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Old one just won't work now, and I am on the prowl for a cost effective system. Here is what I am thinking in terms of components and I would value the input of others regarding my choices (all prices $AUD)

CPU - Core i5 750 ($259)
Videocard - ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GB ($249)
Mainboard - Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R P55 DDR3 ATX motherboard ($185)
RAM - Team Xtreem 4GB PC3 12800 1.6GHz ($72)
HDD - simple 320 or 500gb
Case - Thermaltake Armor case ($62)
PSU - whatever would do the job
Optical - whatever would do the job, no blu-ray

Monitor - not needed
Keyboard/Mouse - not needed


I really haven't been paying attention to any PC components for a good while now so I really don't have a great deal of knowledge at the moment. I'm still a bit blase about spending a great deal of money, but these components seemed to be rather reasonable price wise and seem (well from what I can see) would give me a bit of decent performance, so I would think that counts for something.

I would greatly appreciate any input you good chums would have on this matter.
 

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Old one just won't work now, and I am on the prowl for a cost effective system. Here is what I am thinking in terms of components and I would value the input of others regarding my choices (all prices $AUD)

CPU - Core i5 750 ($259)
Videocard - ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GB ($249)
Mainboard - Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R P55 DDR3 ATX motherboard ($185)
RAM - Team Xtreem 4GB PC3 12800 1.6GHz ($72)
HDD - simple 320 or 500gb
Case - Thermaltake Armor case ($62)
PSU - whatever would do the job
Optical - whatever would do the job, no blu-ray

Monitor - not needed
Keyboard/Mouse - not needed


I really haven't been paying attention to any PC components for a good while now so I really don't have a great deal of knowledge at the moment. I'm still a bit blase about spending a great deal of money, but these components seemed to be rather reasonable price wise and seem (well from what I can see) would give me a bit of decent performance, so I would think that counts for something.

I would greatly appreciate any input you good chums would have on this matter.

The 5 series is unveiled tomorrow and shipped around the 16-18th so the 4890 price should drop
 

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Hey snicko, I wonder how much 1TB drives are for you aussies.

I know I can get a 1TB HDD on sale for $80 here, which isn't much more expensive than the 640GB HDDs - which aren't that much more expensive than the 500 or 320GB drives.
 

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Hey snicko, I wonder how much 1TB drives are for you aussies.

I know I can get a 1TB HDD on sale for $80 here, which isn't much more expensive than the 640GB HDDs - which aren't that much more expensive than the 500 or 320GB drives.
Checking pricespy I could get one for $89.

Might just do that.
 

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I would just wait for the 5 series and get one of those for the DX11 support.
i wouldn't.

first revs of new gens really suck.
 

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be careful what you look for Snicko, that samsung drive is only 5400rpm, it has high seek times.
 

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For the DVD drive, it doesn't really matter too much, just try to avoid the really cheap ones (The $20USD ones..), as they tend to wear out quickly.
Most DVD/CD combo burners cost ~$20 OEM and ~$30 retail, at least last I looked at them at Newegg (which was when I was building my PC two years ago, and despite the lengthy time between, I doubt the world of optical drives has changed much save maybe Blu-Ray getting a bit better/cheaper).
 

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They're shipped around 16-18th like Kaizen said. They probably might suck like Squall said though.

give the design time to mature imo.
 

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I see, sorry I missed that Kaizen, I might miss these DX11 cards, mainly from a cost to performance point of view, but if they release one of the cards for around $300 and it performs remarkably then perhaps I will get one. But I doubt any new card would cost $300AUD. As for the HDD, well it doesn't really bother me all that much, but I don't really have a need for a high capacity drive so I will pay more attention when it comes time for purchasing and may stick with a cheaper 500gb one.
 

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Caviar Blue (which i can't find any of) or Caviar Black are the best HDD to go for.
 

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I see, sorry I missed that Kaizen, I might miss these DX11 cards, mainly from a cost to performance point of view, but if they release one of the cards for around $300 and it performs remarkably then perhaps I will get one. But I doubt any new card would cost $300AUD. As for the HDD, well it doesn't really bother me all that much, but I don't really have a need for a high capacity drive so I will pay more attention when it comes time for purchasing and may stick with a cheaper 500gb one.
It's speculation until tomorrow night but ATI themselves displayed a midrange card from the 5 series and claimed it was as fast as the 4890 with half the power consumption

Should be cooler too ...probably. Who knows, the thermal density for the 4 series was nuts
 

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I'm guessing you don't plan on OCing this since you didn't mention the need for an aftermarket cooler. Why not get a cheap $30 cooler and get some more performance out of it?

PSU-wise, Corsair 650W non-modular (costs $108 here, but it should be a lot less in other places, besides, no cutting cheap on the PSU as everyone says)
Welcome to Corsair :: TX Power Supply Product Information

52A on +12V rail should be pretty comfortable even for an HD4890.
 
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