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January 8, 2010 8:43:02 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1500 AUD (Im from Australia Obviously :p )

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching movies,internet,school work,photoshop,movie/music editing, (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard Mouse Speakers Optical Drives

PREFERRED SHOP: msy.com.au

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, but later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900 (Is this good?)

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CPU: Intel i7 860=$325

Motherboard:ASUS P7P55D-E Pro=$249

Case: NZXT Lexa S=$152 (Purchased off Ebay)

Memory: G.skill 4gb Kit 1333=$125

GPU:HIS ATI Radeon HD 5770=$189

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb=$95

Antec Earthwatts 750=$155

Monitor: Dell ST2010 20" HD Widescreen Flat Monitor 16:9 HDMI=$189 (Purchased off Ebay)

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium OEM=$115



Did I miss anything? What do you think off it? Am I getting the most bang for my money?


Everything is purchased from MSY (except the two that state otherwise)
January 8, 2010 9:05:12 AM

you might wanna throw in the CM hyper 212+ cooler in there
January 8, 2010 1:49:44 PM

I agree about getting a CPU cooler if you are going to overclock. Get some thermal compound as well.
The 5770 will be pretty good with most games at that res. And everything else is decent.
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January 8, 2010 6:49:10 PM

You should look into the i5-750. It's better in games, and usually a lot cheaper.

You're probably overpaying for that NZXT case. If you haven't already bought it, take a look at the Antec 300 Illusion. I'm not sure on AU amounts, so if that's drastically under the NZXT's cost, look at the Antec 900 and HAF 922. All of these are very good cases.

What's the CAS Latency on that RAM (also know as timing, it's a string of numbers)? You should be looking for some that are 7-7-7-x.

Second the Coolermaster Hyper 212 recommendation.
January 8, 2010 8:41:21 PM

Im not sure if i want the i5, i no that it will probably do better for me and will considerably lower the overall price but i feel a pull towards the i7.

The nzxt case is actually cheaper in Australia then the others :p .

The timing for the ram im not sure about but im gonna email the place today and ask.

So definatly go with the Hyper 212?

Thanks for your help everyone!
January 11, 2010 12:28:36 PM

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus is a good budget cooler.
Lots of good reviews.
10/10 @ MaximumPC.com
January 11, 2010 6:06:23 PM

Ive actually now had to ditch the nzxt lexa s case because i was cant pay $150 for postage. Ive decided to go with the Lancool Dragonlord k62, its $152 AUD. Is this case better? Ill definatly take a look at that thread, thanks.
January 11, 2010 6:27:55 PM

Well I certainly like the look of that case. I would say that it is better, but people look for different things in cases, so it's quite subjective.
January 12, 2010 6:42:50 AM

Actually i now cant decide between the i5 and and i7 860, does hyperthreading really make that much of a difference? Is it worth the extra $80
January 12, 2010 10:17:25 AM

Not in gaming. Hyperthreading matters when using applications that heavily rely on the CPU and multiple cores.

In my opinion, the 860 is a waste of money. The choice is either the i5 or the i7-920. With the 920, you'll need a different motherboard and ram, which will typically add about $200 to the build (total with the CPU). You'll probably get more bang for you buck if you stick with the i5.
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