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First Build for 18th, ~$2kAU or cheaper

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January 3, 2011 12:53:19 AM

Hello, im looking for advice on components for my first build for my 18th (in April) so i can start saving up and everything. Ive been researching parts/guides etc and everything from here and other websites for the last 6 months to get up to speed. Heres some parts ive thrown together based on inherent desires but i may be a little ambitious. The rig will be mostly used for Photoshop/After Effects/Premiere Pro as well as some other games (not as much as i'm a PS3 gamer). Prices are in the Australian Dollar, but due to to shipping and etc it is much more costly than the American Price per product. So far its around ~$2k Australian (excluding monitor and peripherals) but if i can get it cheaper that would be great :) 

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Motherboard
$260.50
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023263-Gigabyte_GA_X58A_U...

I like some of the features that this has (eg USB 3.0)

CPU
Intel Core i7 950, 3.06GHz, Quad Core, Socket LGA1366, 130W TDP, 4.8GT/s QPI, 4x256KB L2 Cache, 8MB L3 Cache
$319.00
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010177-Intel_Core_i7_950_...

No more availability of the i7 920 :( . Also i dont plan to OC anytime soon unless absolutely needed. I dont know enough about it

RAM
Corsair 12GB (6x XMS3 2GB) Triple Channel Kit, PC3-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3, 240-pin, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, CL 8-8-8-24
$363.60
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140457-Corsair_12GB_%286x...

May downgrade to a 6gb of Triple Channel, and upgrade in the future

GPU
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 Super Overclock Video Card - 1024MB 256-bit GDDR5 RAM - 815 / 4000Mhz Clock (GV-N460SO-1GI)
$259.00
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42050810-Gigabyte_GeForce_G...

May SLI in the future, but i dont PC game much

Storage
A-RAM Ultra II Series 60GB 2.5" SATA MLC Internal Solid State Drive - 285MB/s Read & 275MB/s Write - TRIM Support (ARSSD60GBU2)
$139.00
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22140305-A_RAM_Ultra_II_Ser...

OS Boot drive

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS - Hard drive - 2 TB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-300 - buffer: 64 MB - IntelliPower (WD20EARS)
$105.00
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040384-Western_Digital_Ca...

Storage for everything else. May go RAID 0 with another in the future

Disc Drive
Lite-On IHBS212 12x Internal Blu-ray Disc Writer - 20x DVDRW Speed - 48x CDRW Speed - 8M Buffer Size - SATA - Black
$134.40
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17090066-Lite_On_IHBS212_12...

Just a CD/DVD/BD burner

Case
CoolerMaster HAF X Tower Case - RC-942-KKN1 - NO PSU, Black [PLACE HOLDER - NOT FINAL]
$249.00
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011324-Cooler_Master_HAF_...

I like this case as well as some of the features on it as well as having plenty of room and cooling. Not worried about size or weight

PSU
Corsair AX Series 750W ATX Power Supply - ATX12V / EPS12V - Ultra-quiet 120mm Ballbearing Fan - 80 Plus Gold Certified (CMPSU-750AXAU)
$225.00
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040666-Corsair_AX_Series_...

Would this be too much?

NIC
Repotec RP-WP5122 Wireless Adapter, 300Mbps, 802.11n - PCI
$38.55
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/121611/NETWORK_WIRELESS_ADA...

Theres no way to get an ethernet cable into my room except through the roof
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I am not counting these as part of the price as i may get them as presents etc. Although the monitor should be counted in the price

Keyboard
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110
$129.95
http://www.logitech.com/en-au/keyboards/keyboard/device...

Mouse
Razer Lachesis Expert
$99.95
http://au.razerzone.com/gaming-mice/razer-lachesis

Monitor
Dell Ultrasharp U2211H 21.5" Monitor
$298.99
http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...
or
Dell Ultrasharp U2211H 21.5" Monitor
$349.00
http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

Not really sure which IPS monitor to get, may it may depend on the budget i have when the time comes

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January 3, 2011 4:42:13 PM
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Its a little early to spec out a build espically since the new Intel processors just came out. Your current build is out dated. I would recommend waiting a few months.
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January 4, 2011 12:16:56 AM

Cheers mate, i wasnt sure when the new range of processors and corresponding hardware would come out + the inevitable price drop of the old stuff. Ill have a look, as i mostly came up with the above list a few months ago then tweaked some stuff on it
January 4, 2011 12:22:50 AM

sandy bridge is revealed today, released the 9th
January 4, 2011 7:18:46 AM

Yeh i just read heaps of articles today. Guess this thread can be deleted since ill have to redo everything if i decide to go with it considering it uses a different MB chipset and is dual channel not triple channel RAM
January 11, 2011 12:24:13 AM

Best answer selected by tomasswood.
January 11, 2011 6:33:48 AM

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