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Hi all,

I'm relatively new to Overclocking and well, building a rig in general. A couple of months ago, I'd had it with my old PC (some ex-government $250 rig that, with no exagguration, took 15-20 minutes to reach the desktop).

I figured I would take the leap with a new PC, and hell, while I was at it, why not try the daunting task of building one myself?

So, starting with budget parts, I have been slowly swapping out everything in what has proved to be a very rewarding process.

After 2 months, a lot of research and about $1000 later, I am very satisfied with the Rig I am currently using (after all, anything would have been a step up from the old P4 with 512mb memory).

But, as I've found with most people on OCN, once you've got the fever, it's damn near impossible to stop with the upgrades!

So, over to you! Looking at my rig below, how have I done so far?
But, so much more importantly, where should I next invest my money in the pursuit for performance?

Cheers for any and all opinions guys!
 
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Pics would be nice

Oh, you should know PC2-6400 is DDR2-800 not 667.
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For how much you spent, and considering the optimism on future upgrades on your platform. I don't think it was that cost-effective.
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Originally Posted by Conner View Post
For how much you spent, and considering the optimism on future upgrades on your platform. I don't think it was that cost-effective.
Upon re-reading the sig rig, I've got to agree. I'm thinking the original poster - RJacobs28 - got rooked on his build.

I sold my brother this system about.. hmm, a year ago or so?
  • Phenom II X4 965BE @ 3.8 GHz
  • PowerColor HD5850
  • 4 gigs OCZ DDR3-1333 (2 x 2GB)
  • 1 TB Seagate Barracuda
  • Gigabyte MA-790XT-UD4P
  • HP 630i DVD-writer
  • OCZ 850 Watt PSU

Shipping cost was $100 so the real cost was like $800-900ish. Today it would probably be $700 or less thanks to the CPU, video card and RAM being way cheaper.
Edited by Quantum Reality - 8/15/11 at 8:33am
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where did you buy your parts? i built a 2500k system scratch for my brother for $1000.
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post #6 of 23
1. SSD
2. AM3+ motherboard with DDR3 ram
3. Bulldozer.
4. another GTX 560 Ti for SLI
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Yeah you spent a little much for those specs but not terrible.

Next you should get a SSD for faster boot up times, that 2tb green must be pretty slow.
 
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Hi Quantum, I'll be sure to add some pics when I get home from work! As for the Memory, I've had to underclock it; My Mobo/CPU combination (not officially supported) produces a Coldboot issue with 800MHz

Conner, you're not wrong. It certainly hasn't been cost-effective! But it sure has been interesting and very rewarding. Although I would like to point out $560 of that was on the GTX 560 Ti and the 2 Monitors brand new!
What is your main concern with the upgrade potential; the MoBo?

Cheers guys!
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Quantum Reality View Post
Upon re-reading the sig rig, I've got to agree. I'm thinking the original poster - RJacobs28 - got rooked on his build.

I sold my brother this system about.. hmm, a year ago or so?
  • Phenom II X4 965BE @ 3.8 GHz
  • PowerColor HD5850
  • 4 gigs OCZ DDR3-1333 (2 x 2GB)
  • 1 TB Seagate Barracuda
  • Gigabyte MA-790XT-UD4P
  • HP 630i DVD-writer

Shipping cost was $100 so the real cost was like $800-900ish. Today it would probably be $700 or less thanks to the CPU, video card and RAM being way cheaper.
Nice Build RJacobs28. My next upgrade, if I were you, would be an SSD drive for a boot/main application drive. Has made a very noticeable difference when I did mine.

I think the previous posters may have missed that he is from Australia. US based myself, but have seen lots of comments on OCN that things are WAY more expensive down under. So don't get hung up on price and quash his enthusiasm!
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Originally Posted by RJacobs28 View Post
Hi Quantum, I'll be sure to add some pics when I get home from work! As for the Memory, I've had to underclock it; My Mobo/CPU combination (not officially supported) produces a Coldboot issue with 800MHz

Conner, you're not wrong. It certainly hasn't been cost-effective! But it sure has been interesting and very rewarding. Although I would like to point out $560 of that was on the GTX 560 Ti and the 2 Monitors brand new!
What is your main concern with the upgrade potential; the MoBo?

Cheers guys!
Oh, you are counting in the monitors, I could understand the 560 Ti those don't run cheap.

With the monitors, not bad sir, not bad.

My build, if you were to include the monitor would be $750, but I don't like including the monitor as I am always going to have one
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