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February 17, 2012 6:34:56 AM

Hello,
I've been wanting to built a system by myself for quite sometime now.
This would be my first time building a system from scratch and would need someone to verify whether the parts I have chose are compatible with one another and whether there are better products out there with a slight variation in price.

My budget's around $1000 (Australian Dollars)

PSU: Cooler Master GX 750W
CASIS: Cooler Master HAF 922
MOBO: ASUS M5A97
PROC: PHENOM II X6 1055T HEXA 2.80ghz
PROC Cooler: Cooler Master N620
GRAPHICS: SAPPHIRE HD6950
RAM: 4GB Kingston HPX DDR3 1600 C9 Twin DX3 (A total of 16GB)
HDD: Western Digital 2.0TB (Black Caviar) 6GB, 64MB
OPTICAL DRIVE: Lite-On SATA 24x

The purpose for the computer will be for gaming. And would I be able to play all the current games on very high setting?


Cheers.

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February 17, 2012 6:53:51 AM

Can I get a i5-2500k in the house? wha what?!

Really though i5 would be better for gaming

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drop to 8gb ram
and with a single card all ya need is probably 600W if that.

Do ya need a 2tb now? you could save some money there too, 1 tb will hold TONS of games

and I just noticed the Australia part.... check out this site for availability:
http://www.shopbot.com.au/pp-intel-core-i5-2500k-price-...

still around the same price and may be even cheaper too!
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February 17, 2012 6:57:07 AM

Linking to the site you are going to buy from would be nice. Also with 1000.00 you'd be better off going with a i5 2500k and a z68 motherboard for gaming. The 2500k is the king gaming cpu right now and will do you perfectly for gaming. total in cpu and z68 you will have about 400 bucks in it but it will perform much better plus if you buy a 30-40 heat sink it will oc to about 4.5 pretty easily. And 8 gigs would do you great for gaming for a while i'd drop to 8 gigs of 1333 ram as intel will void your warranty for anything higher.
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February 17, 2012 7:38:05 AM

Nahuy said:
Hello,
I've been wanting to built a system by myself for quite sometime now.
This would be my first time building a system from scratch and would need someone to verify whether the parts I have chose are compatible with one another and whether there are better products out there with a slight variation in price.

My budget's around $1000 (Australian Dollars)

PSU: Cooler Master GX 750W
CASIS: Cooler Master HAF 922
MOBO: ASUS M5A97
PROC: PHENOM II X6 1055T HEXA 2.80ghz
PROC Cooler: Cooler Master N620
GRAPHICS: SAPPHIRE HD6950
RAM: 4GB Kingston HPX DDR3 1600 C9 Twin DX3 (A total of 16GB)
HDD: Western Digital 2.0TB (Black Caviar) 6GB, 64MB
OPTICAL DRIVE: Lite-On SATA 24x

The purpose for the computer will be for gaming. And would I be able to play all the current games on very high setting?
Cheers.



Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard LGA1155
http://www.bttech.com.au/gigabyte-gaz68xud3hb3-motherbo...
$160

i5-2500k
http://www.ccpu.com.au/show_cat.php?cat_id=cpus
$210

Corsair Vengeance Blue PC3-12800 8GB 2*4GB Dual Channel CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.megabuy.com.au/corsair-vengeance-2x4gb-ddr3-...
$56

ASUS Radeon HD 6950 EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5
http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/41414-eah6950dcii2d...
$319

having trouble finding a power supply but that essentially leaves ya $255 for the case and PSU (500-600W) and 1 tb HD which should be plenty. If you can throw in a couple extra bucks it would make a huge difference to get a non-stock cooler for the CPU too.

Thats what I could find from that site, not sure what is popular in Australia. Also, take a look at an gtx560ti would be cheaper and give ya a little bit more breathing room. Your PC will be able to adequately handle nearly all the games available today at 1920x1080 w/ high settings
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February 17, 2012 7:52:27 AM

2518249,1,1127151 said:
Hello,
I've been wanting to built a system by myself for quite sometime now.
This would be my first time building a system from scratch and would need someone to verify whether the parts I have chose are compatible with one another and whether there are better products out there with a slight variation in price.

