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Low Budget Gaming PC

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November 7, 2011 2:07:51 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week


Budget Range: $750 AUD


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: Peripherals, software, PSU, HDD, Monitor


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


Country of Origin: Australia


Parts Preferences:


Overclocking: Not initially, but would like to have that option somewhere down the track.

SLI or Crossfire: Not initially, but possibly in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


Additional Comments:


These are the parts I've picked out so far.

Case: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GFX: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optic drive: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

I need help choosing a motherboard and ram. These parts are at $570, so we have another $180 for a mobo and ram.

My client currently has a 460w Coolermaster CPU, that would be enough to run a single card right?

Also, I am aware that this build is probably a little overkill for the resolution, but my client wants the flexibility to be able to switch to a higher resolution if he chooses to and also wanted something powerful enough to game on his current resolution for a while yet.

Anyways, any help with which motherboard/ram to go with would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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November 7, 2011 2:16:22 AM

For RAM, get 8GB DDR3 1600. GSKILL makes good cards which you can get for about $46 USD.
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November 7, 2011 2:47:06 AM

Yes completly forgot to mention the PSU ^+1
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November 7, 2011 1:23:53 PM

K, thanks for the replies.

Is that ram compatible with the motherboard? I can't seem to find it on the manufacturers page. Granted it is 2 AM, so I might have missed it.

Thanks again. :) 
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November 7, 2011 7:00:46 PM

Yes they are compatible.
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November 7, 2011 8:54:37 PM

Sapphire Radeon HD6950 2GB Toxic

AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 960T Black Edition

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3

BitFenix Merc Alpha Mid Tower Case

RAMs on the Giga-Byte QVL: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB (2x4GB), Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) & Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3T1K2/8GX (2x4GB)


You have a 98% chance of unlocking (via a simple mod) the Sapphire Radeon HD6950 Toxic to an HD6970 -- and you also have a good chance of unlocking the 960T BE Zosma to a six-core (if you were so inclined).

And you need a new PSU regardless ...
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