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September 26, 2013 9:13:39 PM

So I've got a spare GTX 580, 8 GB of RAM (corsair vengeance) and a couple of 120mm fans lying in my spare parts bin, and my parents need a new PC. I was thinking of building them a new one out of the spares I have.

But I'll also need some other pieces

Hard Drive ($72)
http://www.mwave.com.au/product/western-digital-wd-blue...

Optical ($22)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


This Case ($105)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

This PSU ($105)
http://www.mwave.com.au/product/corsair-cx600m-modular-...

This Motherboard ($125)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

and This CPU ($145)
http://www.mwave.com.au/product/intel-core-i3-4130-dual...

Total: A$574


Is there anything you reckon I've missed? Help greatly appreciated
September 26, 2013 9:22:57 PM

Looks good, i3 is a good choice for a parents' machine. You could probably save some dough on the case, get something pretty cheap, doesn't sound like it needs to be anything top of the line. Silverstone has another mini case: SilverStone SST-PS07B (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) for a bit less. Not sure what you have available to yourself in Australia.

You could settle for less wattage for sure, if you wanted to save a few there as well.

Do they need an optical drive? Storage drive? Don't forget an operating system...
September 26, 2013 9:33:19 PM

ACTechy said:
Looks good, i3 is a good choice for a parents' machine. You could probably save some dough on the case, get something pretty cheap, doesn't sound like it needs to be anything top of the line. Silverstone has another mini case: SilverStone SST-PS07B (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) for a bit less. Not sure what you have available to yourself in Australia.

You could settle for less wattage for sure, if you wanted to save a few there as well.

Do they need an optical drive? Storage drive? Don't forget an operating system...



I wasn't sure how low wattage I can go on a GTX 580

=\ can't believe I forgot the OD and HDD, I'll update the OP now

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September 26, 2013 9:33:37 PM

the cosair r200 is also a good case. for the mb save some cash get an h87 mb from asus or asroc you can use a cheap usb dongel or a pci 1x card for wifi if you need in. atx mb have better vrm to last longer then the smaller itx and it have better cooling. the only part i have you replace it the stock intel fan. the stock fans that ship unless intel changes them use plastic legs and feet that dont lock in real well. a cheap cooler that uses a back plate work a lot better then the stock intel cpu.
September 26, 2013 9:37:21 PM

smorizio said:
the cosair r200 is also a good case. for the mb save some cash get an h87 mb from asus or asroc you can use a cheap usb dongel or a pci 1x card for wifi if you need in. atx mb have better vrm to last longer then the smaller itx and it have better cooling. the only part i have you replace it the stock intel fan. the stock fans that ship unless intel changes them use plastic legs and feet that dont lock in real well. a cheap cooler that uses a back plate work a lot better then the stock intel cpu.



Well, it's an i3...

How about this motherboard?

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... I realised I also have a wifi card lyign around.

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September 26, 2013 9:41:14 PM
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I don't know AStyle, but it looks decent. Recommended wattage is 600W, but then again I doubt your parents are ever going to push a GTX 580. You'd probably be fine with a quality 500-550W. Especially with lower end, less powerful components.

I wouldn't replace the stock cooler. It will be fine for what they're going to use it for.
September 26, 2013 9:49:37 PM

ACTechy said:
I don't know AStyle, but it looks decent. Recommended wattage is 600W, but then again I doubt your parents are ever going to push a GTX 580. You'd probably be fine with a quality 500-550W. Especially with lower end, less powerful components.

I wouldn't replace the stock cooler. It will be fine for what they're going to use it for.


They really won;t

if 600 is fine, this? http://www.mwave.com.au/product/corsair-cx600m-modular-...

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