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Old November 30, 2011, 02:26 PM
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Hi guys,

This is my first ever build and I wanted to see what your opinions on the parts and recommendations. This build is intended for decent gaming and average video editing.
These are the websites that I am going to buy my stuff from and shipping is not a problem as I will be picking it up from those stores
Umart Computer Notebook&PC Parts - Umart OnlineŽ Your one stop Computer Shop for computer parts,notebook and new system
Computer Alliance Pty Ltd
My budget is 1300 AUD
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Intel Core i5 2500K
Sapphire ATI HD6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3R-B3
Thermaltake VN300M1W2N Chaser MK-I
Corsair Vengeance CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9 12G
Corsair TX-750 750W ATX Power
Western Digital 1TB SATA3 64M(WD1002FAEX)


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Old November 30, 2011, 03:31 PM
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Where are you located ? you buying from MSY? Like the rest of us here in AUD?
This link might help you explain your needs further.

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Old November 30, 2011, 04:05 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
For gaming such as FPS (BF3, MW3, counter strike and so on), university work the usual word, excel, powerpoint programs and a bit of photoshop/ video editing

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
1200-1350 AUD

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Australia, Queensland

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
Not really as long as its reliable, well priced, a bit of extra features are always welcome

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
All brand new

6. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
I plan to keep it at default speeds when I have finished building, however in the future I will overclock when I have saved up enough money to buy some decent cooling
I plan to overclock not too much

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Old November 30, 2011, 05:03 PM
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From http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

Intel Build

Items Cost
Processor : i7-2600K $341
MotherBoard :G-B Z68A-D3H-B3 $147
Ram : 8G Kit 1600 G. Skill Ripjaws-X $52
Optical Drive : SATA Samsung $19
Hardrives :Hitachi Deskstar 500G $107
Video Card : 1280M GTX570 Inno3D $368
:or 2G 6970 HIS $363
Case : you choose what you like!
Powersupply : Corsair TX750 $172
Total of $1201-1206
Plus your selection of case which leaves you an extra $149. I can also build an AMD build if you want which will be cheaper but the phenom X6 is getting pretty absolute by now. Also I picked the 2600K because the task you seem to be doing is cpu intensive.
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Old November 30, 2011, 06:59 PM
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Drop the k series chip... k-series are unlocked but as you have no intention of over-clocking then you have no need of it and can save some bucks.
(although it will also reduce the resale value)
That said, if you follow one of the many guides you can get some really nice performance increases for very little effort and very very little risk.. your shout though.
Just remember that k gives you the option but no k is cheaper but same chip.

If your doing little / light video editing I'd also drop to the 2500 rather than 2600 (2600 is better for highly multi-threaded tasks but they are few and far between)
That would free up enough budget to get at least a 1 TB hdd and possibly an SSD boot / caching drive.

Standard resolution monitor ? (1920x1080?) at this res the 570 / 6970 will be plenty. 570's 1.25 GB ram is enough and it's a nice card, not sure about a 1 gb card these days(not that anyone mentioned one).
Future proofing with more is advisable and so I'd probably go for the 6970.
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Old November 30, 2011, 07:42 PM
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Hi, thanks for the responses I shall take them into further consideration.

These are the prices for my first build that I had in plan in my first post as MSY does appear to be more expensive than computer alliance and Umart

Intel core i5 2500K = 219 (computer alliance)
Gigabyte S1155 GA-Z68X-UD3R-B3 = $174 (computer alliance)
1TB Western Digital FAEX 7200rpm = 209 (computer alliance)
Corsair TX750 = 143 (umart)
Sapphire ATI HD6950 2G GDDR5 PCI-E = 299 (Umart)
Thermaltake Chaser MK-I Full Tower = 165 (Umart)
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 = 89 (umart)

Total = 1298 AUD

However I expect a drop in prices as we are approaching the Christmas and New Year season

Thanks, Steve

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Old November 30, 2011, 09:38 PM
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3x4GB?
Sandybridge don't have tri-channel ram. 2x4 GB should be plenty for your needs but if not you can get another 2x4 gb in the future for an easy and relatively cheap boost.

PSU is a bit big for a single card and a bit small for a double, 650 would be plenty to save a few bucks 850 if you plan on going for 2 cards.

As I said above, if you never plan on Overclocking, get an i5 2500 (no k)

All these lil savings will help you get either a larger GPU or an SSD, both of which you will see a difference with (or overclock, you will see a difference but not as much as if you get an SSD).

If your thinking about an SSD then drop the WD black for a green (either larger or again cheaper) to save some more bucks.
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Old November 30, 2011, 10:23 PM
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I think the powersupply will be fine, what if he ends up deciding that he want to go with Nvidia 580 then his powersupply will be able to support it or if he shoves more hardware like multiple fans and hard drives. But yeah I still agree with you that he will end up needing a 850watts for 2 cards.
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Decent quality PSU like that corsair at 650 will support any single chip GPU. No problem.
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Old November 30, 2011, 11:22 PM
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What are your thoughts about the case, mobo and video card?

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