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My first gaming rig, with a $2000 AUD budget. Any advice for my current list?

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November 28, 2013 11:16:52 PM

This rig is mainly for gaming, and also needs to be somewhat portable, hence I chose a Mini ITX case. I already have a keyboard, mouse and OS, hence why they are not on the list. I plan on buying mainly from PcCaseGear.

CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K - $265.00
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX Motherboard - $159.00
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC Edition 4GB Splinter Cell - $489.00
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 - $99.00
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 - $99.00
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO Series 120GB SSD - $109.00
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler - $149.00
Case: BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Case Black - $99.00
PSU: Cougar CMX700 700W Power Supply - $99.00
Optical Drive: LG CH12NS30 12X BD-R Blu-Ray DVD Combo Drive - $59.00
Monitor: BenQ RL2450H 24in LED Widescreen Gaming Monitor - $179.00
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro Black 140mm PWM Fan - $22.00
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro 230mm Black Fan - $25.00

TOTAL: $1852.00

Thanks in advance.

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November 28, 2013 11:27:15 PM

If you are not a fan of Nvidia I would rather put in a R9 290 for $ 400 in that system of yours. It beats the 770 in performance and is $90 cheaper than the old GTX 770.
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November 29, 2013 8:52:35 AM

Prithwi2050 said:
If you are not a fan of Nvidia I would rather put in a R9 290 for $ 400 in that system of yours. It beats the 770 in performance and is $90 cheaper than the old GTX 770.


In Australia, the R9 290 costs around $500, and I was actually considering getting the 2GB GTX 770 which only costs $400.
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November 29, 2013 10:18:56 AM

Sam Rothe said:
Prithwi2050 said:
If you are not a fan of Nvidia I would rather put in a R9 290 for $ 400 in that system of yours. It beats the 770 in performance and is $90 cheaper than the old GTX 770.


In Australia, the R9 290 costs around $500, and I was actually considering getting the 2GB GTX 770 which only costs $400.


Well then the 770 is probably the card you wana get..
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November 29, 2013 2:29:25 PM

Prithwi2050 said:
Well then the 770 is probably the card you wana get..

Ok, is there anything else you would suggest for the build?
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November 29, 2013 6:16:25 PM

Sam Rothe said:
Prithwi2050 said:
Well then the 770 is probably the card you wana get..

Ok, is there anything else you would suggest for the build?


OMG!! Absolutely. The PSU you chose can ruin your life and your PC as well. Do get a good brand for that PSU which will be powering that hungry GTX 770 and the Core i7. That PSU will damage every component on your PC. Get a Corsair or Antec 650W PSU with at least an 80 PLUS BRONZE certificate. 80 PLUS GOLD will be much better but 80 PLUS BRONZE is highly recommended. I have had horrifying experiences with low quality PSUs before. Don't want even my worst enemies to experience something like that..
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November 29, 2013 8:14:07 PM

Prithwi2050 said:
OMG!! Absolutely. The PSU you chose can ruin your life and your PC as well. Do get a good brand for that PSU which will be powering that hungry GTX 770 and the Core i7. That PSU will damage every component on your PC. Get a Corsair or Antec 650W PSU with at least an 80 PLUS BRONZE certificate. 80 PLUS GOLD will be much better but 80 PLUS BRONZE is highly recommended. I have had horrifying experiences with low quality PSUs before. Don't want even my worst enemies to experience something like that..

I only chose an i5, but the OC'd GTX 770 requires a 600W PSU at least. The trouble I had with the PSU was that the case can only hold a PSU with a depth of 160mm or less, and most PSU's with high wattage are larger than that, so I had to find a PSU that will fit, but will also supply enough power. The one I have in the list was the cheapest 700W PSU that would fit the case, so I figured it would do. Do you think something like the Corsair HX-650 V2 would be more appropriate?
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November 30, 2013 7:00:27 PM

Sam im building a pc with the same AUD budget. Me and you are on the same boat. Is there any way we can order the same shit and save money for bulk buy?
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December 1, 2013 9:58:56 PM

Sam Rothe said:
Prithwi2050 said:
OMG!! Absolutely. The PSU you chose can ruin your life and your PC as well. Do get a good brand for that PSU which will be powering that hungry GTX 770 and the Core i7. That PSU will damage every component on your PC. Get a Corsair or Antec 650W PSU with at least an 80 PLUS BRONZE certificate. 80 PLUS GOLD will be much better but 80 PLUS BRONZE is highly recommended. I have had horrifying experiences with low quality PSUs before. Don't want even my worst enemies to experience something like that..

I only chose an i5, but the OC'd GTX 770 requires a 600W PSU at least. The trouble I had with the PSU was that the case can only hold a PSU with a depth of 160mm or less, and most PSU's with high wattage are larger than that, so I had to find a PSU that will fit, but will also supply enough power. The one I have in the list was the cheapest 700W PSU that would fit the case, so I figured it would do. Do you think something like the Corsair HX-650 V2 would be more appropriate?



The Corsair HX-650 V2 is 80 PLUS Gold Certified. Get this one and you will never have a problem in your life. Never compromise on PSUs. They are the heart of a computer system.
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