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New Gaming Build USD $900 AUD $1600

jd1625
Hi, I'm from Australia and I'm looking to build my PC myself with $1600 AUD spent on parts. I will be using this PC for casual use (i.e. Youtube, Internet browsing) and some pretty light gaming (right now only League of Legends but may pick some other games up in the future). The display I want to use for this build is a 27 inch 1440p display at 60Hz. I wish to have 60 fps+ at high settings for most games. The build (looking for help to change parts as needed, as I'm new to this):

[PC Hound Part List](https://pchound.com/uen8N7/)

(Edit: Changed PSU, GPU. Price still around the same in AUD)


Type|Item|Price

:----|:----|:----

**CPU** | [intel Core i5-6400 6M](https://pchound.com/1341157/intel-core-i5-6400-6m/) | $187.99 @ Amazon

**Motherboard** | [ASUS B150M-A](https://pchound.com/1343703/asus-b150m-a/) | $85 @ Amazon

**Memory** | [HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) FURY](https://pchound.com/1301729/hyperx-8gb-2-x-4gb-fury/) | $53.99 @ Amazon

**Video Card** | [sAPPHIRE Radeon R9 390 NITRO 100382NTOC-2L](https://pchound.com/1340112/sapphire-radeon-r9-390-nitro-100382ntoc-2l/) | $332.97 @ Newegg

**Power Supply** | [seaSonic 550W G Series SSR-550RM](https://pchound.com/1218044/seasonic-550w-g-series-ssr-550rm/) | $79.99 @ Amazon

**Storage** | [Western Digital 1TB Blue WD10EZEX](https://pchound.com/1202263/western-digital-1tb-blue-wd10ezex/) | $54.99 @ Amazon

**Storage #2** | [sAMSUNG 120GB 850 EVO MZ-75E120B/AM](https://pchound.com/972738/samsung-120gb-850-evo-mz-75e120bam/) | $62.99 @ Amazon

**Case** | [Phanteks PH-ES515P_TG](https://pchound.com/1338589/phanteks-ph-es515p_tg/) | $75.98 @ Newegg

**Networking** | [D-Link DWA-171](https://pchound.com/1234022/d-link-dwa-171/) | $25.96 @ Amazon

 | | **Total**

 | Price may include shipping, rebates, promotions, and tax | $959.86

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Crap PSU

R9 390 > 970

Archangel (Desktop) CPU: i5 4590 GPU:Asus R9 280  3GB RAM:HyperX Beast 2x4GBPSU:SeaSonic S12G 750W Mobo:GA-H97m-HD3 Case:CM Silencio 650 Storage:1 TB WD Red
Celestial (Laptop 1) CPU:i7 4720HQ GPU:GTX 860M 4GB RAM:2x4GB SK Hynix DDR3Storage: 250GB 850 EVO Model:Lenovo Y50-70
Seraph (Laptop 2) CPU:i7 6700HQ GPU:GTX 970M 3GB RAM:2x8GB DDR4Storage: 256GB Samsung 951 + 1TB Toshiba HDD Model:Asus GL502VT

Windows 10 is now MSX! - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/440190-can-we-start-calling-windows-10/page-6

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Crap PSU

R9 390 > 970

The power supply I chose is actually Be Quiet! Pure Power L8 500W Power Supply, But i couldn't find it in the parts so I put the EVGA one instead.

As for the GPU, I may consider it but for some reason I've always leaned towards Nvidia cards :/ but if the difference in performance is that big I may change it. I also heard that the 390 consumes a lot more power but again if it can be justified by the performance improvement then I don't mind.

Thanks for the reply.

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The power supply I chose is actually Be Quiet! Pure Power L8 500W Power Supply, But i couldn't find it in the parts so I put the EVGA one instead.

