$1300-1500 AUD (about $1000 USD) Gaming/Movie PC


BUDGET RANGE: $1300-1500 AUD (About $900-1000 USD)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching movies, Surfing the net.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'll be buying from www.msy.com.au but their website sucks for finding parts, so just use whatever you prefer and i'll work it out.

PARTS PREFERENCES: not fussed. Whatever works best


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I'd prefer a single card, but if dual is simply better than that's cool.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 mainly and sometimes 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I leave my comp on for days at a time, so i'd prefer something somewhat power efficient and that won't melt down if left on for too long.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Well you could squeeze in an i7 build into that 1500 AUD but you might have to skimp on few parts...
    But you can go with a Phenom build and get a powerful card in the setup...
    So which one would you like...
    My suggestion would be the Phenom build because the i7 would not offer significant performance gains in games compared to the Phenoms...So better off buying a powerful Graphics card over a powerful CPU if the PC will mainly be used for gaming...
  2. Here is a rough setup...
    For an i7 build -
    i7 920
    ASUS P6T (or) G-B EX58 UD3R - You can make this an SLI mobo by updating the BIOS...And it supports crossfire by default...
    6G Kit (3x2G) DDR3 G.Skill-NQ
    Preferably WD Black HDDs...
    CASE - Antec 300
    PSU -
    or search for the Corsair 750TX
    DVD - You can choose one...
    Graphics card - GTX 260 Core 216(Preferabley known brands like XFX, EVGA, ASUS,...)
  3. i would go phenom fore a better overall build
    everything is in us dollars from newegg.com

    amd p II x4 955BE $245
    amd pII x4 945 $225
    or fore some real savings
    amd pII x3 720BE $140

    any good 790gx or 790x with the am3 socket
    i just ordered this one
    ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 DDR3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard $140

    2X2gb of ddr3 with good timings
    again what i just ordered
    there was a good combo deal with these so you can probably find something in the $60 or so range

    fore no cf and no overclocking you need some ware in the 500w range
    this one got the anandtech gold award and is a good deal
    BFG Tech GS-550 550W $55

    you want a recently released one but how much you need depends on your uses
    if you really have now idea this one has had good reviews (some one that is more up on this can find something better)
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM $70

    optical drive
    they usually run in the $25 or so range just get sata
    hears one i got but any is good

    really depends on what you want just good a good quality one with good cooling
    this one has gotten continually good reviews
    Antec Three Hundred $60

    here you got a lot of good options start with this guide (this was before the release of the 7890 and 275)
    you got anything from 4870 1gb $189 or so to the gtx 285 fore $350 or so
    i would go with the 4890 or gtx 275 in the $250 range
    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB $249
    XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB $249

    total runs from $1042-$739
  4. That is well put ke7diz...
    layzie you can have a reference for the Phenom build from the above options...and for i7, you can check mine...
  5. CPU: AMD PII X3 710 or 720 with good aftermarket cooler OC to 3.4GHz...
    MB: BioStar AM3 790GX (TA790GX)
    RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3 1600 (7-7-7-24)
    HDD: WD 500GB
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling 610w
    GPU: Sapphire 4850X2 2GB
    Case: Antec 300

    with any cheap dvd-rw.

    Its about $850 USD before tax.
  6. a after market cooler is not necessary if you do not plan on overclocking

    but they are nice fore better overall cooling
  7. Thanks guys, appreciate it. Now some of the parts/brands listed I can't seem to find on any of the major Australian distributors sites, so I'm assuming they just haven't/don't come out in Australia. They might come out by the time i buy my computer though.

    In the mean time, i did manage to find these:

    CPU: AMD PII x3 720 $233

    MOBO: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 DDR3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard $225


    HDD: WD 1TB $144

    Case Antec 300 $115

    PSU: Corsair TX-650 650W ATX $181 I'm not 100% sure about this, but i couldn't find any other recommended PSUs and someone recommended the 750tx so i thought the 650tx would suffice.

    GPU: Haven't decided yet.
    I read somewhere that the GTX 275 and 4890 aren't that much greater than the 4870. Here the 275 and 4890 go for about $400 each while the 4870 is at about $320. Do the 275 and 4890 offer an $80 boost over the 4870 and if yes, which of the two is better?

    Optic Drive: $30-40

    So all up that's about $1400-1500. Are there any problems with this setup?
  8. looks good

    don't know anything about the psu but should be good

    the 4870-275 vs 4870 -260 is up to you the lower would do fine but the upper is better
    i personally would go 4870-260 by bang fore buck ratio

    4870 vs 260 trade blows in games so unless their is a specific game you like it comes down to witch will get you a better game with it or combo deal
  9. Well yes the build looks good...
    But why are you getting such a costly RAM...
    Get this it is also a High quality RAMs
    4G Kit(2x2G) DDR3 1333 G.Skill NQ AUD 99 or
    4G Kit(2x2G) DDR3 1333 G.Skill PI BLack AUD 119
    from MSY...

    And as for the PSU, as you prefer a single card setup, the 650TX is a very good option and it is a high quality PSU...
    As for the graphics card, the 4870 and the GTX 260 are good...but they wont be able to handle very high settings at the 1920X1200 resolutions in some of the games...So I would suggest you get the GTX 275 and also you would save cash by going with the GSKillz RAM...
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