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Old 04-30-2012, 07:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am (kind of) building my own computer, but I really know next to nothing about computer parts, what is good and what is not. I just kind of judge from the prices. However I found a website that will let you customize your own computer, but they will assemble it and ship it off to you (for a price, of course). mwave.com.au is the website. I am on a pretty strict budget, but I am hoping to get at least a moderately good gaming computer (I'm not after anything mind blowing). By budget is only in the 500 dollar range, anyway I found all the the list below on mwave for 630 bucks, which I am pretty sure I can afford but I was hoping that I might get some advice on whether or not this stuff will work together, or if there is something better I can get for cheaper or anything.

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Black Mid Tower Chassis with 500W Power Supply

Intel Core i3 2100 Processor - Integrated Graphics - Sandy Bridge

Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Motherboard

Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 RAM

Gigabyte GeForce GT 430 - 1024MB 128-bit DDR3 RAM

Seagate Barracuda 500GB

Lite-On 24x DVD-RW SATA

D-Link Wireless N 150

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 32bit - SP1
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If you could, I would try to squeeze something a bit better GPU wise.
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Unfortunately I can't, the jump from the i3 2100 (Which, if I understand my research properly is a bit old) to the i5 2400 is 75 bucks, which I can't really afford. And they have nothing in between, which I am assuming there is such a thing as an i4.
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Well the i3 2100 is 2nd gen and the 3rd literally just came out yesterday so no, not old. You would be better off spending that extra 75 on a better GPU.
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I'd go for Windows 64-bit just in case you opt for more RAM later on.
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Unfortunately I can't, the jump from the i3 2100 (Which, if I understand my research properly is a bit old) to the i5 2400 is 75 bucks, which I can't really afford. And they have nothing in between, which I am assuming there is such a thing as an i4.
If your going to spend about 630.00 on those parts, you might as well take what you have and put it back besides the hdd and os.

Look this way here and you may get much more than you asked for, or maybe even better with a AM3+ cpu.

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3L AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Newegg.com - LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - Retail - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/4GKC

Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Newegg.com - XCLIO Nighthawk Color Black 0.6mm SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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He is getting the stuff through an Aus builder so that rig will definitely be way over his budget.
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Yeah I looked at Newegg myself and a few other places, but Newegg (and Amazon) don't ship to Australia, plus as far as I can figure the same stuff is more expensive here in Aus, unfortunately.

If I drop my motherboard down to Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Motherboard will that hurt me? It's not a huge price difference but every little bit can help me especially because the difference between the GPU I have selected now and the next one up (Which is the Gainward GeForce GTX 550 Ti - 1024MB 192-bit GDDR5 RAM) is 60 bucks.

Edit: I should add, I have chosen the i3 as well, so if I can't take that cheaper motherboard it's not the end of the world. Just looking to save cash where and if I can.
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Yeah I looked at Newegg myself and a few other places, but Newegg (and Amazon) don't ship to Australia, plus as far as I can figure the same stuff is more expensive here in Aus, unfortunately.

If I drop my motherboard down to Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Motherboard will that hurt me? It's not a huge price difference but every little bit can help me especially because the difference between the GPU I have selected now and the next one up (Which is the Gainward GeForce GTX 550 Ti - 1024MB 192-bit GDDR5 RAM) is 60 bucks.

Edit: I should add, I have chosen the i3 as well, so if I can't take that cheaper motherboard it's not the end of the world. Just looking to save cash where and if I can.
As far as I know of, no you won't loose much action at all when you get your core i3 2100 system up and running.
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-B75M-D3H (rev. 1.0)

If you really need to spec one mobo vs another one on internet searching and you'll find out quickly which is your calling and when another is not.

MSI Z77A-GD65 Motherboard Preview - Intel Z77 w/ Sandy Bridge - MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Motherboard - Legit Reviews
I was reading this just now, and I was thinking about you and this system, if you want to make sure whatever new board you get will be future proof ready for ivy bridge.
You might save enough money towards the end of the summer and might want to toss your core i3 to the side for a real monster.

For future reference, if you want to buy from newegg or amazon again, I suggest you look into a forwarding company and see how their rates are reputation is on getting stuff to people overseas.

https://www.bongous.com/
This is one starter that may help you in the future if you want to buy from out of the country like the USA or japan if optional.
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