeew) Thanks again noskcaj for your input!
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    Gaming guts upgrade - $1000ish

    Hi noskcaj, thanks for the reply, In answer to both your questions, I am just not knowledgeable enough so I picked the k version as I had just seen it mentioned in a few other build threads recently and the RAM well I figured more is better :) So I should go the i5-4670? or is there an alternate chip I should be looking at? So you think 8gb is more than enough? I just went for the faster timing as I have always bought generic ram and figured the faster ram would be better for gaming. HSF thank you for the recommendation :) I will look into the AMD R9 are they significantly better? With the PSU what wattage would you recommend I go for, 650? something like the Antec EA-650-Platinum 550W EarthWatts? or is there another quality one you could suggest? Thanks so much noskcaj!
  7. Hi Guys, Time for an upgrade to the ageing rig! I really just need some new guts for the updgrade such as CPU/MB/GPU/RAM/SSD and would love any advice on the best bits to go for in my price range :) I'm aiming to spend around $1000 but could be pushed to $1300ish if it will mean a noticeably better build. Currently I'm running: OS - Win 7 x64 pro CPU - Core2 Q6700 2.66GHz RAM - 8gb generic MB - Gigabyte EP35-DS3P GPU - ATI 4870 1gb CASE - ANTEC P182 PSU - Thermaltake TR2 550 NP I'm looking at keeping the case and PSU (if it can handle the new bits?) so I would need the following parts: CPU - i5-4670K?? RAM - 16gb 2400?? MB - ASRock Z87-EXTREME4 ?? GPU - 7950 boost 3g?? CPU FAN - ??? I probably wont overclock but should I get something better than stock anyway? PSU - Will my current PSU be fine for the new parts?? SSD - prob a 250gb any brands or models you recommend?? I will mainly use the box for playing BF4, GTA5, starcraft etc and would like it to hold up well for the next few years, so feel free to swap any parts or make suggestions :) edit: playing on a single 1920x1080 screen Thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it!! - Neil
  8. Hello all, I recently moved into my new house which was in a broadband "black spot" luckily a wiMAX service was available and has been installed, now I would like to network it throughout the house (wired) My problem is, that the wiMAX connection requires its own specific modem/router which connects directly to the antenna and distributes the internet from this access point (yes this modem has wireless but I would like a few wired connections also). The access point/modem is located in a downstairs bedroom and I have numerous computers upstairs that i wish to be hard wired in. The easy solution is obviously to run ethernet cable back up into the roof from the access point/modems 4 ports and then drop them down through the walls to the various computers, however in some rooms i have more than 1 computer and in total i have more than 4 computers needing access to the internet connection, so this leads me to my question. Can I run an ethernet cable from the primary access point modem into my billion modem/router(wireless also) upstairs and then plug 3 computers into the billion to share the connection in that room?(also would this billion be able to re-broadcast the wifi connection upstairs? so that the signal can be picked up easily up and downstairs from each modem?) this may be a stupid question, but I thought i would get a straight answer from you guys before trying it out :) I have 2 billion modem routers available to use, the BiPAC 7300GRA and the BiPAC 7402VGP. Thank you in advance for your advice, it is much appreciated, can't wait to get the interwebs sorted at home again!!! hahah
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    sub $1000 graphic design box

    Does anyone else want to wage their opinion on this list before I go ahead and order this sucka? no objections? Cheers for the help guys, I'm excited to build this thing :)
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    sub $1000 graphic design box

