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Hello All! I came here just for some help, and addvice on this system i will be building. It is going to be a gaming computer but i will not need a GPU right away i have a spa re and i will be using that till i can afford a really nice one


Approximate Purchase Date: Any time Before Christmas

Budget Range: $650 - $750 Could go up to $800 i think.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, Speakers, GPU - but will buy one later on

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MSY because its just up the road

Country of Origin: Australia, Vic

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Don't Mind

Overclocking: Maybe but i dont think my cpu can

SLI or Crossfire: Yes but not straight away

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

This is what i was thinking of:

Intel Core i5-2400 1155pin Boxed CPU
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7098

ASUS P8P67-V3 DDR3 Intel 1155pin Motherboard
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7547

G.Skill Sniper 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-8GBS
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7650


Kingston (SV100S2/64G) 2.5" 64GB SATA2 SSD HDD -- i have other Hdd for storage.
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=6960


Antec Earth EA-750W PSU
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8120

I havent decided on a case yet but the ones im looking at are around $100


I don' need a GPU right away because i got a spare but i will be getting one later on that i will CrossFire or SLi depending on what i get. Any suggestion on a GPU around $150 tp $200 would be nice.
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  1. the minimum gpu for a 1080p and decent game play is probably a Radeon 6850 or GTX 460

    You dont need 8 gig of RAM for gaming . Get a 2 x2 gig kit and spend the money you save on a better graphics card
  2. Are the 6850's good at crossfire?
  3. cezzlo said:
    Are the 6850's good at crossfire?

    Yes and no, they scale very well... but are likely to cause microstuttering. Here is an article explaining what microstuttering is. Some people do not notice this, some people do.
  4. I see but isnt that article talking about the 6870 not the 6850 or are there pretty much the same. I saw that the SLI went better with microstuttering but lower average fps maybe i could do 460 SLI. Or i could just save up and get i really nice $350 to $450 GPU

    and Could you please give me some feedback on my build.
  5. Best answer
    always buy the fastest single gpu you can afford first, then later crossfire or sli it if you wish when prices drop. I would probably try to go for a 6950, they arent that much more expensive. And FYI, that asus motherboard is crap for Crossfire and doesnt support SLI at all. avoid so called "crossfire" boards where the second slot is a 4x speed slot, it will cause issues and increased stuttering. http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8247 < that is a MUCH better board and is cheaper and has 8x/8x slots for crossfire and SLI. I would also totally forget the SSD and just invest more into a better vid card. You will need a hell of a lot more than 64GB for your hard drive anyway. i dont see the point of less than 250mb for a primary hard drive, it would fill up too fast otherwise....
  6. Thanks for showing me that mobo i will be using that one now and i will take your advice on the GPU ill try and afford the best single one i can.
    With the SSD i was only planning on using it for the OS and some programs. I have plenty of space for games and movies on my currents computers HDD that i will will put in the one im building.
  7. Would you suggest this as i good GPU and i would crossfire it later on
    6950
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7668
  8. And would this be a suitable case for all the things?

    Its a Antec Nine-Hundred-Two V3 902V3 Tower Case
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7242
  9. much better to get a single 6950 initially then 6850 crossfire imo, I had 6870 crossfire and the microstuttering was pathetic rendering most games unplayable imo while they were perfectly fine with one card...
  10. Would you think 750watt would be enough power if i was to have two 6950's i used this power calculator i found on another thread and it says my minimum should be 1000watts

    http://support.asus.com/powersupply.aspx

    Hahaha i used a different one and its said 567 watts

    http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
  11. Ok i think this is what i will be using it costs $646

    AsRock Z68-Extreme3-Gen3 Intel Z68
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8247

    Antec Earth EA-750W PSU
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8120

    Kingston (SV100S2/64G) 2.5" 64GB SATA2 SSD HDD
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=6960

    G.Skill Sniper 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7650

    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3Ghz 1155pin Boxed CPU
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7581

    Still not sure on case any one got any suggestions for around $100?


    And i will probably get a 6950 and later another one to crossfire
  12. Processor : i5 2500K - $220
    HSF : CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo - $35
    Motherboard : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $125
    RAM : Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 - $48
    Storage : Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA 6.0GB/s - $55
    PSU : OCZ OCZ750FTY 750W - $100
    Case : Rosewill Challenger Black - Front USB 3.0 - $60

    Total : $643 before rebates
  13. cezzlo said:

    Still not sure on case any one got any suggestions for around $100?


