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January 2, 2012 5:38:36 AM

I am in the process of building a new computer and need advice on the components. It would primarily be used for gaming on a 1080p monitor, as well as general computer usage. The budget would ideally be $750, but I could stretch that to $800 if necessary. I live in Australia and would most likely buy the parts from http://www.mwave.com.au/

Here is a tentative parts list:

CPU: i5 2500k, or the 2400. I wasn't sure whether it would be worth going for the 2500k as I thought that would also require a more expensive motherboard. I would buy parts for cooling later if the budget doesn't have enough for cpu cooling.

Motherboard: I need advice on this in particular. If I go for the 2500k I would need a z68 board, but am not sure what I need to spend to get a decent overclock, and possible add another GPU latter. I am don't know whether I need a to get a ATX or a micro ATX would save some money.

RAM: 4gb would be fine but I would prefer 8 gb if the budget allows like the g.skill ripjaws.
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-371408 [...] 00_CL9_1_5

Graphics card: I am thinking a 6870 like this
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Video Card - GDDR5 1024MB 256Bit VRAM - 900 / 4200MHz Clock - PCIe 2.1 - DVI, HDMI & Display Port - CrossFireX Ready - DirectX 11 & OpenGL 3.2 (11179-09-41G)
or preferably a 6950

Sapphire HD 6950 Video Card - 1024MB 256-bit GDDR5 RAM - 800 / 5000MHz Clock - PCIe 2.0 - 2x DVI, 2x Mini DisplayPort & HDMI - AMD Eyefinity - CrossFireX Ready - DirectX 11 (11188-09-41G)

Case: Antec Three Hundred Tower Gaming Case - Mid ATX Tower - Black - Steel - 9x Drive Bays - SSD Ready - No Power Supply - Very Limited Stock Left

PSU: I don't know about this so suggestions would be very much appreciated

HDD: I would like to get one as the only one I have spare is 40gb, but I might have to wait for the prices to drop.

I do plan to overclock and would like to have the potential to add another graphics card. Thank you for any assistance.

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January 2, 2012 6:37:22 AM

In that price range, you don't have option for SLI or Crossfire,bacause you need a powerfull power supply. If you can raise a little the budget for a hard drive you will have a good gaming computer. Here is what i could do for you : motherboard with Cross or SLI option later when you will upgrade the power supply, 8gb RAM beause on that site is cheaper and more qualitative then 4gb Ram. An 550W power suply will suport you pc even with overclock.
http://www.mwave.com.au/shoppingcart.asp?CartID=mAU@3F5...
Buy this hard drive for now it the cheapest on that site :
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040460-Seagate_Barracuda_...
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January 2, 2012 6:49:40 AM

I'm bumping this I'm on the verge of purchasing the following combo which has the processor, a different case, a 650W PSU, cord, 1 TB Hard drive, and 8 gigs of RAM.

Because newegg threw the combo together, I assume that 650W would be good... I also threw a single 6870 card in there, which makes the build almost identical. I do not know, however, if this wattage would be sufficient for crossfire or overclocking or if a new heatsink is needed.

EDIT: You know what, don't take my advice. I'm not certain that 650W would still be good for overclock + crossfire/SLI. I'm thinking maybe higher. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable could answer that question.
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January 2, 2012 8:37:13 AM
January 3, 2012 5:16:51 AM

Thank you for the replies.
Madchemist83, I like the look of that build but have a few questions. Do you think it would be worth it to get the hard drive suggested by sosofm and then stretch for this
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060801-Sapphire_HD_6950_V...
card as I don't know if the 6850 will cut it. Also is that ram reliable, and is there any reason that the BitFenix Shinobi would be a better option then the Antec 300?
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16010561-Antec_Three_Hundre...
Thank you again and sorry for my ignorance.
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January 3, 2012 6:05:33 AM

6950 will be of course better as a 560Ti
Imo HDDs are too expensive right now and I would go for SSD .. but if you want to get decent HDD go for that sammy f3 .. barracuda is too slow and has only 16mb of cache
or might as well stay with ur current and wait till next year when the prices go down
Antec 300 is perfectly fine .. I just like Shinobi and case is personal preference
I'm tearing right now between 5 cases myself :) 
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January 3, 2012 2:21:32 PM

Imo save money towards mobo. Ssds are still unreliable
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January 4, 2012 8:43:11 AM

madchemist83 said:
Imo save money towards mobo. Ssds are still unreliable

You joking, right? :pfff: 
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January 4, 2012 3:00:36 PM

