Low Budget Gaming PC

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_info&products_id=14042

CPU: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16531

GFX: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16578

Optic drive: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=11487

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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  1. For RAM, get 8GB DDR3 1600. GSKILL makes good cards which you can get for about $46 USD.
  2. G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_913&products_id=16510

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard - $135.00
  3. For that card, newegg shows a minimum 500W PSU requirement...


    ^+1 on the Gen3 and Ripjaws.
  4. Yes completly forgot to mention the PSU ^+1
  5. 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. :)
  6. Yes they are compatible.
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