Around $1200 Gaming PC Australia July 2013


This is quite a bit out of my price range but i can justify spending this much.

can anyone tell me if anything is not compatible?


Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or two.

Budget Range: 800-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, amateur video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: Need whole computer.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Location: Sydney Australia

Parts Preferences: Reliability is high in my list.

Overclocking: If this helps gaming performance and looks

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe at a later date as an upgrade.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional Comments: Ok so im completely new at this and am willing to try to learn more about comparisons and what to look our for. Basically I want a PC that will run games like Dota 2, Battlefield, ARMA, Crysis, Skyrim ect VERY smoothly and on the highest settings.

I also want my PC to handle very light video editing, mainly youtube stuff but am aiming to get more advanced as the years go on. Happy to keep this at a low priority with an option to upgrade parts in the future (10% of the time is used for editing ect)

My biggest problem is I have no idea where to start, a base build that I can do some research on would be awesome. The ability to see alternative options and compare my findings based on price and performance.

Ideally im looking for quality, reliability and price (in that order around the $1200 mark)

Any help is appreciated, also looking for options to pick up and have labour included/ excluded pending the benefits)

something like this would be awesome if i can get the price down to include labour. any ideas without sacrificing performance too much? (also i just randomly selected these items based on popularity)


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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: Avexir Standard Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.25 @ Mwave Australia)
    Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($105.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Total: $1148.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 22:16 EST+1000)
  2. thanks for your response

    whats your thoughts on this build?

    sorry i dont know how to make it show up the way you do it
  3. ^ good build
    but sadly it is not haswell, anyway no problem
    you only have ram issue, to avoid clearance issue with 212 evo, you have to buy low heatsink ram
    like this one
  4. awesome thanks :)

    any way to be cost effective without losing on performance with this build?
  5. final build

    any issues?

    NB. i might have trouble locating the PSU so may swap it in for a 750 corseair

    also does anyone know about the bug with the z87 where the usb ports are failing?
  6. Hi !
    sorry to come in late to your thread, there are several other stores you might want to consider, see:

    PCpartpicker does not have a thorough list of stuff or of stores for Australia, so don't rely too much on it.

    by the way, the H77 MoBo is not for overclocking, try the Z77 if you want to go that route.
    Otherwise the system looks good.
    I don't have experience with the OCZ PSUs, but make sure you don't skimp on this item, you don't want the system to fry.

    Concerning cases, a full tower is massive and you don't need that much space. Consider a midATX to save some bucks -- check out Fractal Design R4 or Antec P280 (my two current favorites).

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