Budget all-round build for friend

By xcylent
Oct 9, 2012
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  1. Hey all.
    A friend of mine wants a computer, so he asked me about it. I ran him by the basics, and we worked out this list (see below). He will be using the computer as an all-round machine.
    He is on a maximum budget of $1000.
    We live in Australia and will be purchasing all the parts from www.pccasegear.com
    He wanted a nice quiet build with an intel CPU and enough power for everyday computing usage, and occasional photoshop/gaming (Bf3 and cod). He already owns a Hard drive and monitor.
    I drew together this list for him:

    Is there anything you would do differently?

    [​IMG] CoolerMaster Silencio 550 $89.00
    [​IMG] Intel Core i5 3470 $189.00
    [​IMG] Sapphire Radeon HD7770 1GB GHZ Edition $129.00
    [​IMG] Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD Retail Box $99.00
    [​IMG] Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $49.00
    [​IMG] ASUS P8H77-M Motherboard $95.00
    [​IMG] Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM $21.00
    [​IMG] Logitech MK260 Wireless Desktop $25.00
    [​IMG] Corsair CX-500 V3 Power Supply $79.00
    [​IMG] Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM $99.00
    [​IMG] Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Retail $115.00
    Sub-total: $989.00 [​IMG]
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Well I was gonna suggest a 7850 for playing BF3 but looking at the prices on that website it seems to be almost twice as expensive as the 7770. In the UK the 2GB 7850 is only about 40-50% more than the 1GB 7770, and the gap shrinks with the 1GB 7850. Some weird pricing going on...

    That's a great build for the price, only suggestion I would make is that your friend can download the Windows 8 Release Preview and then upgrade for US$40 when it comes out.
  3. xcylent

    xcylent TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 231   +17

    Thanks for the reply slh28, and I did ask him consider windows 8, but he hates it with a passion.
    and yes, unfortunately in Australia everything is so damn overpriced :)

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