So for November, we’re going to be doing different computers for different areas of the world, starting with Australia. First thing I noticed was a lack of parts on Amazon Australia, which saddened me, so the Amazon links will be American, and the other links will be Australian. Which sucks, but at least any of our Australian readers will still be able to make a very good gaming computer. The budget for all of the areas will be 700 in the country of origin’s currency, so AUD for Australian, GBP for Britain, etc. Let’s get started with the Australian Computer Build.
The FX-6300 is probably the best bang for your buck you can get if you can get it cheap. It’s a six core CPU, can overclock like crazy, and costs $10 more than the quad core little brother. While most games have yet to benefit from more than two cores, that could change in the future, and games like Battlefield 4 and Crysis 3 are already reaping the benefits of more cores. Let’s just hope AMD doesn’t mess up their next enthusiast line of CPUs.
This board is pretty much fully featured, with front USB3, SATA 3, 10 rear USB ports, and a whole bunch of other features. Sadly, it’s a little bit expensive, but if front USB3 isn’t very important for you, you could find similarly featured motherboards for a bit less. The chipset will allow good overclocking, so if you need more performance in a few years, you can replace the CPU cooler with a Hyper 212 Evo and overclock it safely.
We’re gonna go with pretty much the cheapest RAM we can find, since this is a gaming build. You won’t need much more than 8GB, and 1333Mhz RAM is fine for games since we have dedicated graphics in the build. Also, since the motherboard supports 4 DIMMs and 32GB of RAM, you can always upgrade for cheap.
Since there isn’t much in the budget for an SSD or hybrid drive, a standard 1TB will have to do. Sadly, 1TB may be getting a little too small, since games like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed are pushing the envelope in the “Don’t want to optimize disk space” department. Side note: Dear developers, SAVE SPACE!
This is probably the best graphics card you can get on a strict budget. It will play any game at 1080p, and you can get better framerates by fiddling with the graphics settings. While rather expensive in Australia, it will still be just fine for most of the current games and future titles. If you have a bit more money, I highly recommend the R9 280, another excellent card.
This is probably one of the best cases you can get for $50. It comes with an exhaust fan, tool-less Hard Drive sleds, and top air vents. It looks very roomy, and could even support things like 240mm Radiators if you want to watercool your CPU. As always, cases are very subjective, but you really can’t go wrong with this.
While sadly not 80+ Bronze, it still is 80+, so you’ll get good efficiency on this PSU. You might not be able to go crazy with components or anything, but you will be able to get a decent GPU/CPU with this, since it has everything you need. 34 amps on the 12V rail will be fine for most setups, and for relatively cheaper than the next 80+ Bronze PSU, it’s a smart decision to get this PSU.
So there you have it, Australians. With my lack of knowledge about Australian shops and such, I was able to put together a good build for $696 AUD, before taxes and an OS (but we know where to get that, anyway). If you have any suggestions you wanna make, feel free to put them in the comments. Help each other out, especially if you are an Australian resident.
Speaking of gaming, if you want some games at low prices, check out our Gamefanshop. You can usually get brand new games for cheaper than on Steam, and it even helps out the site a little bit, but only when you buy a game. So give it a look, it might help you build a library of games for that awesome new PC. My recommendation right now would be Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition for $21.59. Really fun game.