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  1. Lightbulb
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    Last Updated: 17 Aug 2018

    Here are some rough lists to give you a starting point for your PC builds. These builds are focused on gaming. If you also need to do some video editing work, run VMs, CAD, etc, or something that might require changes, post a comment and someone should help you out. Mass storage is defaulted to 1TB, add a bigger drive if you need it. Also consider removing the HDD and upsize/add and SSD instead if you're not a big data user.

    I've opted not to include really high end systems as those people also tend to have more specific needs so a 'generic' build isn't particularly useful. If you're not sure where to start or just want a double check, drop a post.

    The PC’s take into account prices from a variety of stores. If you want to buy exclusively from one store, you may have to tweak the parts a little to find suitable ones, and the overall cost may go up a little. Most prices will include shipping. You can use Pricespy to help find the best prices on products.

    Cases are personal preference, so I've just popped some generic ones on. Find something you like.

    $650:
    CPU : Ryzen 2200G - $160
    Mobo : A320M motherboard - $100
    RAM : 2x4GB DDR4 2666MHz+ (faster is even better if it's not much more) - $160
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : (Ryzen iGPU)
    PSU : Corsair VS450 V3 - $70
    Case : Silverstone PS09B - $60

    $750:
    CPU : Ryzen 2400G - $250
    Mobo : A320M motherboard - $100
    RAM : 2x4GB DDR4 3000MHz+ - $180
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : (Ryzen iGPU)
    PSU : Corsair VS450 V3 - $70
    Case : Silverstone PS09B - $60

    Note: With both Ryzen APU systems. Consider adding a better PSU, e.g. CX550, to allow for a GPU upgrade in future. The iGPU is surprisingly decent, but it's still far from mid-low end dedicated cards. A B350 or B450 motherboard would also give more upgrade options for another ~$30.

    $800:
    CPU : Peniutm G4560 - $90
    Mobo : B250M motherboard - $100
    RAM : 2x4GB DDR4 - $160
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : GTX1050 - $230
    PSU : Corsair VS450 V3 - $70
    Case : Silverstone PS09B - $60

    Pentium/1050 vs 2400G: Pentium based system will be superior as is, but the 2400G system is a better platform for adding to in future.

    $1000:
    CPU : Ryzen 2200G - $150
    Mobo : B450M motherboard - $130
    RAM : 2x4GB DDR4 - $160
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : GTX1050Ti - $300
    PSU : Corsair CX450/550 - $100
    Case : Silverstone PS09B - $60

    $1300:
    CPU : Ryzen 2600 - $270
    Mobo : B450M motherboard - $130
    RAM : 2x4GB DDR4 - $160
    SSD : ~250GB SSD - $80
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : GTX1060 3GB - $400
    PSU : Corsair CX450/550 - $100
    Case : Thermaltake H17 - $80

    $1500:
    CPU : Ryzen 2600 - $270
    Mobo : B450M motherboard - $130
    RAM : 2x4GB DDR4 - $160
    SSD : ~500GB SSD - $150
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : GTX1060 6GB OR RX580 8GB - $500
    PSU : Antec Earthwatts 550W - $120
    Case : Thermaltake H17 - $80

    $1500 (Intel):
    CPU : i5 8400 - $290
    Mobo : B360M motherboard - $150
    RAM : 2x4GB DDR4 - $160
    SSD : ~500GB SSD - $150
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : GTX1060 6GB OR RX580 8GB - $500
    PSU : Antec Earthwatts 550W - $120
    Case : Thermaltake H17 - $80

    $2000:
    CPU : Ryzen 2600 - $270
    Mobo : B350M motherboard - $130
    RAM : 2x8GB DDR4 3000MHz - $300
    SSD : ~500GB SSD - $150
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : GTX1070 - $650
    PSU : Corsair RM550X - $170
    Case : Fractal Define Mini C - $180

    $2200:
    CPU : i5 8600K - $380
    CPU Cooler: Cryorig H5 - $90
    Mobo : Z370M motherboard - $220
    RAM : 2x8GB DDR4 3000MHz - $300
    SSD : ~500GB SSD - $150
    HDD : 1TB Barracuda/Blue - $80
    GPU : GTX1070 - $650
    PSU : Corsair RM550X - $170
    Case : Fractal Define Mini C - $180

    $2500:
    CPU : i5 8600K - $380
    CPU Cooler: Cryorig H5 - $90
    Mobo : Z370M motherboard - $220
    RAM : 2x8GB DDR4 3000MHz - $300
    SSD : 1TB MX500 - $330
    GPU : GTX1080 - $850
    PSU : Corsair RM550X - $170
    Case : Fractal Define Mini C - $180

    -WoM
    Last edited by Word Of Madness; 18th August 2018 at 9:36 pm.

