Another home built newbie...

Hi guys,
Love the forum! I've gleaned a lot of very useful information of these forums over the last few weeks.

I've been looking around for a new system for the last month or so, and am about to venture into the world of home built computers.
Basically, I'm a complete noob at this. I use computers a lot, and know what parts go into them, but I've never built one from scratch before.

The system I wish to build will be mainly used for editing Photography and Gaming, along with the usual web browsing, email etc.

After quite a bit of research, I've put together a list of parts and I'm interested in what people think of my selections.
I'm not really interested in a debate about 'this brand is better than that one', but just want to know if I've have made any silly choices, or if there are any obvious changes I should make.

First up, I'm from Australia, and will be buying from an online Australian store. Unfortunately the price is much higher here in Oz than in the USA, but that is what I'm stuck with.

I've been looking at getting most of my gear at, but am open to any suggestions.
The prices I've listed are from Obviously I will around before making final purchases

Here's what I have selected:
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer $99
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500 $205
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Gen3 Motherboard $299
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD $379
Memory: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS $99
PSU: Corsair TX-750 V2 Power Supply $145

Thanks for any comments or suggestions
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  1. Is that a K model Core i5 2500?
    If not - how much extra is it to upgrade to the 2500K?
  2. Corsair TX-650 V2 to save $40 and pay $10 extra for the K model.

    Add a CPU cooler to your parts list. CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39, for example.
  3. I am assuming that our budget is $1200-$1300

    ur components are overkill

    are going to oc? if yes then this should be ur build:)

    Intel Core i5 2500K

    ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard

    2x Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB [11179-09-41G]

    CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer

    OCZ Technology ZX Series 1000W Power Supply

    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS

    Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (2x4GB) DDR3

    Noctua NH-U9B SE2

    TOTAL = $ 1267 :bounce:

    which is just more and all quality component

    1. CPU: i changed to 2500k so that u can Overclock if u are not going to overclock then step down to i5 2400 and also u wont need cpu cooler:)

    2. Mobo : i changed because it was a massive overkill and if u dont oc then Z68 mobo is of no use and overkill unless u are planning to crossfire or sli later thats why i have included the asrock Z68 extreme 3

    3. i changed it from 570 to two sapphire hd 6870 as they provide the best bang for buck and increase the performance at 15 % at least from oced gtx 570 :O

    4. i changed the psu for capacitor aging and crossfire. u can buy a more costly psu of crosair or antec or seasonic or silverstone but ocz is also good company :)

    5. changed the ram due to long heat spreaders and interference with cpu cooler

    6.added an ssd which will decrease the boot times and load times 2-3 times (more or less) : D

    7 . didnt change the case and hdd as they are excelent choice :D

    thats what said :hello:
  4. 1000W PSU? What is wrong with you? AT most it would need 750W and even that's an overestimate.

    For actual numbers rather than just my opinion:
  5. Thanks for the replies. I've re-posted the new specs in the preferred format

    Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month or so

    Budget Range: 1200-1400 $AUD

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital photo editing, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, DVD burner

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
    Country: Australia

    Parts Preferences:No preference

    Overclocking: Probably not. Don't know much about it, and rather not unless it's encouraged ;)

    SLI or Crossfire: See above

    Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


    Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer $99 - I'm happy with this selection

    CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $205 or Intel Core i5 2400 $189??
    I'm don't know anything about overclocking, so probably would be better going i5 2400 judging from Serialkiller's advice?

    MOBO: ASROCK Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 - $169 - I choose the other one after seeing that it was recommended by others. Happy to step down to this one if it will perform adequately?

    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD $379 OR Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB x 2 $179 ??
    Choose the EVGA because it was recommended. What would be the advantage of using 2 of the Sapphire?
    You mention an increase in performance of 15%? Don't know much about using 2 graphics cards.

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59 OR Kingston HyperX? Now have had both recommended to me.

    SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120gb - good recommendation. I can see the value in that.

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS $99 - haven't found any reason to change

    PSU: Corsair TX-750 V2 Power Supply $145 I've seen little evidence that I would need greater then 750W and quite a bit of evidence that 650W would do fine.

    Cooling: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 $59 - Will I need it?

    Last question: I have two hdds in my old pc which contain a lot of data - pretty much full.
    Is it possible to install these in the new system to be able to access the data - mainly music and photos?
    Or is this an impossible/bad idea?
    Harddrive is Samsung Model: HD161HJ (160GB/7200rpm/8M)

  6. Overclocking isn't something you 'have to do'. But it's a nice option to have in 18~24 months when it's time to upgrade your graphics card. You'd get a nice bump up in CPU performance to go along with the new GPU. There are lots of good guides on how to OC and it's easier than you realize.
    A $26 difference in 2400 -> 2500K isn't enough suggest a change IMO.

    A good CPU cooler goes along with the option for OC'ing. It keeps the CPU cooler than the stock (wimpy) Intel cooler. With your big gaming case you can take the bigger 120mm fanned coolers.
  7. A GTX 570 is a good match for a 1680x1050 monitor.

    And you won't have any problems putting your 2 SATA HDD drives into the new case.
    You have plenty of SATA connectors on the motherboard.
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