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Gaming PC for $1500 - Opinions on this set-up.

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August 20, 2013 6:03:32 PM

Hi All,

I have taken advice from many communities and done a little bit of research and have come up with this set-up for a gaming PC for around the $1500 mark. This will be used for strictly gaming only. I know the first thing people are going to question is the Hyper212 cooling and the 650W PSU. I have selected these 2 as I would like the PC to run cooler, smoother, quieter and hope that these extra additions would help.

If you guys are able to inform me otherwise, and if a this PC is capable of running just fine without the Hyper 212 evo and perhaps as silverstone 550W PSU, inform me and let me know. Call me paranoid but the last thing I want happening is building my first PC and having it overheat / be noisy as all hell lol.

Thanks for all advice and opinions guys, if you can put something together for around the same price that you think would well and truly out-do this build I would love to hear from you.

CPU: Intel core i5-4670 3.4ghz Quad-core processor – $254.00 Mwave Australia
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo – $39.00 Mwave Australia
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 – $125.00 PCCaseGear
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 -$95.00 Mwave Australia
Storage 1: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD – $115.00 Mwave Australia
Storage 2: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM – $99.00 PCCaseGear
Video Card: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 770 2GB – $479.00 Mwave Australia
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid – $95.00 Mwave Australia
Power Supply: Silverstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold – $149.00 Mwave Australia
Optical Drive: LG CH12LS28 Blu-ray / DVD writer – $59.00 – PCCaseGear

Total Cost – $1509.00

Kindest regards,
Kodie.
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August 20, 2013 6:07:54 PM

I would rather get a PSU from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic or XFX. Nothing else to say, good build.
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August 20, 2013 6:50:12 PM

Hey Mate,

As you are getting H87 performance and CM 212 cooler I would recommend to consider getting 4760k for 20 AUD more (assuming you are interested in OC).
Your board has 8 power phases and provides OC capability (desplite being based on H87 chipset). You should be able to achieve good OC (up to 4,4 - 4,5mhz) while maintaing resonable temperatures.
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August 20, 2013 6:54:32 PM

it's not like there is anything wrong with getting the evo. the stock cooler is built to keep the cpu cool enough to perform properly at stock speeds, although even then ive heard it still runs things a bit hotter. more cooling is always good, and the evo is cheap enough that spending that little extra for some better cooling options is perfectly justifiable..it's not like you're spending $80 on a noctua

for the case i might recommend taking a look at the fractal r4, but case is a personal thing, as long as it all fits inside
i might also recommend the 840 pro version, but the 840 should work just fine and of course saves money

i do agree with the psu idea..look into a corsair hx model (i believe at the size you're looking at they are even made by seasonic)
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