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iv recently decided i need to upgrade after 4 yrs but im a lil noob and need help for the build. parts i need

-CPU (im 95% sure i will go AMD Phenom II 940)

-mobo - not sure if they matter much so maybe ill go for a cheap one?

-RAM

-graphics card - i need the most help here i got no idea whats going on for around the $300AU mark i could get

Nvidia Chipset 1GB 9800GTX+ Gigabyte
or
Nvidia Chipset 896M GTX 260
or
ATI Radeon Chipset 1GB 4870
but im wide open to sugestions

i plan to get the parts from this site as its the cheapest in AUS http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

oh and this machine will be used mainly for gaming and i dont plan to overclock it.

thanks in advance guys
 

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The motherboard will matter a lot if you're looking to overclock. If you're not interested, than it boils down to what features you are really looking for. Audio, RAID/SAS controllers, quality, longevity, memory standard, etc.

Personally I like the GTX 260 core 216 graphics cards.

What resolution are you looking to run at?
What games?
 

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cpu - also consider the PII 920 which is a great budget overclocker.

mobo - they do matter in terms of overclockability & features. If you overclock, pick up a mobo with 790GX/FX + SB750 chipsets. Otherwise, any brand name ATX boards are fine. Examples:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=sb750&bop=And&Order=PRICE

ram - go with DDR2-800mhz unless you overclock, in which case, go with faster ram (higher mhz).

gpu - $300 AU is about $218 US. Not sure about the markups. Could be crazy high. If GTX 260 is in that budget, get that. If you don't run Linux at all, get the HD 4890 or 4870. Whichever fits the budget.

Thanks for the price list. Very important. I'll pick out some parts & you can fine-tuen them to your liking:

AMD Phenom II 940
ASUS M4A78T-E
4G Kit-800(2x2G) SuperTalent
GTX 260 Inno3D Gigabyte or 1GB 4870 Powercolor

Unfortunately, none of the power supplies are quality on the list. Look elsewhere for a 600W (for GTX) or 500W (for HD4870) psu by Corsair, Seasonic, PCP&C, etc. If you go with one on the price list, it will work, but it may not last very long.
 

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thx for ur help so far games ill be running will be stuff like fallout 3 and company of heroes that kind of stuff and playing at resolutions as high as i can. getting alot of love from the GTX 260 but whats the difference preformance wise between Nvidia Chipset 896M GTX 260 and the Nvidia Chipset 896M GTX 260?

or i could go the X3 Phenom II 720 is there is not much diff between that and the 940 and have an extra $100 to play with the video card so could get 1GB 4890 Powercolor

so PII 920 with 1GB 4890 Powercolor
or
PII 940 with Nvidia Chipset 896M GTX 260

 

ultimabond

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thx for ur help so far games ill be running will be stuff like fallout 3 and company of heroes that kind of stuff and playing at resolutions as high as i can. getting alot of love from the GTX 260 but whats the difference preformance wise between Nvidia Chipset 896M GTX 260 and the Nvidia Chipset 896M GTX 260?

or i could go the X3 Phenom II 720 is there is not much diff between that and the 940 and have an extra $100 to play with the video card so could get 1GB 4890 Powercolor

so PII 920 with 1GB 4890 Powercolor
or
PII 940 with Nvidia Chipset 896M GTX 260

 

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The cards are pretty equal. If anyone tells you otherwise, they tend to be biased. Which one performs better depends on which one's drivers work better with the game. So just look for benchmarks on the games you want to play to see which is better for you.

I would get the better processor. The 720 is a far cry from the 920 and 940. Some games rely just as heavily on CPU at certain specifications and resolutions. You can always SLI another GTX 260 down the road for better performance. In my experience, I've had better results with SLI than Xfire. Just be sure your motherboard supports either SLI or Xfire.