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    Computer Hardware Specs help

    Hello,
    Basically I am in the market to buy and build my very first computer. I have very roughly $2500 AUD to spend. I want to buy the components from a store "www.Pccasegear.com" so any info as to wether that is a good store would be helpful.
    I basically want to buy a computer that can run the newer games ( not online ) for example stuff like Battlefield Modern Combat 2 and Command and Conquer Tiberium Assault. I also want to use i for multi-media so music and stuff. I will also be multi-tasking alot in terms of programs mainly but not like video-editing but yes photoshopping and video converting etc.

    Do you have any suggestions as to what I would need. I am so far thinking ( very brief version ) I will run:

    - A expensive motherboard lol IDK which one ( most perferably lots of PCI-E slots )
    - A Intel Core2 Duo E8400 - 500 - 600 (3.0 - 3.16 - 3.33 Ghz only diff) Maybe a quad core would be good? would a Quad 2.8 GHz 12MB cache ( twice as much as E8xxx) be a good alternative?
    - 4GB DDR3 RAM 1600 MHz
    - 2 or 1 for now HDD's SATA or II ITB to set up software RAID array 1 or 1+0 (is RAID worth it)
    - Have no clue about Grpahics Card
    - Antec 1200 case most probably with 850-1000W PSU ( does PSU have to be Antec)
    - Only real options (don't want OEM) is Vista Home Basic (Sp1) or Ultimate 64-bit or 32-bit (Sp1) - Baisc is around $250 while ultimate is $350

    So a few questions

    - how important is Gb/s in Hard Drives
    - in CPU's what is "W TDP" e.g. "95W TDP"
    - What is everything you need to set up TV (compatibility + cards)
    - What is everything you need to set up RAID (compatibility + cards)
    - What is all the safety equipment neede to build a computer e.g. AS wrist strap
    - What is monitor HD-1080p capability
    - do you know of any great helpful website
    - What is the name of the DVD drive that can burn files and read files
    - What is the name of the DVD drive that can read files (copy and paste from them)

    Any answers or support would be greatly apprecieated, Thank you

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    My buddy got a computer from Carbonfrost Systems for less than that and it has awesome components

    XCLIO A380 Case [Black]
    Antec 850 Watt Power Supply
    Intel Quad Core Q6600 2.4 Ghz Overclocked
    Gigabyte Motherboard
    Corsair 4 Gigs Ram
    2 Seagate 250 Hard drives in Raid
    Samsung DVD Burner with LightScribe
    Extra Cooling System
    EVGA GeForce 8800 768 MB Video Card
    Audigy 7.1 Sound Blaster Audio Card
    Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
    Logitech Waveform wireless Keyboard and mouse combo
    Logitech X-540 5.1 Speaker System
    22" Widescreen LCD
    One Game of Your Choice

    3 Year Standard Warranty

    Total: $1950

    So I am sure you can get a even a better computer than that for $2500. I would suggest contacting them as they use the same name brand components but are able to give it cheaper to you than even newegg or something and it comes with warranty and what not. I think email is

    support@carbonfrost.com

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    Budget rig in $ 2500 USD

    Intel - Nvidia

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700
    $ 580

    XFX nForce 790i Ultra SLI
    $ 320

    EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2
    $ 560

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi ExtremeGamer
    $ 90

    OCZ Dual Channel Platinum 2048MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB)
    $ 250

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1000GB Hard Drive
    $ 170

    Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case with 700W XVS PSU
    $ 140

    Asus DRW-2014L1T
    $ 60

    Acer P241W 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor
    $ 300

    Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
    $ 90

    Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse
    $ 70

    Total : $ 2470

    Intel - ATi

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300
    $ 310

    Asus Maximus Extreme
    $ 380

    Gecube HD3870X2
    $ 450

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi ExtremeGamer
    $ 90

    OCZ Dual Channel Platinum 2048MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB)
    $ 250

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1000GB Hard Drive
    $ 170

    Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case with 700W XVS PSU
    $ 140

    Asus DRW-2014L1T
    $ 60

    Acer P241W 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor
    $ 300

    Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
    $ 90

    Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse
    $ 70

    Total : $ 2310

    AMD - ATi

    AMD Phenom 8700
    $ 280

    Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi
    $ 280

    2x Gecube HD3870X2
    $ 900

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi ExtremeGamer
    $ 90

    OCZ ReaperX Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB
    $ 150

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1000GB Hard Drive
    $ 170

    Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case with 700W XVS PSU
    $ 140

    Asus DRW-2014L1T
    $ 60

    Acer P241W 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor
    $ 300

    Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
    $ 90

    Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse
    $ 70

    Total : $ 2530

    Hope this help!

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    Thanks Blakeexz and joachim it should be very helpful.

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    You are always welcome LoneWolf_Spike!

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