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January 7, 2012 2:29:30 PM

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,,
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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January 7, 2012 3:20:51 PM

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
Case Fans - $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850
MoBo - $ 200 - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro /GEN3
CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i5-2700K
Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $ 48 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz)
GFX - $ 230 - Same
HD - $ 230 - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
SSD - $ 214 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB
DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
Keyboard - - Logitech G510
Mouse - - Logitech G500
Monitor - $ 290 - ASUS VH246H 23.6" LED
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium OEM

January 7, 2012 4:01:04 PM

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.
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January 8, 2012 12:31:13 AM

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?
January 8, 2012 3:15:34 AM

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 :)