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Old 01-07-2012, 05:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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o im about to build my first computer and I really want something that will be able to handle most things flawlessly on medium/low graphics heres the build :

Power Supply: CoolerMaster 450W GX Series PSU - ATX 12V v2.31, EPS 12V v2.91, 120mm Fan, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified
5xSATA, 1xPCI-E 6-Pin

Link: CoolerMaster 450W GX Series PSU - ATX 12V v2.31, EPS 12V v2.91, 120mm Fan, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified (RS450-ACAAD3-AU) | Techbuy Australia

Dvd/Cd Burner and Reader: LiteOn IHAS124 DVD-RW Drive - SATA, OEM
24x DVD±RW, 12x DVD±RW DL, Black

Link: LiteOn IHAS124 DVD-RW Drive - SATA, OEM (IHAS124-OEM(BLK)) | Techbuy Australia(BLK).asp

RAM: A-RAM 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 RAM - 9-9-9-24 - Value Series

Link: A-RAM 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 RAM - 9-9-9-24 (ARTW8GB1333D3V) | Techbuy Australia

Video/Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX550Ti - 1GB GDDR5 - (951MHz, 4356MHz)
192-bit, 2xDVI, 1xMini-HDMI, PCI-Ex16 v2.0, Fansink - Overclock Edition

Link: EVGA GeForce GTX550Ti - 1GB GDDR5 - (951MHz, 4356MHz) (01G-P3-1556-KR) | Techbuy Australia

Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB 7200rpm Serial ATA-III-600 HDD w. 16MB Cache (ST500DM002) Barracuda

Link: Seagate 500GB 7200rpm Serial ATA-III-600 HDD w. 16MB Cache (ST500DM002) | Techbuy Australia

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Motherboard
LGA1155, Z68 (B3 Stepping), 4xDDR3-2133, 2xPCI-Ex16 v2.0, 2xSATA-III, 4xSATA-II, RAID, 1xGigLAN, 8Chl-HD, 2xUSB3.0, HDMI, ATX

Link: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Motherboard | Techbuy Australia

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 335U Midi-Tower Case - NO PSU, Black
2xUSB2.0, 1xHD-Audio, Steel Body, ABS Plastic, Mesh Bezel, ATX
Link: CoolerMaster Elite 335U Midi-Tower Case - NO PSU, Black (RC-335U-KKN1) | Techbuy Australia

Processor: Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core (2.80GHz, 3.20GHz Turbo) - LGA1156, 1333MHz, 2.5 GT/s DMI, 8MB Cache, 45nm, 95W

Link: Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core (2.80GHz, 3.20GHz Turbo) - LGA1156 (BX80605I5760) | Techbuy Australia

Any Help is Appreciated and if you think there is anything lacking or perhaps something is too high end for the rest of the build feel free to say so Thanks in advance
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Um, you have a 1156 socket cpu with a 1155 socket motherboard. Look for an i5-2500k cpu instead of that one.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's a link to the i5 2500K

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core CPU (3.30GHz - 3.70GHz Turbo (BX80623I52500K) | Techbuy Australia

You should also get memory from a more reliable manufacturer, and slightly faster.

G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 RAM - 9-9-9-24 | Techbuy Australia
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Depending on what games you are playing I might consider a switch to an AMD based system.

If you went with an AMD Phenom II X4 970 instead of the 2500K you would save ~$74, which would allow you to upgrade the video card to a GTX 560 (non-Ti) for better performance.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Im just curious why you desire to play games at low to medium? That kind of performace can be acheived with an average box computer with a GPU upgrade. I'm in no way judging you just merely offering some imput. I have been out of the game for a good amount of time but given the industry I work in I do extensive analysis on the technology sector. With the flooding in SE Asia now is not a great time to be doing a value build. If you are looking to save another hundred bucks or so I would look at waiting until May or so when HDD prices come down some. Also the new intel chips are supposed to be coming out around then as well so CPU prices should be expected to drop slightly.
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Im just curious why you desire to play games at low to medium? That kind of performace can be acheived with an average box computer with a GPU upgrade. I'm in no way judging you just merely offering some imput. I have been out of the game for a good amount of time but given the industry I work in I do extensive analysis on the technology sector. With the flooding in SE Asia now is not a great time to be doing a value build. If you are looking to save another hundred bucks or so I would look at waiting until May or so when HDD prices come down some. Also the new intel chips are supposed to be coming out around then as well so CPU prices should be expected to drop slightly.
I was only saying that because it is quite a budget build. So im not really expecting the worlds best performance.
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Okay thanks for the feedback guys keep it coming!

