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$1000 AUD Gaming PC, some questions.

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January 9, 2012 8:07:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week and next, is it OK to buy some parts this week and some parts next or is it more advisable to buy them all at once?

Budget Range: $800 - $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: This will be used almost purely for games, primarily World of Warcraft, Skyrim, MW3 and BF3.

Parts Not Required: I already have a mouse, monitor and speakers. (Need keyboard and OS).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.mwave.com.au, www.ccpu.com.au, www.itestate.com.au.

Country: Australia.

Parts Preferences: I'd prefer to use the i5-2500k and a nVidia graphics card, from what I've heard WoW prefers Intel and nVidia, which is what I would be playing mostly. However, if there are better choices please let me know :) .

Overclocking: Maybe, depends on if the games I play would perform much better with overclocking or not. Would it be worth it with those games I want to play?

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, same as above.

Monitor Resolution: I'll be using a 22 inch monitor. However, I'm not quite sure of the resolution.

Additional Comments: I'd like for this computer to be able to play WoW on ultra settings quite well, same for Skyrim and MW3. I'm hoping that's possible since I won't be using 1920x1200 resolution. I will need a wireless adapter since I'll be solely using wireless internet and finally I'd also like to make sure all the parts are compatible.

Case:
BitFenix Shinobi Midi-Tower Case - 3x 5.25", 8x 3.5" & 1x 2.5" Hard Drive Bays - 7x Expansion Slots - Solid Steel Side panel - Steel & Plastic - Black (SHINOBI-BK)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011459-BitFenix_Shinobi_M..."_8x_3_5"_&_1x_2_5"_H

DVD:
Samsung SH-222AB/BEBS Internal 22x DVD Burner - SATA - OEM - Black
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040381-Samsung_SH_222AB_B...

Processor:
Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked Processor - 3.30GHz - Quad Core - Socket LGA1155 - 95W TDP - 4x256KB L2 / 6MB L3 Cache - Intel HD Graphics 3000
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010218-Intel_Core_i5_2500...

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040460-Seagate_Barracuda_..."_In

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard - Intel Socket LGA1155 - Intel Z68 Chipset - 4x DDR3-2133 - 2x PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2x PCI - 4x SATA3 & 3x SATA2 - 1x eSATA - 12x USB2.0 & 4x USB3.0 - 2x IEEE1394a - D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI & Display Port - CrossFireX & SLI - 7.1 Channel Audio - Gigabit LAN - ATX
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023571-Gigabyte_GA_Z68X_U...

Power Supply (with SLI or Crossfire.):
Antec HCG-750 750W High Current Gamer Power Supply - ATX12V v2.3 - EPS12V v2.91 - Active PFC - 80+ Bronze Certified - NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFireX Ready
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040684-Antec_HCG_750_750W...

Power Supply (without SLI or Crossfire, not sure on this one. Some suggestions would be great.):
Corsair GS-600 Gaming Series 600W Power Supply - ATX/EPS - Silent 14cm Fan - 80 Plus Certified - Black
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040708-Corsair_GS_600_Gam...

RAM:
G.Skill RipJaws 8GB (2x 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 Memory - PC3-12800 (1600MHz) - 240-pin DIMM - Non-ECC - Unbuffered - CL 9-9-9-24-2N (F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140549-G_Skill_RipJaws_8G...(2x_4GB)_Dual_Channel_DDR3_Memory_PC3_12800_(1600MHz)_240_pi

Graphics Card:
ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Overclocked Video Card - GDDR5 1024MB 256-Bit VRAM - 830 / 4000MHz Clock - PCIe 2.0 - 2x Dual-Link DVI & Mini HDMI - PhysX & SLI Ready - DirectX 11 (ENGTX560-TI-DCII/2DI/1GD5)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42050908-ASUS_GeForce_GTX_5...

Wireless Adapter:
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-46060390-TP_Link_300Mbps_Wi...(TL_WN881ND)

If you have any questions, please ask :) . Thanks in advance!
January 9, 2012 9:08:14 PM

Everything looks great! However, I would consider the HAF Series Cases.
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January 9, 2012 9:16:54 PM

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Power Supply (without SLI or Crossfire, not sure on this one. Some suggestions would be great.):
Corsair GS-600 Gaming Series 600W Power Supply - ATX/EPS - Silent 14cm Fan - 80 Plus Certified - Black
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-340407 [...] _80_Plus_C


Go with the Antec 750 - I like Corsair PSUs but I haven't heard good things about the GS over the TX or CX. The Antec Earthwatts however is made by Seasonic so you can't go wrong there.

