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October 14, 2011 11:11:50 AM

Hello Tom's Hardware! :D 
I'm a relatively new member here, but have been scouring the forums for a long time now. But to the point; my friend is planning to build a system to use for gaming and internet browsing and some other stuff. Nothing fancy like video editing etc. Here's a little build I put together for him. Any advice is appreciated! :bounce: 


Approximate Purchase Date: In a few months time (yes, I know, a bit too soon to be asking for advice)

Budget Range: 800-1000 (can go over a bit I guess)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, GW2, a few RTS's, nothing too GPU/CPU intensive), Internet Browsing, Schoolwork

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com (if any aussies know some more sites, that would be great, we live in the Sydney region)

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Not for at least another year

SLI or Crossfire: Slight possibility, but I don't see this happening

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 (or something else)

Additional Comments: Quiet if possible


This is the build i've put together for him so far, feel free to suggest changes etc:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k - $229
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6770 1GB - $119
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

(this is enough to run WoW on max settings at 1600x900, right? :??:  )

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HD502HJ - $45
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

(he doesn't need too much storage space, but the 1TB is only $14 more... hmm)

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Pro3 Motherboard B3 - $119
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optical: Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive - $22
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU: Corsair CX-600 V2 Power Supply - $89
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

(get a better PSU in case of future upgrades? would the TX-650 be a better option?)

Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window - $125
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

(he wants the nVidia version of the case, it's sold out at the moment but should be back up by the time he gets the computer)

Monitor: Acer V223HQBD 21.5in Widescreen LCD Monitor - $135
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total: $948

Should he also get a CPU Cooler? But that's the build for now. Feel free to change anything and give some advice :D 

Thank you for reading :) 


a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2011 11:13:19 AM

Pretty good. Get a cooler if you plan to OC.
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October 14, 2011 11:16:36 AM

cutebeans said:
Pretty good. Get a cooler if you plan to OC.


Thanks.

The thing is, the i5 2500k without any overclocking is already good enough. Is it better to just get the cooler now and install it so when he DOES want to OC, he doesn't have to rip the computer apart and install it? Or perhaps by the time the 2500k goes old he can upgrade?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2011 11:20:26 AM

Yeah it's good enough. You can overclock it with MSI afterburner easily if you wanted to.
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October 14, 2011 11:23:33 AM

cutebeans said:
Yeah it's good enough. You can overclock it with MSI afterburner easily if you wanted to.


Sweet, thanks for the advice :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2011 7:26:44 PM

Ludicolo said:
Hiya,

Wouldn't 8GB be more future-proof? Is it worth the $28 extra?

And thanks, i'll switch to that PSU. Will it leave any room for CPU OC'ing though?

That psu will leave you plenty of room. As for the 8GB I put it in there for a money savor. You have room for 4 more GB and I don't see you needing more than 8GB of RAM anytime soon.
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October 15, 2011 5:17:42 AM

Why_Me said:
That psu will leave you plenty of room. As for the 8GB I put it in there for a money savor. You have room for 4 more GB and I don't see you needing more than 8GB of RAM anytime soon.


Ok, thanks a lot for the help :D 
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October 15, 2011 5:18:36 AM

Best answer selected by Ludicolo.
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