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Thoughts on my new build (finally! - In Aus.)

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It's been a long time since I've had a new system and finally upgrading. Already got my Lian Li PC-A05b and going to order in the next few hours.

Decided to go quad core as I do some rendering/encoding as well as a fair bit of gaming. I'm in Australia if you were wondering about the prices(Umart).


*Couldn't justify the ~$100 extra for a Q9400 or ~$140 extra for a Q9550 so opted for the Q6600.
*Grabbed the Antec PSU as it's modular, 1000w and I want to get another 4870x2 in a few months.
*Picked the RAM as I should be able to loosen the timings to get it 1066mhz, plus it's black.
*Chose the DFI P45 MATX to conserve space to put it all on water soonish

I only need the CPU/Motherboard/PSU/RAM/Video Card/HDD.

Opinions/thoughts and criticism all appreciated.
Cheers
Edited by normanwall - 10/2/08 at 2:35am
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nono dont get a mATX!!! its not good for crossfiring or cooling and besides if ur going to WC u should go for a large case or put the majority of the stuff outside... also ATX isnt that much bigger than mATX
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Thanks. Yeah I was a little worried about going mATX, but it seems to be a decent board.

This ORB link for Vantage shows it's not that bad. Another link I was reading today shows a Vantage score of P22200.

Couple more links for this board I was looking at.
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Please don't go for the micro atx. Part of my job is building custom computers for sale to the public and for your main, general purpose computer at home an matx case just won't cut the mustard.
As far as motherboard, I really like gigabyte's boards, I've been able to get some decent overclocks on my GA-EP35C-DS3R and it is rock solid stable. I would get their p45 chipset version of the same board, you can get them for like $150.
Honestly, you don't need a kilowatt power supply. Its just overkill. My advice, go with a nice 650-800watt psu, it will be PLENTY even if you go SLI or Crossfire. Corsair makes a very nice model that is 80+ cert., which will save you money on your power bill, and is $100 cheaper than the one you've selected:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006
Now I would STRONGLY recommend you take that $100 you've just saved there and put into the q9550. The 45nm parts are just so much better, more cache, 15-20% more performance per clock and better overclocking! What is not to love? I love my e8400, couldn't be happier.
Everything else seems good, though I like Seagate drives, they are pretty reliable, perform well and you get a 5 year warranty.
You can't wrong with the 4870x2 2gb, nice choice there.
Good luck with the build!!!
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I think hellokitty has a fruity name, but some good suggestions. 1kilowatt is really overkill for your system, even with the 4870x2.
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Thanks guys. hellokitty, I'm put off by the colours of the Gigabyte boards - may be able to look at one of the Asus options in my price range.

That Antec PSU is supposedly 80+ cert (link to page where I'm shopping), plus it's on the certified list on the AMD site for Dual 4870x2s. Unfortunately, I can't buy from Newegg because I'm in Australia.

I am trying to order all the parts from the same place to avoid hassles in future, and there is only a limited selection for me to choose from that suits.
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