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    Computer Build Advice!

    Budget
    - MAX $2000 - $2300 (inc monitor ~ 26'+)
    Resolution
    - See Above

    Games / Settings Desired
    - Everything, WoW, Skyrim, SC2, COD, BF etc. Wanted to play on MAX Settings!

    Any other intensive software or special things you do (Frequent video encoding, 3D modeling, etc)
    - Little bit of video editting

    Country
    - Australia

    I understand prices of HDD are currently high, but include a decent one please!

    Thanks in advanced.

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    A few questions pop up:

    - You say a 26"+ monitor, but why 26"? And what resolution do you want it to be?
    For a 1080p monitor (that is, 1920x1080) going above 23-24" will seriously hurt the pixel density and given normal viewing distance of around 1 meter will not be ideal. However, there are 27" monitors with greater resolutions (2560x1440) but these are fairly expensive (not to mention that a higher resolution means less framerates in games).

    - You mention "a little bit of video editing" and I'm just curious what this correlates to?
    E.g., I make raid videos (and sometimes random gaming videos) for YouTube about once every week, and for that a 2500k is fine. However, if you plan to do more professional work (perhaps as part of education) or do more videos than suggested, I would advise to get a 2600k. So please specify what you mean with "a little bit".

    I'd probably suggest something like this as an initial build, but given your answers above you might want to swap some stuff around. This would give you enough room to get a good monitor and any other peripherals you might need.

    Gaming 1500
    MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P$179.99 Review
    CPU: Intel i5 2500k$219.99
    RAM: G.Skill Sniper 1600Mhz 2x4GB$54.99
    GPU: ASUS DCII GTX 580$499.99
    SSD: Crucial M4 120GB$196.99 Review
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB$59.99
    PSU: Seasonic X Series 650W$109.99 Review
    Heatsink: Corsair A70$38.00 Review
    Case: Corsair 500R Black$139.99 Review

    Estimated Total Price – $1500


    Recommended for:
    High-end gaming; will handle most newer
    titles at max or close to max settings given
    a resolution of 1080p.
    Last edited by Marest; 2011-11-18 at 05:31 PM.

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    Hey Mate, cheers for reply.

    The reason I want to 'to big' as to monitor size if that i've been playing with a 22" for almost 2 years now, to be honest it feels boring! At school they've installed 27" and i've always wanted to be able to game on one of them. I'll probably keep my 22" untill prices drop a bit but will probably get some advice closer to that time.

    I myself basically make weekly gaming and other random videos myself, nothing too special.

    My main concern is just having a rig that will be able to handle games on ultra for the next year or two without hurting or having to upgrade to soon. With my last year of school finishing in two days I can't wait for kicking back and playing the games!

    Cheers Marest!

    ---------- Post added 2011-11-19 at 04:21 PM ----------

    Considering I'll be buying from Australia getting the exact products will be difficult. I've got a list, similar to 1500 & 2500 builds. Just wondering if you could take a quick look and give your thoughts.

    Intel Core I7 2600K, Quad Core, 3.40GHZ, 8MB Cache Skt 1155 (Unlocked) $381.80
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3HB3 MOTHERBOARD. Z68 CHIPSET, 4XDDR3, 1333, RAID, GBLAN, 2PCI-E 16x, SATA3, USB3, ATX, STEP3, LGA1155 $237.93
    Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case (NO PSU) $142.30
    Corsair HX-650 ATX PSU - 650W, 120MM FAN, 4 x PCIE, 9 X SATA, 8 X MOLEX, 7YR WARRANTY, MODULAR CABLING, 80 PLUS BRONZE $193.00
    CORSAIR CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9 4GB (1X4GB) DDR3 1600MHZ UNBUFFERED CL 9 DIMM VENGEANCE PERFORMANCE MODULE*$56.05 X2
    Corsair 60GB Force Series 3 SSD SATA3 6Gb/s. R/W: 550/490 MB/s $138.25
    SEAGATE 1TB 1000GB 7200.12 32MB CACHE, 2X500GB PLATTERS - 7200RPM, SATA3 $155.00 (may even go smaller)
    LITE-ON Dual Layer SATA DVD Burner $40.00
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB (16003 3DMark06) $238.84

    Thanks again.

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