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post #11 of 26
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Don't recognize your case.
Maybe get the Storm Scout or HAF 912.
They're pretty popular on this forum.
noobest quote evar? If you explored the link you would see its a CM 690 II. Great case, highly recommended.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by inchy97 View Post


HDD (RAID 0): - NONONONONONO i cannot stress this enough

1) 1 red flag, these WD are not RE (Raid edition) drives and will give you nightmares in RAID 0

2) Raid 0 with SATA II is hardly noticeable, please take my word for it, i had 3 F3 (500gb) in a RAID 0 and it was a mess.

So either get a SDD drive (crucial M4) or just get a single drive a Samsung F3 1TB


I understand you cant use newegg, but just use it as a reference
I have WDD blacks in RAID0, they're brilliant thankyouverymuch.
post #13 of 26
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Oh boy, I had no idea about WD / RAID stuff. Thanks for telling me that - I'll just get a single 1TB drive then, and wait for SSD prices to drop (I'm not very keen on buying one).

I had the same thoughts on the GPU, but my friend recommended it to me. Gainward is not sold in the US, hence why they are somewhat unknown, but my friend says it's a really good card, so I'm trusting his word on it. As for the 3GB, it's for several things:
- future-proofing
- multiple monitor setup (only running one at the moment, but I'd like to add a second)
- high resolution texture packs with extremely high draw distance modded into Oblivion / Skyrim

Can you explain why you think I need faster memory? I've been told the difference is not really noticeable.

I'm still not sure if I plan to overclock anything - concerned about power costs, heat, and damaging the card. If I don't plan to overclock, is there a different motherboard I should look at?
post #14 of 26
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Oh boy, I had no idea about WD / RAID stuff. Thanks for telling me that - I'll just get a single 1TB drive then, and wait for SSD prices to drop (I'm not very keen on buying one).

I had the same thoughts on the GPU, but my friend recommended it to me. Gainward is not sold in the US, hence why they are somewhat unknown, but my friend says it's a really good card, so I'm trusting his word on it. As for the 3GB, it's for several things:
- future-proofing
- multiple monitor setup (only running one at the moment, but I'd like to add a second)
- high resolution texture packs with extremely high draw distance modded into Oblivion / Skyrim

Can you explain why you think I need faster memory? I've been told the difference is not really noticeable.

I'm still not sure if I plan to overclock anything - concerned about power costs, heat, and damaging the card. If I don't plan to overclock, is there a different motherboard I should look at?
You dont need faster memory, 3Gb is mostly just a *bigger number* it means nothing in gaming you will not see a difference, so go with ASUS, EVGA, MSI
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post #15 of 26
please don't listen to someone with 3 rep...he prolly just doesn't know how to set up a RAID.
post #16 of 26
Hey there mate, good to see a fellow Aussie on here!

I personally use these guys: www.pccasegear.com

Absolutely awesome customer service, prompt postage and well priced, and they handle all your warranties for you, so if you ever have an issue with a part, you deal with them, not the manufacturer. And - this should be handy for you - Melbourne based: you could pick up your parts and save on postage

I quickly did this list up for you, assuming you don't need an ODD or OS.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ion=wish_lists

Let me know if that link doesn't work for you and I'll post it up another way.

The Asrock board is a good option right now, with pci-e 3.0 for any future upgrades when Ivy Bridge comes out. The Spinpoint is a very solid hard drive too, have one at the moment and couldn't be more pleased. As for going SSD, one of these would be your best bet if you can spare the cash. The difference it makes is unbelievably huge.

Good PSU choice too, very happy with my HX-650

And don't worry about going with Gainward, a bunch of my mates and I are constantly making each other PCs using them, they're the best value company at the moment for us Aussies. Palit are the same brand too.

Hope that's helped mate!
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post #17 of 26
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I'm new to building computers, but with the help of a few friends I've managed to come up with a build. I'm not sure if what I've got is any good, though.

I'm building a gaming computer so I can play Skyrim (and Oblivion while I wait for Skyrim) on crazy max graphics with lots of stupid graphic enhancing mods installed. My budget is around $1400, but I'd like to spend less then that if I can. It sometimes gets pretty hot down in Melbourne during the summer, so I'm not so keen on overclocking (something I'll consider during the winter).

I'm currently planning to purchase all my hardware from centrecom.com.au (only because of convenience) - if anyone else knows of any good Australian sites to buy from, it would be appreciated.

This is what I've got so far:

GPU:
$588.00 - Gainward nVidia GTX 580 3G Phantom 3GB
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/...9.html?sort=2a

CPU:
$227.00 - Intel CPU Core i5-2500K - LGA 1155
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/...1.html?sort=3a

Motherboard:
$137.50 - Asus P8P67-LE v3 Intel Mainboard (B3 Stepping)
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/...4.html?sort=3a

Memory:
$57.20 - G.SKILL DDR3 8GB (2 X 4GB) PC-10666/1333 F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL Ram
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/...0.html?sort=3a

Case:
$114.40 - Cooler Master RC-692
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/...8.html?sort=3a

Heat sink:
$32.00 - CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/...7.html?sort=3a

Power supply:
$143.00 - Corsair HX-650
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/...1.html?sort=3a

HDD (RAID 0):
2 x $58.00 - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/...2.html?sort=3a

TOTAL: $1415.10

Is this any good? Suggestions?

Thanks
Get faster ram. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231455 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231445

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 EVO

Is a 580 really necessary for Skyrim? Consider the 560 Ti or 570.

HDD: Spinpoint F3

I didn't even look to see if these were available on the website you listed.
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I have WDD blacks in RAID0, they're brilliant thankyouverymuch.
No offence but that is one of the dumbest things i have read
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post #19 of 26
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please don't listen to someone with 3 rep...he prolly just doesn't know how to set up a RAID.
HA! you are Mr.Expert with 7 reps, yes you are so much better then me. I can see that you are an idiot because you didnt even know that WD had special HDD that are meant for Raid, The Cav blacks are not! dont think so? go type it into google (yeah shad up you idiot).

I had setup raid why do you think i am saying against it, I have setup 0,1,5 and none matter on a SATA II board, you would need a PCIe controller to do anything that would speed it up, and even at that rate a SSD would still blow it out of the water

So man go home! your information is trash
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Get faster ram. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231455 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231445

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 EVO

Is a 580 really necessary for Skyrim? Consider the 560 Ti or 570.

HDD: Spinpoint F3

I didn't even look to see if these were available on the website you listed.
Why would he get a 570, when he can get a 580. He said he doesnt want a SLI rig so why not go with more power now and then upgrade in 2-3 years
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