1st build!! $1500-1700 AUD.

Hi guys,

This is going to be my first attempt at a homebuilt computer. I've been reading through these forums, looking at various builds.. Hopefully I've learned enough to plan a decent build. Hopefully putting it all together won't be too difficult!


BUDGET RANGE: Around 1500-1700 AUD. (~1350-1530 USD)

1. Gaming
2. Surfing the web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS. I have Windows 7 HP.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: MSY technologies is my 1st choice www.msy.com.au. There's also www.staticice.com.au, which compares prices between different stores. MSY is closest and has a decent rep, hence my preference for them.


OVERCLOCKING: Yes, as a beginner's attempt

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not at this stage. Might do so later.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Probably 1920x1200.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: How much wattage do I need? I'm going with 750W, feel free to correct me.

CURRENT BUILD (All prices quoted from MSY website):

MOBO: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $238 OR G-B P55A-UD4P $219

CPU: i5-750 $229

GPU: HD 5850 $370

MONITOR: 23" ACER X233HB $195 ($156 after $39 cashback)

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W $150

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz $140

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $59

DVD: Samsung SATA DVD burner (OEM) $35

CASE: Antec 900 $139 OR Antec 300 $81

HEAT SINK FAN: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $45 (Purchasing elsewhere)

Would appreciate any help from you guys.

EDIT: Forgot to add a monitor
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  1. Total comes to $1561 after rebates.

    Abit of a noob question: I was also thinking, should I get a monitor of native resolution 1680x1050? At that resolution, my HD 5850 would go a bit further before I would have to replace it.

    I was thinking of getting an Intel X25-V SSD off Amazon for ~140 AUD. However from what I've seen on these forums, people seem to have differing opinions on SSDs. So I haven't included it in the build.

    Another noob question: Could anyone recommend a wireless network adaptor? I need one until I move into my new place, where I will have a fixed net connection.

    Thanks for your help guys.
  2. have a look at pccasegear
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