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    #2
    Hmm I still think $1500 is the best value for money price point. eg there isn't much of a performance benefit going to the $1700 rig. The motherborad is overkill for the average user, The 8800GT offers better value for money than the 8800GTS (G92), the TRUE 120 is only necessary overclocking.

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    #3
    I duno about using the cheapest prices on price spy for it. Maybe an average price would be better, as some of those cheap places are dodgy as.

    just my opinion other wise awesome

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    #4
    BBQ! wrote:
    Hmm I still think $1500 is the best value for money price point. eg there isn't much of a performance benefit going to the $1700 rig. The motherborad is overkill for the average user, The 8800GT offers better value for money than the 8800GTS (G92), the TRUE 120 is only necessary overclocking.
    So you reckon ditch the HSF, downgrade to 8800GT and cheaper mobo for a $1500 rig instead?

    Sounds doable. Should we bump the $1200 rig down to $1000 as well?

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    #5
    Android Grim wrote:
    I duno about using the cheapest prices on price spy for it. Maybe an average price would be better, as some of those cheap places are dodgy as.
    Yip, totally 100% agree on the cheapest price thing, but around here it's pretty much taken for granted that you'd need to spend another 5% or so to get from better suppliers.

    That, plus it's a major pain the a$$ to keep it up to date with pricing from the best and cheapest supplier. It's just too much overhead.

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    #6
    pablo d wrote:
    Yip, totally 100% agree on the cheapest price thing, but around here it's pretty much taken for granted that you'd need to spend another 5% or so to get from better suppliers.

    That, plus it's a major pain the a$$ to keep it up to date with pricing from the best and cheapest supplier. It's just too much overhead.
    yer taking the cheapest prices means you don't have to update this so often as incorporates prices slowly falling

    can you post up some alienware budgets LOL!

    gw pablo!

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    #7
    my mate had issues with p5K vanilla + E8400. I suggest the DS3R as another possible choice, or even the IP35-E

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    #8
    Doneski.

    What kinda clocks can the DS3R hit?

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    #9
    sorry not the DS3R. Jeez there are so many DS3's. Just plain old DS3 @ $184.22 cheapest on PP. It can hit good FSB and has heeps of features for its price.

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    #10
    k

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    #11
    $7 more for a ST50EF >_>

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    #12
    Spidey wrote:
    $7 more for a ST50EF >_>
    from where

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    #13
    oh you mean more than the 560w...


    hmmm, I like the 560w more

    better specs than the st50f, more powerful and cheaper than the st50ef

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    #14
    God damn you guys confuse things quickly lol

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    #15
    Android Grim wrote:
    God damn you guys confuse things quickly lol
    heh, well it's a work in progress right now. E6750 + P5K used to be the bread and butter round here, but these Wolfdales (8200, 8400 etc) have kinda shook things up.

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    #16
    it sounds as if the main spanner in the works is the suitable motherboard for the new chips?

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    #18
    Android Grim wrote:
    it sounds as if the main spanner in the works is the suitable motherboard for the new chips?
    indeed. to confuse things more, heres an E8400 at 4.0GHz on a P5K with a cheap aftermarket cooler:


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    #19
    yeah sorry thought you meant $7 more than the st50f, not the st56f

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    #20
    and an E8400 @ 4.0ghz on a GA-P35-S3

    http://img90.imageshack.us/my.php?im...4004005no6.jpg

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    #21
    *cough*

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    #22
    **** I hope I don't have a problem getting my e8200 going with the asus p5k

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    #23
    See what you've Done pablo, making people cry about their P5K + E8200 combo :P

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    #24
    P5K should be fine if it comes with the updated BIOS out of the box.

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    #25
    Spidey wrote:
    See what you've Done pablo, making people cry about their P5K + E8200 combo :P
    I posted a shot of it running an E8400 @ 4.0GHz, what more do they want