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Old 23-04-13, 12:13 PM
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$1000AUD rig for a mate, what do you think?

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My friend has asked for some help selecting parts and building a new system for him. The budget is around $1000 Australian (USD is about parity atm although parts here are more expensive and 1 pound is $1.49AUD). The aim is to get a solid foundation rig to start with, and later down the track put a GPU and soundcard in there if needed (He doesn't really game, so that might not be needed, we'll see) I've gone through the website for the computer shop I use (www.pccasegear.com.au) and this is the shopping list I came up with. I'm wanting any general advice and pointers on this selection. Also if there is one component that I should downgrade to upgrade a different one and keep the price about the same but get more bang for my buck please tell me.

Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM
CoolerMaster GX 750W PSU
Corsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX Case
Intel Core i5 3570K
Kingston HyperX KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX 8GB (2x4G
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB

Total = $985

So I'm pretty keen on this case, but will it being a mid-tower mean I might have issues fitting all this and any future cards in it. Also I might be able to convince him to spend another $50 if there is something that will make a huge difference overall. Any thoughts are appreciated. Cheers

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Old 24-04-13, 12:05 AM
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For about the same money I would go the Corsair GS600 psu as it is better and you don't need 750W and for the same money I would say go the Western Digital Green 1TB the rest is good if you want to look at a different case take a look at a bitfenix shinobi in black for less or white for same price and for the motherboard the MSI MPower is a hard board to beat for the money and performance the extra $50 could goto a bigger drive or something else.
Hope this helps.
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Old 24-04-13, 01:10 AM
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3330/3570k
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo (Optional, For light overclocking)
Mobo: ASRock Extreme3
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
PSU: Seasonic 620W
GPU: GTX 650 Ti Boost/Radeon HD 7850
HDD: Seagate (500 GB, 1TB, dependent on how much storage required)
SSD: Intel 330/Samsung 840 (Same rule applies)
Case: Corsair 200r
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (Or whichever version needed)

Tomorrow when I wake up I'll link the parts to the above, but I'm assuming the above build should fit perfectly into the budget in hand.
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Old 29-04-13, 08:26 AM
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Thanks. After talking to a few different people I think I'm going to adjust my list to the following
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Corsair Carbide 200R
Silverstone Strider Plus 600W ST60F-PS
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB
Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD
Intel Core i5 3570K Intel Core i5 3570K
Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001

The seasonic is a little bit pricier but doesn't have the efficiancy of the Silver rating so might get him that to keep the bills down a fraction. Also I've heard that even though the low-end Gigabyte MOBOS might not have all the bells and whistles they are the most reliable at that price range. I'll have to look into it more. Also the GPU and cooler will put me over budget. Soundcard/GPU are going to be possible upgrades down the track. Thanks for your help
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I would say for the motherboard that a MSI G43 would be a better choice. Looks better and is in a very robust line up of z77 msi boards.
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I had the g43 It does not allow you to manually input your voltages. There is also something very finicky about the memory controller on that board. Oh and no SLI...
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MSI Z77A G45. Costs less than the Gigabyte, spanks it for features.

That is all
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Yeah if your getting the MSI get at least the g45.
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I had the g43 It does not allow you to manually input your voltages. There is also something very finicky about the memory controller on that board. Oh and no SLI...
This is a huge downfall on these boards, sucks when you have very limited options. The memory controller is on your cpu? The board just may not be doing XMP correctly which is easily fixable.
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