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May 7, 2013 10:16:19 AM

Hello people!!! I live in Australia, and my friend will be using http://pccasegear.com/ to buy all of the parts.

My friend asked me today to find out what the best budget build of $800 (aud) would be, as he is going to buy the parts next week.

These are the guidelines he wants:
Cpu- amd or intel (whichever is the best bang for the buck)
Gpu- he would like something around an hd 7850 2gb (or an invidia card at around the same price)
Mobo- preferably cheap, but good at the same time
Case- he wants one that looks cool (maybe have in built led), has lot of space for upgrades, 2-4 USB ports (headphone and microphone jacks too), and below $90.
Optical- non bluray and around $25
HDD- at least 1tb, no SSD needed (unless it can fit budget)
Networking- need a wireless Internet adapter (802.11)
Memory- cheap but reliable, at least 8gb, preferably at 1600
Cpu cooler- cheap, but works really well, around $25-$35 (might be overclocking cpu)
Psu- around 600w-650w, modular or non modular (don't mind). Around $80-$100

He will be using this build mostly for gaming, and video editing. He will also be doing photoshop, and be using music software.

All together should be around $800.
He will be using another $200 to buy a monitor, mouse and keyboard.

If you guys can recommend a nice hd monitor, gaming mouse and keyboard, that would be amazing!!!
May 7, 2013 12:23:42 PM

Intel Core i5 3330 $189.00
ASRock B75 Pro3-M Motherboard $67.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $75.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB $219.00
Corsair GS-700 V2 Power Supply $99.00 (same price as gs600)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 $69.00
TP-Link TL-WN851ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter $21.00
LG GH24NS95 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM $25.00
Sharkoon T28 Blue Case USB 3.0 $75.00

Sub-Total: $839.00
Optionally - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $35.00, but Intel stock heatsink should be enough.
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May 8, 2013 3:17:47 AM

Bejusek said:
Intel Core i5 3330 $189.00
ASRock B75 Pro3-M Motherboard $67.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $75.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB $219.00
Corsair GS-700 V2 Power Supply $99.00 (same price as gs600)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 $69.00
TP-Link TL-WN851ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter $21.00
LG GH24NS95 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM $25.00
Sharkoon T28 Blue Case USB 3.0 $75.00

Sub-Total: $839.00
Optionally - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $35.00, but Intel stock heatsink should be enough.


Thank you for your solution :)  I just got a few questions:
1. What is a good cool looking case, that I could get for around $50-$80?
2. Would it would be better to get an hd 7850 2gb? They run smoother and faster than the 660.
3. What would be a good mouse and keyboard for gaming?
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May 8, 2013 5:50:21 AM


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Thermaltake VN900A1W2N (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case Fan: Silverstone FN121-P-BL 58.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($15.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $804.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 22:49 EST+1000)

this is actually overclockable.
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May 8, 2013 6:08:20 AM

proteusbr said:
Case: Corsair 200R - 50 usd (19.6x16.9x8.3)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX 600 - 58 usd (newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 - 135 usd
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K - 210 usd
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8GB - 50 usd
Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - 300 usd
HD: Seagate 1 TB ST1000DM003 - 67 usd
DVD: Asus 24x DRW-24B1ST - 20 usd
Total: 890 usd


I live in Australia, and I am using pccasegear as my main preference. Thanks for the recommendations though :) 
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May 8, 2013 6:17:42 AM

ScrewySqrl said:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Thermaltake VN900A1W2N (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case Fan: Silverstone FN121-P-BL 58.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($15.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $804.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 22:49 EST+1000)

this is actually overclockable.


Everything looks amazing with this build, but I have some questions.
1. Would it be better getting a case/psu combo? At the moment I'm looking at this: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
2. I will not need an extra case fan if i get the one abaove. And also my friend recommended getting a noctua cpu cooler, is the money worth it though? Because I'm looking at this one: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
3. With the extra money saved I hope to buy a gtx 660 instead of a 650/650 ti. At the moment I'm looking at the 2gb gigabyte version: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Also would you be able to recommend a good gaming keyboard and mouse? Also a 20"-24" monitor with a USB port? And maybe in built speakers if it doesn't go over $1100?

This is the build so far: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

*note I will change cpu to 8320*
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May 8, 2013 8:47:27 AM

SaintBorris said:
ScrewySqrl said:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Thermaltake VN900A1W2N (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case Fan: Silverstone FN121-P-BL 58.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($15.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $804.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 22:49 EST+1000)

this is actually overclockable.