My budget's around $1000 (Australian Dollars)

PSU: Cooler Master GX 750W
CASIS: Cooler Master HAF 922
MOBO: ASUS M5A97
PROC: PHENOM II X6 1055T HEXA 2.80ghz
PROC Cooler: Cooler Master N620
GRAPHICS: SAPPHIRE HD6950
RAM: 4GB Kingston HPX DDR3 1600 C9 Twin DX3 (A total of 16GB)
HDD: Western Digital 2.0TB (Black Caviar) 6GB, 64MB
OPTICAL DRIVE: Lite-On SATA 24x

The purpose for the computer will be for gaming. And would I be able to play all the current games on very high setting?


this is pretty much the same as my system runs everything on very high to ultra including bf3, 16gig rams even though cheap is a waste and i havent found 2 game to use over 6gig of my 8gig and just get 1 tb hdd its more than enough,keep ur movie collection elsewhere lol, not being a fanboy of intel but the 2500k slaughters anything that amd has on the market then the overclocking i dont need to say anymore, you dont need a z68 chipset for gaming p67 will do everything as well all it doesnt have is is quicksync and i reckon you would be hard pressed to find 2% of people that would actually use this tech. all this stuff was from msy.com.au everywhere in australia this is where i get all my stuff from in qld
gigabyte p67a-ud3p $109
i5 2500k $218
antec earthwatts 650 $99
8gig ripjawx 1600 $52
coolermaster hyper 212 evo $39
coolermaster haf922 $118
gigabyte 6950oc $261
samsung sata dvd-r $18
wd black 1tb $139

total $1053 you can drop $ by changing hdd's a black is quicker but wont affect your gaming and with an intel system you could also save cash on case if need be you dont need a haf to keep a 2500k cool also if you had no intention of cfx you could drop to a 600 w psu
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February 17, 2012 7:54:44 AM

Thanks for the quick reply guys.

How long would you say your suggested system would last? 1 or 2 years before I would have to upgrade?

I have made up my mind to switch to an i5-2500k, but would prefer an asus mobo with UEFI Bios.

And im gonna safe a bit of money and dismantle my 2tb external hdd and use it as primary.

Which graphics card would you recommend, I chose the hd6950 as I've read a lot of good reviews about that card.

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February 17, 2012 8:03:46 AM

That is a great card, you wouldn't be disappointed. I would say this build would last you over 4 years with good house keeping (clearing dust, don't spill soda on it, etc). Gaming specs may change but you could always upgrade the GPU. That processor will last a while.

There may always be a faulty part, that estimation is based on good parts.
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February 17, 2012 8:05:01 AM

Nahuy said:
Thanks for the quick reply guys.

How long would you say your suggested system would last? 1 or 2 years before I would have to upgrade?

I have made up my mind to switch to an i5-2500k, but would prefer an asus mobo with UEFI Bios.

And im gonna safe a bit of money and dismantle my 2tb external hdd and use it as primary.

Which graphics card would you recommend, I chose the hd6950 as I've read a lot of good reviews about that card.



It should do you a few years at the least. plus the new ivy bridges are supposed to be 1155 as well so later on you could just replace the cpu and heat sink and gpu as opposed to other options that would have you getting a new motherboard as well. But the i5 2500k over clocked should be golden for 3 years at the least i would guess. Unless games and such took some giant leap in their required cpu's which i don't see happeningas they would not sell half as many games then.
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February 17, 2012 8:13:02 AM

Nahuy said:
Thanks for the quick reply guys.

How long would you say your suggested system would last? 1 or 2 years before I would have to upgrade?

I have made up my mind to switch to an i5-2500k, but would prefer an asus mobo with UEFI Bios.

