$1000 Gaming PC - Need some final advice

The Swelly Express

Aug 31, 2011
Heya guys, so my 6 year old crappy computer finally broke down and i've convinced my parents to let me get a new one. I'll be mostly using it for gaming. I'm from Australia so parts here are probably a little more expensive than other places. I'll most likely be ordering all my parts from the same website (pccasegear.com). But anyway, onto the build. Please tell me what you think and what I can improve on it.

Cheers :)

Approximate Purchase Date: As early as the next few days.

Budget Range: $1000 (can go a bit over if absolutely needed)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the net, making/editing videos, watching movies, doing homework (hehe)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, mouse pad, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com (don't know of many other websites)

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: I don't know much about how to overclock, but yes once I understand it better

SLI or Crossfire: In the future if games become too unplayable, i'll add another GPU

Monitor Resolution: 1900x1080

Additional Comments: I would like it to be as quiet as possible, and I plan to have this computer for as long as I can, not too fussed about fancy lights and that kinda stuff

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced - $115
(going to change the front fan to green or purple :D)

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k - $219

HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler $33

GPU: HIS Radeon HD6950 1GB IceQ X - $229

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ - $55

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Pro3 Motherboard - $125

PSU: Corsair TX-650 V2 Power Supply - $113

Optical: ASUS DRW-24B3ST 24X DVDRW Drive - $25

Total: $979


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It sounds like you would be waiting until that GPU is showing it's age before you would want to crossfire it, that is not recommended. This is because by the time you can't game on that you will probably be able to get a card twice as powerful and more efficient for $150. What i am starting to recommend is that if you are not planning on buying the second card within a year it's not worth it. With that in mind you could save a bit on your PSU and motherboard and probably get a better GPU anyway.

I would go for this:

i5-2500k - $219
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1333Mhz - $59
ASRock Z68 PRO3 - $125
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $55
ASUS Radeon HD6950 DirectCU II 1GB - $279
Coolermaster Silencio 550 - $99
Antec NEO 520 520W - $69
Samsung DVD Burner - $22
Noctua NH-C12P SE14 - $75

Total - $1012

That should be quieter, have better cooling, a faster hard drive and a better graphics card while costing less. It just means giving up on the idea of Crossfire.

EDIT: Had a typo

The Swelly Express

Aug 31, 2011
Thanks for the reply.

I don't think i'll change the case, but you made a very interesting point with the GPU issue. I think i'll go with your idea, but do you think this would be a better 6950, even though it's more expensive?

Thanks for the HDD change, and with the Noctua, do you think that's overkill? Considering the price of the Noctua, I think the CoolerMaster would be good enough. Also, what is the difference between the motherboard I chose and the motherboard you linked? I'm not very good with motherboards, but again thanks so much for your reply and help.

EDIT: Had a derp moment and didn't link the 6950! :3
The CM 690II is a decent case but not at that price, that is incredibly expensive.

You are only going to use 2GB of graphics memory in ultra high resolutions like 2560x1600 and 5760x1080. 1GB is fine for a single 1080P monitor.

I picked the Noctua because it's quiet and extremely good at cooling. I designed the whole thing to be really quiet. If you consider it overkill then feel free to change it.

The difference between the motherboards is pretty much just that the PRO3 doesn't support SLI at x8/x8 speed. There may be one or two other very minor things too.

The Swelly Express

Aug 31, 2011

Thanks for clearing things up once again.

Would you recommend the CoolerMaster 912 HAF for $115?

I did some research on the 6950 you recommended and apparently it's virtually silent, I think i'll go with it. :D

I think i'll stick with the CoolerMaster fan and get the motherboard you recommended :D do you think I need the thermal compound?

Also, is that the best 520w psu around? Are there any better for around the same price?


Depends what you mean by better in terms of the PSU. You may be able to get one that is slightly more efficient or slightly quieter for a bit more or something but generally i think that Antec will be reliable and good value. If you want more of a 'gamer' case with the LED's and such i would go for the HAF 922 or the Storm Scout. That HAF 912 seems slightly overpriced too.

EDIT: I don't think the HAF series are particularly quiet to be honest, i think the Storm Scout is relatively quiet with good cooling though.

Nice build. :) You don't need that Arctic Silver seeing how that CM 212+ comes with a small tube of decent thermal compound.

Here's a few changes I would consider.

First a quicker h/d.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=12711 $55.00
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ

Then save a few dollars with a psu that is on par with that Corsair.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=16142 $139.00
Antec High Current Gamer 750W Power Supply HCG-750

Then save a few more dollars with a large case that has plenty of room for additional fans.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=15892 $115.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

And then step up a level on the video card.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1193&products_id=16652 $259.00
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Overclocked 1GB


The Swelly Express

Aug 31, 2011

Hiya dude, thanks for all the advice.

I changed my HDD and Case to your recommendations, I like the "rugged" look of the HAF 912 Advanced :D but will I be able to change the fans to a different colour? Or can I install my own 200mm LED fan at the front?

I also looked at your graphics card recommendation but I decided on this:

HIS Radeon HD6950 1GB IceQ X - $225

Is that a good choice? I also changed my PSU to:

Corsair TX-650 V2 Power Supply

Are those good choices?

Thanks again :)