My build is now:
Power Supply: CoolerMaster 450W GX Series PSU - ATX 12V v2.31, EPS 12V v2.91, 120mm Fan, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified
5xSATA, 1xPCI-E 6-Pin

Link: CoolerMaster 450W GX Series PSU - ATX 12V v2.31, EPS 12V v2.91, 120mm Fan, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified (RS450-ACAAD3-AU) | Techbuy Australia

Dvd/Cd Burner and Reader: LiteOn IHAS124 DVD-RW Drive - SATA, OEM
24x DVD±RW, 12x DVD±RW DL, Black

Link: LiteOn IHAS124 DVD-RW Drive - SATA, OEM (IHAS124-OEM(BLK)) | Techbuy Australia(BLK).asp

RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
Link: G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 RAM - 9-9-9-24 | Techbuy Australia

Video/Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX550Ti - 1GB GDDR5 - (951MHz, 4356MHz)
192-bit, 2xDVI, 1xMini-HDMI, PCI-Ex16 v2.0, Fansink - Overclock Edition

Link: EVGA GeForce GTX550Ti - 1GB GDDR5 - (951MHz, 4356MHz) (01G-P3-1556-KR) | Techbuy Australia

Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB 7200rpm Serial ATA-III-600 HDD w. 16MB Cache (ST500DM002) Barracuda

Link: Seagate 500GB 7200rpm Serial ATA-III-600 HDD w. 16MB Cache (ST500DM002) | Techbuy Australia

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Motherboard
LGA1155, Z68 (B3 Stepping), 4xDDR3-2133, 2xPCI-Ex16 v2.0, 2xSATA-III, 4xSATA-II, RAID, 1xGigLAN, 8Chl-HD, 2xUSB3.0, HDMI, ATX

Link: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Motherboard | Techbuy Australia

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 335U Midi-Tower Case - NO PSU, Black
2xUSB2.0, 1xHD-Audio, Steel Body, ABS Plastic, Mesh Bezel, ATX
Link: CoolerMaster Elite 335U Midi-Tower Case - NO PSU, Black (RC-335U-KKN1) | Techbuy Australia

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 970 BE Quad Core (3.5GHz)- AM3, 2MB L2 & 6MB L3 Cache, 45nm SOI, 125W-Boxed-Black Edition

Link: AMD Phenom II X4 970 BE Quad Core (3.5GHz) - AM3, 2MB (1220453) | Techbuy Australia
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If you are trying to go with a lower budget you can go the AMD route:

AMD Athlon II X4 645 Quad Core (3.1GHz) - AM3, 2MB L2 (ADX645WFGMBOX) | Techbuy Australia

ASUS M5A97 Motherboard | Techbuy Australia

Oh, and I wouldn't put a CM PSU in anything. Go with a solid power supply:

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My Budget is 900 AUD so im fine with the build at the moment its at $850 I have changed the Processor to the AMD Phenom II X4 970 BE Quad Core (3.5GHz) and the ram to the G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 RAM

I just changed the power supply thanks for that

So better to get Intel or AMD? Im kinda leaning towards AMD because of the price ahah
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Everything you have will do the job. My suggestion would be go with an amd chip. IMO they are a better value. One regret I have is not getting a 6.0 gb/s hard drive. Which your MB supports. I'd make sure that one is. Hard drives tend to be the bottleneck.
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