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500++ Build Critique

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June 17, 2012 2:48:00 PM

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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June 17, 2012 9:37:59 PM

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
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June 18, 2012 3:44:37 AM

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.
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June 18, 2012 3:47:47 AM

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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