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First Time PC Build - Gaming Computer ~ $2000 Australian

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January 22, 2012 11:47:43 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: A few months

Budget Range: ~$2000 Australian (~$2095 American)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies (bluray), surfing the web, a bit of video and photo editing.

Parts Not Required: I already have a Logitech G510 Keyboard and a mouse (can't remember which one)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: As it's my first time building a computer, I'm not sure which websites are the best in Australia. I chose http://mwave.com.au/ as it has better prices than some other websites I've looked at. (Keep in mind, prices over here are usually more expensive than in the U.S.A.)

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: I prefer intel over AMD for CPU. I don't really care whether the GPU is nVidia or AMD/ATi Radeon

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I much prefer a quiet PC, any tips on how to make it quieter will be much . I used to have an iMac early 2009 which I run windows 7 home premium 32bit on. It has a 3.06 ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Processer, 4GB DDR3 RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory and a 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive. This runs my current games fine but not on high settings (which I would like) and I would like a computer that's ready for the next few years of games. Also, I might add another HDD which I could put Mac OSX on, and most of my video and photo editing would be done on the Mac side using programs like Final Cut Pro X and Adobe programs. I don't do much editing right now, but I want to start doing more, so I want a good computer now so I don't have to bother upgrading.

My current list of parts are:

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO GEN3 Motherboard – $245
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023678-ASUS_P8Z68-V_PRO_G...

CPU: Intel Core i7 2700K Unlocked Quad Core Processor – $375
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010233-Intel_Core_i7_2700...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – 120mm Cooling Fan – $42
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020624-Cooler_Master_Hype...

RAM: Kingston HyperX 8 (2x 4GB) Desktop DDR3 Memory – $95
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140975-FREE_SHIPPING_King...(2x_4GB)_Desktop_DDR3_Memory_1600MHz_CL9_1_5V_No

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Video Card – GDDR5 1536MB – $539
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42050925-Gigabyte_GeForce_G...
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GPU:
2x ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Overclocked Video Card – $520
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42050908-ASUS_GeForce_GTX_5...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" – $116
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040430-Western_Digital_Ca...

ODD: Sony BD-5300S 12X BD Writer – $85
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17090062-Sony_BD_5300S_12X_...

CASE: Cooler Master HAF RC 932 – $159.99
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16010823-Cooler_Master_HAF_...

PSU: Antec HCG-900 900W High Current Gamer Power Supply – $159.99
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040685-Antec_HCG_900_900W...
OR
PSU
: SilverStone 850W ST85F-P Strider Plus Power Supply
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040570-SilverStone_850W_S...

MONITOR: ASUS VE248H 24" Full HD Widescreen LED Backlight Monitor – $218
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-27140056-ASUS_VE248H_24%22_...

TOTAL: $2035
So, tell me what you think about it, what parts you think are good or parts I shoud change and if the parts I've selected are good for what I'm going to use this system for. Maybe the core i7 is too much for the little video editing I do (though I'm starting to do more) I'm also considering an i7 that's a bit cheaper or maybe even an i5.
January 23, 2012 12:00:37 AM

The 2700k is definitely not worth the extra over the 2500k for gaming .

The 560ti SLI makes sense

You dont need either of those psu's
750 watt would be more than enough

compare prices at pccasegear.com.au
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January 23, 2012 1:36:55 AM

Outlander_04 said:

The 560ti SLI makes sense

You dont need either of those psu's
750 watt would be more than enough

compare prices at pccasegear.com.au

Is it good enough for the SLI? Which brand/model would you recommend?
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January 23, 2012 1:48:07 AM

yes it is good to SLI, go with GTX560Ti SLI 1GB if you run on single 1920x1080 monitor but if you run on multiple 1920x1080 monitor go with the msi gtx560ti twin frozrII/OC 2GB in SLI...

go with the Corsair AX850W PSU or the Seasonic X850W PSU, you can never go wrong with 850W, it might be a bit much for now but it should last you long as in long, both of those are 80PLUS Gold PSU so yes just go with them,

i7 2700k/i7 2600k is not good for gaming, if you just game and a little video/music editing then go with the i5 2500K oh and if you over clock too, but if you never plan on overclocking then just go with the i5 2400 (without K)

and for CPU Cooler(if you are to go for overclocking) i heavily suggest go for the Noctua NH-D14 it's huge but it does the job really well, and make sure yo have a big chassis to support it, something like the thermaltake Level 10 GT, which i use my self,
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January 23, 2012 1:59:46 AM

A psu will usually be most efficient at 50 - 60 % of its rated capacity . Buying too high a wattage psu wastes your money when you buy it , and for the rest of the life of the computer .

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January 23, 2012 2:13:06 AM

Thanks for the feedback Tavo_Nova. I'm going to go with GTX560Ti SLI 1GB as I only use 1 1920x1080 monitor. I'll also use the Corsair AX850w PSU and the Core i5 2500k after a bit more research. i won't get that CPU cooler because I'm not overclocking yet, but I might add it later on if I feel like overclocking - that's what I love about building your own PC.
So now it looks like:

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO GEN3 Motherboard – $245
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-280236 [...] ntel_Z68_C

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked Quad Core Processor - $235
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-190102 [...] _-_3_5GHz_

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – 120mm Cooling Fan – $42
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-180206 [...] 6_1155_775

RAM: Kingston HyperX 8 (2x 4GB) Desktop DDR3 Memory – $95
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-371409 [...] L9_1_5V_No

GPU: 2x ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Overclocked Video Card – $520
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-420509 [...] B_256_Bit_

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" – $116
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-220404 [...] _6_0Gb_s_3

ODD: Sony BD-5300S 12X BD Writer – $85
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-170900 [...] _Mbytes_Ca

CASE: Cooler Master HAF RC 932 – $159.99
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-160108 [...] _1_Audio_x

PSU: Corsair AX Series 850W ATX Power Supply - $245
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040667-Corsair_AX_Series_...

MONITOR: ASUS VE248H 24" Full HD Widescreen LED Backlight Monitor – $218
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-271400 [...] 080_Resolu

TOTAL: $1961
BUT on the nVidia website, it doesn't say that the Corsair AX850w Power Supply is certified for SLI:::: http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/PowerSupplies
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January 23, 2012 3:11:39 AM

Outlander_04 said:


http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-sli-revie...
using a highly overclocked much more power hungry processor that probably draws 100 watts more than the 2500K will .

Even a 750 watt psu is overkill


It says: GeForce GTX 560 in 2-way SLI

A second card requires you to add another ~175 Watts. You need a 700+ Watt power supply unit if you use it in a high-end system (800+ to a KiloWatt is recommended if you plan on any overclocking). so I think 850w is okay as I will probably be upgrading the system in the future with parts that need more power.
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