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August 6, 2012 11:44:02 AM

Hey guys,
With my basic knowledge I've put together what I think is a fairly decent build from the most convenient supplier for my location at www.mwave.com.au. I plan to upgrade upon it in the near future (1-3 months after I get it assembled, I will put another 8gb of RAM in and have a look at going to crossfire (also can anyone comment on crossfire as i havent seen any huge benefit from it on my current build which has two 5850's)
If you guys could have a look through the build and tell me if I've done anything seriously wrong or point out anywhere there could be a major cost effective improvement (bare in mid I live in Australia and things might be a bit more expensive than in your locale)
The build costs 1215.95 Australian Dollars.
CASE SKU#16011617 - Thermaltake Commander MS-III Case, No Power Supply
CPU/PROCESSOR SKU#19040220 - AMD FX Series FX 6200 Black Edition Processor
AMD MOTHERBOARD SKU#28010752 - ASUS M5A99X EVO - ATX
MEMORY DDR3 SKU#37140681 - G.Skill Ripjaw 8GB(2x 4GB) DDR3 KIT
GRAPHICS CARD SKU#42060863 - Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 OC - GDDR5 2048MB 256-Bit
MAIN HARD DRIVE SKU#22140512 - OCZ Agility 3 - 60GB - 2.5" SATA3 SSD
OPTICAL DRIVE SKU#17040390 - Samsing 22x SATA DVD BURNER
WIFI SKU#46060149 - D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N
POWER SUPPLY SKU#34040727 - Thermaltake TR2 700W Power Supply
FAN CONTROLLER SKU#18070069 - BitFenix Recon Fan Controller - Touchscreen
KEYBOARD SKU#24020276 - Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard
ON-SITE WARRANTIES SKU#61050017 - National Warranty Services On-site 1 Year Warranty

Thanks again guys and happy teching :D 

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August 6, 2012 12:33:49 PM

Umm hi.Your two HD 5850's are a LOT faster than a single HD 7850.I suggest you keep your graphics cards and put the saved money into a better CPU.
If you want to stick to AMD CPU's you should definatly wait for their new CPU's codenamed Piledriver.They will launch at Q3 this year.
Otherwise i suggest you switch to either a FX 8120 or a Intel Core i5 2500K/3570K.

You should also get a better power supply like a OCZ ZT Series 750W.

If you really want a new graphics card either get a HD 7950 or wait for Nvidia's new GTX 660 Ti.




If you really want a good PC for your money then you should build one yourself.It will be cheaper faster and will be exactly what you want it to be.

I suggest you build something like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.96 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: SteelSeries 6Gv2 Wired Standard Keyboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $988.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 08:33 EDT-0400)

It's going to be much faster than the prebuilt one
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August 6, 2012 12:44:23 PM

should have mentioned those are mobile gpu's as my current rig is a laptop. Thanks for the rest of the info though hugely helpful and i think i will wait til at least piledriver comes out
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August 13, 2012 4:57:30 AM

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