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[First Build] Show me where I can cut back

Omegasaurus

36 months ago

I'm trying to build a desktop for reliable audio and video recording and editing and low end (Dota 2, maybe Overwatch) gaming. I had hoped to come in under $1000 AUD, but have ended up more around $1.6k.

I'd like to know what parts I can pare back, as well as if there are any immediately obvious incompatibility issues from what I've selected. Any help would be appreciated, but all parts need to be available to ship to Australia, and listed in AUD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $267.00 @ Shopping Express
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9x65 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler $78.99 @ Mwave Australia
Motherboard Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $228.00 @ Shopping Express
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $73.70 @ Skycomp Technology
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $73.70 @ Skycomp Technology
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $209.00 @ Storm Computers
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.00 @ Shopping Express
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $229.00 @ Scorptec
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $49.00 @ Scorptec
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $89.00 @ PCCaseGear
Optical Drive Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $84.00 @ Shopping Express
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $129.00 @ IJK
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $17.00 @ Shopping Express
Case Fan Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan $22.00 @ PCCaseGear
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1613.39
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-22 11:18 AEDT+1100

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello, also a fellow Australian here. I would recommend this build instead because OS can be bought for around $25-$40 while the motherboard you have is very overkill.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $235.00 @ Shopping Express
Motherboard ASRock B150 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $125.00 @ Umart
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $65.00 @ Umart
Storage Crucial BX200 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $158.00 @ Shopping Express
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB GAMING X 3G Video Card $280.00
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $99.00 @ PLE Computers
Power Supply Corsair CXM 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $100.00
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $35.00
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $17.00 @ Shopping Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1114.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-22 11:53 AEDT+1100
  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your help. I basically just filled in each slot at what I vaguely remember as being an appropriate price point from building poorly informed rigs in high school (10+ years ago).

So obviously I can see you've cut the HDD and culled back on RAM, which I presume would be a choice based on being able to expand later if necessary. But then things like the case fan and CPU cooler - they're not really necessary for what I'm building, I guess? I suppose optical drives are a little outdated these days as well. Now that I think about it there shouldn't really be anything I need it for that I couldn't do by direct file transfer.

Also thanks for the catch on the OS - I didn't notice such a cheaper option available.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, an HDD can be added later on if needed more storage (just in case) 8GB is plenty for gaming but I would recommend your choice of 16GB of RAM. Also if you are a student still, you can grab Microsoft office/windows and adobe software for free. (Check if your education centre is part of it)

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

1) Benchmarks reveal that the i5 6400 vs i5 6500 has virtually no difference in gaming, It may differ in video recording/rendering however. 2) How is this motherboard any better then the motherboard I have chosen? 3) GPU can be grabbed off ebay for cheap right now (ebay tech sale C20ELF) In Australia the AMD 4XX series are very overpriced. 4)I would keep the NZXT S340 because cases are one of the parts you are going to keep for a very long time.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

cut down on the motherboard,CPU cooler and get a better gpu

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The extra cpu cooler and z series mobo are redundant as you can't overclock that cpu, I would swap to a b150 board tho that caps the ram speed to 2133 but that speed is available for a few bucks cheaper.

GTX 950 is a gen old now, current gen 1050ti is the same price and is much better.

An extra few bucks gets you a nice gold rated psu (seasonic are one of the top brands) and the gold efficiency will save you money via a cheaper electricity bill going forwards.

Case comes with 2x 120mm fans already (and does not support 200mm?).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $267.00 @ Shopping Express
Motherboard Asus B150M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $99.00 @ Shopping Express
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $119.00 @ Scorptec
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $209.00 @ Storm Computers
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.00 @ IJK
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $224.70 @ Skycomp Technology
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $49.00 @ Scorptec
Power Supply SeaSonic 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $93.50 @ Skycomp Technology
Optical Drive Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $84.00 @ Shopping Express
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $129.00 @ IJK
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $17.00 @ Shopping Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1356.20
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-22 12:20 AEDT+1100

You could save a few more bucks with one of these ssds, none of them match the evo when it comes to benches but in practical real world use you prolly wont be able to tell the difference.

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