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Tax refund = new rig time!!
Brisbane, Queensland
148 posts
Some components in my old rig are pushing the 10 year mark, so its well and truly time to start from scratch, bar a few components.

I'm allowing $2,000 for a complete set up, excluding the following

27" 1080p monitor - After some reading, i'm pretty happy to use this monitor for the time being until I can get a better quality screen, so for the time being this is fine.

keyboard/mouse - happy to use my existing logitech gear until im really pressed to upgrade.

sound card - i've got a Creative Sound Blaster Z that I've removed from my old PC. Happy to use this again, but if onboard sound these days would best this quality wise, then i'll leave it in a box for another media/streaming pc.

SSD/HDD - I've got a couple from my previous desktop that I could potentially use, but i'd probably prefer to buy a new SSD, and trial the other remaining hdd's at another stage

*GPU - I had a GTX770 4gb in my previous desktop, i'd want to upgrade this but if its worth waiting for newer generations to release, i'd be happy to use this for the time being.

So, the things i'd be looking at picking up brand new are,

Power Supply
SSD/ m.2 ssd
**additional items I may have missed, such as coolers etc.

If I can, i'd love to get the longevity out of this rig if I can.. I'd primarily be playing games like Rust/Fallout76/Doom/PUBG/Battlefield series.

Would love to hear your suggestions and if you were in a similar situation, what build would you dust $2k on, taking into consideration the reusable goods above.

06:50pm 14/08/18 Permalink
06:50pm 14/08/18 Permalink
2879 posts
Prices of video cards is rooted and so is DDR4 ram right now but you could wait a while before the price drops.

Intel Core i5 8600K Six Core LGA 1151 3.6 GHz $369
Asus TUF H370-PRO Gaming LGA 1151 $199
Crucial 16GB (1x16GB) 2400MHz DDR4 $229
Intel 760P 512GB PCIe M.2 80mm ssd $229
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P $69
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 WindForce OC 8GB $710

TOTAL $1805

This is just what I came up with. Prices are from Umart.
08:41pm 14/08/18 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
149 posts
Put this build together via Umart

Case - Corsair Obsidian 750D Black Full Tower Case w Window

PSU - Corsair 850CXM 850W ATX Power Modular Supply, 80 PLUS Bronze Ce

Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Gaming Mouse

Keyboard - Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Gaming Keyboard

RAM - G.Skill 16GB (2x 8GB) F4-3200C14D-16GTZR DDR4 3200Mhz Trident Z RGB

CPU - AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8-Core Socket AM4 3.7GHz CPU

MOBO - Asus ROG Strix X470-F Gaming ATX Motherboard

SSD - Samsung 970 EVO Series 500GB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

total cost about $2050

Will use my gtx770 for the time being until the new gen of nvidia cards get released
10:14pm 14/08/18 Permalink
Sydney, New South Wales
1059 posts
I currently have a heavy duty good quality case but would prefer it was a lighter 'cheaper' one. Next case will be a lighter 'cheap' case. I don't care about noise much. Big, black and light, with good air flow will do me.
11:55am 17/08/18 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
9628 posts
Just in time for the RTX2070 to be released.
11:19am 21/08/18 Permalink
Gold Coast, Queensland
26470 posts
Anyone want to buy a 1080ti? Better wait for the benchmarks I guess :D
11:48am 21/08/18 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
150 posts
Just in time for the RTX2070 to be released.

Keen to see what they do with the pricing here officially.

I'll give some thought to the lower gen RTX cards once some benchmarks get released.. If there isn't any drastic improvements, i'll probably just hope for a cheaper 1080/1080ti.
12:00pm 21/08/18 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
24051 posts
I think theres new Intel CPUs rumoured to be available in October too? Which means AMD might counter with some new Ryzen stuff too, so it might be worth holding off and just seeing where things go in the next couple of months?
02:56pm 21/08/18 Permalink
Gold Coast, Queensland
26471 posts

Apparently there is some sort of NAND oversupply and SSDs will be very cheap soon.


02:57pm 21/08/18 Permalink
AGN Admin
Other International
39644 posts
There's also an NVIDIA oversupply right? Because of the cryptocurrency crash? Hoping that will mean cheap video cards soon too. Also I just saw new NVIDIA stuff announced: " Nvidia on Monday unveiled new GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti high-end graphics cards. These new 20-series cards will succeed Nvidia's current top-of-the-line GPUs, the GeForce GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti"
03:39pm 21/08/18 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
151 posts
I think theres new Intel CPUs rumoured to be available in October too? Which means AMD might counter with some new Ryzen stuff too, so it might be worth holding off and just seeing where things go in the next couple of months?

Good call, I'll keep this in mind over the next 6-8 weeks and see if theres any more chat about it!
09:31am 22/08/18 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
152 posts
All built, very happy with everything so far.

One issue I have encountered is getting my win10 activation up and running.
edit: bought a copy, problem solved lol
05:48pm 25/08/18 Permalink
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