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November 8, 2011 3:09:52 PM

I opened a thread a couple of weeks ago in relation to building a new desktop, coming from a long history of owning laptops, this will be my first attempt at building my own computer. I plan on picking up the parts in the next few days and just wanted to do a final shout out here of my build to make sure everything is of good quality and compatable (and to calm the nerves a little, keep getting the feeling im gonna stuff this up some how)

So here it is;

Budget Range: Would like to keep it under 1500,

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Internet Browsing > Work Based Programs (Excel/Myob/Quickbooks) > Video streaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Used Msy/Pc CaseGear for prices but not bias towards any site, that ships to victoria

Country of Origin: Aus

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

Monitor Resolution: Whatever the monitor i buy can support

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CPU: Intel i5 2500k - $218
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7581

MoBo: AsRock Z68-Extreme3-Gen3 Intel Z68 USB3.0 1155pin Motherboard - $135
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8247

Cooling Fan - Thermaltake Contac29 Universal CPU Cooler Fan - $39
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=1386

Video Card - Gigabyte Radeon HD6950 1GB Overclocked - $279
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Ram - G.Skill Sniper 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600 - $61
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7650

Hdd - SATA Samsung 3.5" 1TB HDD - $92
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=2519

Sdd - Patriot PYRO Sanforce SF-2200 120B - $187
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8053

PSU - Antec HCG-900 High Current Gamer Gaming PSU - $156
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7999


Case - Antec 300 Three-Hundard Gaming Tower without PSU - $59
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=878


Monitor - Philips 21.5" 222EL2SB 5ms Gloss-Black DVI LED Backlight LCD Monitor - $129
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7973

Optical - Samsung SATA 22x Black DVD RW - $19

OS - Microsoft MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM - $95

Total Cost; $1469

*Will get a second 6950 for crossfire mid next year

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Edit's in Bold; Changed PSU, and Case
November 8, 2011 3:21:09 PM

For case this would be a much better choice:

http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=878

For cooler I don't really like Thermaltake - I used one of their fans in a friends' build and it was a huge pain to setup, try the Corsair A70 or EVGA M020 if they're available.

Other than that your build looks pretty good. And you can go with a USB wifi adapter instead of a built-in one - you're probably better off doing that.
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November 8, 2011 4:06:00 PM

I gets good performance reviews but I can't get behind the MoBo choice because of Asrock's chinsy 2 year warranty. Everybody else gives 3 years or 5.

Cooler.....I'd get the Hyper 612:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

GFX - For the same price, I'd get one of these 900 Mhz 560 Ti's
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_...

The two factory overclocked Twin Frozr 6950's get 759 fps in Guru3D's game test suite, the 900MHz 560Ti's get 862 fps.....that's a 100+ fps improvement.

RAM - Suggest the Vengeance over GSkills
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU is undersized for you 2nd GFX card. Ar minimum (moderate overclocking) I'd use a TX 750, Antec HCG, series, or if ya can get one down under, an XFX Core Edition ..... Better yet, if you are going for 4.6 GHz OC's or above, the Corsair HX, Series, Antec HCG, SG or CP series, Seasonic X Series or XFX Pro XXX Editions at 850 watts.

Monitor - I'd move up a bit on the monitor .....
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

The case comes with just one fan, certainly not enough cooling for OC'ing and twin GFX cards. The Antec Illusion is one I'd look for if ya need to keep price that low.
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November 10, 2011 1:44:20 AM

So i changed the case and psu over and removed the network card leaving me 31 in the budget. So what is more important a better heatsink, better brand of ram or monitor ?

getting pretty tight towards the few parts so only willing to spend the cash for a noticable difference (original plan was to keep this under 1300 but i wanted a SSD)

@ JackNaylorPE: is it just the warrenty that concerns you with the Asrock M/B, because ive been recommended this board by quiet a few people as the best board for cost, but if it has quality issues i will change it.




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November 10, 2011 1:58:24 AM

You could get another 560 Ti in and still be within your budget, plus there are a couple of places in my build where you can save money.

Case can be changed to either the $50 or $60 Rosewill cases which are still pretty good or you can go to the HAF series.
Motherboard can be changed to the $150 or even th $130 board.
CPU cooler can be changed to the Hyper 212+ to save about $20 and it will still keep your system cooled



Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $100.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K - $220.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $180.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.APOLLISH CPU Cooler - $44.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB - $270.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $140.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 64 GB SSD - $115.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $47.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified - $105.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1221.00 (not including MIRs/Shipping)
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November 10, 2011 2:05:54 AM

hey thanks for the response, could easily fit the build in if i used newegg, but i live in australia and newegg dont ship outside the US (or so their site says) so im stuck paying high prices for living at the ass end of the world >.<
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November 10, 2011 3:08:57 AM

Damn forgot about that lol, I would go with the one that OCed MSI has a good cooler for it to make sure that it doesnt overheat or become damaged very easily. The two fans on it will do well.
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