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$1500 Gaming System - need advice!

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October 18, 2011 6:54:14 AM

Hello guys. So just a little backstory; about a week ago I made 2 threads for my friends for their gaming system, since we're all getting a new computer around Christmas. It might be a little early to be asking for advice, as prices and parts are constantly changing etc. But i'm really excited as this is my first build :D  (I owned a super crappy computer for about 6 years before it finally broke earlier this year) so hopefully you guys can tell me what i'm doing right and what i'm doing wrong, and give me some advice! I've actually been researching stuff for a while now, since my computer broke which was around June/July, so this is what i've come up with in 3 months.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Mid December - Early January

Budget Range: $1500 (can push a bit over)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, GW2, LoL, nothing too intensive on the CPU/GPU), Making/Editing Videos, YouTube/General Internet browsing, schoolwork (hah!)

Parts Not Required: Everything is needed :whistle: 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: None really.

Overclocking: When things get a bit slow (if that makes sense o.o)

SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely prospect

Monitor Resolution: 1900x1080 preferably (i've already chosen a 23" monitor)

Additional Comments: I would like it to be quiet. Not "super duper silent" quiet, but I don't want it sounding like a freakin' microwave like my old computer did before it died. :p  I definitely won't sacrifice performance or looks just for quietness.

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So these are the parts i've chosen; feel free to recommend anything! I'm open to all suggestions.

Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced nVidia Edition - $125
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
(the link goes to the normal one, because they ran out of stock for the nVidia edition I think, hopefully it's back up when I get the computer)

I love love love love love love love love love this case. Love love love.

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $33
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
(we don't have the Evo yet in Australia, or at least I don't think so)

I've read a lot on this thing, and it seems like it's the best CPU cooler for it's price range. A more expensive alternative:

Thermalright Silver Arrow - $89 (seriously, wtf?)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

I hear that this thing is very, very quiet (no pun intended lol). But it's stupid expensive. :( 

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1GB - $259
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD 1: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB HD502HJ - $45
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD 2: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ - $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

So basically, i'm going to be frapsing a ****load of videos. The 500GB HDD will be for OS and games etc. The 1TB HDD will be for storage. Is this a good idea?

The reason why i'm not going for an SSD is because they are expensive, and really, I'm not too fussed about boot times and loading times.

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

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard - $135
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...

Just went for the cheapest one o.o

PSU: Corsair TX-650 V2 Power Supply - $115
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total: $1087
The prices of the parts i've chosen randomly go up and down sometimes, for example i've seen the GPU for $245 and the Samsung 1TB for $55. Not that it makes too much of a difference, but hopefully when I get my computer the prices will have dropped a bit.

But that's what i'll be ordering online. The monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse i'm getting from a local store. Prices are approximate.

Monitor: Samsung S23A300B 23in Widescreen LED Monitor - $165

Speakers: Logitech Z313 Speakers 2.1 - $40

Keyboard: Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard - $65

Mouse: Razer Deathadder blahblahblah - $60

Mouse Pad: Razer Vespula - $40

Total Total: $1457

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read this :D  That's what i've come up with, and i'm really liking it. Again, i'm open to all suggestions and advice that you guys have.

Ludi :bounce: 





October 18, 2011 7:05:39 AM

Newer and faster tech is coming out early next year. So if you're looking at January 2012 anyways, wait a few weeks more and check out the reviews before spending your hard earned cash :) 
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October 18, 2011 7:11:16 AM

calguyhunk said:
Newer and faster tech is coming out early next year. So if you're looking at January 2012 anyways, wait a few weeks more and check out the reviews before spending your hard earned cash :) 


Do you mean stuff like the 6xx/7xxx GPU's and Ivy Bridge? :o  Do you reckon they'll be too expensive for my budget? :\
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October 18, 2011 7:25:50 AM

I don't have the inside info on Intel/AMD, unfortunately :pt1cable:  . But if you're planning to wait till Jan anyways, it'll be more than worth it to wait out just a few weeks more to at least check those out before deciding.

If however you're pulling the trigger this month, then it makes sense to invest in the current gen stuff.
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October 18, 2011 7:46:38 AM

calguyhunk said:
I don't have the inside info on Intel/AMD, unfortunately :pt1cable:  . But if you're planning to wait till Jan anyways, it'll be more than worth it to wait out just a few weeks more to at least check those out before deciding.

If however you're pulling the trigger this month, then it makes sense to invest in the current gen stuff.


The reason why I want to build the computer mid dec - early jan is because that's when i'm on holidays, and I have a lot of spare time. Plus I can start gaming etc during the holidays and not hit up the internet cafe every other day >_> so if the new stuff comes out late jan or early feb, I probably won't end up waiting for it. :na: 
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