Need Help With First Build - <$2500

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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  1. 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.
  2. why did you put 6gb when phenom II and q9550 use dual channel?
    6gb kits are for core i7 since it uses triple channel.
  3. 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.
  4. Case:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=125_126&products_id=34675

    $134.20

    Compound:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=75&products_id=5078

    $12.80

    CPU Cooler:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=75&products_id=37207

    $103.40

    CPU:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=27_28&products_id=36104

    $498.00

    Motherboard:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=36_62&products_id=37405

    $361.90

    Graphics:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=26&products_id=37690

    $321.20

    HDD:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=107_22&products_id=37086

    $88.00

    DVD Drive:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=49&products_id=34489

    $37.40

    RAM:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=115_23&products_id=35314

    $100.10

    PSU:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=74&products_id=33850

    $168.30

    OS:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=64_65&products_id=30258

    $151.80

    Monitor:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=36316

    $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?cPath=74&products_id=35954

    $262.90

    Graphics:

    TWO http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=26&products_id=37690

    $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...
  5. JPunisher said:
    Case:

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=125_126&products_id=34675

    $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?cPath=74&products_id=35954

    $262.90

    Graphics:

    TWO http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=26&products_id=37690

    $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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