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New gaming build ~ $900 AU

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October 29, 2011 1:36:55 AM

Hi,
I'm after some advice/opinions on a new gaming build. I've given the details of what I want, and the parts I have currently chosen.
Just wondering where I could improve and/or save some money.

Approximate Purchase Date: 3-4 weeks

Budget Range: $850-900 AU

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, AutoCAD (and similar)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor (1x 1920x1080 (primary use), 1x 1680x1050), OS (Win7 Home Premium 32bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php, http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/default.php

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: none (though current build has Asus mobo and GPU, hence the selection below)

Overclocking: Highly unlikely (dont know enough)

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1x 1920x1080 (primary use), 1x 1680x1050

Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 7200 (1x 750GB, 1x 1TB) keeping these, if possible, so I don't need to reinstall OS and other programs.

Additional Comments: Initially was just going to upgrade GPU, decided to do complete new build. It will be my first build. Sorry for the long post.

Parts currently looking at (~$850AU):
Antec Three Hundred Case - http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/761345-15300-antec-...
Intel CPU Core i5-2500K - LGA 1155 - http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/bx80623i52500k-inte...
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Overclocked 1GB - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Corsair TX-650 V2 Power Supply - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Corsair 4GB Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9B) - http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/cmz4gx3m1a1600c9b-c...
Asus P8P67-LE v3 Intel Mainboard (B3 Stepping) - LGA 1155 - http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/p8p67-lev3-asus-p8p...

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October 29, 2011 12:04:18 PM

Hello ZanderW;

Your motherboard choice is not ideal for a possible SLI setup. You'd want to be able to run SLI @ x8 x8 and not the X16 x4 option the Asus P8P67-LE allows.
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue, single at x16 mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (black, at x4 mode, compatible with PCI Express x1 and x4 devices)

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H $143 will run SLI graphics cards at x8/x8.

No aftermarket CPU cooler in your list yet. You can easily learn to overclock and it's easier to install the better cooling now than later on.
CM Hyper 212+ $32

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October 29, 2011 12:36:45 PM

Bump your PSU up 50W, it's not necessary, but as a general rule of thumb, overkill, it can't hurt.

WR2 is right on everything he has said, I truly do suggest that if you're buying an i5 2500k, you overclock, otherwise, downgrade your card to save money.
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October 29, 2011 1:54:11 PM

hiimnickwhoareu said:

Bump your PSU up 50W, it's not necessary, but as a general rule of thumb, overkill, it can't hurt.


Why would you bump up 50 watts on the psu if 650 watts is already an overkill? even a good 500w psu can run that system fine.
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October 29, 2011 11:35:55 PM

Hey, thanks for the input.

@WR2 - I've taken on board what you've said and changed to the Gigabyte GA-Z68MA motherboard, and also added the CPU cooler to my list.

As for the PSU, if 650W is not enough for dul 560ti's in SLI, I take it a larger PSU would be necessary to keep that option open? Any recommendations?

As for the RAM, how does the one I chose compare to similarly priced options. I only need 4GB because of my 32 bit OS.

On to the case, will all the selected parts fit alright, or are there any other options?

Thanks again.
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October 30, 2011 12:13:12 AM

I really reccomend changing the MOBO to http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Its probably one of the best Mobo's at that price.

Also for the Corsair TX650 v2, its only got 2 6+2pin PCI-E connectors. You'll need 4 of them for dual 560ti SLI setup.
To be on the safe side, you should up the Power supply to either:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If you are getting a CPU cooler, try getting this
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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October 30, 2011 12:40:22 AM

I'm OK with the amount of power the TX650 V2 can supply. It can handle an average OC for the i5-2500K and 2x GTX 560 Ti in SLI.
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October 30, 2011 9:13:10 AM

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/7

This is an Australia forum, people over here will have a better knowledge of where and what to buy in Australia

Not sure its a great idea suggesting other forums ;) 
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