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Budget gaming/multitasking rig, $880

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September 19, 2011 12:42:42 AM

Hi there. I'm new to the whole rig building thing so I thought I'd double check with you helpful expert types to make sure I'm not going to end up with an expensive paperweight.

I'll be using this rig primarily for gaming and painting/editing/rendering in Photoshop. I'm also interested in hosting a small bot farm while I'm away from the computer.

Here are the specs (and prices in NZD):

CPU: $292 Intel i5 2500k 3.3GHz (overclocked to ~4.2GHz?)

Motherboard: $200 Asus P8P67 Pro

GPU: $217 Asus GeForce ENGTX550Ti TOP 1GB (GeForce 550Ti 1GB)

Memory: $105 Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz CL9 8GB (2x4GB)

Storage: $90 Samsung SpinPoint F3 32MB Cache 1TB

PSU: $87 Antec Neo ECO 620W

Case: $76 Antec 300

Total: $1067 ($885 USD)

I'm not huge on overclocking. I hear Asus' one click autoclock feature thing is pretty good so I'll probably just be using that. Also, I know that the non-B3 versions of the Asus P8P67 Pro have issues with their 3GB/s SATA ports, but I doubt I'll ever need more than the two 6GB/s ports anyway. I do plan on upgrading along the line, but storage isn't a huge issue for me.

I've pretty much hit my budget limit so if I'm going to upgrade a component, I'll have to downgrade something else too.

I think the main thing I'm asking is are any these parts are incompatible, bad value, or overkill for what I intend to use the rig for? Any feedback is appreciated though :) 
September 19, 2011 1:16:10 AM

Those NZD prices got me confused since you didnt post any of the links to where you're buying them from..so i cant really give much help.

But here is a $830 USD build, wich gives u $50 to do whatever ( the RAM is out of stock so price doesnt show up, can easily be changed to g skill.

http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?... (sorry idk how...but i made this wishlist on newegg CA, i dont even live in canada idk how i got to newegg CA.

More RAM then your build, and a better GPU, and $50 cheaper.

OH and 6950>560 Ti.

With that $50 you can get that case you wanted ( i think, if i got the prices right) and upgrade the motherboard to one that supports CF and other stuff

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

September 19, 2011 1:16:55 AM

don't get a gtx 550 ti. they're overpriced and worse than a gtx 460. get a gtx 560 ti instead
I'd also recommend a different motherboard than the one above, since it doesn't support sli
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September 19, 2011 2:19:27 AM

Ah right, just updated the OP to include links to the shop(s) I'll be using.

Thanks for input on GPU and motherboard :) 
September 19, 2011 3:37:44 PM

Processor : i5 2500K - $220
MoBo : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $125
RAM : 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 - $50
Graphics : EVGA DS SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $250
Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
Optical Drive : LG 24X DVD R/W - $20
PSU : XFX Core Edition PRO650W - $60
Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower - $60

Total : USD $855

Much better build. Squeeze in a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ worth $30 if you can.
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