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Advice for new $1450~ build

Hi,
I'm having a PC made at PLE (Australia) for mainly gaming (on highest or second highest settings) and use of Photoshop. Budget is around $1450 (no higher and includes peripherals), and no overclocking desired.

NOTE: I don't have a huge range of components from PLE- but I cannot/will not buy anywhere else (not entirely my choice unfortunately). The list of components I can choose from in this customised build can be found here: http://www.ple.com.au/ViewKit.aspx?KitId=612996


Current chosen components (based on many reviews and benchmarks) are:

Monitor: Asus VS247HR 23.6" Full HD WS 2MS LED ($179)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 4G ($55)
Keyboard: Logitech G105 ($56)
CPU: Intel Core i5 4570 3.2gHz
CPU Cooler: None
Motherboard: ASUS H87-PRO LGA1150 ATX
RAM: G.Skill 8gb (2x4) DDR3 Ripjaws X C9
Hard drive: WD Black WD1003FZEX 3.5" 1TB
Graphics card: XFX Radeon R9 270X Black Edition
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 24x Black SATA DVD Writer OEM
Sound card: Integrated
Case: Silverstone Redline RL04 Black Mid Tower
Power Supply: FSP Raider Edition 550W
Cooling Fan: BitFenix Spectre 120mm
Wireless Card: TP-LINK WN721N 802.11n 150MBPS Wireless USB Adapter
Power Protection: Power Shield ZapGuard 6 Way Surge Board Black
OS: None (I already have Windows 7)

My questions are: 1) what do you think of my build? I have looked around a lot and fairly happy with build at the moment but just wanted to see if I've overlooked anything. 2) Also case-wise: I would have preferred to have a full tower but there's very few budget options available to me at PLE. Will mid-tower be fine for my build? 3) I also don't know much about wireless options and don't know if I even need a wireless card, or if the one I've chosen is good enough. I have two boxes- one's iiNet ethernet (with option to connect to ethernet cable) and the other's a Netgear wireless modem. Could I go card-less and just use ethernet cable?

Thanks a lot for your help! :)
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    -wireless usb is laggy online not recommended for gaming. but heres a better build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Micro Center)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.00 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 230T Windowed-BLUE ATX Mid Tower Case ($73.80 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.83 @ Mwave)
    Keyboard: Logitech G510s Wired Gaming Keyboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1435.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 02:02 EDT-0400)
  2. Mmm nice, will modify- I like that build. Might be a little tricky getting those parts from PLE- no need for unlocked CPU, CPU cooler or Z87 mobo since I'm not gonna overclock- but thanks for the quick answer! Do I need a wireless card if I use ethernet cabling? Thanks
  3. lajadora said:
    Hi,
    I'm having a PC made at PLE (Australia) for mainly gaming (on highest or second highest settings) and use of Photoshop. Budget is around $1450 (no higher and includes peripherals), and no overclocking desired.

    NOTE: I don't have a huge range of components from PLE- but I cannot/will not buy anywhere else (not entirely my choice unfortunately). The list of components I can choose from in this customised build can be found here: http://www.ple.com.au/ViewKit.aspx?KitId=612996


    Current chosen components (based on many reviews and benchmarks) are:

    Monitor: Asus VS247HR 23.6" Full HD WS 2MS LED ($179)
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 4G ($55)
    Keyboard: Logitech G105 ($56)
    CPU: Intel Core i5 4570 3.2gHz
    CPU Cooler: None
    Motherboard: ASUS H87-PRO LGA1150 ATX
    RAM: G.Skill 8gb (2x4) DDR3 Ripjaws X C9
    Hard drive: WD Black WD1003FZEX 3.5" 1TB
    Graphics card: XFX Radeon R9 270X Black Edition
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 24x Black SATA DVD Writer OEM
    Sound card: Integrated
    Case: Silverstone Redline RL04 Black Mid Tower
    Power Supply: FSP Raider Edition 550W
    Cooling Fan: BitFenix Spectre 120mm
    Wireless Card: TP-LINK WN721N 802.11n 150MBPS Wireless USB Adapter
    Power Protection: Power Shield ZapGuard 6 Way Surge Board Black
    OS: None (I already have Windows 7)

    My questions are: 1) what do you think of my build? I have looked around a lot and fairly happy with build at the moment but just wanted to see if I've overlooked anything. 2) Also case-wise: I would have preferred to have a full tower but there's very few budget options available to me at PLE. Will mid-tower be fine for my build? 3) I also don't know much about wireless options and don't know if I even need a wireless card, or if the one I've chosen is good enough. I have two boxes- one's iiNet ethernet (with option to connect to ethernet cable) and the other's a Netgear wireless modem. Could I go card-less and just use ethernet cable?

    Thanks a lot for your help! :)


    well your gpu isnt good...neither is your processor..check this build

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3uX85
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3uX85/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3uX85/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.39 @ Mwave)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($147.58 @ Amazon)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Netgear A6200-100NAS 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($61.60 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1388.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 02:08 EDT-0400)

    better gpu better cpu good networking and an ips display with good colours and good response time
  4. if you're using connection no need for wireless. if you have a router at home far from your room get a pci wireless card as they are more suitable/reliable for gaming than usb adapters.
  5. Oh ok, awesome. Might just use ethernet cabling and upgrade other parts like you both said. Thanks so much! Will look around for those parts :) Cheers
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