Under $1300-$1400 gaming PC for a first time builder

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early next year (January-April latest, most likely be late january or early Feb though)

BUDGET RANGE: anything under $1300 is great, though i'm willing to give or take a bit
(It's actually under $1500 AUD as i live in Sydney, so australian prices on parts is even better, though not necessary)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, schoolwork, browsing through interne (email and stuff), movies and music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, DVD drive


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Sydney, Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES I'd like to use intel and windows 7 64bit as an OS

OVERCLOCKING: i dont know how to overclock right now, but i might learn later. Guides on how to OC anyone?

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not in the initial purchase, but i might when upgrading later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using a samsung SyncMaster 2233sw 22 inch LCD monitor, i think it supports up to 1920 X 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i'd like room for future upgrades, if possible i don't really want to change my case, HDD (because i dont generally use a lot of space) and PSU for future upgrades, mobo i'm willing to replace if i have to.

Right now, after weeks of research, i got together a list of parts that i chose, plz give me suggestions on what u think on this

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

or maybe the SE, dunno which 1 is better?
i might get a gigabyte or EVGA, but EVGA looks pretty expensive...


WD SATA 1 TB, i might not need 1 TB of space, so i might chip it of to 500GB or even less so i can invest in something else

CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

So the ones i'm not too sure about is the GPU, case, HSF, thermal paste and any additional fans that i need

Right now i'm thinking of getting the ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 GB just because it has DX 11 support
in the future i might crossfire this
Other good GPU that i found around this price range is the GTX 260, 275 or the 4890, but with DX 11 coming very soon, i just don't feel like it's a safe investment

With the case, i read a lot of good reviews for the CoolerMaster HAF 922 and the 932
what u guys think? is there better cases out there around this price range?
can both of them fit the 5970?

other questions
Do i need to buy an additional HSF to replace the stock?
Do i also need another thermal paste?
do i need to add extra fans to the case?
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  1. ^ If your PC is mainly for gaming, you should be looking at the i5 750/ i7 860...they would reduce the platform cost to a great extent and you can invest the money saved on a more powerful graphics card - HD 5850 or above...

    HDD - Samsung F3 500GB will be a solid option..

    As for your questions,
    CASE - Both the HAFs are very good options...and Yes both should be able to fit the HD 5970.

    Other questions -
    HSF - Not required to buy an aftermarket HSF if you wont be overclocking...but it is highly recommended to buy one as you might overclock - A good option - CM Hyper 212

    Thermal Paste - The stock paste are not good and if you buy an aftermarket HSF, you would need to buy one(Sometimes comes with the aftermarket HSF)
    Options - Noctua NH1, MX-2, TX-2

    Extra fans - For a CM HAF, I doubt you would need one...

    Check out this AU site -
  2. I've also been looking at that website but the problem is that they don't really have a wide selection of products

    i was thinking building the i7 860 but ive been reading that intel's future cpus are going to be the 1366 sockets instead of the 1156 ones. upgrading GPUs are a lot cheaper than upgrading mobos i think...

    but chosing the 860 would save me around 200 buks or so and as u said, i can get a 5850 or i'm thinking of crossfiring 2 5770 because i read in an article somewhere this website that 2 5770 would be more powerfl than a single 5850

    Does anyone recommend getting the Nvidia ones? cuz i havent heard of them recently

    so yea, now i got 2 options
    option A, an i7 920, X58 mobo, 6 GB RAM in triple channel, a HD 5770
    option B, an i7 860, p55 mobo, 4 GB RAM in dual channel, a HD 5850

    even more questions
    anyone know a good retailer in Sydney?
    How is this PC going to do in terms of gaming, will i be able to play games like modern warfare 2 at high settings in 1920 X 1080?
    What are some good brands for gpus?
    Do i need sound cards?
  3. ^ Yes you would get 6-core CPUs for the LGA 1366...but they would demand a very high price premium...and you will surely get CPUs for the1156 no doubt this will be a mainstream socket and the 1136 a high end one...
    And as for performance difference, check this...

    HD 5770 crossfire -

    And Nvidia ? Where are they ? No DirectX 11 card till date and most unlikely even in JAN...

    Your option B will be able to play the recent games smoother and better...
    Good brands - Sapphire, XFX, MSI, HIS, Powercolor, ASUS, Gigabyte...
  4. I agree with gkay - HD 5850 for Full HD with your budget 1st, platform choice later
  5. Can anyone recommend me a good 1156 motherboard?

    as with the ram, i'm thinking of getting this

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBRH - Retail


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail


    theyre 2000 mhz and 1600 mhz

    will the ram be compatible with either

    ASUS p7p55 pro
    Intel DP55KG
    Gigabyte UD4P/ UD5P
  6. can someone at least tell me if its good or not =/

    so final parts

    intel i7 860

    4GB (2X2GB) 1600 G.skill ECO/Ripjaws

    ATI Radeon HD 5850/5870 depending on price difference

    Samsung spinpoint F3 500GB/ 1TB

    Corsair HX 750 PSU

    CoolerMaster HAF 922

    Now i just need to choose mobo, but theres so many of them out there
    plz help choosing mobo

    and comment on the other parts?
  7. The G.Skill ECO series RAM are equivalent to the Ripjaw series, but the ECO works at lower voltages.

    For the mobo I would suggest the Gigabyte UD4P. It has 3.0 USB sockets which may be useful in the future. It's around $170.

    The 5850 is more bang for your buck. It's basically almost an underclocked 5870. It's not worth paying $90 more IMO for a 5870.
  8. my local stores apparently dont sell G.skill brand rams T_T (Sydney, Aus here)

    they sell corsair mostly
    so i'll need recommendations for corsair RAMs

    I think i'll get the asus mobo gkay, a lot of people recommend me asus over GB

    intel i7 860

    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

    4GB (2X2GB) of some corsair memory

    ATI Radeon HD 5850 (5870 is too expensive T_T)

    Samsung spinpoint F3 500GB/ 1TB

    Corsair HX 750 PSU

    CoolerMaster HAF 922

    1333 mhz RAM or 1600 mhz RAM?
    if i use the stock thermal paste and heatsink now, can u use an aftermarket one later?
    is it hard to remove the stock thermal paste from the cpu?

    Do i need a sound card?
  9. RAM options -

    As for the stock HSF, no it is not difficult to remove the stock thermal paste...a good
    thermal grease remover would do...
    And I dont think you would need a sound card...the onboard is pretty decent...
  10. k thanks i think i got a good idea what im gonna get
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