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March 29, 2009 3:45:02 AM

Hi People, I seriously need help. I want to build myself a Hardcore Gaming Rig for under 2500 Australian Dollars. My dad won't let me buy parts any higher than this price.

Mostly I'll be playing Flight Simulator X on ultra high settings. Other games i might play would be WoW, Age of Empires 3, Empire Total War, and CS:SOURCE. I'll also be playing Crysis or Half Life 2.

So as you can see I'm really into gaming. I live in Australia, Melbourne, Victoria. Unfortunately the prices over here are quite high, compared to NewEgg.

The only two shops that I know of and close too are Centrecom and MSY. I'm not too sure about buying online, because I never tried it.

I will definitely be overclocking the CPU. I'll be starting from scratch, which means that I don't have a monitor or an Operating System. I will definitely be using Intel Processor. I'll also do SLI or Crossfire in the future, probably 6 months later, until I get more money. I'll also be using Windows Vista Home Premium or Basic, for DX10.

Would Someone that has a good understanding of Building computers or choosing the right parts please design me a good rig under $2500 for extreme gaming, mostly for FSX, Strategy and FPS.

Also check prices on centrecom.com.au and msy.com.au, because I'll be buying according to these prices.

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March 29, 2009 9:37:45 AM

I had some quiet time at work, so here you are. Note the case was not available at Centrecom.

AMD PII 940 $400
Gigabyte 790GX motherboard $240 640

Alternate CPU and motherboard would be Intel Q9550 and Gigabyte UD3P, which happens to be the same price and same performance, about.

Xigmatek CPU cooler $60 700

G.Skill 4GB DDR2 1100 $130 830
Corsair 750TX $220 1050

ASUS 4870 1GB $360 1410

LG DVD Burner $40 1450
WD Caviar Black 640GB $130 1580

BenQ 24" Monitor $320 1900

Cooler Master HAF $300 2200

MS keyboard
Logitech G5 mouse

Vista 64-bit OEM $200


That's going to put you right at 2.5K, about... we can make a few tweaks if you need more breathing room.
March 29, 2009 3:18:34 PM

why did you put 6gb when phenom II and q9550 use dual channel?
6gb kits are for core i7 since it uses triple channel.
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March 29, 2009 10:52:52 PM

alvine said:
why did you put 6gb when phenom II and q9550 use dual channel?
6gb kits are for core i7 since it uses triple channel.


No other reason than I did it at 4 am :)  Thanks, I'll fix that.

... I also added the OS, which I forgot.
March 30, 2009 2:23:16 AM

Case:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$134.20

Compound:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$12.80

CPU Cooler:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$103.40

CPU:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$498.00

Motherboard:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$361.90

Graphics:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$321.20

HDD:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$88.00

DVD Drive:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$37.40

RAM:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$100.10

PSU:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$168.30

OS:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$151.80

Monitor:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$232.00


Total: $2209.1

OMG!!! Go kick your dad in his balls and tell him to give you $200 more then you can go sli!

You will have to change the PSU and another G-card:

PSU:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$262.90

Graphics:

TWO http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$642.40

Total: $2624.90 !!!!!

COMON go stab and rob someone for $124 =D Anyway hope this helped you as this is an awesome rig and within your budget...




March 30, 2009 11:18:01 AM

JPunisher said:
Case:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$134.20

...

OMG!!! Go kick your dad in his balls and tell him to give you $200 more then you can go sli!

You will have to change the PSU and another G-card:

PSU:

http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$262.90

Graphics:

TWO http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cP...

$642.40

Total: $2624.90 !!!!!

COMON go stab and rob someone for $124 =D Anyway hope this helped you as this is an awesome rig and within your budget...


I would change the CPU cooler to something slightly more affordable like scythe mugen 2

Change the HDD to Proximon's suggestion, it will be faster and more reliable than the seagate

Perhaps xfire 2 4850's instead of the GTX 260's, that way you could get by with the 650tx PSU, and this would greatly reduce the price. A 16x9 res monitor will be able to play any game with 2x4850's for a year at least, perhaps longer. Honestly though a 4870 1gb would probably be a good fit for that monitor, only Crysis would require anything more than that.
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