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$1200 build advice wanted

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April 28, 2012 8:28:44 AM

Budget = max A$1300

CPU*
Intel Core i5 2500K - $225*
(to be replaced with Ivy Bridge equivalent - 3570k?)

CPU Cooler
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $39

Motherboard
ASRock H77-PRO4-MVP Motherboard - $105

RAM
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $59

SSD
Intel 330 Series 120G SSD - $155

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 - $135

GPU
Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB OC - $275

PSU
Seasonic M12II 520W Modular PSU - $109

Case
NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower Case White - $129

All parts from PC Case Gear

Notes:

- SLI/Crossfire: No
- Overclocking: Highly unlikely
- Monitor: Currently limited to 1680x1050 by my current AGP 7600GS (I'm guessing), pretty sure it is capable of 1080p
- Parts not needed: DVD Drive (recycling my current machine, constructed late 2008), OS (Win7), keyboard, mouse, speakers
- Prices are in Australian dollars
- Will be doing a combination of gaming, and light graphics + video editing work
-No certain time I'll be buying this (simply whenever I get the cash), hopefully June if things turn out to plan
April 28, 2012 8:45:41 AM

To save a few bucks might wanna drop the 2500k to something that isnt unlocked since you wont be OCing. 2500 or 2400 maybe. And if you arent buying right away, it really doesnt do you much good to ask for critiques on a build thats may be 2 or more months away. Prices change and new tech comes out so often that the same PC in 2 months could be $200 less or $100 more. Who knows.
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April 28, 2012 11:16:13 AM

Drop the CPU cooler. You won't need it if your not OC. Get a cheaper Case (without compromising on quality of course). Then, with the money you save, max your RAM.
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