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First "real" build

Hi Guys/Girls,

My name is Kane, i am 24 and live in Australia.

I am contemplating a new build for a mid range gaming pc. I dont have a strict budget as yet, but i am going to buy my components in bits and pieces until i have it all.

I have ordered a Thermaltake Level 10 GT gaming case.

As for processor i was thinking of a LGA1336 Intel Core i7, i was going to get a 900 series one, but i also read that the 2600k/s seem to be newer.

i will put some links if people would like to help me out with components

www.computeralliance.com.au
www.gamedude.com.au


list of things to purchase
1)I was thinking of a ASUS motherboard intel x58 (i see these have won awards)
2)mid range 1-2GB Graphics card (about AUD$3-400 would be my budget)
3)8 GB DDR3 Ram
4) wouldnt mind trying watercooling or a good air cooler (most pc's i have ran seem to be in excess of 50 Deg Celsius)
5) thinking of a western digtal 10 000rpm SATA HDD


any help or info would be appreciated thanks!
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  1. First, get the LGA1155 socket MoBo, which supports i7 2600k, which is, so far the BEST CPU for gaming. You can get the AMD Radeon 6950 graphics card and then the H50 is a good, cheap water cooling system
  2. first off the i5 2500k is the best gaming cpu for the money right now so i would go with that and a gigabyte p67 motherboard- http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12304

    gpu- http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12268

    ram- http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12594 you can go with 1333mhz ram you wont see a difference at all

    cpu cooler- http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12671 very good cpu cooler

    hdd- http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=11911 this is a very fast hdd but not as fast as the 10k drives. if you want a fast drive get an ssd for windows and you most used applications so they boot up faster- http://www.gamedude.com.au/ type in ssd and then find ocz agility 3 60gb. there is also the 120gb version if you can afford it and the corsair force 3 120gb which is really the vertex 3 and that is a little more expensive and faster than the agility 3
  3. on the other site you posted there is the sapphire 6970 which is cheaper than the 6970 i originally posted
  4. Thanks for the replies!
    Only other thing i was worried about was the PSU, if someone can point me in the right direction on brands and wattage..
    I also forgot to mention above i am going to obviously put in a BRD/DVD RW drive since they are becoming so cheap atm. Would i notice a drop or a improvement with the i5 2600k CPU over my i7 720Q 1.6GHZ cpu in my asus laptop?
  5. i5 2500k you mean oc'd? for sure, it will be much faster
  6. kane87 said:
    Thanks for the replies!
    Only other thing i was worried about was the PSU, if someone can point me in the right direction on brands and wattage..
    I also forgot to mention above i am going to obviously put in a BRD/DVD RW drive since they are becoming so cheap atm. Would i notice a drop or a improvement with the i5 2600k CPU over my i7 720Q 1.6GHZ cpu in my asus laptop?

    it depends will you crossfire?
  7. probably not in the short term, I have seen from reading around thats it where you connect 2 video cards and they work as one?

    i'm just gonna get bits and pieces here and there. Probably a piece each fortnight that i get paid until i have it all:) i have a mate who started hes own IT company that can get me stuff. my level 10 case only cost about $195 because i was owed $150 for doing some work for him, so that was a bargain!

    if you are all wondering about my previous build, it was a while ago i was about 18, i built a AMD Sempron 2400+ cpu computer. It was fairly mediocre since i skimped on the components.

    btw most boards have overclocking features/safeguards built in? i of coarse would read a guide here before i tried anything!
  8. if it is not within the next 6-10 months i dont think you will find another card
  9. First, Don't buy components a apart from each other unless it's within a few weeks, due to the fact that most components change in price A LOT. A good PSU would be 80+ certified, such as the Corsair TX650 V2 @ http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=11667
  10. 80 plus but cheaper- http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=9201

    why would you not buy a couple months later? the price would go down roaringdragon.
  11. Yea, but for the same price you can get a better CPU or whatever

    EDIT: Say you buy a CPU today but don't have money for a MoBo. In 3 months you do have enough money...then with the same money that you paid for the CPU, you can buy a better CPU for same price
  12. r0aringdrag0n said:
    Yea, but for the same price you can get a better CPU or whatever

    EDIT: Say you buy a CPU today but don't have money for a MoBo. In 3 months you do have enough money...then with the same money that you paid for the CPU, you can buy a better CPU for same price

    i got your point now
  13. Best answer
    CPU = i5 2500k
    http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12361

    Motherboard:Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12782

    (I choose this as Z68 combined the Overclocking potential of the P67 based board with the ability to use on board graphics of the sandybridge CPU which is available on the H67 boards. This allows for supper fast Transcoding and saves a bit of money by not using the GPU unless needed e.g. 3D gaming)

    GPU: Nvidia GTX 560Ti
    http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12350

    (Overclock stupidly well and has Physx which if the game supports it is very nice to have, and you said mid range, these are the best mid range cards IMO, when SLI'd they are immense)

    RAM:CORSAIR VENGEANCE (8 Gig) 4gig x 2 DDR3 CMZ8-1600C8 1600mhz Matched Pair (From gamedude $125)

    PSU:Antec 750W
    http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=11789

    (Modular PSU that will enable the use of crossfire or SLI if you want down the line, and 80+ bronze certified)

    CPU cooler:ZALMAN CNPS5X QUIET ULTRA QUIET CPU Cooler AMD AM2+/AM2/AM3 Intel LGA775/1156/1155 (Gamedude) OR corsair H60 watercooler

    HDD and optical drive your choice really maybe go for a small SSD and a HDD to create a fast system using the Z68's ability to cache
  14. Thanks guys!
    just ordered this through gamedude. They do COD with the local post office, so it is going to be shipped there and ill pay for it when i pick it up.

    ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO
    Exclusive to ASUS motherboards, its UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the first ever mouse-controlled graphical BIOS interface designed with dual selectable modes. It delivers a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient input with quick scrolling. Users can easily navigate the UEFI BIOS with the smoothness of their operating system. Quick and simple overclocking and setup sharing is facilitated by the F12 hotkey BIOS snapshot feature. The exclusive EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed setup info, while the Advanced Mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand far more intricate system control, including detailed DRAM information.

    * Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM Digital Power Design
    * UEFI BIOS (EZ Mode) - Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface
    * LucidLogix� Virtu (Universal Switchable Graphics) - Auto Switching between Integrated Graphics and NVIDIA/AMD Cards
    * Intel� Smart Response Technology - SSD Speed with HDD Capacity
    * BT GO! (Bluetooth) - Diverse BT Enjoyment, New Technology Lifestyle
    * GPU Boost - Push the Limits with iGPU Level Up!
    * Quad USB 3.0/SATA 6Gb/s Support - Double Access, Double Convenience
    * Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!

    Price $ 248
  15. still dunno weather to get a i7 or i5..i feel if i get a i5, the computer will be lacking...
  16. UPDATE: i got my Motherboard today:P
  17. Best answer selected by kane87.
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