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July 28, 2011 7:57:00 AM

Hello, I am am building my firs computer and I've picked all the parts, so can any one tell me if this is a good build?

G.Skill-NQ 4GB Kit(2Gx2) DDR3 1600 RAM (Intel 775pin, AM3) $40.0

Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 500GB ST3500413AS SATA3 7200RPM 16MB HDD $37.0

Antec 300 Three-Hundard Gaming Tower without PSU $59.0

ASUS P8H61V3 DDR3 Intel 1155pin Motherboard $90.0

Intel Core i5-2500 1155pin Boxed CPU $202.0

Corsair 430CX ATX Power Supply Unit $58.0

Can anyone spot any problems with this build or suggest any better/cheaper parts?

All parts are from MSY Australia
Budget is around 550 Australian dollars.


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July 28, 2011 9:19:06 AM

Everything looks good :) 
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July 28, 2011 9:28:32 AM

I might be wrong here but its my understanding that the ASUS P8H61V3 motherboard doesnt have on-board/built in graphics?

Meaning you would need to buy a Graphics card which i dont see listed above.

EDIT: Also that motherboard only supports "2x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory" and the RAM you have listed is 1600MHz.

Id recommend a P67 or Z68 motherboard. (P67 doesnt have onboard graphics, Z68 does. And both will support 1600MHz RAM)
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July 28, 2011 9:38:29 AM

Depends heavily on what you intend to do with the computer. That's not a bad build in general, but it's not very good for gaming as you don't have a discrete video card.
Also you might want to add a DVD drive.

You can save some money by going with the i5 2400 instead. Difference is minor and you save $20.

Also you can save a couple of bucks going with the Asrock H61 Mobo they are just as good.

CPU: i5 2400 $182
MB: asrock h61m-u3s3 $78
mem: 4G kit Gskill NT 1333Mhz $33 ( just need to make sure it's 1.5V)
gpu: power color 5670 $65
hdd: 500G WD blue $37
dvd: lite-on dvd burner $25
case: antec 300 $59
psu: corsair CX430 $58

Total: $537

Or with:
CPU: i3 2100 $115
GPU: power color 6790 $137

Total: $542

And if you are willing to go a couple of bucks over:
CPU: i3 2100 $115
GPU: power color 6850 $164

Total: $569

Within the budget the best gaming experience would be the i3 2100 + 6790
Which improves even more if you spend the extra $19.
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July 28, 2011 9:41:47 AM

AdrianPerry said:
I might be wrong here but its my understanding that the ASUS P8H61V3 motherboard doesnt have on-board/built in graphics?

Meaning you would need to buy a Graphics card which i dont see listed above.

EDIT: Also that motherboard only supports "2x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory" and the RAM you have listed is 1600MHz.

Id recommend a P67 or Z68 motherboard. (P67 doesnt have onboard graphics, Z68 does. And both will support 1600MHz RAM)



Thanks I missed that one! :D 

I'm gonna get Z68 as I'm not gonna play any games on this. Mainly for video editing and rendering.
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July 28, 2011 9:45:38 AM

There might be other motherboards (socket 1155 i believe) that support onboard graphics, z68 is just the one i know off-hand.

Just make sure, you get a motherboard with the same socket number as the CPU your buying. Check if the motherboard has on-board graphics or not. Check the RAM frequency is supported (1333 is usually the most common "standard" RAM i belive and almost any motherboard will support this, or if you want to stick with 1600MHz RAM, just make sure the motherboard supports it first)

:) 
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July 28, 2011 9:49:01 AM

rvilkman said:
Depends heavily on what you intend to do with the computer. That's not a bad build in general, but it's not very good for gaming as you don't have a discrete video card.
Also you might want to add a DVD drive.

You can save some money by going with the i5 2400 instead. Difference is minor and you save $20.

Also you can save a couple of bucks going with the Asrock H61 Mobo they are just as good.

CPU: i5 2400 $182
MB: asrock h61m-u3s3 $78
mem: 4G kit Gskill NT 1333Mhz $33 ( just need to make sure it's 1.5V)
gpu: power color 5670 $65
hdd: 500G WD blue $37
dvd: lite-on dvd burner $25
case: antec 300 $59
psu: corsair CX430 $58

Total: $537

Or with:
CPU: i3 2100 $115
GPU: power color 6790 $137

Total: $542

And if you are willing to go a couple of bucks over:
CPU: i3 2100 $115
GPU: power color 6850 $164

Total: $569

Within the budget the best gaming experience would be the i3 2100 + 6790
Which improves even more if you spend the extra $19.


Thanks for taking your time to answer. I may be wrong but I don't think Asrock H61 supports 1600 ram.

Yeah and I won't be doing any gaming so I don't need seperate GPU.
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July 28, 2011 10:00:11 AM

Thanks for all this info everybody! Very new to this you see :D 
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July 28, 2011 10:03:12 AM

Keep any questions coming :) 

TOMs hardware is such a helpful site for pretty much anything PC build or component related. Better to ask than buy something that wont work :) 
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July 28, 2011 10:27:15 AM

Ah ok so no gaming, then the i5 2400 build i suggested without the graphics card will do fine.

Good options to spend the extra money to if you want to:
8GB kit of ram and/or 1TB hard drive.
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July 28, 2011 10:45:40 AM

What will get better performace overall? having the 2500k or an 8gb ram kit?
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July 28, 2011 11:01:42 AM

2500k.

Its overclockable on a very big scale allowing the CPU to deliver 30%+ more performance with ease.

Unless your using a 64-bit OS, the system wont recognise more than 4GB RAM anyway. For the present time there wont be many, if any at all, applications you will run that will max out your RAM. 8GB is more for "future proofing" or heavy rendering than anything else.

4GB will more than suffice and if its a choice between i5-2400+8GB RAM and i5-2500k and 4GB RAM, most certainly the i5-2500k and 4GB RAM will be better.
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July 28, 2011 11:01:45 AM

Depends on how much multitasking you are doing, but generally the 8GB memory is more useful than the slight increase in CPU clock speed.

But strictly from performance point of view the CPU clock speed does affect performance more, unless you are running out of memory with what you are doing.
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July 28, 2011 11:10:03 AM

Ah stuff saving money! Gonna get 8gb ram kit and 2500k. Might as well future proof and have better peformance! : D
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July 28, 2011 11:14:45 AM

Well you can't OC it with the H6X motherboards but 2500k does also come with HD3000 graphics instead of HD2000 so that side is slightly more powerful as well.
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July 28, 2011 10:02:51 PM

Thanks everybody! Gonna go and buy the parts today. Good thing I decided to post a thread first or I would've gone and bought the wrong motherboard!
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