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June 7, 2013 3:46:53 AM

Hello, I am asking as pick the best PC for around $1000-$1500 (AUD so if links are provided Australian would be preferred (.au)) He wants a good powerful computer that's good at office related stuff but he also would use it for playing some games. He doesn't want some flashy gaming PC case as its for his office but still powerful. Hes looking for preferably a 2gb GPU and an i7. I know building PCs are cheaper and better so custom parts lists will be helpful too as I can build PCs. He didn't specify no laptops so they are an option.

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June 7, 2013 3:58:46 AM

What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?
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June 7, 2013 4:15:04 AM

Jack Revenant said:
What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?


Not interested in over clocking and he does bit of gaming but doesn't need to something amazing, An i5 might be alright but I wouldn't put the money into a gpu probably other stuff.
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June 7, 2013 4:17:21 AM

xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?


Not interested in over clocking and he does bit of gaming but doesn't need to something amazing, An i5 might be alright but I wouldn't put the money into a gpu probably other stuff.


I'm not sure what else you'd put it into, honestly. I supposed you could save it. Also, 2GB doesn't give me much to work with, given that anything from a GT 530 to a GTX 770 can be 2GB.

Edit: Worthy of note, an i5-4670/k works just as well as an i7-4770/k in gaming, and general use doesn't require anything above an i3. You only need i7s for rendering, video editing, and other really CPU-intensive tasks.
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June 7, 2013 4:27:08 AM

Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?


Not interested in over clocking and he does bit of gaming but doesn't need to something amazing, An i5 might be alright but I wouldn't put the money into a gpu probably other stuff.


I'm not sure what else you'd put it into, honestly. I supposed you could save it. Also, 2GB doesn't give me much to work with, given that anything from a GT 530 to a GTX 770 can be 2GB.

Edit: Worthy of note, an i5-4670/k works just as well as an i7-4770/k in gaming, and general use doesn't require anything above an i3. You only need i7s for rendering, video editing, and other really CPU-intensive tasks.

Yeah sorry about 2gb thing (his words not mine) , probably could put the extra money into it. I'm assuming he just wants the best GPU possible without sacrificing anything else.
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June 7, 2013 4:29:29 AM

xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?


Not interested in over clocking and he does bit of gaming but doesn't need to something amazing, An i5 might be alright but I wouldn't put the money into a gpu probably other stuff.


I'm not sure what else you'd put it into, honestly. I supposed you could save it. Also, 2GB doesn't give me much to work with, given that anything from a GT 530 to a GTX 770 can be 2GB.

Edit: Worthy of note, an i5-4670/k works just as well as an i7-4770/k in gaming, and general use doesn't require anything above an i3. You only need i7s for rendering, video editing, and other really CPU-intensive tasks.

Yeah sorry about 2gb thing (his words not mine) , probably could put the extra money into it. I'm assuming he just wants the best GPU possible without sacrificing anything else.


How's this look?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.00 @ Scorptec)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1464.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-07 21:28 EST+1000)

You could go up to a 770, but it'd cost $50 for about 1-4% more performance.
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June 7, 2013 6:17:57 PM

Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?


Not interested in over clocking and he does bit of gaming but doesn't need to something amazing, An i5 might be alright but I wouldn't put the money into a gpu probably other stuff.

Lookd pretty good

I'm not sure what else you'd put it into, honestly. I supposed you could save it. Also, 2GB doesn't give me much to work with, given that anything from a GT 530 to a GTX 770 can be 2GB.

Edit: Worthy of note, an i5-4670/k works just as well as an i7-4770/k in gaming, and general use doesn't require anything above an i3. You only need i7s for rendering, video editing, and other really CPU-intensive tasks.

Yeah sorry about 2gb thing (his words not mine) , probably could put the extra money into it. I'm assuming he just wants the best GPU possible without sacrificing anything else.


How's this look?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.00 @ Scorptec)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1464.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-07 21:28 EST+1000)

You could go up to a 770, but it'd cost $50 for about 1-4% more performance.


