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Any suggestions for my budget build?

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December 24, 2012 8:15:40 AM

Hi everyone,

Im new here and im just piecing together a new computer build, my first for 6 years,
i will require this build for work purposes (databases, vb, python, cad) my own creative purposes (blender) and to scratch my gaming itches (mostly strategy type games, xcom, civilization, simcity etc, and the odd fps and rpg) ,unfortunantly i dont have a very big budget, and as such i have based my build around best value/$ threads i have found on the here and on internets, i do not really care if i use nvidia or ati gpu, intel or amd cpu. i have a small 1080p samsung hdtv that i currently use/will be using as the monitor.

my thoughts on my build: I will do a slight over-clock. But I want this machine to be stable, I may crossfire in the future, this will require new psu. Im a little worried about the stock 500w psu that comes with the Thermaltake case being enough to power the single radeon 7750 2gb and the rest of my components, all i have read suggests the radeon 7750 has minimal power requirements, and should be fine. but i am not completely sure.


This case should have enough clearence for the cpu cooler and has ample space for the radeon.

i am located in Melbourne's Northern suburbs, australia. i have given myself a not set in stone budget of AUD$800.

any comments on my build or suggestions on how i can improve this build would be appreciated.



my current build:

(all $ are in $aud - from my local store - www.centrecom.com.au)

CPU Intel CPU Core i5 3570K - LGA 1155 $228.00
CPU Coolers CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $35.00
Motherboards ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - LGA 1155 $135.00
Desktop Hard Drives Seagate Barracuda 1TB $73.70
Internal Drives Pioneer DVD/CD Burner (DVR-220LBKS) $23.00
Memory Corsair DDR3 8GB (2x Vengeance 4GB)
1600MHz CL8 (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8) $65.00
Cases (PSU included) Thermaltake Black Commander MS-I $88.00
Graphics Cards Gigabyte RADEON 7750 2GB OC $99.00
Network Adapters TP-Link TL-WN881ND $19.00

Total(GST Inc): $765.70

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December 24, 2012 5:28:35 PM

Well first I'd say is to get a cheaper motherboard. You won't need such an expensive motherboard even if you want to overclock. With the money you save off the motherboard you can put it towards a better cooler or GPU.
December 24, 2012 11:43:27 PM

thanks for your help, ihsaan96, what do you think of these changes.

the cooler should be better, the new motherboard is cheaper but still has a z77 chipset. i have upgraded the gpu to a 7870. i am over budget, but i can live with that.

CPU Core i5 3570K - LGA 1155 $228.00
Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler $58.00
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP- LGA 1155 $101.00
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1TB $73.70
Pioneer DVD/CD Burner (DVR-220LBKS) $23.00
Corsair DDR3 8GB (2x Vengeance 4GB) 1600MHz CL8 (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8) $65.00
Case Thermaltake Black Commander MS-I $88.00
Gigabyte RADEON HD 7870 OC 2GB $219.00 (on sale)
TP-Link TL-WN881ND $19.00

total $874.69
December 27, 2012 3:27:54 AM

thanks for you help,

i decided to revert to my old cooler, go to a micro version of the original board and get a better case with usb 3 support.

when i get some spare $, ill buy a better cooler, psu, more ram and another 7870 if I feel i need them.

i have ordered my components, they are as follows;

Total build cost ($AUD GST Inc): $869.70

Intel CPU Core i5 3570K - LGA 1155 $228.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $31.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Intel Mainboard - LGA 1155 $116.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB $73.70
Samsung 24x Internal Optical Drive $19.00
Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Low Profile Vengeance (CML8GX3M2A1600C9) $46.00
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 $89.00
Power Supply Thermaltake W0394O 500W $29.00
Graphics Cards Gigabyte RADEON HD 7870 OC 2GB $219.00
Network Adapters TP-Link TL-WN881ND $19.00
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