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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2013 4:09:59 AM

I'm looking for advice on a AU$2000 +/- $100 gaming system. The price must include OS.

Crossfire/SLI is ok but I would prefer a single card setup. The system will be OC'd.

Below is the system I suggested, please let me know if you have any suggestions/recommendations, and remember to select AU as the country for pcpartpicker. If you want to see more options for parts, i'll also be buying some parts from umart.com.au

I didn't select a Haswell chip as there doesn't seem to be much of an advantage for the extra $80 it costs to get an equivalent MOBO, but if you can provide reasons for it, I have no problems with it.

Thanks.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($379.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($88.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($115.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($579.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($29.00 @ Scorptec)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $2083.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 22:09 EST+1100)

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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2013 4:14:53 AM

That's a solid well balanced build.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2013 4:33:23 AM

w8 has better performance, you can change to w7 interface/theme
r9 280x has better p/p , same/better performance

i5-4670k is plenty.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.00 @ Scorptec)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($409.00 @ Scorptec)
Case: Lian-Li PC-K9WX ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($92.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($25.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1632.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 22:31 EST+1100)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2013 5:12:54 AM

I adjusted your build to bring it more in line with a gaming rig (no i7, isnt needed) and to reflect Nvidia's poor value Down Under (They are just priced higher down here than AMD are, no idea why). Other changes are the PSU and case, got you more wattage for a similar efficiency far cheaper and a bigger and better case while still saving you a fair bit.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.00 @ PLE Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($88.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($115.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($29.00 @ Scorptec)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1789.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 23:09 EST+1100)

That leaves you ~$200 to play with, maybe get yourself a secondary monitor, new mouse/keyboard or something like case lighting.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 21, 2013 12:16:58 AM

manofchalk said:
I adjusted your build to bring it more in line with a gaming rig (no i7, isnt needed) and to reflect Nvidia's poor value Down Under (They are just priced higher down here than AMD are, no idea why). Other changes are the PSU and case, got you more wattage for a similar efficiency far cheaper and a bigger and better case while still saving you a fair bit.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.00 @ PLE Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($88.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($115.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($29.00 @ Scorptec)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1789.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 23:09 EST+1100)

That leaves you ~$200 to play with, maybe get yourself a secondary monitor, new mouse/keyboard or something like case lighting.


Thanks for the advice. I think I prefer the look of the NZXT 630 and feature wise they seem pretty similar. I'm also thinking about the Asus R9 280X Matrix Platinum. I read some reviews that say the base O.C. is pretty good and is good for aftermarket O.C. too.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($262.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($88.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($115.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($469.00 @ Scorptec)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (Matte Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($29.00 @ Scorptec)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1852.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-21 18:08 EST+1100)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 21, 2013 2:39:02 AM

get w8 its better.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 21, 2013 3:03:58 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
get w8 its better.



Ok.
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