Hi guys! I have spent the last month reading reviews, comparing components, watching youtube vids on building and selecting parts for a solid gaming machine my budget is around $1500-$1800aus mark. Here is my list. Please give me feedback, suggestions alternatives I'm open to anything and everything!!!
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the Next Month
Budget Range: $1500-$1800aus
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Browsing.
Parts Preferences: Intel, ATI (but once again, very open-minded)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future
Additional Comments:Best Bang for the Buck
Intel Core i5 2500k
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard http://www.bttech.com.au/asrock-extreme4-gen3-motherboa...
Im not 100% sure on this motherboard what im after is something with the following
Compatible with my choice of ram GPU and CPU
Good over-clocking potential
Case - I have NO idea I’ve read so much on cases and this is the part I'm most unsure about, what I do know is I'd like USB 3.0 and solid cooling capabilities (don't care what it looks like, possibly a inbuilt ssd slot ha and I don't want to spend a massive amount on it.
Everything you have up there in that build looks great. The only change that needs to be made is the psu. You want a 750w in order to push two of those cards. Otherwise I wouldn't change a thing on that build.
+1 to everything aswell. That motherboard will serve nicely. Remember that the CPU is called 2500k. The extreme3 gen3 is cheaper if you don't mind the small differences, I had to use the most aggressive load line calibration when overclocking my CPU, but then it was fine. And your components might act differently anyway.
As Emelth said, 16GB ram is overkill. Even 4GB would be plenty for current games unless you do a lot of multitasking while gaming (browsers, music, chatclients etc.) but I recommend 8GB so you don't have to worry about it anytime soon, RAM is very cheap at the moment.
don't let the scary website design put you off. If you have one near you go and check them out because they are as cheap as it comes. If you can get your case and PSU from them you'll save a fair bit on shipping too.
Buy a nvidia 680 instead of a 7950. Get a bigger psu (at least 750watt). I do not know why you would pick a 7950 which isnt much less then a 680. Also your building an $1800 dollar machine, why are you skimping on the GPU. That would be a mistake.
Your SSD is trash..Stay with crucial m4, Intel (most expensive) or Samsung SSD's.
Get 8gb of ram like someone already mentioned since your only gaming and it'll keep your dual channel mode.