Everything looks amazing with this build, but I have some questions.
1. Would it be better getting a case/psu combo? At the moment I'm looking at this: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
2. I will not need an extra case fan if i get the one abaove. And also my friend recommended getting a noctua cpu cooler, is the money worth it though? Because I'm looking at this one: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
3. With the extra money saved I hope to buy a gtx 660 instead of a 650/650 ti. At the moment I'm looking at the 2gb gigabyte version: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Also would you be able to recommend a good gaming keyboard and mouse? Also a 20"-24" monitor with a USB port? And maybe in built speakers if it doesn't go over $1100?

This is the build so far: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

*note I will change cpu to 8320*


looking at what you have there, most if it looks just fine.

A few notes: the case + psu is ok (Thermaltake is not the best quality PSU -- but they aren't horrid explosion factories either), though you will still probably want to add a 120mm fan in front and possibly the bottom. though you could move the top fan to the front instead.

the heak sink you have linked looks like its more designed for htpc operation (note the Llano processor in the example for it). I'd suggest getting the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO over that if you can swing the price difference. ESPECIALLY if you want to overclock the 8320 to 4.0 GHz!


Edit:

a quick search for a monitor, keyboard and mouse reveals a lot of very expensive keyboards.

This is a decent monitor with built in speakers:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...

Personally, I would be happy with this $15 mouse + Keyboard setup:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...

but if you want to spend $$$, these should also work well:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...
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May 8, 2013 9:01:27 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
SaintBorris said:
ScrewySqrl said:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Thermaltake VN900A1W2N (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case Fan: Silverstone FN121-P-BL 58.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($15.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $804.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 22:49 EST+1000)

this is actually overclockable.


Everything looks amazing with this build, but I have some questions.
1. Would it be better getting a case/psu combo? At the moment I'm looking at this: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
2. I will not need an extra case fan if i get the one abaove. And also my friend recommended getting a noctua cpu cooler, is the money worth it though? Because I'm looking at this one: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
3. With the extra money saved I hope to buy a gtx 660 instead of a 650/650 ti. At the moment I'm looking at the 2gb gigabyte version: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Also would you be able to recommend a good gaming keyboard and mouse? Also a 20"-24" monitor with a USB port? And maybe in built speakers if it doesn't go over $1100?

This is the build so far: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

*note I will change cpu to 8320*


looking at what you have there, most if it looks just fine.

A few notes: the case + psu is ok (Thermaltake is not the best quality PSU -- but they aren't horrid explosion factories either), though you will still probably want to add a 120mm fan in front and possibly the bottom. though you could move the top fan to the front instead.

the heak sink you have linked looks like its more designed for htpc operation (note the Llano processor in the example for it). I'd suggest getting the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO over that if you can swing the price difference. ESPECIALLY if you want to overclock the 8320 to 4.0 GHz!


Edit:

a quick search for a monitor, keyboard and mouse reveals a lot of very expensive keyboards.

This is a decent monitor with built in speakers:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...

Personally, I would be happy with this $15 mouse + Keyboard setup:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...

but if you want to spend $$$, these should also work well:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...


The case has got a fairly good airflow system by itself, but if push comes to shove I shall probably add a fan at the front.
I'm still trying to be in my budget, so I might not change the cooler. I'll have to go check the total price at the end result, then see if its over budget. Ther arctic one I chose can oc the cpu to 3.8ghz without there being much temperature difference, so I think 4ghz won't be pushing it.

Thank you for advice! I shall post an updated build soon :) 
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May 8, 2013 9:03:37 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
SaintBorris said:
ScrewySqrl said:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Thermaltake VN900A1W2N (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case Fan: Silverstone FN121-P-BL 58.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($15.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $804.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 22:49 EST+1000)

this is actually overclockable.


Everything looks amazing with this build, but I have some questions.
1. Would it be better getting a case/psu combo? At the moment I'm looking at this: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
2. I will not need an extra case fan if i get the one abaove. And also my friend recommended getting a noctua cpu cooler, is the money worth it though? Because I'm looking at this one: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
3. With the extra money saved I hope to buy a gtx 660 instead of a 650/650 ti. At the moment I'm looking at the 2gb gigabyte version: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Also would you be able to recommend a good gaming keyboard and mouse? Also a 20"-24" monitor with a USB port? And maybe in built speakers if it doesn't go over $1100?

