Custom Build<AUD$1500

Hello,
I'm going to go for a custom built computer (most likely from umart.com.au) rather than actually building myself, as I don't really know much about computers. What little I do know I have learnt from reading through this forum (Big respect and thanks by the way - great work!)

I just want a decent desktop I can use for uni (studying music, so some recording/production), to be able to play some games on (assassins creed series, TW Empire plus whatever other cool newer games there are out there) and have wifi ability to connect to my router, which is in another room.

Let us know what you think – if it will all work together and fit and not blow up or if you have any suggestions to make it cheaper/better etc I would greatly appreciate it. I am pretty clueless, so go easy!

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)
Budget Range: AUD$1000-$1500 including monitor
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music recording/producing, surfing the internet, office, gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: New build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: umart.com.au
Location: Gold Coast, Qld,
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Don’t even know
Your Monitor Resolution:
Additional Comments: Wifi capability to connect to the router which is in another room. I like the idea of using an SSD to speed things up – run the OS on?
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’m sick of swearing at my laptop. It keeps overheating and cannot handle games. I want the ability to further upgrade my desktop in the future so it lasts for years.

Here is what I had come up with at a total build cost of $1470. I’m afraid I was unable to copy and paste links to each individual component (The website has a windows explorer style menu with the same url throughout. There is a “build your own computer” section with drop down menus for each component located in Desktop Computers/Customer Configure System). :

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 LGA1155 CPU 3.4Ghz 6Mb Cache Ivy Bridge
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w Transparent 12cm
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V P8Z77-V.Z77 4xDDR3 3xPCI-E16 GBL SATA3 USB3.0 RAID DSP HDMI DVI VGA WiFi (This is probably overkill – TBH i pretty much only chose this because I knew it had wifi. Perhaps a cheaper mobo with some wifi network card or something??)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3
HDD: Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache
SSD: SanDisk Extreme SSD 120G - SATA3/MLC/SF-2281/3Yrs
Graphic Card: Asus GF GTX 650Ti PCI-E 3.0 1GB 128-bit DDR5, 928/5400 MHz, 2 x DVI, VGA, HDMI, Dual Fan, suppo
Monitor: LG E2441V-BN 24LED E41 5MS D-SUB DVI-D HDMI VESA
DVDRW: Pioneer SATA DVR220L 24X DVD Black & OEM Software
Sound Card: No
Network Card: ??
Case: CoolerMaster RC-912A-KWN1 HAF912 Advance Ver w Window
PSU: OCZ Fatalt1ty 550W Modular PSU
Keyboard: Gigabyte KM-5200 USB Keyboard and Mouse Black Spill Resist
Software: Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM
Software: Norton Internet Security 2013 OEM
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  1. hi
    here's a build for you
    while it shows other stores than umart , i checked the umart supply and they should have the same parts for the same prices.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.00 @ Scorptec)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($269.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.95 @ Mwave Australia)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Monitor: LG E2441V-BN 24.0" Monitor ($169.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Other: USB wi-fi dongle to connect to wifi network ($26.00)
    Total: $1204.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 03:18 EST+1100)

    Or instead of usb dongle you can use pci card that goes into motherborad http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=&&bid=4&sid=58227
  2. Quote:


    CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 LGA1155 CPU 3.4Ghz 6Mb Cache Ivy Bridge
    Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w Transparent 12cm
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V P8Z77-V.Z77 4xDDR3 3xPCI-E16 GBL SATA3 USB3.0 RAID DSP HDMI DVI VGA WiFi (This is probably overkill – TBH i pretty much only chose this because I knew it had wifi. Perhaps a cheaper mobo with some wifi network card or something??)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3
    HDD: Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache
    SSD: SanDisk Extreme SSD 120G - SATA3/MLC/SF-2281/3Yrs
    Graphic Card: Asus GF GTX 650Ti PCI-E 3.0 1GB 128-bit DDR5, 928/5400 MHz, 2 x DVI, VGA, HDMI, Dual Fan, suppo
    Monitor: LG E2441V-BN 24LED E41 5MS D-SUB DVI-D HDMI VESA
    DVDRW: Pioneer SATA DVR220L 24X DVD Black & OEM Software
    Sound Card: No
    Network Card: ??
    Case: CoolerMaster RC-912A-KWN1 HAF912 Advance Ver w Window
    PSU: OCZ Fatalt1ty 550W Modular PSU
    Keyboard: Gigabyte KM-5200 USB Keyboard and Mouse Black Spill Resist
    Software: Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM
    Software: Norton Internet Security 2013 OEM


    That's decent. I'd go for a far less expensive motherboard and a better graphics card. You don't need a sound card or an extra NIC. Don't pay money for Norton Internet Security - extremely horrible software. You can download AVG Free Edition and it's worlds better. Don't pay money for the i5-3570 if you're not going to overclock..

