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$800 gaming PC
Cundy
Adelaide, South Australia
12 posts
So I'm making a PC to play games mainly Diablo 3 on max settings and a few other games like GTA when it comes out (no extreme games)

Heres what Ive got:

CPU: i5 2320 / $179

GPU: GTX550 / $112

MB: Asus P8H77-M-LE / $89

RAM: 4g 2133 G.skill Ripjaw-X / Free (got em)

PS: Corsair TX650 650W / $113

HHD: WD Green 1T / $95

Monitor: 24" LCD / $175

Case: Thermaltake V6 / $77

OD: Something cheap / $30

Total: $870

Things I'm concerned with:

1) PS is overkill
2) Dont know if the case is any good
3) CPU is weak compared to the GPU
4) Its over $800 lol.
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Dodgymon
Brisbane, Queensland
2069 posts
PSU is overkill and the case is fine.
A thermaltake 430W would be fine for that config.
12:01am 05/05/12 Permalink
Dodgymon
Brisbane, Queensland
2070 posts
That video card is low to mid range and the CPU is fine.
12:03am 05/05/12 Permalink
Cundy
Adelaide, South Australia
13 posts
Thanks mate.

Any ideas where I could save some $?
12:12am 05/05/12 Permalink
Dodgymon
Brisbane, Queensland
2071 posts
I just told you. the PSU.
12:18am 05/05/12 Permalink
Rdizz
Brisbane, Queensland
1925 posts
for an extra 150 you could have my pc,

i7 930
Gigabyte X58A-UD7 rev 2.0
noctra dh14 cpu cooler
coolermaster haf-x case
next touchscreen fan controller
ATI 5970 Sapphire OC dual gpu
corsair 1000W modular psu
cabling
22" samsung lcd 1080p
logitech 2.1 speaker setup
logitech headset with mic

no ram, no hdds.
12:22am 05/05/12 Permalink
qmass
Queensland
10399 posts
I'd save an extra hundred and get a i5 2500k and a 560ti. also. SSDs are totally worth it.
12:23am 05/05/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2730 posts
Case: Thermaltake V6 / $77

Save ~$40 and just get a generic s*** case for around $30.
Probably get one with a power supply in it for $60 ish. Then you can save the $113 on the psu as well.
Most generic psu's will run that system okay (obviously not ideal - but hey.. pricepoint system)
12:24am 05/05/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
13142 posts
Agree with generic POS case if you're on a tight budget. Much better to put the extra $ into a CPU or GPU.
12:38am 05/05/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
19850 posts
I'd save an extra hundred and get a i5 2500k and a 560ti. also. SSDs are totally worth it.

No they aren't, not in a budget gaming PC. They might help load s*** faster but once you're in the game they do nothing and if you're on a tight budget they're a waste of money.

Save ~$40 and just get a generic s*** case for around $30.

This. Just make sure whatever you get has a few spots for fans and that the PSU actually fits. I bought a coolermaster case and the PSU fan was blocked by the sound proofing material.
12:48am 05/05/12 Permalink
Cundy
Adelaide, South Australia
14 posts
Thanks guys, I might drop the case quality a bit but it does get hot here (45C in summer) so it need to be decent.
01:08am 05/05/12 Permalink
Nerfy
Brisbane, Queensland
5879 posts
My first PC scorched itself due to cheap case (also I didn't know about the need for cooling), with those kinds of temperatures, you absolutely must invest in a decent case imo.
01:19am 05/05/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
19853 posts
^^ Should have put more fans in it then.

Thanks guys, I might drop the case quality a bit but it does get hot here (45C in summer) so it need to be decent.

More expensive cases don't always mean they cool better, just means they might be built a bit better. Rolled edges instead of sharp stamped out bits to cut your fingers on, removable drive cages for easy access, etc.

When you put it together tidy up the cables too so the air can flow freely around the case.

Oh and I don't know about the i5 CPU's but my i7 2700k used to get up to "f*** this i'm turning it off" temperatures on the stock cooler. Might want to invest in a really good CPU cooler. You might be able to use the stock cooler for now and save up & put one in later at the cost of having to remove the motherboard again.
01:22am 05/05/12 Permalink
Murderer
Tasmania
1852 posts
Thermaltake are good for airflow generally i've found.

I have a V3 Black edition, which comes with a blue led rear fan, and you add from there.

Bottom psu, room for two top 200mm fans, bottom, side blah blah i paid $80 and came with a 450 watt psu?

Kicks arse, full black in/out front mesh etc.. cant go past it.

2500k kicks arse for gaming.

And get an nvidia gfx card.
01:35am 05/05/12 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2731 posts
Maybe if cooling is an issue and you want the performanc, you may need to up your $$ that you are willing to spend.
01:47am 05/05/12 Permalink
Rdizz
Brisbane, Queensland
1927 posts
I think you would be surprised on case design whoop and the effect it has on cooling. More fans is not the answer. I had a smaller (standard size) Lian Li case before I got my Coolermaster haf-x and just by changing the case my temps dropped 10-15c all round. Trust me I had that lian Li case packed to the nines with fans.

My HAF-X case is now a s***load quieter and runs cooler because everything is better spread out, parts are kind of separated to stop heat soak, my PSU has its own area for cooling. Read some reviews on it or something.

I overclock and have been for years, infact I was 18th worldwide on hwbot for air cooling on my I7 930 for a while but it a hard wall because of my cpu's batch design. link
09:32am 05/05/12 Permalink
ctd
UK
9891 posts
tis about the air flow and directions and shizzle. Make an IRL flow chart with the vents and fan directions
09:42am 05/05/12 Permalink
Cundy
Adelaide, South Australia
15 posts
Actually gonna upgarde to a i5 2500k and GTX560 OC.

What PSU would I need minimum?
06:20pm 05/05/12 Permalink
koopz
Brisbane, Queensland
9637 posts
are you sure you need a full upgrade?

what PSU/vidcard/HDD do you have now?

Most peeps just need to splash down $500 on a 2700K / $130 Gigabtye mobo / 4gb ram
12:28pm 06/05/12 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
6947 posts
I think you would be surprised on case design whoop and the effect it has on cooling. More fans is not the answer.

This. Some people think more fans (located anywhere, blowing in *whatever* direction) is the answer, but not only does this not solve the problem but their PC sounds like a plane taking off.

Much better having a case similar in design to the Antec 902, etc where you have air flowing in a straight line through the front top HDD-cage fan, through the CPU fan, and out the back case fan. With this setup you can actually turn all the fans on the LOWEST speed and your components (CPU, HDD, motherboard) will remain cold to the touch - and less of that heat will linger to overheat your graphics card too.
Most peeps just need to splash down $500 on a 2700K / $130 Gigabtye mobo / 4gb ram

Not sure why people continue to recommend the 2700K - the price jump from the 2500K doesn't match the miniscule performance jump. If you were after performance, you'd overclock - and in that case both chips can hit 4.5GHz easily, with the 2700K actually not getting much further on average.

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