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FINAL (hopefully) Full System Build, under $1600
09-14-2011, 09:33 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-14-2011, 09:55 PM by Metallicatt.)
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FINAL (hopefully) Full System Build, under $1600
OK, after a lot of researching, reading forums (thanks Mathieu & HR community!!), and Utoobing reviews, I think I've come up with my FINAL (fingers crossed) under $1600 FULL SYSTEM build, just before purchasing.

It will be used mostly for gaming (in prep for BF3), and a little bit for audio / video recording / editing and 3d animation (3dsMax).

Prices are from http://www.umart.com.au

Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M x2 ($116)
Antec HCG-750 750W High Current Gamer 80Plus Bronze 135mmfan ($140)
Antec Three Hundred Tower Gaming Case - Black NO PSU ($62)
Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA ($20)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Universal Cooler ($32)
Kingston 8GB(2 X 4GB) DDR3-1333MHZ PC10600 ($56)
Sapphire ATI HD6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E ($280)
Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA1155 3.3GHz CPU ($219)
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Z68-Gen3 4xDDR3 3*PCIex16 GBL RAID DVI HDMI DS ($186)
Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard ($64)
Logitech MX-518 Gaming Grade Mouse ($36)
Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers ($37)
Plantronics Gamecom 367 Closed Ear Gaming Headset ($36)
Benq E2420HD 24inch Wide 2ms HDMI DVI D-Sub Gloss Spker ($170)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM ($89)


Now, questions:

1. Would all components work together fine? Especially related to PSU & cabling?
2. Is case big enough inside, especially for the GPU & CPU cooler?
3. Is 8Gb RAM enough? Would 16Gb be overkill?
4. Anyone used the BENQ monitor? Good quality?
5. Would RAIDing the HDD's be any benefit? If so, RAID 1?
6. Is this system (mobo) future proof for upgrading?
7. Any other questions I should be asking, and haven't thought of? Tongue


Thanks for any and all suggestions / changes / approvals.
Am getting excited to build my first full system.
Build pics will definately be uploaded.

Cheers
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09-14-2011, 11:10 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-14-2011, 11:10 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: FINAL (hopefully) Full System Build, under $1600
1. Yes
2. It is big enough, but doesn't offer enough cooling. I often recommend the Antec Three Hundred Illusion, which comes with four case fans, as opposed to only two for the standard Antec Three Hundred. Either add two 120mm case fans or consider the:
NZXT Lexa S: http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_lis...&sid=55272 which comes with 3 x 120mm case fans + 1 x 140mm fan, for $89. This is an excellent case that I've recommended many times in the past.
3. Yes it is enough, 16GB would be overkill for now. Stick (no pun intended) with 8GB for now and you can always add another 8GB (2x4GB) kit down the road if necessary.
4. Google reviews, that's my suggestion.
5. RAID 1 would provide redundancy, so if one of the two hard drive fail, your system would still be functionnal and you could add a new identical drive to restore redundancy. However, RAID 1 is not a proper backup solution, as it doesn't protect against user errors, virus, malware and the like. Consult the "Have a Backup System that you can rely on!" article for more information on backup solutions: http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-backup-system/
6. It doesn't get much more future-proof than that right now.
7. You haven't mentionned if you intend to overclock or not.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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09-14-2011, 11:50 PM,
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RE: FINAL (hopefully) Full System Build, under $1600
Awesome!!

Thanks Mathieu, I did look at the NZXT case but was unsure on it. You've now helped make up my mind!!
I am intending to Overclock this sucka. Will that make a difference to this build?
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09-15-2011, 02:33 AM,
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RE: FINAL (hopefully) Full System Build, under $1600
You'll be fine with what you have now to overclock to 4GHz+
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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