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I'm building a gaming rig for my brother but I can only spend max $650 aud and that includes everything apart from a mouse and keyboard.

I'm using this website to buy the parts since I'm in australia: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php
Alternatively this one: http://greenboxit.com.au/

This is what I have come up with.

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 342 with 420W ($65)
CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 ($118)
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Overclocked ($129)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB ($79)
MB: ASUS P8H61-M-LX-V3 ($59)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL ($29)
Wireless card: Tp-Link WN350GD 54M Wireless PCI Card ($13)
DVD Drive: LG GH24NS90 24x SATA DVD-RW ($22)
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO ($39)
Monitor: AOC 23" LED ($129)

That comes to $682 not including shipping ($38)

So is there anywhere that I could cut back a bit/any suggestions? The main reason I'm getting a aftermarket cpu cooler is because the stock one is loud and whiny but also because his room can get quite hot sometimes seeing as its upstairs.
    
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The stock cooler for the i3 2100 is pretty dead silent -- I've done a lot of builds with this particular chip. Cut the aftermarket cooler. Also, cut back on the monitor. I'm assuming it's a 1080P display -- scale down to a 1600x900 display. It'll be cheaper, and the 550 Ti will have an easier time playing games @ higher settings.
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Originally Posted by Aleckazee View Post

I'm building a gaming rig for my brother but I can only spend max $650 aud and that includes everything apart from a mouse and keyboard.
I'm using this website to buy the parts since I'm in australia: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php
Alternatively this one: http://greenboxit.com.au/
This is what I have come up with.
Case: CoolerMaster Elite 342 with 420W ($65)
CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 ($118)
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Overclocked ($129)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB ($79)
MB: ASUS P8H61-M-LX-V3 ($59)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL ($29)
Wireless card: Tp-Link WN350GD 54M Wireless PCI Card ($13)
DVD Drive: LG GH24NS90 24x SATA DVD-RW ($22)
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO ($39)
Monitor: AOC 23" LED ($129)
That comes to $682 not including shipping ($38)
So is there anywhere that I could cut back a bit/any suggestions? The main reason I'm getting a aftermarket cpu cooler is because the stock one is loud and whiny but also because his room can get quite hot sometimes seeing as its upstairs.

Looks almost exactly like how I would have built it myself. Well balanced. There are places that you COULD cut back, but it'd beautiful as is! biggrin.gif haha
    
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The stock cooler for the i3 2100 is pretty dead silent -- I've done a lot of builds with this particular chip. Cut the aftermarket cooler. Also, cut back on the monitor. I'm assuming it's a 1080P display -- scale down to a 1600x900 display. It'll be cheaper, and the 550 Ti will have an easier time playing games @ higher settings.

Ok I cut the cooler, can always get it later and I'm sure my brother won't mind if theres noise anyway, I'm the one obsessed with silent setups biggrin.gif I was going to get the monitor from a nearby pc store because its cheaper, on the site a 20" LED 1080p monitor costs the same as a 23" LED in the store. The shop doesn't sell anything cheaper then the $129 apart from a crappy LCD for $10 less.
But I'll look around and if I find anything that's about 21" 1600x900 and cheaper then I'll buy it.
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Looks almost exactly like how I would have built it myself. Well balanced. There are places that you COULD cut back, but it'd beautiful as is! biggrin.gif haha

haha great minds think alike hey wink.gif
    
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Just out of interest are those parts generally any cheaper in the US? I often see things cheaper over there but I don't think the extra shipping would be worth it if I'm going to buy from multiple US sites. But for example I bought my laptop for $1400 shipped from america whereas it would have cost me $2000 to buy the same laptop with very similar specs; i7, no ssd. i think i5 and ssd is more practical anyway
    
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