    Ok thanks guys I have taken your feedback and have subbed in some new bits, any more recommendations? speakers? CPU - $329 - Core i7-860 (ii) RAM - $124 - 4G Kit ddr3 1333 Kingston (will upgrade to 8gig when $ permit) HDD - $101 - Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200rpm HDD (ii) DVD - $35 - SATA Pioneer218 PSU - $62 - Thermaltake LitePower 500 MOB - $162 - G-B P55A-UD3R CAS - $42 - Gigabyte GZ-X6 black Mid Tower Case (http://www.iibuy.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2409_30785_30504&products_id=6844) (ii) speakers - $? - can anyone reccomend some decent speakers for playing music in the office? prefferably from MSY's stock list (they have lots of options) would like something that doesnt sound like ass, but am only thinking of spending around the $50 mark so I realise this may be impossible :) GFX - already have - (Nvidia 8800GT PCI-E) OS - already have - copy of windows7 pro 64bit OEM Monitor - already have - Dell 2408WFP (24inch) Total: $855 so far keep it coming cheers!!
  11. Hello all, I have just branched out on my own full time doing web and graphic design, I have the office sorted, now I need a dedicated pc for the office. Basically as I'm not flush with cash at the moment I'm looking to build a decent box that's geared purely for design and dev work, primary software used will be Adobe CS5 suite. I have read a few of the build threads that have gone up recently, one actually for a design build but they we're also after a gaming rig, I purely require it for work (so that i'm not tempted to jump into a game of bad company 2 heheh) It seems that a lot of you recommend the core i7, so I guess I would like that in the build. Everything I have listed is totally open to better suggestions; CPU - $335 - Intel Core i7 930 ? RAM - $169 - 4G Kit ddr3 2000 G.Skill Ripjaws? (can this ram be used with this mobo?) HDD - $52 - Seagate SATA 500G DVD - $35 - SATA Pioneer218 PSU - $62 - Thermaltake LitePower 500 MOB - $259 - G-B X58A-UD3R Motherboard? CAS - $? - any suggestions, would just like a clean black case, no bells and whistles, it will be hidden under the desk anyway. speakers - $? - can anyone reccomend some decent speakers for playing music in the office? prefferably from MSY's stock list (they have lots of options) would like something that doesnt sound like ass, but am only thinking of spending around the $50 mark so I realise this may be impossible :) GFX - already have - (Nvidia 8800GT PCI-E) OS - already have - copy of windows7 pro 64bit OEM Monitor - already have - Dell 2408WFP (24inch) Total: $912 so far (MSY) Now I do already have a good monitor for design, but I will be stealing this from my rig at home, so will need to buy a screen for home use, mainly gaming, will this do the job nicely? (not counted in the build cost) Monitor - $235 - 23inch Samsung P2350 Thankyou for all you help, it is much appreciated guys! cheers, Neil
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    sub $1500 rig for the missus

    I'm looking to get parts from MSY, and the next up from the one i had selected initially are the "AV" drives, which from a quick google seem to be 7200rpm drives, would this drive be fine? (they don't seem to have the WD blacks or Samsungs) WD “AV” SATA 640G $109 Thanks for your parts thread too Dasa was a great starting point for the build :) Cheers EDIT: I have to source the case from gamedude and they also have the wd black 1tb for $159(Western Digital 1TB 7200rpm SATAII FALS 32meg Cache CAVIAR BLACK Model: WD1001FALS) so that solves that problem :)
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    sub $1500 rig for the missus

    thanks for that nesquick thats good that i wont need to buy another psu :) So the build now stands as this; CPU - Intel 775pin E / Q -series E8400 $235.00 RAM - 4G Kit-800(2x2G) Kingston $65.00 MOBO - G-B EP45-UD3L $160.00 GPU - 1GB 4850 Gigabyte $189.00 DVD - PIONEER DVR-217BK $37.00 CASE + PSU - ANTEC P150 Gloss White and Brushed Aluminium High Efficiency 430-Watt ATX12V Neo HE power supply $219.00 SCREEN - 21.5 “ 2ms HD DVI WS Benq M2200HD $245.00 HDD - W.D. SATA 1TB $124.00 COOLING - stock cooling $0 OS - win7 RC (for the time being) $0 build option 1 total $1,274.00 OR if i swap up the CPU and GPU to a Q9400 ($304) and either a 1GB 4870 Gigabyte ($271) or 896M GTX 260 Gigabyte ($270) (any preferences for nvidia or ati?? will be on win7rc, are drivers fine for both?) there will be an increase in total price of $150ish which brings the build option 2 total to $1425 Is it worth the extra $150? as far as bang for buck/longevity of system etc.. Also just double checking that the current mobo i have selected is fine for the quad core if i swap up, it says socket 775 so i'm assuming yes its fine?? Cheers for all your input, getting close to ordering time now!! :)
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    sub $1500 rig for the missus

    Thankyou nesquick, after checking out the NSK2480 it is mainly black with only a silver faceplate, so will most likely stick with the ANTEC P150 Gloss White 430-Watt psu http://www.modthebox.com/review447_1.shtml Will the PSU that comes in this model be fine for this build do you think? Cheers
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    sub $1500 rig for the missus

    Thanks guys, I really like that antec low profile case, looks great would that fit all the gear in? also with the case i have listed (http://www.modthebox.com/review447_1.shtml) is that a decent enough PSU to power the system i'm looking to build, or would i still need to strip out the one that comes with the case and put a 3rd party one in? Will swap to the generic Kingston Ram ;) Will stick with stock cooler, The games she plays are basically anything i rope her into, Demigod, Red Alert 3, GTAIV, but she loves Sims 3 (i know you don't need much to run it though, my old lappy is running it heheh) but yeh would like to make it fairly decent so she can play whatever without it chugging. So you think Quad cores the go? Is it worth the extra $$ to jump upto the 4870 from the 4850? Cheers!
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