Fair enough intel and crucial are. U can see there is a lot of bsods
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January 4, 2012 3:03:21 PM

Really? Msi mobo, ocz ssd and chieftek psu .. How r u still typing :) 
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January 5, 2012 7:01:41 AM

:heink:  :lol:  :kaola: 
And what do you have? Something more reliable?
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January 5, 2012 5:03:36 PM

Yeah dell xps420 haha .. Lasted me 7 years without a glitch.
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January 6, 2012 2:29:17 AM
January 6, 2012 4:13:21 AM

ok from the top
good cpu choice still quad core but can save on cooler
gpu go with 560Ti .. with ur resolution should be plenty
psu ocz is ur best bet unless you can find pc power and cooling 600W for same price as it's the same company but higher quality build
mobo I personally would go with asus cause of two things
1- u don't need z or p chipset cause u won't be able to oc.
2- asrock crappy warranty will run out in two years ... so by the time ur ready to upgrade mobo might fail
as u not using aftermarket heatsink go with ripjaws fro ram
imo get 64gb crucial m4 instead of 1tb slow hdd
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January 6, 2012 4:36:27 AM

Firstly I very much appreciate all of the help you have given me. Is that asus motherboard the one to get? there seems to be a lot of similar ones and I can't really tell the difference. Also is there any places that money could be saved, with comparable performance?
That ssd is a bit expensive, so I might get this hdd
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040155-Samsung_Spinpoint_...
it's ok right?
Also no luck with that pc power psu, so I will stick the the ocz.
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January 6, 2012 5:08:28 AM

That 560 ti seems like a good deal, so I will stick with it, the only other way I can see to cut costs would be to get a cheaper case, but they all look pretty ordinary, so I think I will stick with the Antec 300. I don't really see how any more money can be saved without sacrificing quality, so I think I will call that the final build, unless you see any other ways to try and drop the costs a bit more.
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January 7, 2012 6:08:52 AM

Still not 100% sure about the motherboard, would either of these motherboards be ok?
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023569-ASRock_H61DEL_Moth...

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023523-ASRock_H61M_U3S3_M...

The first one in particular seems to be a good buy, is there something I am not seeing?

Also are these four motherboards the same

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023524-ASUS_P8H61_Motherb...

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023538-ASUS_P8H61_PRO_Mot...

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023462-ASUS_P8H67_M_LE_Ne...

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023525-ASUS_P8H61_PLUS_Mo...

All I can see that is different is the price, if I go for that option, the cheapest would be fine, correct?
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January 7, 2012 8:55:12 PM

Asus offers pcie 3.0 upgradeability
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January 8, 2012 6:15:20 PM

yeah that is perfectly reasonable
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January 8, 2012 6:18:49 PM

This will help you compare the GPUs. Find two cards you want to compare and find them on the list. Whichever one is higher on the list is more powerful.
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January 9, 2012 7:21:51 AM

This is as good as I have been able to get the build, just checking that it is all compatible, and if anyone has any suggestions for improvement or savings, now would be the time to voice them. Basically just checking it gets a nod of approval.

CPU: i5 2400
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010214-Intel_Core_i5_2400...

Motherboard: ASUS P8H61 PRO
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023538-ASUS_P8H61_PRO_Mot...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040155-Samsung_Spinpoint_...

Disc Drive: LG GH24NS70
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040387-LG_GH24NS70_Intern...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040466-OCZ_ModXStream_Pro...

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060694-Sapphire_Radeon_HD...

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011322-Cooler_Master_Elit...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140838-G_Skill_Ripjaws_X_...

or I am considering

Corsair XMS3 4GB
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140321-Corsair_XMS3_4GB_%...

Will the case be cool enough? also do you think that 4gb RAM is okay? I am assuming that will include all that I need to build it (wires, etc.) please tell me if otherwise.
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January 9, 2012 8:00:19 AM

4GB of RAM is perfectly acceptable.
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January 9, 2012 7:20:10 PM

Okay, going to go for the 4gb RAM, will everything be compatible?
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January 10, 2012 3:51:08 AM

Hopefully the last question, will to be cool enough in that case as is , I will I need more fans? Thank you everyone for all the assistance
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January 10, 2012 12:39:12 PM

Yes, it will be.
You could add some coolers if it won't be cool enough. They are about 10$.

• Top: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)
• Front: 120 mm blue LED fan x 1,140 mm fan x 1 (optional)
• Rear: 80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional)
• Side: 120 mm fan x 1(optional)
• Bottom:80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional)
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January 10, 2012 8:22:13 PM

Just ordered, thank you very much for all assistance.
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