New <900 gaming PC

Hi,

I would appreciate some help with choosing parts for a new gaming rig I'm thinking of purchasing in a few weeks.

Budget - <$900 (less is better of course)
Usage - gaming
Parts not required - monitor, speaker, keyboard, mouse, OS
Country - Australia
Preferred website - msy http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf
Parts - NVIDIA GPU and intel CPU preferred
No overclocking, no sli/crossfire

Decided on parts: none, but leaning towards i5 3550 (219) or 2400 (186), GTX 560 as the GPU (?brand), and fractal design define R3 (139)

Additional comments - quiet is nice. wifi and usb 3 on the mobo. NVIDIA has an insanely confusing naming convention.

Thanks everyone for your time and thoughts. In particular I'm having difficulty choosing the mainboard.
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  1. AsRock B75M $72

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=B75%20Pro3 <---- another look at that board

    Intel i5-3450 205

    or..


    8G Kit 1600 G.Skill Ares $54

    or...

    4G Kit 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws $35
  2. Thanks for the help! But what about the other components? On the choice of motherboard, can you suggest anything with an onboard wifi from that list? Do I need to get something more recent / expensive if I'm going down the ivy bridge pathway? Is it worth paying more for the 3550 vs the 2400?

    Cheers!
  3. Ezuku said:
    Thanks for the help! But what about the other components? On the choice of motherboard, can you suggest anything with an onboard wifi from that list? Do I need to get something more recent / expensive if I'm going down the ivy bridge pathway? Is it worth paying more for the 3550 vs the 2400?

    Cheers!

    The cheapest board with onboard wifi is the Asus Z77 V and that would eat up a very large portion of your budget.

    I didn't see any power supplies on that parts list. Look for a solid 500+ w psu in order to push a 7850 or 560 ti.

    If it comes down to cost then look at the 2400, otherwise the 3450 has it beat in regards to gaming (FPS).
  4. Thanks for the opinions. Here's my current thoughts.

    Motherboard: $72 - AsRock B75M
    CPU: 205 - i5 3450
    GPU: 157 - Grainward GTX560
    Ram: $54 - 8G Kit 1600 G.Skill Ares
    Case: $139 - Fractal Design Define R3
    Powersupply - $67 Antec Neo Eco 520
    HD: $119 - Seagate Sata3 2tb (7200)
    Wifi: $16 - TP-Link Wn781ND (N)

    Total - 829.

    Is it worth going to a 3550 or 2500K vs a 3450? Or is this overkill given my price budget? Any better suggestions on power supply? I'm not really familiar with PSUs. They're on page 2 on the right.

    Once again, thanks for the help.

    Cheers!
  5. would recommend a better PSU , a 600w would be better for upgrades, or evena 750w.
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    750w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049

    Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/ZS_750W/
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    600w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    Review: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-ModXStream-Pro-600-W-Power-Supply-Review/936
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  6. Ezuku said:
    Thanks for the opinions. Here's my current thoughts.

    Motherboard: $72 - AsRock B75M
    CPU: 205 - i5 3450
    GPU: 157 - Grainward GTX560
    Ram: $54 - 8G Kit 1600 G.Skill Ares
    Case: $139 - Fractal Design Define R3
    Powersupply - $67 Antec Neo Eco 520
    HD: $119 - Seagate Sata3 2tb (7200)
    Wifi: $16 - TP-Link Wn781ND (N)

    Total - 829.

    Is it worth going to a 3550 or 2500K vs a 3450? Or is this overkill given my price budget? Any better suggestions on power supply? I'm not really familiar with PSUs. They're on page 2 on the right.

    Once again, thanks for the help.

    Cheers!

    Everything up there looks good. If you can fit the 3450 in your budget then go for it.
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