New $1500 NZD Build Advice

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I am looking to build my first PC primarily for gaming (mainly Battlefield 3 and Skyrim when they come out) and would just like to check that my potential build would work together and be the best i can afford. All advice is appreciated just don't suggest parts available on newegg or other US sites because there is a very limited selection of components here and i am not willing to spend half of my budget on taxes and shipping (even if these are reflected in the prices here).

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next 2 - 3 weeks

Budget Range: definitely below $1500 NZD (New Zealand Dollars) but as low as possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming -> Photo editing -> Web Browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard / Mouse and OS

Preferred Website for Parts: www.playtech.co.nz (only use NZ websites)

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not initially, but once I can afford it i will

Monitor Resolution: 1080p and above

My Picks

Processor: Intel i5-2500K - $280
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=375/ID=15417/SID=142669416/productdetails.html

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V - $265
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=599/ID=16398/SID=370399770/productdetails.html

RAM: G Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB - $70
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=254/ID=15300/SID=306285679/productdetails.html

Video Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB - $280
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=300/ID=14997/SID=992427872/productdetails.html

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb - $60
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=235/ID=14701/SID=8042233/productdetails.html

Case: Antec 100 - $85
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=182/ID=15855/SID=657488280/productdetails.html

PSU: Cooler Master GX 750W - $175
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=276/ID=13543/SID=233980252/productdetails.html

DVD Drive: Asus - Cheapest one - $45
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=174/ID=15271/SID=752261867/productdetails.html

Monitor: AOC Razor 21.5" - $175
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=/ID=15444/SID=94997166/productdetails.html

Total - $1435

All advice is welcome.
 

iLouis

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Its actually meant to say that ill just go back and change it, but what else made it a bad pc?
 
The Cooler Master GX 750 is not that good of a power supply; it's been reviewed poorly a number of times, so if possible get something else, even if it is a lower wattage as 6850s are not very power hungry and you could easily crossfire them on a ~550W PSU.
This looks like quite a good deal, nice unit, if you want to stick with a 750W unit:
The XFX Pro 750W XXX Edition $169
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=481/ID=10050/SID=1059132209/productdetails.html
 

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Yeah that was the other one i was looking but unfortunately it goes up in price today. I will look for a lower wattage PSU then maybe this one?http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=481/ID=15727/SID=528563987/productdetails.html

Instead of getting that 6850 you could get a 5850 extreme, it is about 10% more powerful and 50$ cheaper. http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/co [...] rtid=15022

I think i will, it looks really good. And with the money i save i will get a Hyper 212+ for $50
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14841
 
What is your OS ? You didn't list it , and if you have win 64bit I would try to up the ram to 8gb. Are Antec psu's available to you and are they very expensive if they are? An Antec High Current 750w would take care of any power requirements you need or will need.
 
Firstly take a look at www.pricespy.co.nz

Especially if you are in Auckland and are going to pick up th parts you order you can save a lot .

I think you have the balance of your computer wrong . Gaming relies on a strong graphics card more than it does on a strong processor .
The 6850 is midrange and the 2500k is top end . That is not a great gaming mix .
Nor is a relatively small monitor .

We also have AMD about to release a new range of cpu's in about 10 days time . Hold off till after that . Intels prices will drop internationally to match , and the AMD's performance could make them worth considering too
 

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I can get window 7 ultimate from my dad's work for about $20 so that isn't an issue.

There is this antec PSU but its more expensive and doesn't have that much more to offer

And why go up to 8gb of ram? its seems like it's just extra ct without offering much more performance
 

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Yes i am in Auckland so i will check that out.

I had originally picked an i3-2100 as a CPU but was advised to spend about equal amounts on the CPU and GPU for i upgraded it to the i5. Would the i3 make more sense? but yeah I'm probably not going to be buying anything for another couple of weeks so waiting isn't an issue. And would the 23"
version (http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=507/ID=15841/SID=698067210/productdetails.html) do better?
 

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Remembering that I'm in New Zealand, shipping can cost upwards of $500 and the due to exchange rates and local taxes the parts cost about the same (plus a little bit of price fixing)
 
I definitely think plan your build around a 23- 24 inch 1080p monitor .
The size really brings any game to life .

Again, playtech are good , but they are often beaten on price by other Auckland retailers .

I think you should stick with a quadcore processor . That will game slightly better than a dual core , but the real advantage is your pc stays more responsive and wont slow down when your pc runs other background services while you game .

I think you can afford a 2400 i5 in your build
but check this out
http://www.techspot.com/review/418-amd-a8-3850-apu/page10.html
Heres an example of how processor power is less important than gpu power for gaming . All these set ups use the same graphics card . Even the relatively weak AMD A8 3850 is only a fe fps behind a top end cpu like the 2500k .

And since the monitor refreshes at 60Hz WHICH IS THE SAME AS 60 FPS any time you get over 60 fps you dont notice the difference anyway .
Spending on a cpu gives you bragging rights , but it even midrange processors can max out games these days.

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iLouis

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Thanks, i think that the 2400 would probably be the way to go then. And what kind of price drops would we see after AMD's launch? 10-20%?

EDIT: Just looking at playtech's site, there's only a $25 difference between the 2400 and 2500K so would the ability to overclock be worth it?