500++ Build Critique

Approximate Purchase Date: This week and next week

Budget Range: AUD$500 - 600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Trading, Streaming, light gaming,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.umart.com.au http://www.msy.com.au/ http://www.computeralliance.com.au/main.aspx

Country: Australia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Hey guys, im helping my brother build a budget pc as his laptop is starting to die out on him. He is currently on a tight budget, so I was putting something together around the $AUD 500 - 600 range. Mainly he'll be using the computer to do some online trading, streaming and some gaming e.g. Diablo 3.

I had a look at the system builder marathon for June 2012 and took some ideas from there.

Here is what I am thinking of putting together. Let me know what you think and whether it will suffice?


Intel Pentium Dual Core G630/2.70GHz/3MB CACHE/LGA1155 $78.00

Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V: LGA 1155, Intel H61 Express $60.00

GIGABYTE 1GB GTX 550 Ti PCI-E VGA Card $117.00

Kingmax 8G(2x4G)PC-10600 1333MHZ DDR3 $49.00

Seagate Barracuda SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache $92.00

OCZ Fatalt1ty 550W Modular PSU $69.00

Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA $19.00

CoolerMaster RC334U Elite Black NO PSU $42.00

Total : $526

Your help is much appreciated!
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  1. get a better cpu like intel core i5 2500k
    that dual cpu wont make it xD
    and for ram you can get 1600mhz for around that price
  2. Thanks for your input.

    Yea you are right about the ram, i'm thinking of the G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL) instead which is only 10 bucks more.

    In terms of the cpu however the i5-2500k will put this overbudget, therefore i'll go with the Intel Core i3 2120 3.30Ghz 3MB Cache LGA1155 CPU which is an extra 50 bucks.
  3. Ok this is my revised build now

    Intel Core i3 2120 3.30Ghz 3MB Cache LGA1155 CPU $129.00

    Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V: LGA 1155, Intel H61 Express $60.00

    GIGABYTE 1GB GTX 550 Ti PCI-E VGA Card $117.00

    G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL) $59.00

    Seagate Barracuda SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache $92.00

    OCZ Fatalt1ty 550W Modular PSU $69.00

    Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA $19.00

    CoolerMaster RC334U Elite Black NO PSU $42.00

    Total : $587

    How's this looking atm?
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