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First build and psu?

Completely new to the gaming world. Games I play so far are Borderlands and Left 4 Dead 2 on my laptop. I'm looking to buy a good quality computer or, as a friend says, build it, so I can play any type of games I choose . . . and uni. I'm not the most computer literate person, let alone knowledgeable about computer parts. A friend even picked out my laptop for me xD.

Are there any good quality computers out there? If so, is there a particular model or brand that stands out? If it helps, please note that I am in Australia.

A build my friend suggested is:

http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=2

Motherboard: eVGA Intel X58FTW3 LGA1366 6DDR3 2GLAN - $318.00
Case: SilverStone TJ08 Black Micro ATX Case Model #: TJ08B- Aluminium no PSU -$95.00
CPU: Intel Core i7 950 Processor LGA1366 3.06GHz 8MB Cache CPU - $284.00
Power Supply: CoolerMaster 800W Silent Pro Gold - $198.009
Main Hardrive: Western Digital 1TB Green 64MB SATAII WD10EURS AV-GP - $83.00
Hard drive backup: Western Digital 2TB Green 64MB SATAII WD20EARS - $89.00
Card reader: Apacer USB2 Internal all in one Card Reader Black (Support SDHC) - $13.00
Memory RAM: Kingston Hyperx 6G(3x2G) 2000Mhz DDR3 CL9 Intel XMP - $150.00
Graphics Card: XFX ATI HD 6970 2G PCI-E GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort DX11 - $372.00
Cd drive: Samsung 22X DVDRW Black IDE (SH-S222A/RSBS) - $45.00
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium64bitOEM - $96
Wireless Card: D-Link Wireless N PCI Card - $144.00

However, after some research I've come up with:

http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=2
Case: Cooler Master RC-600-KKN1 - $79.00
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-DELUXE Socket1155 4xDDR3 SLI CrossFireX RAID SATA3 2xGLAN Firewire USB3.0 ATX - $331
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 - $215
PSU: CoolerMaster 800W Silent Pro Gold - $198.00

http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/35348-hd103sj
HD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3, SATAII, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache - $59 -
Backup: Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green, SATAIII, 5900rpm, 64MB Cache - $89

http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=2
Card reader: Apacer USB2 Internal all in one Card Reader Black (Support SDHC) - $13.00
Ram: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $99
Graphics Card: XFX ATI HD 6970 2G PCI-E GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort DX11 - $372.00
Cd drive: Samsung 22X DVDRW Black IDE (SH-S222A/RSBS) - $45.00
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium64bitOEM - $96
Wireless Card: D-Link Wireless N PCI Card - $144.00

Another friend warned me about the psu but wasn't able to help much with it. All he could say was to make sure it's the right size for the motherboard, graphics card and memory. I've had a look, and can't seem to find the requirements for these in order for me to choose the correct psu. Anyone know how I can find this out?

Also, since I am so new to this, I'm worried that I may have chosen parts that might not work together. Is anyone able to give me peace of mind with this?

Thanks HEAPS for your time and assistance :) :) :)
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  1. Best answer
    ^ Nice parts,... And yes they are compatible with each other,... But frankly I dont see the need of that mobo,... Are you sure you will need the additional features that the mobo offers ??

    Even these would get the job done,...
    Asus P8Z68-V PRO Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=106&bid=2&sid=75973
    Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 4xDDR3 HDMI GLAN 2xPCI-E USB3.0 SATA3 RAID1394 ATX
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=106&bid=2&sid=77446

    PSU - That CM 800W is a pretty good PSU is will easily suffice for your build,...
  2. hehe, had to google mobo.

    Well, I was looking at a long list of products and didn't know what all the stuff meant, so I picked the one with the most features xD

    Thanks heaps for that :) I don't know the difference between all of these, so if you say they work :D I'll go with the cheapest and save a bit of money :D Always nice..

    Thanks again :)
  3. ^ Then you can go with this board - It is has nearly all the necessary features of a good mobo, has got good reviews and is pretty cheap compared to other boards,...
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=106&bid=2&sid=77315
    TOM's Recommended buy,...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68xp-ud3-dz68db,2980-19.html
  4. Awesome :)

    Just checking... I noticed in my research that the i52500k cpu was only compatible with 1155 motherboards? This motherboard you posted, will it work? I just noticed that it doesn't have the 1155 in it anywhere...

    Thanks :)
  5. Yes, the 2500K is an LGA 1155 CPU and will work with the board that I have posted,...
  6. Hooray!!! :D

    Thanks so much for your help and patience :D

    New system:

    Case: Cooler Master RC-600-KKN1 - $79.00
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 4xDDR3 HDMI GLAN 2xPCI-E CrossFireX SLI SATA3 RAID USB3.0 1394 ATX - $169
    CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 - $215
    PSU: CoolerMaster 800W Silent Pro Gold - $198.00
    HD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3, SATAII, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache - $59 -
    Backup: Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green, SATAIII, 5900rpm, 64MB Cache - $89
    Card reader: Apacer USB2 Internal all in one Card Reader Black (Support SDHC) - $13.00
    Ram: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $99
    Graphics Card: XFX ATI HD 6970 2G PCI-E GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort DX11 - $372.00
    Cd drive: Samsung 22X DVDRW Black IDE (SH-S222A/RSBS) - $45.00
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium64bitOEM - $96
    Wireless Card: D-Link Wireless N PCI Card - $144.00

    :) :) :) :) :)
  7. Fantastic :) I really like this case...
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtmlid=10&id2=139&bid=2&sid=72497

    hehe, I'll get pink lights for it too xD

    New build:

    Case: Lian Li Lancool First Knight PC-K59 Black Case(NO PSU) - $119
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 4xDDR3 HDMI GLAN 2xPCI-E CrossFireX SLI SATA3 RAID USB3.0 1394 ATX - $169
    CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 - $215
    PSU: CoolerMaster 800W Silent Pro Gold - $198.00
    HD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3, SATAII, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache - $59 -
    Backup: Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green, SATAIII, 5900rpm, 64MB Cache - $89
    Card reader: Apacer USB2 Internal all in one Card Reader Black (Support SDHC) - $13.00
    Ram: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $99
    Graphics Card: XFX ATI HD 6970 2G PCI-E GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort DX11 - $372.00
    Cd drive: LG H22NS70 SATA 22X+- Super Multi DVDR Black with Software - $25
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium64bitOEM - $96
    Wireless Card: D-Link Wireless N PCI Card - $144.00
  8. Just wondering though.. what makes a good case? and how are those cases better?

    Thanks for your time :)
  9. If the case ample space inside, made of good materials, has proper mechanisms to fit drives, has many fan slots(for most of the people who are fine with acceptable level of noise), wire cut outs for cable management, preferably cutout on the back of the mobo for installing aftermarket coolers later on,... These are some of the features of a good case,...
  10. Best answer selected by prettyrose_91.
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