Check out my new build?

By Mirrorz3dge ยท 10 replies
Nov 1, 2011
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  1. Heyo,

    this is my first post on TechSpot :)

    figured i'd get some pros to look at this rig i'll be building as soon as windows 8 comes out :)

    please review these parts and just give me an overview of your opinion!

    I'll be using this PC for school work, mid range photo & video editing, surfing the web, and some gaming. (games like BF3, Black Ops, MW3- but i don't mind if they're running on mid or low quality graphics)

    My budget is around $1000 AUD, but i can afford to stretch it an extra 100 or 200.
    but i'd rather keep it around the $1000 range

    I am not planning to overclock.

    I will be buying all my parts online, from
    (i'm not using newegg because theyre not available where i live - in Australia.
    but pccasegear is a nice website)

    I want this computer to last me at least 2 years before it starts to slow down to around 45-50 seconds boot/shutdown time.

    so without further ado, here it is:

    Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro Rev 2
    Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTS 450 Overclocked
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EALX
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
    Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 Motherboard
    Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B3ST 24X DVDRW Drive
    Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty Series 550W Modular
    Monitor: Samsung S22A300B 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor
    Mouse: Gigabyte ECO 600 Wireless Laser Mouse
    Keyboard: Cherry Infinity USB Keyboard
    Speakers: Logitech LS21 2.1 Speakers
    OS: Microsoft Windows 8 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
    EXTRA Case Fan: CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200 Red

    TOTAL (shipping and tax included) : $1,044

    If you have read this far, i commend you.

    please leave a comment with your opinion on my build :)
  2. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    By the time Win8 releases those parts will be obsolete.
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Get yourself an AMD 770/790/870/890 based motherboard. For the case, look at cheaper options like the Antec 300 or BitFenix Shinobi.

    Try and procure at least the GTX 460 for your GPU.

    I'm at work presently. Once I get back I'll try and draw up a more detailed build for you.
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

  5. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 107

    Do you happen to have an MSY anywhere near you? They sell at cheaper rates than this website, although you need to pick the parts up yourself; it's a toss-up between petrol money and shipping :p.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

    I agree and by that time, you would probably need to ask again with a whole new list.

    However it is a nice list, if you were to build today.
  7. Mirrorz3dge

    Mirrorz3dge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i do have an MSY near me, within like 10-15 min driving distance infact.
    never thought to go there though. taking a look at the website right now.
  8. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 107

    Their online availability thing is a bit dodgy but they've been pretty good with their warranties ever since the ACCC launched their lawsuit against them :D The people who work there are generally pretty helpful too (that's just personal experience though).
  9. Mirrorz3dge

    Mirrorz3dge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    are you talking about PCcasegear or MSY?
  10. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 107


    (These words are being used to make the message long enough to post.)
  11. Mirrorz3dge

    Mirrorz3dge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you for all the replies and advice,
    i am sure that by the time win8 comes out i will have reconfigured my build substantially, possibly adding an SSD and crossfired graphics cards (depends on how much money i have saved up by the time win8 comes out)

    i will be sure to try and use MSY to find some cheaper parts, but i will be buying the majority from pccasegear.

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