$1400.00 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: In 10 weeks time (September 2011)

Budget Range: Around AUD$1400.00 including monitor, mouse, keyboard, mouse mat, speakers, cathodes and headset.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe programs(Ps and Ae), Gaming, Rendering Video, web browsing

Parts Not Required: Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'd prefer to buy locally from www.allneeds.com.au or www.msy.com.au

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: No preference, best performance for the money and an awesome looking case

Overclocking: Maybe in the future but at the moment no.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is what I'm planning:


Case: Antec Nine Hundred 902 v3 - AUD$126.00

Power supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W - AUD$109.00

Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD USB3 (ATX) - AUD$97.00

Processor: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T BE 3.2Ghz - AUD$191.00

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) 1333mhz CL7 - AUD$99.00 (from pccasegear.com)

Video card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Overclocked - AUD$179.00

HDD: WD 2TB Caviar Green SATA III 64/mbps cache - $AUD$85.00

2x Optical drive: DVD-RW 24x SATA II - 2x AUD$25.00 = $AUD50.00


Monitor: Any 21.5" 1080p LED OR 23"/24" 1080p LED (if it's worth the extra cash) - (21.5") AUD$135.00 (23"-24") AUD$180.00+

Speakers: Logitech Z506 5.1ch SS - AUD$92.00

Mouse/Keyboard: Gigabyte GMK7600 Wireless - AUD$45.00 (from pccasegear.com)

Mouse Mat: Razer - AUD$20.00

Headset: Plantronics Gamecom 777 - AUD$69.00

30cm Green CCFL Cathodes (pair): AUD$19.00 (from pccasegear.com)

Postage from pccasegear.com - AUD$20.00


GRAND TOTAL: $AUD1340 (Approx)

I am happy with the case. I am happy with the PSU, read the reviews and they are very good. The motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD USB3 (ATX) I am not sure about because I could go for the ASUS M4A88TD USB3 EVO (mATX) because it's $10.00 more and it's got the 880G chipset instead of the 870G but it's mATX which for some reason I don't like compared to ATX. I am happy with the processor, great value. I am happy with the RAM, good latency. The Video Card - I could go a 6870 for about $40-50 extra but I am not a huge or hardcore gamer or anything, the games I will be playing are GTA San Andreas, Unreal Tournament 2003/2004/2007, Left 4 Dead 2, Dawn of War Soulstorm, CoD MW2 etc...As long as the games don't lag and play at an avg fps with quality in-game-settings set to medium, I am happy. HDD - 2TB is more than enough for movies, music, games and software etc...SSDs are too expensive for me and I don't find it necessary. I am happy with the Optical Drives. I am not sure whether to go 21.5" or 24". I am happy with the speakers, great price for a 5.1ch system and reliable brand. Mouse/Keyboard - wireless, nice looking mouse too and it's good value, don't need expensive Logitech/Thermaltake keboards/mouse etc..Headset: It got a 10 star review in PCPP magazine, 7.1 Surrround Sound =). Green Cathodes =)

What do you think?
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  1. If you are going to spend 1400 I'd go with an i5 2500k/z68 cpu/mobo combo. It's far superior for gaming and relatively similiar in price. the rest of your build looks fine. Since you are playing unreal you could go for an nvidia card to gain the use of physx. I have the logitech 5.1 system and it's nice especially for a sub 100 system.
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