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First Gaming Rig - $1200ish Budget - Australian

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August 30, 2011 10:50:34 AM

Hi guys, first time posting here, first time building a computer, any tips appreciated. I have a list of parts and I'd love input as to any changes I should make.

Approximate Purchase Date: January Next Year, Probably getting parts as I go along...

Budget Range: $1200ish Australian

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing games (Fallout: New Vegas, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Dead Space 2)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Something that ships to/in Australia

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: Would prefer Intel over AMD unless AMD would be ALOT better.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - (Do I need this?)

Monitor Resolution: I have an Optima L903A, which is apparently 1440x900 (Didn't get to check before computer died). Should I get a different monitor if I want to game and if I do get another monitor how hard would it be to set up two monitors?

Additional Comments: Need to be able to get everything in Australia (imported if need be). Would like to be able to watch full 1080p video without lag (Though I'm pretty sure something like this will) - I realise I will need a 1080p monitor for this, which I can quite easily get/add later.


This is the list I was given by someone else (any suggested changes will be taken into account):

Intel Core i5 2500K
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3 B3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH (2x4GB) DDR3
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...
LG GH22NS70 22x SATA DVD-RW Drive
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ X 1GB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Antec High Current Gamer 520W
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Sub-Total: $1026.00


Thanks in advance!
August 30, 2011 10:57:07 AM

Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W $99.99

Total : $880

Do tell me if you like this build or not.
August 30, 2011 11:49:20 AM

008Rohit said:
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W $99.99

Total : $880

Do tell me if you like this build or not.



That looks alright but from where? I don't mind the build but a website would be nice, as well as answering a couple of the questions I asked...
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August 30, 2011 12:16:11 PM

I quoted the prices from newegg.
Can't really give you the links since I'm using my Mobile.
August 30, 2011 1:09:44 PM

My 1st tip would be NOT to 'buy parts as you go a long'.

Reality... by January next year the system you could build would be very different from what you would purchase today. I have never seen any good come of buying parts over a period of time. Tell me, what does a 6870 or i5 2500K do sitting on your desk without a system to put it in? Nothing. Save your money and when you have it all together, then build. Your final system will be much better for it. Keep reading about people's builds on this website and others and you'll be able to refine your choices up to the point you have the money required, post a list then and get the feedback. PCCaseGear is a good Aussie website. Some others incase you missed them:

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

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

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.

Good luck and have fun.
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August 30, 2011 1:26:11 PM

PC case gear is more up marketed.

Use staticice to search your part, record the price and see if umart do a price match. that's what I do.

No need for 2500k and z68 if not overclock, ssd

The rest looks fine, just need to buy from cheaper palce like umart or msy. Remember, talk to the sale rap and get price match!

neweggs don't ship to Aus

MSY don't post their stuff, but umart does. But you will find a MSY if you are in major Aus cities, so no problem getting them even if they don't post part.
August 30, 2011 1:33:49 PM

Have to second the comments about MSY - they are a good source of parts at excellent prices. If you go to their store, you may have to wait in a queue for a while, but the prices make it worthwhile. They don't stock more obscure parts, though.

PC Case Gear (who you referenced) is good for parts that you can't find elsewhere, but they can be a little more expensive. AUS PC Market is similar. There are others, but many of them depend on which state you are in.

I have to agree with Formata - don't buy pieces as you go along. January is far enough away that new things will be announced. You don't want to be looked into a dying architecture. Bear in mind that Sandy Bridge will be about a year old by January. You might be able to get the next generation - maybe next generation CPU, or RAM, or GPU - we don't know.

About the only things you can sensibly buy now are things like the case and power supply - they are unlikely to change :) 
August 30, 2011 1:40:50 PM

DONT BUY A CHEAP RUBBISH MOTHERBOARDS

stick with the gigabyte DONT buy asrock there garbage

asus and gigabyte are the ONLY brands for motherboards
August 30, 2011 1:44:35 PM

@^^

Do you know that ASRock is the 3rd largest selling Motherboard manufacturer after Asus and Gigabyte?
They were a part of Asus till 2002 and since then has never looked back.
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