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1300-1500 Gaming/General Purpose PC

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February 25, 2010 8:22:47 AM

Need to build a PC for a friend tomorrow. All feedback and ideas are appreciated :) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow BUDGET RANGE: ~USD1300-1500 No Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (casual rather than hardcore) movies, interwebs, office

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need all parts. it's for a friend so he can decide on keyboard mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.pcdiy.com.au COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unlikely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prices below are in $AUD


Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Processor 8MB Cache LGA1156 CPU
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=9...

Asus P7P55D-LE P55 Motherboard Raid DDR3 GLAN LGA1156
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=1...

Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB Graphics Card HDMI R585D5
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=1...

Corsair TX-650 650W Power Supply
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=1...

G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1600 (2x2GB) F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=1...

Samsung SH-S223B/BEBF 22X SATA DVDRW Burner Black OEM
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=1...

Western Digital WD 1.5TB 3.5" SATA-II 64Mb Cache WD15EARS
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=1...

Acer X233HB 23" Widescreen 5ms 1920 x 1080 HDCP DVI
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=8...

Antec Three Hundred Gaming Tower Case without PSU Black
https://www.pcdiy.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=9...

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February 25, 2010 11:23:15 AM

Couple of changes:

First, if you're sure about not wanting to CF, switch the board to a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3. It should save you a good $60 (US), but it only has 1 PCIe 2.0 slot.

Second, similar to the first note, you can downgrade to a 550W if you're sure you don't want Crossfire. If you want the option, I would step up to a 750W if you want more room to expand. It's not necessary though.

Third, you should look into finding some 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 (timings 7-7-7-x) sticks of RAM. 1600 mhz is only used when overclocking, and CL 9 isn't very good.

Fourth, WD is losing the HDD battle right now. Pick up a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB (or two of them). If you can't find it, get a Seagate 7200.12 1 TB. These will both be a lot faster, quieter and cooler than the WD.