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June 22, 2011 10:28:37 AM

k so here are the specs please feel free to suggest any changes

Intel S1155 Core i5 2500 3.3GHz Quad Core CPU
Gigabyte S1155 GA-P67A-UD4B3 Motherboard B3 Stepping
DDR3 4GB Corsair 1600MHz XMS RAM Kit
DDR3 4GB Corsair 1600MHz XMS RAM Kit
1TB Seagate 7200rpm 32M Serial ATA HDD 24x7
NVIDIA GTX560 1GB Gigabyte PCIe Video Card
Antec DF-35 Mid Tower ATX Case (No Power Supply)
Antec 750W TruePower Power supply (PN TP-750)
LiteOn 24x DVD Writer SATA Black
Integrated Sound Card
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
Antec TriCool 120mm Fan, Blue LED Light

GST Inclusive Price: $1538 AUD

ok so im using this website http://www.computeralliance.com.au/syste
as im not american and i cant use new egg so yeah

im going to be playing games and making videos on it, no games like crysis 2 or battlefield 3 but games like amnesia dark decent witcher 2 etc im not really into FPS multi player games on the computer although if the story is good ill get a single player FPS. so is the computer good enough to run most games on high?

also im not "overclocking" because i dont know how and apparently it voids your warranty so yeah im not doing that.

AND am i wasting my money please id rather that you didst suggest another store as this computer store is the closest to me and i can just drive there.

should i get anything more powerful/less powerful or is this a good set up for most games please feel free to email me if you would like to help further :D  alex_alex976@hotmail.com

cheers

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June 22, 2011 10:57:45 AM

http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf < check out their prices, they are pretty much the best in australia. Im from Adelaide and shop there often. You can grab a 560 ti for $204 and an i5 2500k for $218. Just a couple examples of their prices. Also a 750w PSU is overkill for that setup. A 650w unit would be enough for even 2x 560 ti's. Also if you get the antec trupower, make sure its the NEW edition. Oh, and if your not into overclocking you shouldnt worry about intels K series CPU's as they are only meant for overclocking. You can overclock the standard ones anyway, just not as easily. You may be interested in overclocking once the warranty expires though.......
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June 22, 2011 11:40:49 AM

I'm with iam2thecrowe on the GPU, PSU, & CPU. You definately don't need a "K" series CPU (good for overclocking), but that is up to you. I think you could even be fine with the i3 2100 (equal to the Phenom II x4 940 - per Anandtech's Sandy Bridge Budget build).

Here is what I'd consider instead and save you some $:
CPU - i3 2100 $121 vs. $205 (on iam2thecrowe's website price list) *savings of ~$80

GPU - nVidia 550ti/AMD 6770 or AMD 6850 ~140-170 vs. $230 (GTX 560) * savings of ~$60-90

PSU - Antec HCG 520w ~$85 vs. ~$140 Antec 750w TP * savings of ~$55

Now I'd take the ~$195-225 and get an SSD of about 120gb size for your main OS/Program drive and use the 1 TB HD for your scratch/data drive (video work and such). This will greatly increase the snappiness of your system and allow you to work pretty efficiently when using the SSD drive. Just my 2 cents, but it's up to you.
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June 22, 2011 11:56:39 AM

If you looking for price use:

http://www.staticice.com.au/

Find the store which sells your part for the lowest price and write it down so you can get a price match. When I got my last upgrade, CA sells the ssd cheaper then umart, where I order most of the component. I email umart sales rep for a price match and they gave it to me. So you may be able to do that on CA as well.

umart is cheap if you buy online, but since you are going to visit shop, it might be more expensive. But anyway, use staticice.

To iam2thecrowe:
Just want to say hi. I am from Adelaide too.
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June 22, 2011 12:06:20 PM

Might want to compare prices with this site:
http://pccasegear.com

I shop at MSY all the time... I hear that some of their stores around Aus are better than others, and don't expect customer service or sales staff who know anything... that's what Tom's is for :)  Their website is gross, I just download their pdf pricelist and compare.

http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

Your list isn't bad, I won't argue with you on OCing... you sound decided :) 

Couple of things. Do you want 8GB of RAM? I'd get it in 1 Kit if you are

RAM: 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600MHz
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Hardrive: HDD listed is good but I like - Samsung Spinpoint F3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOBO: If you are thinking of maybe dropping in a 2nd GPU down the track you'll need SLI support - ASUS P8P67 PRO B3 is nice
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Have you considered a Z68 platform? If you're planning on doing some video work QuickSync could be a feature you'd really benefit from:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68-express-lucidlo...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...
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July 2, 2011 2:02:11 AM

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