Hi iv'e spent some quite time browsing these forums and I finally decided that I was going to ask a question for myself (Not just look at other peoples threads that kind of match my preferences). I'm looking to build a gaming computer for around $2000 AUD. This will be for next generation games and current ones.
Approximate purchase date: In the next two weeks, maybe three.
Budget range: $1900-$2000 AUD
System usage from most to least important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, school work.
Do you need a monitor: No.
Parts to upgrade: None.
Do you need to buy a monitor: No.
Preferred website(s) for parts: pccasegear.com (If possible, make up a wishlist on the PCCG site).
Location: Australia, VIC, Melbourne.
Parts preferences: Corsair, Nvidia and Intel. No AMD please.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future.
Monitor resolution: 1920x1080
Games I play:
-Far Cry 3
-Just Cause 2
Why am I upgrading: My old laptop has finally died. Was quite alright, but am looking for a pc that will smash any game.
Additional comments: CPU doesn't need to be an i7, i5 is just fine. Graphics card-wise, I would like at least a GTX 780. Remember that prices are different in Australian than America, so make sure the parts are with AUD pricing.
More about :2000 australian gaming build expert advise
- ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard $229.00
- Intel Core i5 4690K $275.00
- CM Hyper Evo 212 Cooler $39
- 8GB G.Skil Ares F3-2133C RAM $109
- 256GB Crucial MX100 SSD $149
- 2TB Seagate $99
- Gigabyte Geforce 780TI $799
- Seasonic G-750 Gold PSU $169
That leaves you $132 for a case - which is personal.
Just noticed that Kartsten has also linked a build... comparison:
- same MB, CPU and HDD (he's managed slightly cheaper prices by shopping around)
- Entry level air cooling (compared to Karsten's much better Liquid cooler) - you may need to spend up on a better cooler I'll concede.
- less RAM
- lower power but more efficient PSU (I think given the quality of the PSU it's still enough for SLI down the track, but some would suggest you need an 850W)
- slightly lower tier SSD (but that's really irrelevant for normal use)
- Big PLUS: Karsten's build only has a 780, not the 780TI.
- you could drop to a cheaper MB, but I like the Extreme 6 as it has the x4 M.2 slot for future ultra-fast storage. If that's not of interest, get a cheaper MB
You can go with the cheapest ram, that's 1600Mhz or higher. If you're going with a 780 take my build and just change the graphics card, it would be better because:
1. Bigger SSD
2. You don't need an i7 for gaming
3. The Noctua NH-D15 is more capable than the h100i
4. 1000W is overkill even for SLI, a 750w PSU is capable of doing SLI with a 100W headroom. And any RM over 650w isn't that great.
5.Better motherboard. (Personal opinion though)
6. And finally you'd be getting the big brother of the case you chose. (But that comes down to personal taste.)
7. It will be cheaper than yours with a gtx 780.