Decided its time for a brand new rig.
Budget - $750 AUD
Resolution - 1080p
Games / Settings Desired - Go nuts with the budget allowed, games currently played are wow, d3, crysis 2, Fallout 3, + a whole stash of steam games
Any other intensive software or special things you do - No other real intensive applications.
Country - Australia
Parts that can be reused - Nothing aside from a spare copy of windows i've already invested in
Do you need peripherals - No
Other comments - Realistically this will only be my gaming rig for about 12 months (at most) then its going to my younger siblings for a work / gaming rig (thus why not its not getting overclocked). Will only be running a single 1080p screen on it, don't worry about ssd too much hassle (explaining to them not to write crap to it) to entrust to younger ones once I move. I'm also not against the idea of dropping the gpu back a touch and investing a bit more in a case and cooling (38c ambient temps are lame).
This is roughly what I was looking at, throw ideas off me parts will be getting ordered at the end of the month (its a birthday present to myself).
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.00 @ Foxcomp)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ Scorptec)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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