As for the GPU, I may consider it but for some reason I've always leaned towards Nvidia cards :/ but if the difference in performance is that big I may change it.

it's about 5% but the biggest selling point is the memory which will allow for a lot more flexibility. Look at some games like Shadow of Mordor that only tax a 970 @ 60% when maxed out but the VRMA usage is over 5GB

Archangel (Desktop) CPU: i5 4590 GPU:Asus R9 280  3GB RAM:HyperX Beast 2x4GBPSU:SeaSonic S12G 750W Mobo:GA-H97m-HD3 Case:CM Silencio 650 Storage:1 TB WD Red
Celestial (Laptop 1) CPU:i7 4720HQ GPU:GTX 860M 4GB RAM:2x4GB SK Hynix DDR3Storage: 250GB 850 EVO Model:Lenovo Y50-70
Seraph (Laptop 2) CPU:i7 6700HQ GPU:GTX 970M 3GB RAM:2x8GB DDR4Storage: 256GB Samsung 951 + 1TB Toshiba HDD Model:Asus GL502VT

Windows 10 is now MSX! - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/440190-can-we-start-calling-windows-10/page-6

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ph8swP A little bit over you budget though.

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Archangel (Desktop) CPU: i5 4590 GPU:Asus R9 280  3GB RAM:HyperX Beast 2x4GBPSU:SeaSonic S12G 750W Mobo:GA-H97m-HD3 Case:CM Silencio 650 Storage:1 TB WD Red
Celestial (Laptop 1) CPU:i7 4720HQ GPU:GTX 860M 4GB RAM:2x4GB SK Hynix DDR3Storage: 250GB 850 EVO Model:Lenovo Y50-70
Seraph (Laptop 2) CPU:i7 6700HQ GPU:GTX 970M 3GB RAM:2x8GB DDR4Storage: 256GB Samsung 951 + 1TB Toshiba HDD Model:Asus GL502VT

Windows 10 is now MSX! - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/440190-can-we-start-calling-windows-10/page-6

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Something like this would do better:

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($355.00 @ Centre Com) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler  ($54.00 @ CPL Online) 
Motherboard: Asus Z170-P ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($195.00 @ Umart) 
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($129.00 @ Centre Com) 
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card  ($449.00 @ CPL Online) 
Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($108.50 @ CPL Online) 
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($159.00 @ CPL Online) 
Total: $1596.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-01 23:57 AEDT+1100
 
You can now overclock the CPU with the Z170 mobo and CPU cooler. The 850 EVO 250GB will suit your storage needs quite nicely. The 390 will perform better at 1440p than the 970 at a much lower price cost. The PSU range is limited in Australia so you have to excuse the 750W overkill one I put in this build. The only other options I could find were the 500B and 600B and they're not good for a build like this.

'Fanboyism is stupid' - someone on this forum.

Be nice to each other boys and girls. And don't cheap out on a power supply.

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CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K - 4.5 GHz | Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO | RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 | SSD: Samsung 850 EVO - 500GB | GPU: MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB | PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 | Case: NZXT Phantom 530 | Cooling: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate | Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q | Peripherals: Corsair Vengeance K70 and Razer DeathAdder

 

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it's about 5% but the biggest selling point is the memory which will allow for a lot more flexibility. Look at some games like Shadow of Mordor that only tax a 970 @ 60% when maxed out but the VRMA usage is over 5GB

Ok I think I will change the GPU

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Hi,

Any reason for the older generation CPU? Wouldn't the newer one be better for future flexibility?

True but they are alot cheaper and still pro for gaming.

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Logitech G300--Roccat ISKU FX--Logitech Z623--HyperX Cloud II

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Something like this would do better:

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($355.00 @ Centre Com) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler  ($54.00 @ CPL Online) 
Motherboard: Asus Z170-P ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($195.00 @ Umart) 
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($129.00 @ Centre Com) 
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card  ($449.00 @ CPL Online) 
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($84.00 @ CPL Online) 
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($159.00 @ CPL Online) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit)  ($35.00) 
Total: $1607.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-01 23:47 AEDT+1100
 
You can now overclock the CPU with the Z170 mobo and CPU cooler. The 850 EVO 250GB will suit your storage needs quite nicely. The 390 will perform better at 1440p than the 970 at a much lower price cost. The PSU range is limited in Australia so you have to excuse the 750W overkill one I put in this build. The only other options I could find were the 500B and 600B and they're not good for a build like this.

 

Hi,

Is overclocking worth it? Because I heard it will decrease the CPU's lifespan. How much of an improvement will I see in actual usage? Because I could take out the cooler and maybe swap the mobo to make it a little cheaper. Also when you say the 500B and 600B aren't good for a build like this, what do you mean? Thanks for the reply. I'll swap the gpu definitely now as another member has also suggested the same.