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Monitor Resolution: I'll be using a 22 inch monitor. However, I'm not quite sure of the resolution.


You want full 1080p if you can possibly help it anymore.

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Everything looks great! However, I would consider the HAF Series Cases.


I have the 912 and I really like it but the 932 and 922 are huge, heavy and not easily transportable. For the price you might want to look at the Arc MIDI, or the Corsair Carbide if they're available.

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Additional Comments: I'd like for this computer to be able to play WoW on ultra settings quite well, same for Skyrim and MW3. I'm hoping that's possible since I won't be using 1920x1200 resolution.


It's pretty rare for a monitor 19" - 24" to have anything other than 1080p as the max resolution so you should be fine there.
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January 9, 2012 10:11:52 PM

The GS600 seems to be an okay choice on mwave in terms of price. However here are some other options:
Antec Truepower New TPN-650 80Plus Bronze Modular $105
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040445-Antec_550W_TruePow...

XFX Pro 550W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze $98
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040746-XFX_550W_Core_Edit...

The Antec Earthwatts Green line is built by Delta Electronics, not Seasonic. In terms of build quality they are usually superior to Seasonic.

The Bitfenix Shinobi is a good option at that price.
Altho I just saw this:
Cubitek XL Tank $80
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011422-Cubitek_Tank_Serie...
Which I have heard is made by Lian Li for Cubitek. So if you don't mind a larger case then that is a fantastic deal IMO.
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January 10, 2012 2:44:10 AM

Thanks for the input guys, here's what I have. Let me know if there's anything left to be changed.

Case:
Cubitek Tank Series - XL-TANK CB-TKA-B410 - Black - Aluminium - 12 Drive Bays - Supports 4-Way SLI - USB 3.0 & ESATA
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011422-Cubitek_Tank_Serie...

DVD:
Samsung SH-222AB/BEBS Internal 22x DVD Burner - SATA - OEM - Black
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-170403 [...] _OEM_Black

Processor:
Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked Processor - 3.30GHz - Quad Core - Socket LGA1155 - 95W TDP - 4x256KB L2 / 6MB L3 Cache - Intel HD Graphics 3000
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-190102 [...] 5_95W_TDP_

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-220404 [...] 5"_In


Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard - Intel Socket LGA1155 - Intel Z68 Chipset - 4x DDR3-2133 - 2x PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2x PCI - 4x SATA3 & 3x SATA2 - 1x eSATA - 12x USB2.0 & 4x USB3.0 - 2x IEEE1394a - D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI & Display Port - CrossFireX & SLI - 7.1 Channel Audio - Gigabit LAN - ATX
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-280235 [...] ipset_4x_D

Power Supply:
Antec 550W TruePower ATX Power Supply - 80+ Bronze Certified - Modular - 120mm Cooling Fan
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040445-Antec_550W_TruePow...

RAM:
G.Skill RipJaws 8GB (2x 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 Memory - PC3-12800 (1600MHz) - 240-pin DIMM - Non-ECC - Unbuffered - CL 9-9-9-24-2N (F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-371405 [...] Hz)_240_pi

Graphics Card:
ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Overclocked Video Card - GDDR5 1024MB 256-Bit VRAM - 830 / 4000MHz Clock - PCIe 2.0 - 2x Dual-Link DVI & Mini HDMI - PhysX & SLI Ready - DirectX 11 (ENGTX560-TI-DCII/2DI/1GD5)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-420509 [...] B_256_Bit_

Wireless Adapter:
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-460603 [...] L_WN881ND)
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January 10, 2012 8:35:45 AM

All looking great. Might want to compare prices against PCCaseGear. I know they are generally slightly cheaper on Mobos atm:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Usually balances out between one thing being a fraction more and another being a fraction less, between different stores :) 

Big fan of ordering all components all at once. Nothing to gain by having boxes sitting around early that you can't do anything with. And you pay 1 shipping charge :) 

While we are talking shipping. If you can find a local retailer that sells a case you're happy with you'll save half of your shipping from PCCaseGear or MWave. Are you near an MSY by any chance? (See website locations)

http://msy.com.au/

http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

I usually just download that pdf pricelist and call my local to check stock availabilty.
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January 10, 2012 10:11:14 AM

And don't forget Umart if you have one nearby they're almost impossible to beat
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January 17, 2012 8:48:24 AM

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