Approximate Purchase Date: within this week
Budget Range: 1.5k-2k for tower, $500-550 for monitor
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Surfing the net, multitasking, gaming)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, speakers, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts” assembled Cpl.net.au, Msy.com.au, Centrecom.com.au
Parts Preferences: intel and Samsung monitor 27inch
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: best one preferred between s27a950($479) or c27a550 ($549)
Additional Comments: I don’t care much about the tower and atheistic, as long as it’s quiet and doesn’t have too many lights.
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $229
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $219
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1333 $50
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB $140 (may go higher as i been reading in here that lower sized ssd's r slower?)
HDD: Western digital 2tb Green sata 3 oem $135
GPU1: Asus 2gb HD6950 810hmz -$315
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 - $139
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 $112
CPU HSF: Thermalright HR-02 Macho $59
windows 7, 64 bit - $215
odd: Samsung x2 - $60
monitor: samsung c27a550 - $549
may increase the ssd since budget allows for it.
just need some advice if this is the best set up.
Green is HD parlance for "Slow: .... fastest 7200 rpm drive substituted
I gave ya two GFX cards.....two of these beat two factory OC'd CF'd 6950's by over 100 fps in Guru3D's game test suite (862 to 759) ...that's at 900Mhz .... they can go to 1070 .... that's 30% over reference speeds.....the 6950 can be O'd but at no where near that level .....I usually set to 980 - 120 depending on case cooling
Gave ya a 120 Hz monitor ....note that I have yet to use a 27" monitor that I didn't perceive a "grainy" at normal desktop viewing distances.....human eye can distinguish individual pixels starting at about 96 ppi ...a 27" is less than 82 ppi. If ya want 27" look for 2560 x 1440
SSD - Agree with the call for getting at least 120GB. It's amazing how quick they fill up, even if you're disciplined. And hey realistically, they are all fast compared to a HDD, so just get a good brand, well reviewed model etc. Some people talk down the OCZ but I think it's good value compared to the Crucial M4 which is $50 extra.
HDD - Don't go green... It's a bit hard at the moment with shortages and not many options & stock around. I just try and save money and aim for a Spinpoint F3 once they come back and are reasonably priced.
If you're not overclocking, no real reason for the 'k' model CPUs (or CPU Cooler). Recommend looking into it though, it's not hard these days and boosts performance upto 4.0 - 4.3 Ghz without even having to touch voltages.