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January 16, 2011 11:09:02 AM

Hi all. I have more or less already decided on all the parts. As it is my 1st time building on 1155 platform, I'm just wondering if anyone has done anything differently that they would recommend. I'm purchasing all the parts from a local retail outlet here in Aus, but have linked product info in from newegg... just because it has accurate, detailed info for people to look at. (I've put the price I'm paying next to the product description).

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $1600 - $1700 ($AU)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Purchasing all parts from a local computer store. Their website is gross so I've links to newegg for more info. Sorry if this causes confusion...

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia,

Overclocking: Mild at first. Purchasing better CPU cooler at later date

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe much later on

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Have not been able to find the i5 2500K anywhere in Aus yet. Thanks in advance for having a look over!

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($225)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K (Haven't been able to find 1 anywhere yet.. expecting $250ish)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 580 ($669)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB ($57)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1600 ($66)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W ($139)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R SATA DVD Burner ($22)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 ($139)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 16, 2011 11:14:13 AM

The GTX580 is a very capable video card for 1080p, even with high AA/AF settings if desired...

Looks solid, but it, enjoy!
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January 17, 2011 1:32:42 AM

mdd1963 said:
The GTX580 is a very capable video card for 1080p, even with high AA/AF settings if desired...

Looks solid, but it, enjoy!


Really looking forward to seeing what the gtx580 can do! Benchmarks look impressive, but haven't actually played with one in the real world yet
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January 17, 2011 1:33:27 AM

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where's the SSD.?


6-8 months time away with my tax refund. Could link through the one I had been considering... will probably be all different by then anyhow :) 
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January 17, 2011 5:57:35 AM

With gaming in mind... what should i be looking for in and SSD? Any examples you could link would be appreciated (Probably looking at keeping $ to a minimum).
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January 17, 2011 7:11:44 AM

Formata said:
With gaming in mind... what should i be looking for in and SSD? Any examples you could link would be appreciated (Probably looking at keeping $ to a minimum).


http://www.pccasegear.com <--- :bounce: 
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January 17, 2011 8:13:59 AM

@ Why_me Thanks for the link. Believe me I've spent a lot of time on that website dreaming mostly.... Are there any specific SSD's you would recommend for gaming?

Also, I just noticed on their home page... Some new GSkill memory being advertised as:
"Designed specifically for use with the Intel P67 chipset and Socket LGA1155 processors." Is this something I should be looking at for my build? What makes these kits p67 specific? I thought I could get (more or less) any recommended ddr3 dual channel RAM.
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January 17, 2011 8:31:14 AM

Formata said:
@ Why_me Thanks for the link. Believe me I've spent a lot of time on that website dreaming mostly.... Are there any specific SSD's you would recommend for gaming?

Also, I just noticed on their home page... Some new GSkill memory being advertised as:
"Designed specifically for use with the Intel P67 chipset and Socket LGA1155 processors." Is this something I should be looking at for my build? What makes these kits p67 specific? I thought I could get (more or less) any recommended ddr3 dual channel RAM.


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa... <--- Iv'e heard good things about OCZ, and G.Skill SSD's.

As far as that 1155 compatible goes...it's a marketing ploy. 1155's from what Iv'e read do better with lower voltage RAM (1.5v)..so just about any DDR3 will work. G.Skill does make some great RAM though, and it's usually pretty reasonable pricing...same with some of the Mushkin and Corsair.

Another thing about these 1155's and RAM... RAM timings doesn't hold back the o/c on these boards. Faster timing RAM isn't going to affect your o/c...which means cheaper CL9 is selling like mad atm. :) 
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January 17, 2011 11:23:09 AM

Thanks for the info guys. Gotta love the marketing... I expect soon we'll see a specifically designed P67 mouse and keyboard :) 
Depending when i5 2500K's arrive on our sunny shores, maybe I'll have little extra cash for something like the G.Skill Phoenix PRO 60GB SSD.
The larger range of SKUs with the new intel processors appears to have many local retailers confused. My usually reliable store can't even confirm that they have 'K' models on order... (Patience)
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January 18, 2011 9:46:05 AM

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