so, you are an Aussie
Ok i see the problem. I though your budget was in USD.
Also i'll have to take Australians higher prices into a count.
I started looking at cheaper motherboards, but they are all just stripped from features. Like no RAID support and analog surround sound audio. No SLI or crossfire support. And some only had 2 RAM slots.
so i think it's a good idea to go back to Gen 4. You will also save a little going to DDR3 ram. (you can also buy DDR3 RAM supported motherboards for Gen6, but there are not that many options)
The GPU and SSD has also been stepped down in performance.
Because of the less power hungry GPU, it's alright to go down on the PSU as well.
What do you think of this? It's all from the same place and they ship to Australia. The price is 920 A
UD (665 USD)
You will have to pay shipping, but i don't think that's gonna exceed the price if you bought the parts in Australia.
(I am just guessing here)
USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com[/url]
GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon R9 285 GV-R9285WF2OC-2GD 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card - Newegg.com
PSU: CORSAIR CX series CX600M 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC CP-9020060-NA Power Supply - Newegg.com
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory Kit Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R - Newegg.com
SSD: OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-240G - Newegg.com