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New Gaming PC - $800 - $900 AUD Budget

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March 23, 2010 9:47:10 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next few weeks BUDGET RANGE: $800 - $900 Australian Dollars

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Word Processing, CS4 Design Suite, Movie Watching.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Screen, Case, Power Supply (Vantec ION2 620W), Mouse, Hard Drives, DVD Drives, Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.umart.com.au/, http://www.pccasegear.com.au/ COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Melbourne, Australia.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel for CPU, ATI for the GPU, no generic parts.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 & 1440x900 (Dual Screen)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've already made a list with links to the parts, but i'd like some opinions. I've already bought my Power Supply and my case is a 3D Aurora 570, I'd like the computers theme to be Blue, all parts on my list correlate with this theme (aside from the graphics card, unavoidable). Here's the list, any improvements/suggestions are appreciated.

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Processor LGA1156 2.66GHz - $229
Motherboard: MSI P55-GD65 LGA1156 P55 4xDDR3-2133OC - $195
RAM: OCZ 4GKit(2x2G) DDR3 800 PC3 6400MHz Gold Series - $80
PSU: Vantec ION2 620W Ultra Quiet- $79
Graphics Card: Asus HD5770 - $195

All from Umart. If you have any questions about my current build or any of the parts i'm reusing, feel free to ask. Also, keep in mind that my theme is Blue, i've chosen some Blue UV Reactive parts extra if I have any money leftover for aesthetics.

Thanks!
March 23, 2010 3:06:35 PM

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3P - $179
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=7

G Skill 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 CL8(CL8D-4GBRM) - $145
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=7

Sapphire ATI HD5770 Vapor-X OC Ed 1G GDDR5 PCI-E - $195
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=7

so to recap... Gibabyte is a much more reliable brand than MSI. Its kinda pointless using DDR3 ram if you are running it at 800Mhz, so you might as well get the 1600Mhz for a couple dollars more. You will notice a big speed increase by doing this. The graphics card you chose is fine, but sapphire is a more reliable brand (XFX is good too).
March 24, 2010 9:35:48 AM

thanks for the reply, is sapphire really more reliable than asus? i would've thought differently.. also is msi really bad? ive heard good things. i appreciate the reply =)
March 24, 2010 2:02:25 PM

I think you should only listen to people saying that a brand isn't reliable if that person has personal experience with that brand and preferably the part you are actually looking at buying. Of course the same goes for saying that a brand IS reliable, so feel free to ignore me if I say that I think there's nothing wrong with using an Asus graphics card and an MSI motherboard.
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