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Need help choosing best value ~$1900 AUD build

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June 28, 2011 12:47:05 PM

Hello, I wish to create a gaming pc and have 2 configs in mind both ~$1900. Which is better value?

***BUILD 1****
CPU - Intel 2500k
MOBO - ASUS P8P67-PROV3
RAM - Memory G.Skill – F3-12800CL9D-8GB XL (2x4Gb)
SSD - OCZ Agility 60Gb
HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
GPU - EVGA 560Ti SOC
PSU - Corsair Micro 750AXAU
COOLER - Noctua NH-D14
CASE - Cooler Master HAF 912
BURNER - Lite-On
CARD READER - Manhattan
MONITOR - BenQ – E2420HD $205.00
OS - Win 7 Home Premium
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***BUILD 2***
CPU - Intel i7 2600k
MOBO - Asus P67
RAM - Kingston 8Gb (2x4gb 1333mhz)
SSD - OCZ Vertex 60Gb
HDD - CAVIAR BLACK 1TB SATAIII HDD
GPU - Gigabyte HD6970 2GB
BURNER - 22x DVD Burner
PSU - Corsair 650W PSU
CASE - Antec DarkFleet DF-10 Case
MONITOR - Acer 23" LED widescreen
OS - Win 7 Home Premium
ANTIVIRUS - Kaspersky Internet Security 2yr sub
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June 28, 2011 1:21:32 PM

Build 2 has a better CPU and GPU! Presuming it is not a P67 SLI/CF capable board it is the better one if you are not planning dual GPU cards in the future.
For gaming though the CPU in build 1 would be enough.
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June 28, 2011 1:27:40 PM

I would also go with a mix and match, using build 1 as the base.

Put the GPU from build 2 into build 1 and you are set with the best gaming computer :) 
Possibly also the PSU since 750W is not enough for 2x 6970, and 650W is just fine for one.


As for which one has the actually configured ones has better value for gaming. That is build 2, because it comes with the 6970.
And other parts are still quality parts. But yeah, if you can do the suggestion on it, that will get you the best performance for gaming.
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June 28, 2011 2:07:08 PM

rolli59 said:
Build 2 has a better CPU and GPU! Presuming it is not a P67 SLI/CF capable board it is the better one if you are not planning dual GPU cards in the future.
For gaming though the CPU in build 1 would be enough.

Thx. Strange enough build 2 is slightly cheaper as its a preexisting package .
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June 28, 2011 2:08:52 PM

Best answer selected by mindfriction.
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