    Here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.00 @ Scorptec)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($115.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($112.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Total: $1197.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 08:14 EST+1100)

    I included a cheaper motherboard and CPU, better case, way better GPU, and better SSD and power supply.
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/xNeA
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/xNeA/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/xNeA/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($125.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($169.90 @ Mwave Australia)
    Total: $1285.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 10:31 EST+1100)
  4. That's fantastic! Thanks heaps for the suggestions!! I'll have another look and let you know what I come up with
  5. Ok, so taking into consideration everybody's suggestions, I came up with this for $100 more than my original. What do you think?

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
    Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage:Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Storage:Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    Video Card: Sapphire ATI HD 7950 OC Edition
    Case: CoolerMaster RC-912A-KWN1 HAF912 Advance
    Power Supply: Antec VP-650P 650W Strictly PSU
    Optical Drive: Samsung SATA Black Internal DVD±RW Drive
    Network Card: TP-Link TL-WN951N Wireless N PCI Adapter

    I went with the cheaper motherboard and chip and got a better(i think?) Video card that was a bit more affordable for me. Anyone know if it is decent?
    Also, a question on the memory - i have heard that the vengence memory can foul with the CM hyper evo212 and that you should use a low profile vengence. Does anyone know anything about that?
  6. The hair combs they glue to Vengeance RAM can become an issue with large heatsinks, but in my experience with a similar board and a 212 EVO it wont cause an issues unless you try and fill all the slots (and run push/pull on the EVO)
    I would just get low profile RAM anyway, who knows what you might do in the future.

    That 7950 is much better than the 650Ti.

    Though the VP650 is a good budget unit, I would get something 80+ Certified.
    Antec High Current 620W. $93.50
    http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=140&bid=4&sid=65244
  7. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/z55n
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/z55n/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/z55n/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Scorptec)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($116.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Monitor: Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($165.00 @ Scorptec)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K6800 Wired Standard Keyboard ($19.00 @ Foxcomp)
    Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M5050S Wired Optical Mouse ($11.00 @ Foxcomp)
    Total: $1423.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 15:26 EST+1100)

    thats all u need mate :)
  8. brettikus said:
    Ok, so taking into consideration everybody's suggestions, I came up with this for $100 more than my original. What do you think?

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
    Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage:Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Storage:Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    Video Card: Sapphire ATI HD 7950 OC Edition
    Case: CoolerMaster RC-912A-KWN1 HAF912 Advance
    Power Supply: Antec VP-650P 650W Strictly PSU
    Optical Drive: Samsung SATA Black Internal DVD±RW Drive
    Network Card: TP-Link TL-WN951N Wireless N PCI Adapter

    I went with the cheaper motherboard and chip and got a better(i think?) Video card that was a bit more affordable for me. Anyone know if it is decent?
    Also, a question on the memory - i have heard that the vengence memory can foul with the CM hyper evo212 and that you should use a low profile vengence. Does anyone know anything about that?

    Good build you have there. Here's a few changes to consider.


    http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=177&bid=2&sid=95500 $69.00
    ASRock B75-PRO3-M B75 4xDDR3 3xSATA3 PCIex16 GBL 4xUSB3.0 HDMI D-Sub DVI-D mATX

    http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=153&bid=2&sid=86649 $55.00
    G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800(GS-F3-1600C9D-8GAO)

    http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=129&bid=2&sid=96984 $69.00
    Western Digital 1TB SATA3 HDD 64M Caviar Blue WD10EZEX

    http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=159&bid=2&sid=92467 $176.50
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240G - SATA3/MLC/SF-2281/3Yrs
  9. Ok, I've taken all that on board, and i reckon this is what i am going to go for, unless anyone takes extreme exception to anything. It is about $25 cheaper than my original but probably better suited to my needs. Thanks for your help peeps!

    CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 LGA1155 CPU 3.2Ghz 6Mb Cache Ivy Bridge
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard: Asrock H77-PRO4-MVP 4 x DDR3
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) CL9 Low Profile Vengeance
    Storage: Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache
    Storage: Kingston 120G HyperX SSD SATA 3
    Video Card: Sapphire HD7870 OC 2G 256Bit
    Monitor: LG E2411T-BN 24"LED
    Optical: Samsung SATA Black Internal DVD±RW Drive
    Network: TP-Link TL-WN951N Wireless N PCI Adapter
    Case: CoolerMaster RC-912A-KWN1 HAF912
    PSU: Antec 620W High Current Gamer Power Supply, 80+ Bronze
    Keyboard/mouse: Gigabyte KM-5300 USB Keyboard and Mouse Black Spill Resist
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
  10. looks good there brettikus.
  11. Looks fine to me.
  12. few notes though
    3470 is not "k" model so you are just fine with stock cooler. 212evo is not required
    and
    haf 912 case has usb 2.0 front panel ports, while it would make sense to get case with 3.0 ports
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