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April 22, 2012 11:40:04 AM

Hey guys I am looking in to building my first system I want to try and keep the price around $1300
Will mainly be used for gaming and and some media editing.

My preferences are for Intel and Nividia's GTX series but i am open to change.
I am from Australia am as such can not use newegg, but I have narrowed down these two sites as trusted retailers for Australia http://www.scorptech.com.au/ and http://www.pccasegear.com/.

I do not need keyboard or mouse speakers, ect

Thanks in advance guys :) 

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April 22, 2012 2:36:59 PM
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I'll use pcpartpicker, the Aussie version (helpful website... finds the best deals around retailers). Do you need an OS, an HDD, or a monitor? I'm assuming you have OS and monitor. How much media editing are you really going to do? Anyway, here's what I would use:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Scorptec)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.50 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($389.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB DVD/CD Writer ($29.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1276.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-23 00:36 EST+1000)

Some comments: 16GB can be exchanged for 8GB of RAM.
April 23, 2012 9:20:03 AM

ddan49 said:
I'll use pcpartpicker, the Aussie version (helpful website... finds the best deals around retailers). Do you need an OS, an HDD, or a monitor? I'm assuming you have OS and monitor. How much media editing are you really going to do? Anyway, here's what I would use:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Scorptec)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.50 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($389.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB DVD/CD Writer ($29.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1276.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-23 00:36 EST+1000)

Some comments: 16GB can be exchanged for 8GB of RAM.


Yeah i fine on the monitor department and os and not a hell of allot of editing more of a hobby i pick up now and then, Thanks so much for the advice, my only question is if i wanted to put this Video card http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... instead would I lose lot of performance??
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April 23, 2012 12:10:05 PM

Yes. You would lose a LOT of performance. Here's the ranking as I see it:
6850 < 6870 < GTX 560 Ti < 7850 < 7870 < GTX 680

I'd try to get brands in this order:
1. MSI Twin Frozr II OC
2. ASUS
3. Gigabyte
4. EVGA
5. Others
May 3, 2012 10:18:06 AM

Best answer selected by Bazuzu.
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