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post #1 of 35
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I have old PC 2006, Intel E6600, and its about that I decided to buy a new PC. I dont like to upgrade PC's, I like to buy performance PCs every 3-5 years (this works for me).

I am buying new PC for gaming/performance. Doing this as I have pre-ordered BF3 and MW3, and they are coming in late OCT and early NOV 2011.

I was thinking to wait for Ivy Bridge, LGA2011 (specifically Core i7 3930K), but sadly Intel delayed it until MAR 2012 (7-months from now). As soon as I heard the news I decided to stop waiting for Intel, and make the new PC list based on whats available on the market right now.


I am limited to the following shop, because they have best prices in Australia.
http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

After constant battle between 2 sides of my brain, here is the list I came up with:


QUESTIONS:
  • What do you think about this setup?
  • Do you have any reasonable advice/suggestions?
  • What do you think of overall prices vs performance?


My personal difficulty is accepting the cost of CPU and SSD. But again money is not the issues here, got plenty saved up and I buy PCs every 3-5 years. I just want to know if I am making good choices in terms of gaming/performance PC.

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UPDATED List 2011-09-05:
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nVidia Kepler Release date: Q1 2012
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9613...ease-date.html

I don't want to wait for nVidia Release Q1 2012, BF3 and MW3 will be old by the time they release new GPUs (same goes for Intel CPUs).

I buy this PC now, and enjoy it for a year or two, then if thinks get slow again, I can easily replace CPU (1155 Sotcket) and GPU (PCIe).

Edited by red_russian - 9/4/11 at 6:37pm
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post #2 of 35
I would switch the PSU to the Corsair AX/HX750 or the Silverstone X-750/760.

Everything else looks fairly decent. Though if you went Sandy Bridge, you'd get damn near the same performance for a whole hell of a lot cheaper. I would personally go with the 2500k. Personal preference there though. If you're a record benchmark kind of guy, the 990 is certainly better, but for games, the difference is pretty slight.

The ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 and the 2500k would be around $406AUD instead of $1340AUD.

Here's a link to a review comparing of the 2600k vs the 990x and the conclusions they derived...
Edited by nyates - 8/19/11 at 10:17am
    
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post #3 of 35
Go with the i7-2600K and a good P67/Z68 motherboard.

Here's a benchmark comparison between the 2600K and a 980X. I dunno how much better the 990X is.
post #4 of 35
First I would switch the CPU with a 2600k= http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070

And for a Mobo I would get an Asus Maximus- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131760

Also I would switch the GPU with a 580 lightning- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127579

Oh, and a new psu. Get an 850 watt or so because you might want to SLI later- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...orsair%20hx850

edit: forgot ram also lol. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
Edited by vitality - 8/19/11 at 10:16am
 
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post #5 of 35
I agree with the others. If your just gaming, mild multitasking, a i5 2500K / i7 2600K is significantly better bang for the buck.
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post #6 of 35
I would recommend dropping the 990x and going with a 2600k. It depends on what you are using it for, but if you are just gaming then the 2600k (or even 2500k) will do just as well.

OFC if you switch out to sandy bridge, you are gonna have to find a new mobo and dual channel ram, not that big a deal though.

Another thing I notice is the headset, that one has terrible soundquality. If you want we can recommend you something that will have much better quality, you won't regret it.
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post #7 of 35
As this is mainly for gaming go with the 2500k sandybridge, Seriously it beats the 990x in games and is only a third of the price.

Your cooler is great and so is your hdd although i would consider the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb drive instead.

Do NOT go with coolermaster for your psu, they have a terrible reputation, Go for a corsair, xfx, antec, or seasonic unit.

I would consider opting for a sandybridge build as the 2500k munches through any game thrown at it. Coupled with a high end graphics card you need not ask for more.

You could also save $100 going for the same monitor as i have I highly recommend it.
Edited by Chewy - 8/19/11 at 10:36am
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post #8 of 35
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Grief View Post
Another thing I notice is the headset, that one has terrible sound quality. If you want we can recommend you something that will have much better quality, you won't regret it.
Yes, please do recommend me high quality headset, as I have minor hearing loss since birth. Your recommendation is welcome.

Tomorrow I will look into all your suggestions more in details, and upload updated list of the setup.
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Core 2 Duo E6600 Asus P5B-Deluxe Asus GeForce GTX 460 (768MB) 2x Kingston PC2-6400 2GB, 2x A-Data PC2-6400 1GB 
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post #9 of 35
Thread Starter 
Here is the updated list:


Highlighted in red are the changes.

I now have good CPU, good PSU and good MOBO, and I am SLI ready.

2011-08-19 list => $3693 AUD
2011-08-20 list => $3283 AUD

I saved $410 AUD, and got better parts. This is amazing.

Thank you everyone.
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Core 2 Duo E6600 Asus P5B-Deluxe Asus GeForce GTX 460 (768MB) 2x Kingston PC2-6400 2GB, 2x A-Data PC2-6400 1GB 
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2x Seagate 320GB, WD 1TB Windows 7 Ultimate x32 BenQ FP222W 22" Microsoft Media Pro 
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post #10 of 35
some suggestions maybe to swap out the HDD for a WD Green or Seagate barracuda green 2tb. Since you mention that it is going to be for storage, a 7200rpm drive is going to be unnecesssary cost.

WD Green 2TB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=17282

Also, why not consider a mechanical keyboard instead of your current choice?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...cPath=113_1276
Here is a list of mechanical keyboards that can be sourced locally.

Cheers
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