    HAF 922.
  14. for the money Id avoid an ocz psu
  15. Cooler Master Storm Scout, I have it, it rocks :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

    doofus mcgee even does a review of it on newegg so you can see it before you buy

    OP

    here is a pic of my rig fully built in that case if your interested, the hyper 212+ only allows 1 side fan but it keeps temps in check and is a great case imho

    http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/82/482/0/48/21/2761048210083590379jgnNcl_th.jpg
  16. Thanks for the feedback and build with the build you suggested008Rohit im shopping at msy and they dont seem to sell the case or PSU. And with the Storage i was planning on getting a SSD for a really fast boot time and some programs on it. i already have enough storage for games and movies.

    Sorry to say but i think the HAF 922 looks a little ugly anything prettier.
  17. lol that raidmax case is garbage--- its a low end budget case, for a 800 dollar build the OP should at least dignify it with an 80-100 dollar case :bounce:
  18. I was looking at these Cases i think they look nice and seem to have good air flow and all that jazz. any opinion on these cases?

    Antec 900 Nine-Hundred Gaming Tower
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=879

    Thermaltake Armor+ MX Mid Black Tower
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=1061

    AeroCool Black Hawk Top Docking Front Hotswap USB3.0 Tower Case
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7982

    And the one you said jjb8675309

    Coolermaster SGC-2000 Storm Scout
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=923
  19. I like the storm scout, you can pick it up and throw it at someone and from my experience it has great airflow, is easy to clean, and install basically any config you want and it fits the largest air-coolers, also I feel that 120 or 140mm fans are the optimal size in most situations

    my second choice would be the Antec 900
  20. ha i still don't know i like antec 900 the storm scout and this one also now but i'm not sure on the thermaltake for the extra $50

    Thermaltake V9
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=1054
  21. OCZ makes quality PSUs. Read the reviews at hardwaresecrets. Thats why I recommended it over the Antec unit.

    For the SSD I recommend Crucial M4 or Corsair Force Series. Both SATA III. 64GB is enough for OS and important apps.

    Didn't you like the Rosewill Challenger?
  22. I havent seen it i couldnt find it on the website that im buying from MSY
    http://www.msy.com.au/default.jsp

    And they didnt have any brand of OCZ psu's there either.
  23. Get a Seasonic/XFX unit, then.
  24. the most watts the seasonic ones have is 620 i think im just going to stick with my antec earth havent heard anything bad about them.
  25. ocz psus are okay but a seasonic or xfx unit would be a lot more reliable overall imo

    it depends on which ocz psu, and many are hit or miss but I recall reading several reviews of poor voltage regulation and not actually delivering the specs it promises and furthermore a high failure rate, ocz is def a step or two down from a quality antec, corsair, xfx, or seasonic psu, in terms of quality and reliability.

    OP if you value your components, get a quality psu
  26. Every PSU manufacturer creates different series of PSUs targeted towards different kinds of buyers.

    Talking about build quality :

    1. CoolerMaster :
    i) Extreme Power Plus - Crap!
    ii) RS - Moderate
    iii) Silent Pro - Very Good

    2. Corsair -
    i) CX - Good
    ii) HX/TX - Very Good
    iii) AX - Superb!

    The PSU I recommended has own the hardware secrets golden award. It's build quality is far better than Antec Earthwatts.
  27. Im aware of that, I am also aware of this ranking you illustrate above, but I also thought that just about every ocz psu was crap so I guess you learn something new each day
  28. also it takes going to the high end product of a crappier name such as coolermaster to even get a decent psu worth using... In the case of corsair even the cx is passable for someone on a budget....

    But how do you deduce that build quality is far better than the earthwatts psu?
  29. Ok i thinks this is what im getting.

    AsRock Z68-Extreme3-Gen3 Intel Z68
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8247

    Antec Earth EA-750W PSU
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8120

    Kingston (SV100S2/64G) 2.5" 64GB SATA2 SSD HDD
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=6960

    G.Skill Sniper 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7650

    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3Ghz 1155pin Boxed CPU
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7581

    Thermaltake Armor+ MX Mid Black Tower
    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=1061


    And when i get the money a 6950.
  30. You should get a SATA III SSD, and a HSF for the i5 2500K. (Hyper 212 Evo is a good cooler)
  31. How much more are the SATA III SSD's because i have alraedy gone over my budget.

    And i was actually getting that cooler i forgot to put it in XD. The Hyper 212.
  32. around $80 for a 64GB SATA III SSD.
  33. you should check that case fits the 6950 because their big mofos plus you going to crossfire them.
  34. ^did you read the dimensions of the case? of course they will fit
  35. which case?
  36. i was referring to cases like the scout
  37. Best answer selected by cezzlo.
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