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Building Gaming PC, need parts list and thoughts :)

Hey there you amazingly smart people. Now I can build a PC but when it comes to choosing parts I'm absolutely terrible. So I need your help if you could be so kind :D This outline should cover it but feel free to ask me any more questions.


Budget Range: $1000-$1500 (AUD)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, encoding/uploading HD videos(using intensive programs like premiere pro and after effects), rendering 3D animations and scenes, music production, Adobe photoshop and illustrator, web surfing, homework

Are you buying a monitor: yes I am wanting to get two 32" (give or take) monitors.

Do you need to buy OS: I will be putting windows 8 home premium 64 bit on it.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: umart and amazon.com but anywhere is fine.

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Parts Preferences: I would like an Intel i7 processor but I'm not sure which generation, you's know best. Also I would like 16GB of RAM (more if you see fit). An SSD with about 200GB and then a 3TB hard drive (or more if it's great value.)

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure. 1080 at the least :)

Additional Comments: I need the rig to be as quiet as possible and not overheat. Also a side window with green LED's would be awesome :) (maybe even pulsating colours :p)


Thanks heaps in advance!!!

- chaguy
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  1. Are the monitors and OS included in the budget?
  2. The Adventuring Bacon said:
    Are the monitors and OS included in the budget?


    Hmmm, I'll say no just so I can try to get a better system, I can always hook it up to my current monitor. but please do still list the monitors if you find a good price :) (don't include it in the total price though)

    So to be clear.
    OS and monitors are NOT included in the budget.
  3. Check this build. Great monitor for $320 at PLE Computers:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1Rr8D
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1Rr8D/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1Rr8D/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($135.00 @ Scorptec)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($179.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Storage: Western Digital 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($225.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($369.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($25.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Monitor: LG 27EA33V 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($0.00)
    Total: $1507.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 01:36 EST+1100)
  4. CPU - i7 4th Gen http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_1490&products_id=23496
    GPU - r9 280x ASUS - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1559&products_id=25323
    Motherboard - ASRock z87 extreme 4 - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1491&products_id=23627
    RAM 2x8gb Corsair Vengeance http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_913&products_id=21249
    PSU - Modular Corsair CX-750 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_354&products_id=22419
    Case - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=20479
    Optical Drive - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=25315
    Hard Disk Drive - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19554

    Totally around 1570 bucks.
    remember this has no SSD.
    The differences between the one filippi and i posted are:
    His is i5 mine is i7
    He has ssd i dont have ssd
    He has 620 watt psu (semi-modular) and mine 750 watt (Fully modular) - modular power supply will help u arrange cables better
    He has a power color r9 280x I have the best ASUS r9 280x GPU
    He has 3tb storage I have 2 tb storage

    So its up to you!
    If you want an ssd so much u cant get an i7.
    If you reaaally want that ssd I recommend you go with his. If you dont go with mine :)
  5. Edit - Filippi has a lower quality GPU and his parts are not all from the same site
    Just want to get all the facts across
  6. Thanks guys really helpful, would you be able to improve performance a lot if the budget was raised to $2000 max?

    Still excluding monitors and OS :)
  7. Chaguy said:
    Thanks guys really helpful, would you be able to improve performance a lot if the budget was raised to $2000 max?

    Still excluding monitors and OS :)


    If you want you could do a crossfire but seeing as you said u didnt want one.. Or you could wait for AMD to release the R9 290x
  8. Best answer
    Both options are very good gaming systems already. However you can get a even stronger PC for $1900:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1RK8x
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1RK8x/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1RK8x/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($135.00 @ Scorptec)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($179.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Storage: Western Digital 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($225.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($769.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($25.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Monitor: LG 27EA33V 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($0.00)
    Total: $1907.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 16:12 EST+1100)
  9. filippi said:
    Both options are very good gaming systems already. However you can get a even stronger PC for $1900:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1RK8x
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1RK8x/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1RK8x/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($135.00 @ Scorptec)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($179.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Storage: Western Digital 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($225.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($769.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($25.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Monitor: LG 27EA33V 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($0.00)
    Total: $1907.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 16:12 EST+1100)


    I'd honestly wait for AMD to release their r9 290x. There is really no point paying so much for a graphics card and regretting it later. The 290x is a 4gb GDDR5 compared to the 780's 3gb. If you are patient, wait for the card to come out. If you are in a hurry, go with this build.
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