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October 21, 2013 6:46:27 AM

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
October 21, 2013 7:06:28 AM

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.
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October 21, 2013 7:38:16 AM

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)
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October 21, 2013 8:08:06 AM

CPU - i7 4th Gen http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
GPU - r9 280x ASUS - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Motherboard - ASRock z87 extreme 4 - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
RAM 2x8gb Corsair Vengeance http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
PSU - Modular Corsair CX-750 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Case - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Optical Drive - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Hard Disk Drive - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

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 :) 
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October 21, 2013 8:14:52 AM

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
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October 21, 2013 5:11:24 PM

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 :) 
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October 21, 2013 5:51:05 PM

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
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October 21, 2013 10:13:17 PM

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)

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October 22, 2013 4:37:44 AM

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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