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Building First PC ($800-$1000)

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June 30, 2012 11:00:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Few Months probably

Budget Range: $800-1000, id really like to keep it from 800-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: WoW, BF3, Mw2/Cod 4, Other games and stuff I can record on also :D 

Parts Not Required: I dont need an OS, or keyboard and mouse :D 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Good Australian websites

Country: Australia!

Parts Preferences: Hmmm, good enough to run WoW on Ultra no lag, 23 inch monitor mininum, quiet cooling

Overclocking: Probably not, no

SLI or Crossfire: Is crossfire quad graphics card, then nah, trying to keep in budget

Monitor Resolution: 1080p 1900x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet pc, i dont care about looks as long as it can run games well! :) 

Thanks for your help :na: 

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June 30, 2012 1:53:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz ($129.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock A75 PRO4 ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL ($58.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM ST500DM002 ($72.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GV-R777OC-1GD ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ($77.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec HCG-520 520W ($79.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $757.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
This should leave you enough to get a decent monitor, which I won't give a recommendation for because I don't know the monitor market well enough.
Also check MSY for parts.

The Noctua cooler is included because it is a good quiet cooler. You can set the fan speed at either 900, 1100 or 1300RPM, maximum noise level of 19dBA.
The cooler on the Gigabyte 7770 is pretty good as well. If you're willing to spend more on the build overall then this is the area where the money should go, aim for a 7850.
You can set the speed of the fans in the Antec Three Hundred Two, so those should be fairly quiet on the lowest setting. The fans which comes with the Three Hundred Two are:
140mm TwoCool: 800/1200RPM, 21.8/26dBA,
120mm TwoCool: 600/1200RPM, 17/23.7dBA.
The 13.5cm fan in the Antec HCG-520 has been measured varying between 500-1800RPM. It stays quiet below about a 300W load, which you shouldn't meet with a build with a 7770.

Alternatively, you could get an Intel i3 (less power hungry on load and should be less hot, therefore easier to keep quiet) and H77 motherboard:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz ($126.00 @ Scorptec)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX ($93.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Saves about $6.

Cheaper alternative CPU cooler:
Deepcool Ice Wind Pro $44
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020649-Deepcool_Ice_Wind_...
This one comes with a PWM controlled fan, which varies between 500-1500RPM, 17.8-27.6dBA.
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June 30, 2012 9:06:56 PM

Thanks for the reply, and this is looking nice :pt1cable:  Thanks heaps!
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