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1st Ever Build (Gaming $1500ish AUS)

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October 23, 2011 3:54:56 PM

Hi. I'm new to PC building. Have always just store bought but now realize just how little you get for how much you spend.

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Christmas time.


Budget Range: $1500AUD but am pretty flexible.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, general internet browsing.


Parts Not Required: Hard Drive, RAM, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, OS and possibly monitor.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.pccasegear.com


Country of Origin: Australia


Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, I like the look of the Coolermaster cases.


Overclocking: Maybe, once I've read up on it and feel comfortable.


SLI or Crossfire: Yes, not straight away but later down the track will add another 580.


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050,

Additional Comments: Already have a good idea on a few of the parts I want (see below). Not sure on a MoBo, PSU & monitor.

Intel Core i5 2500K

EVGA GeForce GTX 580

CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case

CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler

Subtotal = $980.00



It might also help to know that I'm using 2x4gb Kingston DDR3 / 1333mhz

Would appreciate any feedback regarding parts already chosen, compatibility, whether a monitor with a HDMI input is something I should be looking at and any other suggestions. Thanks.
October 23, 2011 4:07:45 PM

Get a z68 asrock extreme3 gen3 motherboard

Get at least 900w for SLI 580s.
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October 23, 2011 4:09:01 PM

go for the Z68 Mobo, 24" Monitor, and a 850W should be good enough just incase you go SLI later on
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October 24, 2011 5:39:45 AM

Thanks guys. I'm gonna go for the CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 1000W so ive got some buffer for the SLI and further upgrades.

The Z68 looks good so ill get that and I saw this monitor ASUS VH242H 24". Quite like it. Has everything i need so ill most likely pick that one up.


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