And im gonna safe a bit of money and dismantle my 2tb external hdd and use it as primary.

Which graphics card would you recommend, I chose the hd6950 as I've read a lot of good reviews about that card.


6950 is all good, just for competions sake the gigabytes have there hybrid bios basically you boot it up with stock settings and then install the program then you adjust your bios through windows works flawlessly for me, i will never buy another asus product had to many of there motherboards die on me and they are were always terrible for me personally with warranty. they do have a very good name for themselves though
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February 17, 2012 11:37:05 AM

Final Decision:
PSU: CoolerMaster GX 750W
PROC: i5 2500k
Proc Cooler: CoolerMaster 212 Plus
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4GB X 2)
HDD: WD 1.0TB Caviar Green
Optical Drive: Lite-On 24x

Still Undecided (Recommendations?):
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 or Corsair 400r?
Graphics: Sapphire HD6950 or Asus HD6950?
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 LE (B3) or ASUS P8Z68-V LE?
(I might need to use a pci for a wireless network card)

Total comes up to about $1100.
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February 17, 2012 8:19:43 PM

Go with the Sapphire HD6950 - that company is known to make lasting stable parts.

Whichever Mobo is cheaper, Like Jason said you wont be using quicksync or SSD Caching (on the z67).
You can't really go wrong with either of those boards.

Case - you can't go wrong once again, but if you don't like bright LEDS on all the time I would go with Corsair 400r. Would not be too big of a deal.

As for the network card, you can get a USB wireless adapter, they are decent enough and cheap but you sacrifice 1 USB port - I know someone would disagree with me on this, so remember, this system is for you and should make you happy!
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February 17, 2012 10:33:26 PM

jasont78: Thanks for the (msy.com.au) link. They sell pretty cheap parts there and I feel more comfortable purchasing and driving it back home then patiently wait for it to come by mail.

cpfergus: Thanks again for the reply. Based on the vga cards on this pricelist, which 6950 do you think I should go for? http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

There's a slight difference in price between the 1gb hd6950 and 2gb. Would you think it's worth an extra $50 for a 2gb card?

Cheers.
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February 17, 2012 11:41:15 PM

If I am reading that chart correctly, I would go with the Powercolor 6950 2Gb for $259. the relative difference in price is negligible. At least I didn't see the $50 difference.

Here is a review you can check out to put your mind at ease.
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/28893-powercolor...
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February 17, 2012 11:42:29 PM

Nahuy said:
jasont78: Thanks for the (msy.com.au) link. They sell pretty cheap parts there and I feel more comfortable purchasing and driving it back home then patiently wait for it to come by mail.

cpfergus: Thanks again for the reply. Based on the vga cards on this pricelist, which 6950 do you think I should go for? http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

There's a slight difference in price between the 1gb hd6950 and 2gb. Would you think it's worth an extra $50 for a 2gb card?

Cheers.


the 2gb card isnt any quicker at all unless u are running serious resolutions eg 3 monitors together even then maybe a frame or 2 at the most
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February 17, 2012 11:45:57 PM

Nahuy said:
Final Decision:
PSU: CoolerMaster GX 750W
PROC: i5 2500k
Proc Cooler: CoolerMaster 212 Plus
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4GB X 2)
HDD: WD 1.0TB Caviar Green
Optical Drive: Lite-On 24x

Still Undecided (Recommendations?):
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 or Corsair 400r?
Graphics: Sapphire HD6950 or Asus HD6950?
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 LE (B3) or ASUS P8Z68-V LE?
(I might need to use a pci for a wireless network card)

Total comes up to about $1100.


i wouldnt get either of those mobos they are cheap ones and i wouldnt expect them to clock to good i would rather the one i suggested any day i personally have the gigabyte hd6950oc its a solid quiet and cool card
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February 19, 2012 12:15:35 PM

Hey guys,
Im still struggling with the mobo decisions.
Im down between the,
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 and Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3.

Help!
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