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September 5, 2013 4:16:08 AM

Hey, I'm currently looking to build a custom gaming computer with a budget of 1000 -1200 AUD, including windows and the monitor. Looking to be able to play games such as BF3 and Crysis on high settings.
Going to be buying parts from this store: https://www.centrecom.com.au/buildpc
The build I've got right now is:

CPU: i5 3470, $219.00
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler, $35.00
Motherboard: ASRock B75 Pro3-M Intel motherboard, $71.00
RAM: Kingston KVR13N9S8K2/8 8GB (2x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3, $88.00
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB, $68.00
Case: Cooler Master K380, $66.00
PSU: Thermaltake Smart Power 650W - 80 Plus Bronze, $95.00
Optical Drive: Pioneer CD/DVD Burner, $24.00
Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN721N 150Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter, $11.00
GPU: Gigabyte RADEON HD 7870 OC 2GB (R787OC-2GD) Ultra Durable VGA Series, $249.00
Windows: Windows 7 Home Prem 64-bit, $110.00
Monitor: Philips 22" 226V4LSB/75 BLACK LED (226V4LSB/75) 5MS / 1920x1080 / D-Sub / DVI, $129.00

The PC Assembly will also cost $95.00 which leads to a total of $1260.00. I am wondering whether I should try to incorporate an ssd into the build(and how?). Do you guys have any suggestions as to how I could improve this build and make it cheaper?
Thanks!


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September 5, 2013 4:22:14 AM

Hi Icecool,
I have some suggestions.
Regarding your CPU, i would go for the i5-3570k, so you can overclock it and play future games at high settings.
As for the Operating System, go with windows 8 since it has faster boot-up time and with the new 8.1 update, it will have the start button.
As for the PC assembly, i think you should build it yourself, there are many informative youtube videos that can help you set-up your PC (and save $95)
The rest is good.
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September 5, 2013 4:29:16 AM

H4X3R said:
Hi Icecool,
I have some suggestions.
Regarding your CPU, i would go for the i5-3570k, so you can overclock it and play future games at high settings.
As for the Operating System, go with windows 8 since it has faster boot-up time and with the new 8.1 update, it will have the start button.
As for the PC assembly, i think you should build it yourself, there are many informative youtube videos that can help you set-up your PC (and save $95)
The rest is good.


Thanks for the suggestions, H4X3R! I was debating whether to go for the i5-3570k but I probably won't be overclocking it so ended up going for i5 3470.
I personally haven't heard a lot of good things about Windows 8 but I might end up going with it as it will indeed have the start button haha.
I haven't had any experience building a computer prior to this, that's why I don't want to build it myself, in case I screw it up haha.
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September 5, 2013 4:39:35 AM

Very nice to hear from you so quicky icecool.
I agree with you, that if you are not overclocking the 3470 is a great choice.
Now, i have to confess something. I have never actually built a PC before, although i will give it a try in 2 weeks :ange: .
I think that if you have the time, watch some videos and try it for the first time. All you have to make sure is that you handle everything with care and it'll all work out.

By the way, could you select a "Best Answer" to help other people with same problem as you :ange: 
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September 5, 2013 4:42:11 AM

Ditch the cooler master hyper 212 you won't need it since you will not be overclocking beyond turbo boost.
get something more low profile like these below or really nothing at all as you do not actually need it and the money can be applied elsewhere like gpu.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... for example
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Just something a little bigger/better than the stock cooler and a lot more quiet

That motherboard b75-pro3 has poor build quality (3 out of 3 I have seen personally)
Look at an msi b75 models. they are the same price and offer the oc doctor to run all cores on turbo all the time

As you are going with a b75 you will not be overclocking or using crossfire so get a smaller psu and save a few dollars and apply that against the GPU

WOW I just looked at GPU prices you poor folks are really being had down there I thought for sure your proximity to Taiwan would get you better prices.
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September 5, 2013 4:54:29 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I'll take them into consideration, still a bit iffy about building it myself but might try it. I'll probably take out the cooler and invest it towards other things. Can't really get an msi one, how about an asus P8B75-M?
Would you say this is a better option https://www.centrecom.com.au/budget-gamer-intel-i5-3470..., it's cheaper and seems like a better option to my custom build? Thanks!
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September 5, 2013 5:20:56 AM

IceCool said:
Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I'll take them into consideration, still a bit iffy about building it myself but might try it. I'll probably take out the cooler and invest it towards other things. Can't really get an msi one, how about an asus P8B75-M?
Would you say this is a better option https://www.centrecom.com.au/budget-gamer-intel-i5-3470..., it's cheaper and seems like a better option to my custom build? Thanks!


That is actually a lot better than your build. Not that there was anything wrong with your build but as far as pricing goes down there I highly suggest you get that.

The gpu is the deal breaker here get this for sure.
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