Looks pretty good. Although what difference would it make using this instead?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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June 7, 2013 6:34:51 PM

xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?


Not interested in over clocking and he does bit of gaming but doesn't need to something amazing, An i5 might be alright but I wouldn't put the money into a gpu probably other stuff.

Lookd pretty good

I'm not sure what else you'd put it into, honestly. I supposed you could save it. Also, 2GB doesn't give me much to work with, given that anything from a GT 530 to a GTX 770 can be 2GB.

Edit: Worthy of note, an i5-4670/k works just as well as an i7-4770/k in gaming, and general use doesn't require anything above an i3. You only need i7s for rendering, video editing, and other really CPU-intensive tasks.

Yeah sorry about 2gb thing (his words not mine) , probably could put the extra money into it. I'm assuming he just wants the best GPU possible without sacrificing anything else.


How's this look?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.00 @ Scorptec)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1464.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-07 21:28 EST+1000)

You could go up to a 770, but it'd cost $50 for about 1-4% more performance.


Looks pretty good. Although what difference would it make using this instead?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


As said, about 1-4% more performance. Can't speak to the cooler on the Palit, though, while I can definitely vouch for the one on the Gigabyte.
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June 7, 2013 6:39:51 PM

Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?


Not interested in over clocking and he does bit of gaming but doesn't need to something amazing, An i5 might be alright but I wouldn't put the money into a gpu probably other stuff.

Lookd pretty good

I'm not sure what else you'd put it into, honestly. I supposed you could save it. Also, 2GB doesn't give me much to work with, given that anything from a GT 530 to a GTX 770 can be 2GB.

Edit: Worthy of note, an i5-4670/k works just as well as an i7-4770/k in gaming, and general use doesn't require anything above an i3. You only need i7s for rendering, video editing, and other really CPU-intensive tasks.

Yeah sorry about 2gb thing (his words not mine) , probably could put the extra money into it. I'm assuming he just wants the best GPU possible without sacrificing anything else.


How's this look?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.00 @ Scorptec)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1464.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-07 21:28 EST+1000)

You could go up to a 770, but it'd cost $50 for about 1-4% more performance.


Looks pretty good. Although what difference would it make using this instead?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


As said, about 1-4% more performance. Can't speak to the cooler on the Palit, though, while I can definitely vouch for the one on the Gigabyte.


What about a galaxy? http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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June 7, 2013 7:09:31 PM

xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
xHALORDx said:
Jack Revenant said:
What kind of office work is he doing? If it's just general office stuff, an i7 wouldn't be useful, and that money could be put into a better GPU.

Edit: Also, does he have any interest in overclocking?


Not interested in over clocking and he does bit of gaming but doesn't need to something amazing, An i5 might be alright but I wouldn't put the money into a gpu probably other stuff.

Lookd pretty good

I'm not sure what else you'd put it into, honestly. I supposed you could save it. Also, 2GB doesn't give me much to work with, given that anything from a GT 530 to a GTX 770 can be 2GB.

Edit: Worthy of note, an i5-4670/k works just as well as an i7-4770/k in gaming, and general use doesn't require anything above an i3. You only need i7s for rendering, video editing, and other really CPU-intensive tasks.

Yeah sorry about 2gb thing (his words not mine) , probably could put the extra money into it. I'm assuming he just wants the best GPU possible without sacrificing anything else.


How's this look?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.00 @ Scorptec)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1464.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-07 21:28 EST+1000)

You could go up to a 770, but it'd cost $50 for about 1-4% more performance.


Looks pretty good. Although what difference would it make using this instead?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


As said, about 1-4% more performance. Can't speak to the cooler on the Palit, though, while I can definitely vouch for the one on the Gigabyte.


What about a galaxy? http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Once again, can't vouch. Only 770 coolers whose specs I know well are EVGA's, ASUS's, MSI's, and Gigabyte's.

Edit: That is not to say that the Palit or the Galaxy are bad. That said, Gigabyte and ASUS have some of the best coolers in the business, so if you can swing one of them, I would.
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