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#28295 25-Nov-2008 15:53
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I have just purchased a new graphics card for a computer that I am about to build.

The graphics card I bought was a Nvidia 9800GTX Plus

For now I am going to use my old RAM, hard drive, optical drive and CPU.

My current hard drive is 500GB SATA Drive
Current CPU is an Intel core 2 duo
The optical drive is also SATA

I believe for my new graphics card I need specific plugs off the PSU
2 x 12V 6Pin is what I think it is?

So now I need to decide on a PSU, a mobo and a case?

Any help or recommendations on this topic would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thank you in advance!!

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  #180256 25-Nov-2008 17:59
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Do you need a new motherboard? Why not keep the current one?

For power supply get the silverstone ST50F i'd say, its known to perform well. 500w is easily enough and it'll have the right connectors. If you like cable management a lot then i'd go with a modular one though, but many people aren't fussed.

For case - it's based on what you think looks good. Just get one without a PSU because they are usually rubbish PSU's and you're getting a seperate one anyway.

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  #180261 25-Nov-2008 18:26
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The current motherboard is a horrible dell thing and i'm ready for an upgrade

I'm looking into cases but they all seem really expensive for what they are?

And thank for the PSU advice i'll look at it now

 
 
 
 


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  #180335 25-Nov-2008 23:56
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SCROAT: The current motherboard is a horrible dell thing and i'm ready for an upgrade

Ewww.

That PSU was one of many, but i can personally vouch for it and its rated highly, is a reasonable price also.

Personally i like black, and have this one, but black trim also rather than silver. Seems like you're looking for budget options, so heres some good ones.
http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=10713
http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=15020
http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=8789
http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=12810
All made by cooler master coincidentally, other good brands for a solid build are antec, gigabyte, lian li, silverstone, zalman and thermaltake.

As i said, its a matter of opinion, though if you're interested in tidy cable management you have to pay a fair bit more.

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  #180529 26-Nov-2008 20:43
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Hey thanks for your help

I looked into those cases and they look like good prices



Just curious would you personally trust and buy off the site C1 Shoppingmall??

I'd never heard of them until you menchond them



Not sure how much you know about motherboards but whats your recomendations?

The one I want will need atleast 2 PCI slots and the slot for my 9800 and needs to support intel core 2 duo CPU

AND if possible around the low $200 mark

Thanks again Laughing

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  #180568 27-Nov-2008 00:35
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SCROAT: Hey thanks for your help

I looked into those cases and they look like good prices



Just curious would you personally trust and buy off the site C1 Shoppingmall??

I'd never heard of them until you menchond them



Not sure how much you know about motherboards but whats your recomendations?

The one I want will need atleast 2 PCI slots and the slot for my 9800 and needs to support intel core 2 duo CPU

AND if possible around the low $200 mark

Thanks again Laughing

hey there,
Best retailer is computerlounge but they are on the expensive side for these cases, though you can ask them to price match C1 for any of them, thats what i'd do because i now buy all my stuff from them.

I have personally purchased several things from C1 shoppingmall and they have been quite good, however due to their very high popularity they sometimes need a nudge in the form of a phone call if you ask them to RMA something or similar. Usually when buying though its prompt and on time though.

For motherboard, perhaps this gigabyte one? You said $200ish so thats probably the best thing for the price. I would suggest the P5Q but i dont like that the power connector is right in the middle of the board which is a pain. The P5Q Pro doesnt have this problem, and i have this board, but it costs $250. Anyway you'll be fine with the gigabyte one.

I use C1 here again because they have fairly low prices and a huge range on their website, making it useful for speccing things up. Again i would order it price matched from ComputerLounge because i like their service however you should be fine ordering from C1.

Lastly remember that since you're going to have to remove the CPU, you'd want to clean off the thermal paste and apply some new stuff on both the heatsink and CPU. Cleaning with isopropyl or a proper cleaner is best, however some meths will work as well as long as you give it time to dry. Used meths cleaning a CPU today actually.

Also where are you located out of interest, just wondering bout shipping and the like.

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  #180733 27-Nov-2008 18:22
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eXDee:

For motherboard, perhaps this gigabyte one? You said $200ish so thats probably the best thing for the price. I would suggest the P5Q but i dont like that the power connector is right in the middle of the board which is a pain. The P5Q Pro doesnt have this problem, and i have this board, but it costs $250. Anyway you'll be fine with the gigabyte one.



I think the P5Q-PRO your talking about is this one,

Link: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=6737

But I saw this one,

Link: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=7110

Is there a major difference in preformance and quality because I can get the one I saw for around $150 including delevery

And thanks for telling me about ComputerLounge I'm cheecking them out at the moment

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  #180740 27-Nov-2008 18:49
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Yeah thats the P5Q Pro i'm talking about. The P5QL Pro has less features, only one x16 PCI-E slot (only relevant for crossfire), probably doesnt overclock as well and uses the P43 rather than the P45 chipset.

Pretty much the P5QL Pro will be fine, i just don't like the fact the power connector is in the most stupid place possible, as in right in the middle of the board. Not a big issue though.

 
 
 
 


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  #181489 1-Dec-2008 23:06
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I agree with it's in a stupid place, but I didn't actually notice it to start with to be honest.

I don't know what you think but this is what i'm probably looking at getting,

any comments woud be great,

iCute ZL08-5G-BB Black Case 25cm cooling fan No PSU
650W "Corsair" TX-650 ATX Power Supply, 120mm fan, Dual PCI-E
ASUS P5QL-PRO (Express Gate), ATX, INTEL LGA775

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  #181582 2-Dec-2008 14:55
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Looks good from here, anyone else have an opinion?

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  #181595 2-Dec-2008 15:53
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Antec 300
- Good price/performance case, not too cheap not to expensive, solid build quality, my previous experience with icute cases is that yes they are cheap but they are flimsey (that's a technical term!)
http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_12944.html
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=6597
http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=UX_nXwX_EzU

Corsair 520w Modular PSU
- You don't really need more watts for a single gfx card system imo
http://www.pricespy.co.nz/search.php?q=Corsair+HX-520&all=0
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=3719

Any Gigabyte or Asus P35 or P45 intel chipset motherboard will do imo
- The P5Q-PRO is a nice board but you can easily save $100 on your mobo purchase if you don't care about bling bling heatsinks on the motherboard chipset



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