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Building a new computer for $1500 (Never built a computer)

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July 28, 2012 4:59:53 AM

Hello,
I have never ever built a computer before and have next to no clue what i want/need.
I really want the antec Twelve hundred case but everything else i need help with.
Approximate Purchase Date: November 2012
Budget Range: $1500
System Usage: Gaming Internet, Downloading movies etc, music.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't know.
Country: Australia
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
I also have a dvd drive from my old computer but unsure if it is compatiable with my case. The monitor can be added on top of that $1500 but i wouldn't spend anymore than $190 on a monitor and i will need an OS too :) 
Thankyou all for helping

I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA
July 28, 2012 5:27:51 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($165.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($479.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($183.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($168.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
Total: $1631.99
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-28 21:02 EST+1000)
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July 28, 2012 5:49:45 AM

Hey thanks bigcyco1 that looks good, but how do i actually get that list so i can purchase it all?
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July 28, 2012 5:51:59 AM

Click the link and add to cart for each item.
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July 28, 2012 6:04:05 AM

is that solid state drive necessary, also i upped the power supply to 850W do you think that'd be ok?
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July 28, 2012 6:14:25 AM

mattmace10 said:
is that solid state drive necessary, also i upped the power supply to 850W do you think that'd be ok?
No it's not necessary to have SSD but it's nice to have a rig that boots up in 15seconds :lol:  as for a 850W what for? Are you planing on running SLI in future?Even then 850W is not necessary but sure it would be o.k.
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July 28, 2012 6:15:02 AM

Why did you? For one 670, even 650W is too much. a 550W PSU is enough.
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July 28, 2012 6:34:32 AM

azeem40 said:
Why did you? For one 670, even 650W is too much. a 550W PSU is enough.
Who me ? I always add a little extra 650W is not overkill IMO :) 

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July 28, 2012 6:47:50 AM

I was talking to the OP. :p 
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July 28, 2012 7:06:27 AM

azeem40 said:
I was talking to the OP. :p 
My bad
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July 28, 2012 10:00:20 AM

Hey mate. If you go with the above build I'd change the RAM to a 1.5V model (Better recommended for z77 platform). Like the link below. Aside from that it looks good to me.

If shipping from all those places would do your head in... you could get something like below all from PCCaseGear. I haven't included your full tower case, I prefer a mid tower on a built like the one listed. If you wanted to go down the Overclocking road change the CPU to a i5 3570K. The price there also includes an OS & Screen but not shipping:

CPU - Intel 3470 $199.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $92
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD - SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB - $119
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $479
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CASE - Corsair Carbide 400R - $118
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU - Corsair TX-650 V2 - $115
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW - $22
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Screen - ASUS VE247H 23.6in Widescreen LED Monitor - $189
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

total $1646

Allow $60 to $130 depending where you live in Aus, or if you live in Vic you can pick up from PCCaseGear
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July 28, 2012 10:02:17 AM

for mobo you should go for the new z77 chipset ;) 
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July 28, 2012 10:03:48 AM

also you should go Nividia over Amd for GPU . It s much less trouble with Nividia. ;)  gtx 670 should be the best choice for you, it has a lot s of power and dont use too much watts.
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July 28, 2012 11:16:36 AM

bigcyco1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($165.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($479.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($183.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($168.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
Total: $1631.99
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-28 21:02 EST+1000)


mattmace10 said:
Hey thanks bigcyco1 that looks good, but how do i actually get that list so i can purchase it all?
No problem your very welcome! Oh you just do like azeem40 said Click the link and add to cart for each item. ;) 
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July 28, 2012 12:33:42 PM

I added all to cart, but i can't just buy it :C gotta search for individual parts now.
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July 28, 2012 1:45:57 PM

mattmace10 said:
I added all to cart, but i can't just buy it :C gotta search for individual parts now.
When i get home from work i will put together each with a link from same store ;) 
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July 29, 2012 12:29:16 AM

mattmace10 said:
I added all to cart, but i can't just buy it :C gotta search for individual parts now.

Why not? Is there not a check out option?
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July 29, 2012 12:42:28 AM

mattmace10 said:
Completed build looks like i gotta spend $300 for os and the other parts: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/df9d
300 for OS :ouch:  that's completely out of the question don't do that also the ram needs to be changed that is 1.65v my bad sorry man :pfff:  i edited that last night and fixed the build though
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July 29, 2012 12:43:21 AM

Do they not sell Windows 7 OS in Australia??

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) - -
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July 29, 2012 12:45:29 AM

Yeah i was just about to ask the same question it's not showing a price of 300 or any price for that matter
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July 29, 2012 1:35:48 AM

No no no, not $300 for OS, it's $100 for os, then i went over my budget by $200 so = $300. Plus keyboard and mouse, all good though. what were you talking about with the ram? could you link the one i need
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July 29, 2012 1:48:06 AM

1.5V is the RAM you want for this chipset.

Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz 8GB CL9 kits are well priced and = good value for performance. At PCCase they have the GSkill Ares for $59 (see above post) It's basically the same as GSkill RipJaw X, just their newer model. Either will serve you well, but if you'd prefer Corsair you could get:

Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB =$65
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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July 29, 2012 2:10:06 AM

mattmace10 said:
No no no, not $300 for OS, it's $100 for os, then i went over my budget by $200 so = $300. Plus keyboard and mouse, all good though. what were you talking about with the ram? could you link the one i need
oh o.k. sorry i misunderstood as for the ram here the link http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140549-G_Skill_RipJaws_8G... also you could ditch the SSD if that helps to save some money i mean you'll still be over budget though just not as badly as i am sure you know
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July 29, 2012 2:14:01 AM

Formata said:
1.5V is the RAM you want for this chipset.

Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz 8GB CL9 kits are well priced and = good value for performance. At PCCase they have the GSkill Ares for $59 (see above post) It's basically the same as GSkill RipJaw X, just their newer model. Either will serve you well, but if you'd prefer Corsair you could get:

Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB =$65
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

+1 i would get whatever cheaper though since OP mentioned they are already over budget
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July 29, 2012 9:52:35 AM

Formata said:
Hey mate. If you go with the above build I'd change the RAM to a 1.5V model (Better recommended for z77 platform). Like the link below. Aside from that it looks good to me.

If shipping from all those places would do your head in... you could get something like below all from PCCaseGear. I haven't included your full tower case, I prefer a mid tower on a built like the one listed. If you wanted to go down the Overclocking road change the CPU to a i5 3570K. The price there also includes an OS & Screen but not shipping:

CPU - Intel 3470 $199.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $92
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD - SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB - $119
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $479
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CASE - Corsair Carbide 400R - $118
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU - Corsair TX-650 V2 - $115
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW - $22
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Screen - ASUS VE247H 23.6in Widescreen LED Monitor - $189
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

total $1646

Allow $60 to $130 depending where you live in Aus, or if you live in Vic you can pick up from PCCaseGear

Would this cut cost for you? If so i would go with this build except get the Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor instead of the one listed and get the case you prefer not the one listed ;) 
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