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I see builds here with $800 too $1000 to spend and I just dont have that money. I have 600 bucks to spend but i dont want to settle for an i3 or anything from AMD. I do respect AMD but I realize the greater power here in this instance. I just want to have that sound of mind slightly-future-proof-ness-hyphenated-sentences-ftw. I have an available OS, Win 7 64b, and others who are willing to pay for the case and PSU and externals (THANK GOD.) So they dont need to be included in the cost.

Okay I have $600 to $650 to spend on a build as I said. This DOESNT INCLUDE OS, case, PSU and externals like mouse, keyboard and monitors.

So I personally went: (AUD prices)

i5 2500k - $221
Asrock z68 Ext3 Gen3 - $135
Samsung 1tb - $57
8gb G.skill Ripjaws X 1600 - $64
Gigabyte 6850 - $168

Total this is : $645

I have plans for this in the future ofcourse:

To K or not to K: I do plan to overclock, but not immediatly so hence the presence of the K but no aftermarket cooler.

More than one GPU: I plan to crossfire 2 6850's down the road, hence the Asrock z68 ext3 gen3. If not I would've just gone for a 100 buck board that looked good spec wise. At the moment theis board seems like a good board according to reviews and the opinions of people on here? Tell me if it isnt, or if theres something wrong with it. With proof or it didnt happen.

Why 6850: I dont plan to play on 1080p. I dont need to have the best of the best. Its a decently good enough card for me.

Adding the OS, case, powersuply and all them externals would round this build off closer to $800+.


WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
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Great choices. i3's are good tho.
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whatre your choices? would you shift things around?
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whatre your choices? would you shift things around?
Personally thats a nice setup but really if you want to future proof by having future sli etc you will need to spend more money initially to make sure you get the most out of your equipment.

i5 2500k - best gaming cpu on the market
Asrock z68 Ext3 Gen3 - great mobo, used to have it but I sold it because my mate needed one
Samsung 1tb - great HDD as long as this is a 7200RPM not 5400RPM
8gb G.skill Ripjaws X 1600 - excellent choice
Gigabyte 6850 - I don't know what site you are looking on but in AUD you can get a 6950 for $100 more.

all in all, good setup for a starting gaming pc. if you need any more questions always ask them!
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Very solid build, I wouldn't change anything.
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All these parts are from MSY. If you google MSY parts list youll find a pdf file full of computer hardware and their prices for AUD. Our prices are higher here in australia then over in america, but our Dollar is higher too? So things are mor expensive here, more than they need to be. I was thinking of getting a 6950. The prices for them are:

1G 6950
HIS: 232
Gigabyte: 258
Asus: 289

2G 6950
Powercolour: 285

that adds another 100 to my budget...putting it in the 750 to 800 range... :S thats a lot of money for someone whos currently studying. Im having trouble keeping a steady income to get it around 550 ...
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Id say stick with the 6850 you chose.

Can always sli OR sell that and get a greater card down the road.
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Add SSD you wont regret it.
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