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Buying a gaming computer, need advice. Spending budget 1000-1400 AUD

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July 26, 2011 9:00:28 AM

Hi, i am in need of a new gaming computer and was wondering to ask the community for any recommendations on the parts of a new gaming computer i am going to buy and getting a friend to make it for me. I am buying off a cheap local store with good reviews of how cheap they sell computer parts from (umart, http://www.umart.com.au/). I have done research on what parts to choose from with my 1000-1400 budget and i am not sure if it is worth it or if it would even work if i out the parts together. Here is the list:

$1336 for everything
Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA1155 3.3GHz CPU
NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller - 5 Fan Control, LCD Touchscreen
Asus P8H61-M-LE V3 Socket1155 H61 2x DDR3 SATA3 USB2.0 GLAN uATX
Corsair 2GB Value Select PC-6400 (800MHz) DDR2 Single
Corsair 2GB Value Select PC-6400 (800MHz) DDR2 Single
Western Digital 1TB SATA3 HDD 32M Caviar Blue
Gigabyte GTX550 OC 550TI DDR5 1GB 970/4200MHZ HDMI
Samsung BX2240 21.5 Wide LED 5ms HEIGHT/SWIVEL/TILT Black
Asus DRW-24B3LT 24x DVDRW SATA LightScribe
Auzentech X-Raider 7.1 PCI Sound Card (need this for my astro a40s)
10/100 PCI network card
NZXT PHANTOM Full Tower case w No PSU Black
Cooler Power Supply 850W Modular (ATX)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM(Microsoft OEM Terms&condition apply)

Feel free to comment or recommend anything please.
July 26, 2011 9:32:52 AM

I not that good in computers, but there are several obvious mistakes in this build.
First the H61 and H67 motherboards do not overclock and the CPU you have chosen has a unlocked multiplier letting it overclock, so you should choose either P67 or Z68 motherboard.
The second thing is the ram isn't compatible with the socket 1155 motherboards, therefore you need to choose DDR3 ram, either a 4gb kit or 8gb kit.
Another thing is the GPU, I don't really know much about the GTX 550ti but I pretty sure its a low end card and you might want to get a higher end GPU such as the GTX 560ti, GTX 570 and the Radeon 68xx,69xx cards.
This is all the problems I can think of for now.

EDIT: 850W is a tiny bit of an overkill, so I'd recommend down grading it to a 750W (one with good quality) and using the money more towards the GPU since its the most important for gaming. And you'll also have an option in the future to buy a second card and CrossfireX/Sli'ing them together assuming that the motherboards supports it.
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July 26, 2011 9:57:11 AM

Yeah, big mistake on the Mobo. P67 or Z68 are your choices - otherwise you have an AMAZING and EASY overclocking beast....all for nothing.

I'd personally go Z68.

RAM wise - wow. DDR3 1600 or 1333 is what you want to look at. Buy 8GB (2x4GB)

Would advise a SATA6 HDD.

550 is a pretty bad card. Look at a AMD 6850 or 6870. Get at least a GTX 460


You shouldn't need a networking card - the mobo should have that taken care of.


PC case is your discretion on personal preferences and looks.

The power supply is a HUGE overkill. Look at 650 watts - unless you someday inspire to run GTX 580s in SLI.




Your budget is huge. You'll be able to build a REALLY beast machine, but your selection is quite atrocious (no offense).


I'll make an attempt to give you some useful links instead of just telling you what NOT to do.
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July 26, 2011 10:00:25 AM

PlayKilla if you give me an Aus hardware retail website you will be using to buy your stuff i will put together a good system for you for your budget.
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July 26, 2011 10:06:24 AM

Okay - the Australian websites I've managed to find are absolute nightmares. They're beyond disorganized and the prices make me want to commit suicide.


You need to basically just ask this question: "Hi, I have up to $1,400 to spend. Mainly for gaming (include a monitor & OS into price factor). I want the best bang-for-buck components without sacrificing quality"


Because the prices are so out of whack (a GTX 460 is over $200 - when the 6850 is cheaper by a good margin, yet the GTX 460 does NOT outclass the 6850 in any way, shape or form - they're pretty equal) and I honestly cannot navigate within the AU websites.
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July 26, 2011 7:51:58 PM

as for gfx, you should either get 2x 460's or 1x 560 - 570 from nvidia. OR you can try a 6850,6870 - 6950* .. ALL much better than a 550. My preference would be 2x 460's or a 6950 for future crossfire capabilties.

core i5 2500k is GREAT proven best bang for buck currently. the rest is a bunch of Shenanigans, you don't need a NIC get a diff mobo.. I would suggest an Agility 3 SSD 64 or 128 GB.. they're great!

edit: the ssd would be an ADDITION to your current hdd as well. Also... you really don't need a sound card either
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July 26, 2011 9:39:56 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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September 2, 2011 11:32:55 AM

Hello there. I don't know if it's my browser but the site you list is not playing well. A few ideas of what I would build on that budget:

CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Intel Core i5 2500K
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

2 x ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Overclocked 1GB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard B3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Samsung SATA DVDRW Drive - or any whatever is cheap
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Antec TruePower TP-750 750W
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

On that website that total come to a little over $1400

But if you have any MSY store near you it will be under. Just keep in mind they don't stock the gtx560 Ti which is a pain (you definately want the Ti) and will need to get them from somewhere else.

http://msy.com.au/

The MSY website is nasty but they are usually about as cheap as it gets! Check 1st that there is one near you and then I just download the updated pdf pricelist and give them a call for stock availability, exact part info etc. Even if you can get your case and psu from them you'll reduce your shipping $ a bit.

Other places to look:

http://www.mwave.com.au/

http://www.scorptec.com.au/

Good luck with your build. Just post up any ideas you have.
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