$2000 all rounder pc

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
Country: Australia
Parts Preferences: intel and Samsung monitor 27inch
Overclocking: no
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

total :$2,222
may increase the ssd since budget allows for it.

just need some advice if this is the best set up.
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  1. In a $2k build, I'd want a MoBo with an industry standard 3 year warranty ... fixed below

    Gave ya better, cooler, quieter case (ya can turn the lights off) and PSU (10.0 jonnyguru rated) that can handle a 2nd GFX card and extreme OC on both GPUs and CPU

    DDR3-1600 is same price

    M4 is a tier 5 SSD and 64 GB will seem small after 6 months of use ... I gave ya a Tier 3 at twice the size

    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


    I saved ya $100+ .... $2,116 including all the extras

    Case - $ 120 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    Case Fans - $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209013
    PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    MoBo - $ 200 - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro /GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i5-2700K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073
    Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 48 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - $ 230 - Same
    HD - $ 230 - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148506
    SSD - $ 214 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225
    DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    Keyboard - - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126100
    Mouse - - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104318
    Monitor - $ 290 - ASUS VH246H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059
    OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
  2. Mate, he lives in Australia, Newegg does not ship internationally.

    AUD is worth less than USD so you didn't save him any money at all.

    Also he wants a 2500k not a 2500

    He also said a monitor and keyboard are not required.
  3. JackNaylorPE - thanks for the detailed suggestions. I will have a look if we have those parts and take up ur advice.

    i agree with u about the ssd being old too quickly.def increase it then.

    gothems finest - i think jackNaylorPE was just suggesting/recommending, his price didnt include the keyboard, mouse n monitor. would u have any suggestions for my build as well?
  4. All looking good. Basically agree with Jack but some AU links/price ideas

    RAM - go 1600Mhz... its the sweet spot:
    Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB - $55

    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.

    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD - $179

    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.

    Seagate Barracuda 500GB $79

    Couple of other non-blingy cases that cool well:

    Fractal Design Arc Mid Tower - I prefer over the r3... just because I'm not a fan of the 'bar fridge on your desk' look


    CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced

    CPU Cooler - So long as you're not planning anything too OTT with your OC, this one is good value.
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO $39

    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.

    Good luck :)
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