XMAS Gaming PC~Budget~Cod6

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A couple days before christmas.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, downloading, surfing

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com for prices, or tigerdirect.com but i will be buying from local shops and dealers.


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: Well these are the parts i have come up with so far:

Motherboard : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135085

Ram : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146785

CPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103252

PSU : i havent chosen one, please help on this.

Case : http://www.diycomputers.com.au/product.asp?id=7124

(Will be buying this later, so dont add this to price, just letting you know what i will be upgrading to when i upgrade to samsung moniter)
Graphic Card : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133266

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI~but motherboard i chose only has 1 pci-e x16

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, will be upgrading to 23inch samsung widescreen in about 3 months

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to know if compatible, what i could switch out for something cheaper, but more effective. and it would be nice to have it quite although i don't mind aslong as it doesnt sound like a plane taking off!!

I would like to make it as cost efficient as possible, as cheap as possible, i dont what the best of the best parts i just want a pc for gaming preferably cod6 atm, with as best settings as possible with the 8200 thats on that mboard

If you can find a bettermotherboard and a cheaper gcard better than the 8200 i would b thankfull!

Thanks for all comments~hope you guys can help xD

Im australian so tell me if you converted the price to aud or not kay..

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  1. Hello,

    we'w got no idea about your budget so it's hard to see what you want.

    This is what i came up with:
    I use www.pcmarket.com.au shop for parts, maybe there is better shops, but i don't know anything about AUS market.




    http://www.pcmarket.com.au/18559_AMD_Athlon_II_X4_620_26GHz_Quad-Core_Processor_Sock.php 146$


    http://www.pcmarket.com.au/15386_GSkill_F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ_4GB__2_x_2GB__PC3-12800_1.php 191$


    http://www.pcmarket.com.au/15389_Cooler_Master_eXtreme_Power_Plus_500W_ATX_Power_Sup.php 87$


    http://www.pcmarket.com.au/13292_Gigabyte_GZ-X5_Black_Midi_Tower_Case__GZ-X5B-NP__wi.php 66$


    http://www.pcmarket.com.au/18421_Samsung_HD502HJ_Spinpoint_F3_500GB_Serial_ATA-II_30.php 94$

    TBH i'v got no idea about ESC company, you wanted cheapest so there he is :D
    If you want save a bit more you can swap CPU to this one AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9Ghz it would save you 45$.

    I hope it was helpfull, and wait for more answers!
  2. Agree completely with DBDazza. We really need a budget to do any real good...
  3. oh yea... im a nvidia person, just to let you guys know, i dont care if i can get a ati card thats better than a nvidia card for the same price, always go with the nvidia xD

    sorry for 3 posts in a row, just keep remembering stuff. this last 1 i promise xD.

    If your going to use an australian site, please use http://www.diycomputers.com.au/

    As that is 1 of the shops i will be buying from
  4. omg i deleted some posts then it wouldnt let me edit??? random


    Budget $500 b4 christmas only need crucial parts, psu,cpu,case,mboard,ram

    another $200-$250 for extra's, graphic card, another hdd etc and what ever else you tell me i need

    First time builder

    and well i came up with another build with ur guys suggestions.


    case and psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148030

    mboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130236

    ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148150

    cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    As i mentioned i already have a hdd and dvd burner, using parts from my old pc, you guys are all going to crack up because im using a d530 sff hp, just google it.

    Anyway what do you guys think of this 1?? i actually prefer this 1 xD

    Is this graphic card any better than other motherboards?? or should i spend about $80 on like a 9600gt
  5. Wow...where to start...

    First, you shouldn't get that PSU and case. The case might not be bad, the PSU is surely crap.

    Second, if you're gaming, you really need a discrete GPU. Right now, ATI is handing nVidia their heads on a silver platter.

    Third, I don't trust that RAM because it doesn't list the CAS Latency, which is the most important spec for memory.

    Fourth, while a great CPU, the 955 is WAY out of your price range. You could easily drop that to something more manageable (like the x4 Propus) and pick up a good GPU.
  6. Quote:
    I've got a few concerns.

    Firstly, the PSU that comes with that case is junk. If you want a reliable PSU buy from a respectable brand like OCZ, Corsair, Coolermaster, Antec, Rosewill etc - Some of the better cases come with premium PSUs.

