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Mid-Range Gaming PC for $800-$1000 AUD

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July 19, 2011 1:20:37 PM

Hi guys,
Ive been a long time laptop user, but now i want to build a pc that i can slowly upgrade rather than buy a new laptop ever 2-3 years.

I intend on making this pc last at least until the end of uni (on a students budget), so the parts i get now need to be compatible with any upgrades that i will be doing in the near future. I would rather not replace multiple parts at a time and I would like to be able to keep the motherboard for about 4-5 years (if thats at all possible) and just upgrade the cpu, gpu and ram as i need to.

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 months-ish

Budget Range: $800-$1000 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, AutoCad/Revit, Photoshop, Multi-Tasking (i like being able to do EVERYTHING at once, and i jump around a lot)

Parts Not Required: Dont worry about kb+m, screen, speakers, etc

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Umart - Milton, any good Australian sites you might know

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: not fussed about intel or amd, 8gb of ram, a ssd for os

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: Potentially

Monitor Resolution: dont know yet. probably 1920x1080

Additional Comments: and i like the look of this case but not sure about it CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer Black Case if you know of any good cases that are about the same price ($100) and similar style that has better performance, post that up.


ps. just a quick question on the side... my current laptop is a Dell XPS15 with a 2gb GT 435m, but every system configuration/analyzer program says that i have -2gb of vram. not sure whats going on there but it doesnt look right. anyone might know what this is?
July 19, 2011 1:40:45 PM

First quick impression:

Based on the information you're trying to get a $100 case AND an SSD at only around $800-1000 dollars.

This is going to be a bit harder and will impact the quality of parts we can help choose for you. I'm not sure on the quality/cost averages of the website you have listed, but usually Australian places sell for MORE than US. Just think about this.

July 19, 2011 3:24:07 PM

These are some parts that i have thrown together with my very limited knowledge.

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA1155 Z68 DDR3/1333 PCI-Ex16 SATA3 SATA2 USB3  $141

Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA1155 3.3GHz CPU  $215

MSI GTX560 Twin Frozr II OC  $255

Kingston 30G SSD V-Series SATA2  $69

CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer Black Case With USB3  $99

CoolerMaster 650W Extreme Plus  $81

Kingston 8GB(2 X 4GB) DDR3-1333MHZ PC10600  $78

Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M  $58

Sony AD7280SGB 22X SATA OEM DVD RW Black  $29

ASUS PCI-G31 54Mbps Windows 7 Ready WLAN PCI Card  $19

Total so far: $1044 AUD

What kind of performance would it give? Would the parts even work together?