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$1200 gaming PC.

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May 2, 2010 6:59:04 AM

Hey all, I am in Australia. So I am looking at spending around 1200-1500 Aussie Dollars.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A week or two.

Budget: $1200-1500 Aussie $

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf and http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php

PARTS PREFERENCES: Open to suggestions.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe Crossfire later down the track.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will upgrade to 1920 X 1080 at some stage.


I have picked out this build so far:

CPU: i7 860
Motherboard: Gigabyte UD4P
PSU: Gigabyte 5870
RAM: ?
Optical: Pioneer DVR-218L DVDRW OEM
Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX
Case: HAF 932
Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2

Basically i'm looking for any suggestions: That build without any RAM comes to $1500, so i'm looking to get that down a bit, sacrificing the least performance possible. Thanks for any suggestions all <3

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May 2, 2010 7:36:46 AM

I'd get the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro for $217 AUD instead of the Gigabyte UD4P. Then I'd get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB if possible. Afterwards I'd get the G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 2x2GB 1600MHz kit. Also, I'd save $50 and get a Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced.
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May 2, 2010 9:13:13 AM

Thanks for the suggestions mate :)  Will have to look into that memory! What else can other people suggest?
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May 2, 2010 11:26:17 AM

I would suggest my usual recommendation: Drop the i7 to i5 750 as it is the ideal gaming CPU and OCs very well.

If you are going to be upgrading only to a 1920 x 1080 soon it means you don't plan on getting any bigger a monitor within a good few years, as a result that 5870 will last you likely until you are replacing your whole system so I owuld not worry much about XFire and so you can get a cheaper mobo. Unless of course money is not too tight with you in which case just have it all
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May 2, 2010 11:05:56 PM

Any one else with some suggestions on how to know down the price a bit sacrificing little-to-no performance?
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May 2, 2010 11:32:18 PM

Well the CM-922 would save you some coin

Look into a i5 750 over the i7 860 looking at your needs you dont need the HT the i7 860 offers and you can OC the i5 750 to 3.6 easy

look into a Samsung F3 1TB HDD

maybe OCing ? buy the HSF at a latter time then

buy the cheapest 22X or 24X DVD ( they will all work or not work )

Less you play crysis I get grate FPS with my 1920X1080 24" monitor with a HD 5850, you might want to drop the GPU down and xfire latter 2 HD 5850s ?

If you dont think you will xfire latter maybe just get the gigabyte P55-UD3 and the HD 5870 this will save some on the mobo and also you wont need a bigger PSU with a single card setup.

Anyways hope this helps







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May 2, 2010 11:39:49 PM

So I was thinking about downgrading the case a little bit to the Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced meow suggested. Would this fit the Mugen cooler? Would this be enough room for the parts i have listed? Saves nearly $100 and if there's no massive advantages for the HAF 932 I may as well get a smaller one
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