    Although the ram is DDR3, for the same price you can get one with a higher bus of 1333MHz or even 1600MHz. Take a look at the more premium modules like Crucial Ballistix, OCZ, G.Skill, Corsair etc which can be had for the same price.

    The motherboard looks overpriced, do you even plan on using SLI, if not you can save like $70!

    The integrated video card on that motherboard is a "NVIDIA GeForce 8 series", as far as gaming its junk and most definitely slower than a 9600GT. Saying that the 9600 GT isnt a very fast video card these days I wouldn’t recommend it either (not because its Nvidia) not only because its mediocre performer by today’s standards but because the earlier batches had a well known hardware defect which resulted in lock ups and blue screens of deaths due to a conflict it had with certain motherboard chipsets.

    BTW the Phenom II X4 965 looks good.

    That type of attitude does not fly around here :non:

    We try to put together the best system for the price by selecting the most powerful components for the cost, hence price/performance ratio. If you are too ignorant to explore other brands due to "loyalty" of another brand then you are essentially saying you want to be ripped off.

    If you want my honest advice and pretty much my help again from this point forward you are going to have to put this brand loyalty behind you, because for $500 I can help you select components which will be more reliable and perform much better for your money, but you are handicapping yourself and shooting yourself in the foot if you're claiming to want a "gaming" machine yet you're considering integrated video cards and dedicated video cards from 2 years (9600GT) which were only average performer even then, then you shoot yourself in the foot again when you restrict yourself to a mere $80 for a new video card when the video card is the backbone of a gaming rig, then you empty the clip on your foot when you do not consider other brands apart from Nvidia.

    okay mate, i like your coment, as far as sli, i will be using it, see i have $500 atm and im going to sell my 360 and probably get $250-300 for it on ebay. So atm i only have $500 to spend, so for a case i dont care as long as med tower that fits a motherboard.

    Plus the fact im going to be using sli is 1 reason i chose that motherboard 3 pcie 2.0 x16 slots.

    As far as ati, i used to play bf2 when it was popular and i had an ati card, everytime i loaded a map or sumthing it would take an extra 5mins just becuase it wanted to heck all the settings.

    I will buy an ati if its better for me atm but i will in the end buy 2 nvidia cards for sli.

    That 8chipset i can live with for about 1 month. As when i buy these parts ima use em for cod6, then when i sell my 360 ima buy my gcards.

    As far as psu i know when i picked that case it was rubbish, but it was cheapest way.

    So if you are able??

    I would like help with a build around that motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130236

    that cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103674

    and that ram i was looking at 1600 b4 and it was about an extra $40, which isn't as you say "cost effective".

    So thanks for the comment i would be enlightend with a neat psu and any case would do (pref black finish over silver).
  7. here are a couple of other shops im going to be buying at, msy and cpl

    MSY : http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf
    CPL : http://www.cpl.net.au/

    and over at msy there is a SHAW Elite 680watt psu for $19 im wondering is that a good psu??
  8. yea mate im either gonna sli with a 250 or go 270, hey can you help me with other parts so i can get a base down, n get my parts then i can do the gcards.
  9. The problem with being hardcore about nVidia right now is that they suck. ATI has made a lot of improvements in the last couple of years. Right now, they're at least 6-9 months ahead based just on DirectX 11. If you're counting performance, they're a lot further ahead than that.

    As far as insisting on those parts, we're really only trying to get you the best price to performance you can buy. If you're going to just ignore it, why should we give you any advice?
  10. i can use newegg, then have it sent to a company which will ship it too me other ppl do it.

    Since i keep insisting on them and u guys dont. can you guys show me a list of good parts??? remembering i would like to keep that phenom ii as i would say thats good, but a motherboard with at least 2 pcie slots would be great, im gonna listen to ur adive xD so which parts u think i should go with for this build
  11. thanks mate, ur a life saver litterally xD
  12. i will but not at the moment, dont need hdd dvdburner mouse keyboard or screen
  13. ill be buying a hdd with the gcard(s), c im taking hdd and burner from the pc im using now, but when i buy new ones ill put the old ones back in old pc
  14. cool mate, just one last question im definately going with this, but whats the difference between micro atx and atx i beleive its size?? sorry ive been stuck with a sff for about 8 years T.T
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