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Hi,

Is overclocking worth it? Because I heard it will decrease the CPU's lifespan. How much of an improvement will I see in actual usage? Because I could take out the cooler and maybe swap the mobo to make it a little cheaper. Also when you say the 500B and 600B aren't good for a build like this, what do you mean? Thanks for the reply. I'll swap the gpu definitely now as another member has also suggested the same.

 

Overclocking pretty much means you squeezing out extra performance out of the CPU. I'd say it's worth it, since this CPU can reach the stock speed of a i7 6700. The CPU lifespan will not decrease. It's only when temperatures are exceedingly high that it might damage it, but even then, it has to be at that temperature for hours, even days, before it starts to get damaged. The CPU cooler will ensure it won't overheat.

 

When I meant the 500B and 600B "aren't good", I meant that they're not the most reliable PSUs to have in a fairly expensive setup like this. The only cases I would recommend them is if there was a really tight budget. If SeaSonic/XFX sold PSUs in Australia, I'd rather recommend them instead.

'Fanboyism is stupid' - someone on this forum.

Be nice to each other boys and girls. And don't cheap out on a power supply.

Spoiler

CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K - 4.5 GHz | Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO | RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 | SSD: Samsung 850 EVO - 500GB | GPU: MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB | PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 | Case: NZXT Phantom 530 | Cooling: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate | Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q | Peripherals: Corsair Vengeance K70 and Razer DeathAdder

 

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Overclocking pretty much means you squeezing out extra performance out of the CPU. I'd say it's worth it, since this CPU can reach the stock speed of a i7 6700. The CPU lifespan will not decrease. It's only when temperatures are exceedingly high that it might damage it, but even then, it has to be at that temperature for hours, even days, before it starts to get damaged. The CPU cooler will ensure it won't overheat.

 

When I meant the 500B and 600B "aren't good", I meant that they're not the most reliable PSUs to have in a fairly expensive setup like this. The only cases I would recommend them is if there was a really tight budget. If SeaSonic/XFX sold PSUs in Australia, I'd rather recommend that instead.

Ok, thanks for the explanation. I think I'm going to overclock then, hopefully it isn't too hard. 

Luckily there is Seasonic in Australia, I added the G-Series in my build :)

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Overclocking pretty much means you squeezing out extra performance out of the CPU. I'd say it's worth it, since this CPU can reach the stock speed of a i7 6700. The CPU lifespan will not decrease. It's only when temperatures are exceedingly high that it might damage it, but even then, it has to be at that temperature for hours, even days, before it starts to get damaged. The CPU cooler will ensure it won't overheat.

 

When I meant the 500B and 600B "aren't good", I meant that they're not the most reliable PSUs to have in a fairly expensive setup like this. The only cases I would recommend them is if there was a really tight budget. If SeaSonic/XFX sold PSUs in Australia, I'd rather recommend them instead.

They sell seasonic and xfx psus in australia

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They sell seasonic and xfx psus in australia

 

Oops, what I meant is that they've got a really limited range. Most of what they sell here is pretty expensive compared to EVGA's offerings.

'Fanboyism is stupid' - someone on this forum.

Be nice to each other boys and girls. And don't cheap out on a power supply.

Spoiler

CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K - 4.5 GHz | Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO | RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 | SSD: Samsung 850 EVO - 500GB | GPU: MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB | PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 | Case: NZXT Phantom 530 | Cooling: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate | Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q | Peripherals: Corsair Vengeance K70 and Razer DeathAdder

 

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CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($355.00 @ Centre Com) 

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($99.00 @ CPL Online) 

Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($203.00 @ Centre Com) 


Storage: Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($69.00 @ CPL Online) 


Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card  ($515.00 @ Umart) 

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($84.00 @ CPL Online) 


Total: $1647.00

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-02 00:15 AEDT+1100

CPU:Intel Core i3 3210 Mobo:MSI B75MA-E33  GPU:Intel 2500 HD Graphics  SSD:Adata SP600 128gb  HDD:Seagate 1tb 7200rpm  

PSU:Corsair CX430   Case:Antec ASK4000bU3  Monitor:Dell S2240l 21.5 inch 1080p

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Oops, what I meant is that they've got a really limited range. Most of what they sell here is pretty expensive compared to EVGA's offerings.

that is true

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