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FIrst Time Budget Build!

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June 19, 2012 10:41:30 AM

So my beloved laptop has just died and I thought to my self what better time than to build my own PC.
If you could give me some ideas on what I need and don't need as well as where I can get it from it would be much appreciated, I would also like to know some recommendations on parts and what will and won't work with each other. This is my first ever build so any help is appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month.

Budget Range: $600 Approx.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing (Photoshop, Cinema 4D. Some Minecraft and Movie editing (Sony Vegas)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS and possibly Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Nowhere in particular, Preferably in Australia

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Looking at buying a Thermaltake Soprano Computer Tower Case w/o PSU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Sorry but not sure what that is. An explanation would be great.

Monitor Resolution: Unknown at this time.

Additional Comments: Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

P.S: I Live In Australia But I Can Use Online Stores.

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June 19, 2012 3:48:13 PM

This is as close as I could get to $600 AUS
giving you a quad core for video editing, a 1TB HDD for storage and a very basic video card for Photos and light gaming. I have suggestions at bottom on upgrades. a dual core would be slightly cheaper, but video editing would be slow.
Mwave in the US is a good place, so hopefully it is in Australia also.
The system components would be cheaper in the US, but the shipping would kill off any savings
I used one of my favorite low cost cases, NZXT 210, instead of the Soprano, as Mwave didn't carry it. maybe you can find it locally.

SKU: 16011464
NZXT Source 210 Elite Midi Tower Case - 3x 5.25" External & 8x 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bays - 7x Expansion Slots - Cooling Fan - Steel - Black (8C-S2NL2-WWB) Yes

SKU: 17040302 Http://
Lite-On iHAS324 Internal Optical Drive - 24x12x8x /24x12x6x/12x + 48x24x48x, DVDRW, CDRW - SATA - Retail Yes

SKU: 19010248
Intel Core i5 3450 Quad Core 3rd Gen Processor - Socket LGA1155 - 3.1GHz (Turbo Boost @ 3.5GHz) - Smart Cache 6MB - Intel HD Graphics 2500 - Ivy Bridge - 22nm - TDP 77W - Fan - Retail Box (BX80637I53450) Yes

SKU: 22040466
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3.5" 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM 64MB Hard Drive (HDD) (ST1000DM003) Yes

SKU: 28023719
ASRock H77M Motherboard - Intel H77 Chipset - Socket 1155 - 2x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM 1600 - 1x PCIe x16 3.0, 1x PCIe x16 (x4 mode) 1x PCIe x1, 3x PCI Slots - AMD CrossFireX - 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x DVI Outputs - 4x SATA3, 4x SATA2 - RAID - Up to 10x USB 2.0 & Up to 4x USB 3.0 - Gigabit LAN - 7.1HD Audio - Micro ATX Yes

SKU: 34040867
Cooler Master GX 450W Power Supply - ATX / EPS - Active PFC - 120mm Fan Cooling - 80 PLUS Bronze - Black (RS450-ACAAD3-AU)

SKU: 37140822
G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB(2x 2GB) DDR3 Memory Kit - 240pin DIMM - PC3-12800 / DDR3-1600 - CL9 - 1.5v - Unbuffered - Non-Ecc (F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL) Yes

SKU: 42060770
ASUS Radeon HD 6770 Video Card Bundled with DiRT3 Game Coupon - GDDR5 1024MB 128bit VRAM - 850 / 4000MHz Clock - PCIe 2.1 - D-Sub, HDMI & DVI - DirectX 11 (EAH6770/DC/G/2DI/1GD5) Yes
$690.79 Sub Total Inc GST

better video card on special (strongly recommend this upgrade)

Stonger PSU for future

8GBs Ram if you do heavy video editing
June 19, 2012 4:11:08 PM

Living in Australia and trying to build a decent computer on a $600 budget is going to be very hard because of the prices being high even online and you still are limited online to those places that will ship to australia. I would try to save some more and build up the budget or try to find a prebuilt online for a reasonable price.
As you can see by the build already posted that you don't get much and the ram and video card are not good enough for what you want to do but that's all that you can get with the budget you have and that build went over the $600.
The option that I would suggest is to go with that build and as you get more money add another set of 4gb of ram and then upgrade the video card later but in between you'll have to make do with what you have.