So I plan on buying a new rig sometime soon with the main intention of gaming, with homework/web development/3D on the side. I'll be overclocking the CPU but not the GPU. My budget is around the AU$2000 and this is what I've got so far:
If you want to do 3D rendering, the 2600K is a better option. The 2500K is no slouch though, and the extra $100 for the 2600K may be a turn off. Prices seem to be a bit high through that store for some things... Any chance you can look around for any other reputable online retailers in Australia for the parts you want? If you can save any money, I'd upgrade the monitor to at least a 23". 21.5" is just weird.
My suggestions: 23" monitor and the 2600K. Skip the 2600K and go for a 23" monitor though if you can only manage to squeeze a little more money into it.
Also, overclocking the GPU is simple and easy. Even a small 50 Mhz boost can improve FPS by 1 or 3, depending on the game.
Yeah I might look into getting a 2600K. I'm happy to get it through any other Australian retailers, I know of Centrecom, are there any others (live in Victoria). The main reason I was put off getting a 23" (family PC has one) is that I'll be at Uni when I have this, and having a small desk and a 23" doesn't sound as nice as just having that few extra inches of space.
If overclocking the GPU isn't too hard I might do a bit of that. That ASUS card is already 78MHz higher than the reference card on the graphics clock and 155MHz on the shaders. Thanks for your input though!
Overclocking the GPU is as easy as downloading this: http://www.evga.com/precision/ , installing it, then sliding the sliders over and hitting apply. Do a little at a time though. Not all cards can OC. Sometimes the already OC'd cards OC further. Always worth trying to squeeze out another 25 to 50 Mhz. Plus its fun to experiment with it.
The monitor makes since then, I can understand that.
As for any other retailers, this one appears cheaper. http://www.msy.com.au/ . I know at least one other user on here who has priced their rig through them. I'm not gonna vouch for the company though. I'll leave that up to you to research them.
Also, I was thinking, if you are doing 3D rendering, more RAM might be better. I don't do any rendering myself, but I know that in video editing I can max out all 8 gigs of ram as the system 'renders' and encodes the video. Since RAM is cheap, you could go for 16 GBs instead of 8. I'd check to see if that would impact 3D rendering though. And if its on the side anyway, it might not make that big a difference.
Ah ok, well if it's that easy I'll have to consider it! Thanks for the link to MSY too.
Well I currently do rendering on an i5-750 with 4GB RAM, it does alright, but it definitely maxes out the four. I was considering the 16GB as it's only an extra 50 bucks, but I guess I can always try out the 8 and see how they go, then add more if need be.