This is the build so far: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

*note I will change cpu to 8320*


looking at what you have there, most if it looks just fine.

A few notes: the case + psu is ok (Thermaltake is not the best quality PSU -- but they aren't horrid explosion factories either), though you will still probably want to add a 120mm fan in front and possibly the bottom. though you could move the top fan to the front instead.

the heak sink you have linked looks like its more designed for htpc operation (note the Llano processor in the example for it). I'd suggest getting the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO over that if you can swing the price difference. ESPECIALLY if you want to overclock the 8320 to 4.0 GHz!


Edit:

a quick search for a monitor, keyboard and mouse reveals a lot of very expensive keyboards.

This is a decent monitor with built in speakers:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...

Personally, I would be happy with this $15 mouse + Keyboard setup:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...

but if you want to spend $$$, these should also work well:
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...


The case has got a fairly good airflow system by itself, but if push comes to shove I shall probably add a fan at the front.
I'm still trying to be in my budget, so I might not change the cooler. I'll have to go check the total price at the end result, then see if its over budget. Ther arctic one I chose can oc the cpu to 3.8ghz without there being much temperature difference, so I think 4ghz won't be pushing it.

Thank you for advice! I shall post an updated build soon :) 

Edit:

The monitor in the link, does it have USB connectivity? I will Definately need a monitor with a USB I/O port, even if it means buying seperate speakers.
If I have to buy a set of speakers, could you recommend some cheap good quality ones?

Thank you :) 
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May 8, 2013 9:24:22 AM

The updated build is here: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

The only things I could change to stay within the budget was the fan, and the cpu. I would think that the entire case cooling system was more important than the cpu cooler, as I already have a half decent one already in there.

The keyboard and mouse are abit overboard for me :(  I was looking at a keyboard around the $50 range, like the tt esports knucker: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Or if you can suggest anything better.
And for the mouse, I'm willing to go all out to get the steel series sensei: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Edit:

And as for the monitor, i was looking at this asus: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If it doesn't have in built speakers, i might persuade my friend to give me his old ones.
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May 8, 2013 12:55:03 PM

SaintBorris said:
The updated build is here: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

The only things I could change to stay within the budget was the fan, and the cpu. I would think that the entire case cooling system was more important than the cpu cooler, as I already have a half decent one already in there.

The keyboard and mouse are abit overboard for me :(  I was looking at a keyboard around the $50 range, like the tt esports knucker: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Or if you can suggest anything better.
And for the mouse, I'm willing to go all out to get the steel series sensei: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Edit:

And as for the monitor, i was looking at this asus: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If it doesn't have in built speakers, i might persuade my friend to give me his old ones.



only one think on that fan. Its a maximum 100W cooler. the 8320 is 125w out of the box.


you can see the limit right there in the first sentence
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May 8, 2013 4:59:41 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
SaintBorris said:
The updated build is here: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

The only things I could change to stay within the budget was the fan, and the cpu. I would think that the entire case cooling system was more important than the cpu cooler, as I already have a half decent one already in there.

The keyboard and mouse are abit overboard for me :(  I was looking at a keyboard around the $50 range, like the tt esports knucker: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Or if you can suggest anything better.
And for the mouse, I'm willing to go all out to get the steel series sensei: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Edit:

And as for the monitor, i was looking at this asus: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If it doesn't have in built speakers, i might persuade my friend to give me his old ones.



only one think on that fan. Its a maximum 100W cooler. the 8320 is 125w out of the box.


you can see the limit right there in the first sentence


Thank you! I did not see that, I just skinned through the specs. What would be an appropriate cooler to use? Would it be better to get the 6300 with a better cooler, because I'm at the limit of my budget :( 

thank you
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May 8, 2013 8:07:20 PM

the 6300 will work with that cooler (its a 95w part)
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May 9, 2013 6:57:44 AM

looks liek a pretty good system. good luck with it!
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May 15, 2013 7:56:17 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
the gtx 660 will run just fine on the Silverstone 500W I first linked, which is $40 cheaper than the 600W you have there

http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...


Every psu calculator I have been on has said the minimum wattage to run the fx 8320, the gtx 660 and all my pother components. I used 10 calculators, all said around 550w. So I chose a 600w for future upgrades.
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May 15, 2013 11:07:37 AM

no problem.
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May 15, 2013 4:31:23 PM

Thank you :)  well that is Definately me then :D  hopefully buying the parts this week!!!!

Thank you for all your help!
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