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Gaming PC build, ordering pretty soon. Suggestions?

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September 11, 2011 3:02:15 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.
Budget Range: $1500 AUD (about the same in USD)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming would be its primary use.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, audio.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.mwave.com.au/
Country of Origin: Australia
Parts Preferences: Don't really mind.
Overclocking: Maybe. Have never actually overclocked so I wouldn't really want to mess with my computer without advice.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe? Not sure, but at the moment I intend on having a single card.
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Additional Comments:
This is my first time building a computer, so I want everything to be perfect before ordering. I intend on running the newer games coming out (such as Battlefield 3) on max or near max settings.

At the moment I'm using a pretty small monitor (1440x900) but I intend on getting a 1920x1080 one sometime this year or early next year so let me know if this would make an impact on my current build.

• Intel Core i5 2500K Processor
• ASUS P8P67 PRO - ATX
• G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB(2x 4GB) Memory Kit
• Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 OverClock - 1024MB 256-bit GDDR5 RAM
• SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - 1TB
• Antec 750W TruePower ATX Power Supply
• Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Fan Cooler
September 11, 2011 4:10:58 PM

Obviously you still need a case and a dvd drive.

DVD writers are all about the same.

For case I would recommend:
- Cooler master HAF series
- Antec 300 for a more budget oriented solution 59.99 ( but you should add 2 120mm fans for the front )
- Lian Li cases are also very good

For PSU also consider the semi modular:
Corsair HX650 $139.99

If you do want to keep the option to Crossfire then a 750W might be in order, otherwise a 500-650W will do fine.

This tiered list of PSU's for reference.
One from above in tier 2 would be nice. Generally tier 1 is too expensive for budget builds, but check em out maybe you find a nice deal.

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September 11, 2011 4:20:22 PM

If you really want to game hard, you really need a good monitor. The one you have seems pretty old, since it doesn't stand the 1680x1050 resolution.

So i suggest you to buy a good monitor as well.

Tell me if u like this build!

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$159.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99
LG E2360V-PN 23" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design
$199.99
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127604
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$259.99
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC High Performance ...
$169.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
$54.99
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$179.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500KCOOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
$29.99
Subtotal: $1,334.91

With about 100$ more, u get an SSD instead of the velociraptor (that you use anyway for the O.S.). I would get an SSD, by the way.
Get the crucial M4 ;) 

In this build as you see there's money enougn for a good LG monitor.
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