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May 5, 2011 9:51:42 AM

Helping a friend choose a new PC.
He has around $1000 (AUD) to spend. ($1200 absolute tops...)
Need a PC and monitor for that budget (have speakers/kb&mouse)

Pretty standard usage:
Internet; MS Office (already have); Gaming; light use of PhotoShop/Premier/After Effects.
Won't be overclocking, or needing BluRay.
- As always, key requirements is getting a good value system thats as futureproof as possible.

For various reasons, we will not be building the machine and will be purchasing the machine from a reputable store (with terrible website) called MSY.

- They have a bunch of various configurations to start with, like this one.

- In terms of tinkering the parts, the general rule is that I am limited to this parts page. (May need updating, so new stuff may be ok, not sure).

From some limited advice in another forum, I have the following spec together:

CPU: Intel i5 2500 $ 215
MOBO: ASRock P67-PRO Motherboard B3 $129
GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD6950 1GB – $249
Hard Drive: Seagate SATA3 1TB – $58
Mem: 4G Kit 1600 Kingston HyperX Blue – $69
DVD/CD: SATA Pioneer-219L $45
Monitor: BenQ 24” 5ms Benq E2420HD: $215
OS: Win7 home 64bit $100
Total: $ 1080

What am I asking for help on?
Q1 - Do you agree with the above setup?
Q2 - Still need a case + PSU (I am limited to the cases on the parts page).
Some people were saying that the bundled PSUs are rubbish. Is it worth buying a separate PSU?

Really looking forward to wise advice from you lot.
Thanks :p 

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May 5, 2011 12:32:30 PM

Looks good! Out of the cases listed I would get the CM 690 and a quality 500-650 watt PSU. If it is going over budget consider swapping CPU to I5 2400 which is only about 7% less speed than the 2500.
May 5, 2011 12:47:50 PM

Thanks rolli59, ill see what the PSU that comes with it is like, and if it sucks, ill order a better PSU.

Id prefer to keep with the 2500 I think.
Perhaps I can cut some corners with the mobo choice?
Is a P67-Pro overkill?
- Want firewire
- Want good onboard sound (although 2.1 is sufficient)
- Do I want USB3? Is this going to be the norm soon?
- Will not be overclocking
May 5, 2011 1:00:39 PM

He is not going to overclock a none K CPU so H67 board might be enough.