~$750 gaming pc

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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  1. 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@3F57PIGCOM2HX2Z79KYZ6D9T5IV95XKQQPSIEI3DCNPRM3
    Buy this hard drive for now it the cheapest on that site :
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040460-Seagate_Barracuda_ST500DM002_500GB_7200_RPM_16MB_Cache_SATA_6_0Gb_s_3_5%22_In
  2. 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.
  3. 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_Video_Card_1024MB_256_bit_GDDR5_RAM_800_5000MHz_Clock_PCIe_2_0_
    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_Hundred_Tower_Gaming_Case_Mid_ATX_Tower_Black_Steel_9x_Drive_Bays_SS
    Thank you again and sorry for my ignorance.
  4. 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 :)
  5. Would you say to go for something like this
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22140512-OCZ_Agility_3_AGT3_25SAT3_60G_2_5%22_60GB_SATA_III_MLC_Internal_Solid_State_D
    over a hdd? Or should I make do with the 40 gb hard drive I have and put that money into getting a z68 board and a 2500k?
  6. Imo save money towards mobo. Ssds are still unreliable
  7. madchemist83 said:
    Imo save money towards mobo. Ssds are still unreliable

    You joking, right? :pfff:
  8. Fair enough intel and crucial are. U can see there is a lot of bsods
  9. Really? Msi mobo, ocz ssd and chieftek psu .. How r u still typing :)
  10. :heink: :lol: :kaola:
    And what do you have? Something more reliable?
  11. Yeah dell xps420 haha .. Lasted me 7 years without a glitch.
  12. Here is the build I am thinking so far. Some advice on the components, in particular the ones with multiple options, and whether everything is compatible would be appreciated. If any one was better suggestions I would be glad to hear them, and I would like to knock $50 of the build if possible.

    CPU: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010214-Intel_Core_i5_2400_3_10GHz_Quad_Core_Socket_LGA1155_95W_TDP_4x256KB_L2_6MB_L3_Ca
    $205.00

    GPU: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060801-Sapphire_HD_6950_Video_Card_1024MB_256_bit_GDDR5_RAM_800_5000MHz_Clock_PCIe_2_0_

    $255.00

    OR
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060694-Sapphire_Radeon_HD_6870_Video_Card_GDDR5_1024MB_256Bit_VRAM_900_4200MHz_Clock_PC

    $189.99
    OR
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42050987-Gainward_GeForce_GTX_560_Ti_Video_Card_1024MB_GDDR5_RAM_822_2004Mhz_Clock_PCIe_2
    $229.99

    Case: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16010561-Antec_Three_Hundred_Tower_Gaming_Case_Mid_ATX_Tower_Black_Steel_9x_Drive_Bays_SS
    $65
    Disc Drive: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040387-LG_GH24NS70_Internal_SATA_24x_Dual_Layer_Super_Multi_DVD_Burner_Black_OEM
    $19.99

    PSU: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040466-OCZ_ModXStream_Pro_600W_Modular_High_Performance_Power_Supply_compatible_with_In
    $85.00
    OR
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040663-Antec_520W_High_Current_Gamer_Power_Supply_ATX12V_v2_3_EPS12V_v2_91_80+_Bronze_C
    $79.99

    Motherboard: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023611-ASRock_Z68_EXTREME3_GEN3_Motherboard_Intel_Socket_LGA1155_Intel_Z68_Chipset_4x_D
    $135
    OR
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023524-ASUS_P8H61_Motherboard_B3_Stepping_Intel_Socket_1155_Intel_H61_Chipset_2x_DDR3_1
    $102.80

    RAM: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140838-G_Skill_Ripjaws_X_8GB%282x_4GB%29_Memory_Kit_240pin_DIMM_PC3_10666_DDR3_1333_CL9_1_5
    $49.99
    OR
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140794-A_RAM_8GB_%282x_4GB%29_Value_Series_Memory_PC3_10600_%281333MHz%29_DDR3_240_pin_LONG_DIM
    $41.70
    HDD: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040439-Seagate_Barracuda_ST31000524AS_1TB_7200_RPM_32MB_Cache_SATA_6_0Gb_s_3_5%22_In
    $109.00
  13. 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
  14. 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_F3_HD103SJ_1TB_7200_RPM_32MB_Cache_SATA_3_0Gb_s_3_5%22_Inte
    it's ok right?
    Also no luck with that pc power psu, so I will stick the the ocz.
  15. Firstly .. no problem mate
    yes that HDD is excellent
    this mobo http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023524-ASUS_P8H61_Motherboard_B3_Stepping_Intel_Socket_1155_Intel_H61_Chipset_2x_DDR3_1
    will be upgradeable to pcie 3.0
    you can drop 560Ti for 6870 but will loose some fps .. still playable at medium/high settings
  16. 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.
  17. Asus offers pcie 3.0 upgradeability
  18. Okay, I'm thinking that I will go for a 6870, to save some money, and it does not seem to compare to horribly to the 560 ti.

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060694-Sapphire_Radeon_HD_6870_Video_Card_GDDR5_1024MB_256Bit_VRAM_900_4200MHz_Clock_PC

    Also another plus with getting the 6870 is that this motherboard supports crossfire, but none support sli.
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023538-ASUS_P8H61_PRO_Motherboard_B3_Stepping_Socket_1155_Intel_H61_Chipset_2x_DIMM_DDR

    That sound fine?
  19. yeah that is perfectly reasonable
  20. 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.
  21. 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_3_10GHz_Quad_Core_Socket_LGA1155_95W_TDP_4x256KB_L2_6MB_L3_Ca

    Motherboard: ASUS P8H61 PRO
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023538-ASUS_P8H61_PRO_Motherboard_B3_Stepping_Socket_1155_Intel_H61_Chipset_2x_DIMM_DDR

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040155-Samsung_Spinpoint_F3_HD103SJ_1TB_7200_RPM_32MB_Cache_SATA_3_0Gb_s_3_5%22_Inte

    Disc Drive: LG GH24NS70
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040387-LG_GH24NS70_Internal_SATA_24x_Dual_Layer_Super_Multi_DVD_Burner_Black_OEM

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040466-OCZ_ModXStream_Pro_600W_Modular_High_Performance_Power_Supply_compatible_with_In

    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060694-Sapphire_Radeon_HD_6870_Video_Card_GDDR5_1024MB_256Bit_VRAM_900_4200MHz_Clock_PC

    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011322-Cooler_Master_Elite_430_ATX_Midi_Tower_Case_Steel_&_Plastic_3x_5_25%22_Dr

    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140838-G_Skill_Ripjaws_X_8GB%282x_4GB%29_Memory_Kit_240pin_DIMM_PC3_10666_DDR3_1333_CL9_1_5

    or I am considering

    Corsair XMS3 4GB
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140321-Corsair_XMS3_4GB_%282x_2GB%29_Memory_Kit_PC3_12800_DDR3_1600_Dual_Channel_2x_240_pin

    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.
  22. 4GB of RAM is perfectly acceptable.
  23. Okay, going to go for the 4gb RAM, will everything be compatible?
  24. Looks like it
  25. 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
  26. 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)
  27. Just ordered, thank you very much for all assistance.
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