New Entry Level Rig Advice

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Joined: 05/27/2011
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My friend has asked for some help selecting parts and building a new system for him. The budget is around $1000 Australian (USD is about parity atm although parts here are more expensive). The aim is to get a solid foundation rig to start with, and later down the track put a GPU and soundcard in there if needed (He doesn't really game, so that might not be needed, we'll see) I've gone through the website for the computer shop I use ( and this is the shopping list I came up with. I'm wanting any general advice and pointers on this selection. Also if there is one component that I should downgrade to upgrade a different one and keep the price about the same but get more bang for my buck please tell me.

Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM
CoolerMaster GX 750W PSU
Corsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX Case
Intel Core i5 3570K
Kingston HyperX KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX 8GB (2x4GB)
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB

Total = $985

So I'm pretty keen on this case, but will it being a mid-tower mean I might have issues fitting all this and any future cards in it. Also I might be able to convince him to spend another $50 if there is something that will make a huge difference overall. Any thoughts are appreciated. Cheers

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Joined: 09/12/2003
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Looks like a reasonable workstation. The power supply is way more than you need, which is something to be concerned about, but if you are intending to add a high-power video card to it you are right where you want to be.

As it is, this would do well for anything short of gaming. The GPU integrated into the i5 is not powerful enough for modern A-list game titles.

Have fun, be safe! Sláinte!

Nick McDermott - 3dGM Admin & SpamKiller

Joined: 05/27/2011
Posts: 11

Cool no worries. Might get a Silverstone Strider Plus 600W ST60F-PS instead then...Thanks.