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April 13, 2013 7:28:16 PM

This is my build so far, im looking at getting a gaming rig that will play the new games with atleast a 60fps (i dont mind if i have to turn settings down on games like crysis 3) and will last me a little while. I live in australia and i'd prefer to use pccasegear.com

PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/QwRo
Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/QwRo/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/QwRo/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($236.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: BenQ GL2450HM 24in Widescreen LED Monitor ($169.00)
Other: Sapphire HD7870 XT Edition with Boost 2GB ($259.00)
Total: $1361.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I plan to move into buying a seconds graphics card and crossfire them in the future
Over clock the cpu to about 4.2ghz (hopefully)
Will my power supply be good enough or should i get one with silver to gold efficiency?

My budget is about $1400 and i'll be adding peripherals with another set of money

Thanks :) 
April 13, 2013 7:41:39 PM

Okay I tweaked your build just a bit below:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($236.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: BenQ GL2450HM 24in Widescreen LED Monitor ($169.00)
Total: $1401.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-14 12:39 EST+1000)

* CPU same.
* Mobo changed to save a bit, but still have all of the features.
* RAM changed to a set that has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders and will help cool them, yours had no heat spreaders (if I looked at them right).
* GPU is better than your 7870 xt.
* Case is a bit cheaper to fit the 7950, but is still a quality one.
* PSU was changed to a 80 Plus Bronze Certified, but the OCZ will do. I also was going to assume that 1 GPU would be needed. By the time you want to upgrade to another GPU, I would think that there will be better single GPU solutions out, thus saving you power.
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April 13, 2013 7:58:35 PM

lunyone said:
Okay I tweaked your build just a bit below:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($236.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: BenQ GL2450HM 24in Widescreen LED Monitor ($169.00)
Total: $1401.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-14 12:39 EST+1000)

* CPU same.
* Mobo changed to save a bit, but still have all of the features.
* RAM changed to a set that has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders and will help cool them, yours had no heat spreaders (if I looked at them right).
* GPU is better than your 7870 xt.
* Case is a bit cheaper to fit the 7950, but is still a quality one.
* PSU was changed to a 80 Plus Bronze Certified, but the OCZ will do. I also was going to assume that 1 GPU would be needed. By the time you want to upgrade to another GPU, I would think that there will be better single GPU solutions out, thus saving you power.


Thank you, i'll just go with the 7950 like you said there could be better by the time i buy another card. does the 7950 overclock as well as the 7870xt?
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April 13, 2013 8:12:06 PM

The 7950 overclocks just as well as the 7870xt.
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April 13, 2013 8:21:43 PM

jwn04 said:
lunyone said:
Okay I tweaked your build just a bit below:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($236.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: BenQ GL2450HM 24in Widescreen LED Monitor ($169.00)
Total: $1401.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-14 12:39 EST+1000)

* CPU same.
* Mobo changed to save a bit, but still have all of the features.
* RAM changed to a set that has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders and will help cool them, yours had no heat spreaders (if I looked at them right).
* GPU is better than your 7870 xt.
* Case is a bit cheaper to fit the 7950, but is still a quality one.
* PSU was changed to a 80 Plus Bronze Certified, but the OCZ will do. I also was going to assume that 1 GPU would be needed. By the time you want to upgrade to another GPU, I would think that there will be better single GPU solutions out, thus saving you power.


Thank you, i'll just go with the 7950 like you said there could be better by the time i buy another card. does the 7950 overclock as well as the 7870xt?

From what I've read, yes it does. Of coarse each card will OC different than another one, but the results should be good.
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