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Old 12-07-2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default Seeking feedback about my future gaming system!

Hey guys I still donít have a new PC yet!

I found it easier to get a job when I was 14, now at 17, it seems most of the supermarkets and that near my house arenít as eager to employee more people for casual/part time positions at the moment, especially when a couple of them switched from a face to face interview with a resume to an online application (which will take a while). Oh well, Iím determined to work anywhere and work my ass off for a new PC so Iím still applying.

Anyway.

I learned a great deal from being a part of the CF community and reading and Iím grateful for the advice I received from members: Kage, Muz, Freestyler105, ISOwner and MattieDaShark83 in particular. I was pretty confident about doing the research and selecting parts for my first build but my uncle recently recommended a shop in my city called DIY-IT and I checked out their pre-built custom packagesÖ theyíre pretty sweet.

Take a look for yourself here (Intel Power Package) but theyíve recently changed the one I was looking at by adding a printer, different monitor and Norton which added to the price but it doesnít matter because I took a screenshot of the November model and its price at that point.

By the way things are going, I donít think Iíll start work for another few weeks if Iím lucky but the main point here is: Iím not going to be spending this price bracket as the hardware is updated, I will be seeking the same pre-built model which will slowly drop in price by the time I can pay for it.

Here is the gaming PC I am currently thinking of and the price at the time.





You can see Iíve chosen 2 of the optional upgrades and I may also choose to run XP instead of Vista because I heard it performs better when it comes to gaming? I checked the monitor out and it looks pretty kool, things like the mouse and keyboard will eventually get replaced by better products but the speakers in the package will no doubt be different in a few months time.

Iíve spoken to the staff before and theyíll basically just customize it to what I want so I was originally thinking of going with the NZXT Apollo case but Iíve decided the Thermaltake Soprano looks so much cooler, thatís basically what Iím after in a case, looks, I guess haha. This will also be playing FPS games such as Crysis, CoD4 and CS:S mostly, then no doubt others in the future, mostly FPS though, Iíve kinda lost touch with the RPG stuff and I never played RTS.

I browsed Australian websites and basically did an estimate of what it would cost to buy the same parts myself and build it and hereís most of the system, I tried to be accurate and I also provided 3 different currencies to make it easier whether youíre English, American or Australian, like myself. Please remember: this is not from my local store, this is an estimate of the online excluding shipping charges too.


Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Australia: $255
USA: $224
England: £110

Gigabyte Intel Motherboard
Australia: $100-$350
USA: $88-$308
England: £43-£152

2GB DDR2 667 RAM
Australia: $75-$90
USA: $65-$80
England: £32-39

Western Digital 320GB SATA2
Australia: $217
USA: $190
England: £94

Pioneer DVD Burner
Australia: $55
USA: $50
England: £24

GeForce 8500GT 512MB
Australia: $120
USA: $105
England: £52

400W ATX CPU
Australia: $15-$45
USA: $10-$40
England: £8-£20

BenQ 19Ē Widescreen LCD Monitor
Australia: $280
USA: $245
England: £121


Hard to confirm the price difference when the description isnít all that specific but I think itís worth paying that little bit extra to be built by an experienced person and to also come with a warranty. I also canít see myself upgrading much in the future, any income would be going towards my music commitments, pretty much.


I wanted to hear the opinions from any CF members and all discussion is welcome but I have a couple questions of my own:

What do you actually think of this particular system?

Would the extra $45 I spent on the E6750 instead of the E6420 have a noticeable impact as much as say, $50 extra towards a video card? Also, much money do you think would be especially worth the difference when it comes to either a CPU or Video Card?

When it comes to DDR2 RAM, would do you think about the difference between 800Mhz and 667Mhz chips? I feel compelled to upgrade to a higher number hahaha but I have seen some Crysis demos run really well with 1-4GB 667Mhz RAM.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:18 PM   #2
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one thing . if ur getting a gaming machine a 8500 isnt going to preform very well with all the upcoming high end games.
other then that u could buy the computer then buy a 8800 urself that could work
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:02 PM   #3
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On OCAU forums they have a Wiki for gamer pc builds, this is the current $1500 pc. All the prices can be found using StaticIce


CPU .............. Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 ..................... $308
Motherboard .. Gigabyte P35-DS3L ............................. $110
RAM ............. 2GB Corsair TwinX DDR2 800 ................. $85
Hard Drive ..... 500GB Samsung Spinpoint T166 HD501LJ . $119
Optical Drive .. LG GSA-H62N 18x SATA DVDRW ............ $35
Graphics Card 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT .............. $329
Sound Card ... Onboard from motherboard -
Case ............ Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05 ....... $67
Power Supply . 620W Corsair CMPSU-620HX ................ $155
Cooling ......... Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro ................. $39
Additional - Freight, monitor, OS

Total Cost - $1247
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:38 AM   #4
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Hey sorry for the late reply, I had a bit of a busy weekend.

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one thing . if ur getting a gaming machine a 8500 isnt going to preform very well with all the upcoming high end games. other then that u could buy the computer then buy a 8800 urself that could work
Thanks for the advice, I'm mainly thinking of playing Crysis and Counter Strike Source online then eventually Halo 3, mostly just FPS for me. What settings do you think that pre-built would run Crysis at smoothly? I'll take that card into consideration but it is another $200 or so.

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On OCAU forums they have a Wiki for gamer pc builds, this is the current $1500 pc. All the prices can be found using StaticIce


CPU .............. Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 ..................... $308
Motherboard .. Gigabyte P35-DS3L ............................. $110
RAM ............. 2GB Corsair TwinX DDR2 800 ................. $85
Hard Drive ..... 500GB Samsung Spinpoint T166 HD501LJ . $119
Optical Drive .. LG GSA-H62N 18x SATA DVDRW ............ $35
Graphics Card 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT .............. $329
Sound Card ... Onboard from motherboard -
Case ............ Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05 ....... $67
Power Supply . 620W Corsair CMPSU-620HX ................ $155
Cooling ......... Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro ................. $39
Additional - Freight, monitor, OS

Total Cost - $1247
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Thanks man! that could be used as an alternative to a pre-built and I know that's a major difference in specs as well as the value of the products for a cheaper price but I'm not sure what it is, I feel daunted by it, especially when it's my first build and it's such a serious amount of money, maybe I could possibly get a quote for what it would cost at DIY-IT to build that system for me.

It's a shame those forums don't tolerate free email addresses because I only use Hotmail, I guess it's for the best, no more spamming.
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