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$1200 first time gaming pc build (Australia)

Hi guys I'm looking to build my first pc and thought I'd ask around for some advice on my initial ideas before ordering anything. I'll follow the template from the asking advice sticky from here on. Any advice or help is greatly appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: in the next 2 or 3 weeks

Budget Range: $900 -$1300 (AUD)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some music production, general stuff e.g. internet

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear, cpl online, mwave

Location: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu and Nvidia graphics card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080


Parts list:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core ($267.00)
http://www.cplonline.com.au/intel-core-i5-4670k-3-4g-6mb-lga1150.html

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing ($39.00)
http://www.mwave.com.au/product/cooler-master-hyper-212-evo-cpu-cooler-aa16704

Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 ($199.00)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1491&products_id=23593

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 ($100.20)
http://www.mwave.com.au/product/gskill-ripjawsx-8gb-2x-4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-memory-f312800cl9d8gbxl-aa65708

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM ($67.00)
http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemId=611121

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB ($309.00)
http://www.cplonline.com.au/asus-gtx760-oc-2g-gtx760-dc2oc-2gd5.html

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX ($42.00)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=21183

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower ($79.00)
http://www.cplonline.com.au/coolermaster-haf-912-combat-mid-tower-case.html

Case Fan: 2x BitFenix Spectre LED 43.5 CFM 120mm ($20.00)
http://www.cplonline.com.au/bitfenix-spectre-120mm-black-tinted-transparent-fan-with-green-led.html

Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V ($99.00)
http://www.mwave.com.au/product/corsair-cx600m-modular-bronze-power-supply-ab48195


Total: $1221.20

Link to pc part picker:
http://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/Dogtard/saved/34yL

The only issue raised buy pc part picker is that the motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header but the case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports. I am assuming this will be fine as long as I don't need to use these ports.

I was also wondering about running the computer through a socket board with other appliances plugged into it, although I am assuming this will be fine as long as the max load on the board is not exceeded.

Thanks in advance for any advice/help.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($267.00 @ CPL Online)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.00 @ CPL Online)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($100.20 @ Mwave Australia)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.00 @ PLE Computers)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($449.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($42.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ CPL Online)
    Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre LED 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($10.00 @ CPL Online)
    Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre LED 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($10.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Total: $1272.20
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 16:40 EST+1100)
    You really dont need a cpu cooler if you arent going to overclock, the r9 280x is waay better than the 760..
    Yea you will be fine since you really dont need those ports.
  2. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($235.00 @ CPL Online)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($189.00 @ CPL Online)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ CPL Online)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($435.00 @ CPL Online)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ CPL Online)
    Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition 63.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: Corsair GS Series 800W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($144.00 @ CPL Online)
    Total: $1209.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 17:31 EST+1100)

    The 8350 performs very well for gaming, practically as well as the i5's but is cheaper, and will be good if you're rendering or making music etc. because it has 8 cores. I chose the 770 as it is a lot better than the 280X and it's been rated the best value card on toms hardware constantly. I have this card and I max out bf4 at 60fps. Also I threw in 16gb of 1866 ram which can be put to 8 if you need to spend the money elsewhere. :)
  3. op wants intel...
  4. Amar build is pretty good but you said you want Nividia GPU so guess thats a no :O

    I wouldn't pick Josh's build because you could just overclock a 8320 to roughly the same performance as a 8350 and save the money. 280x and gtx 770 are roughly the same, in performance. Maybe as time goes on the 2gb VRAM will be an issue.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($267.00 @ CPL Online)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($100.20 @ Mwave Australia)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ CPL Online)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.00 @ CPL Online)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($42.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.00 @ CPL Online)
    Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre LED 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($10.00 @ CPL Online)
    Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre LED 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($10.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
    Total: $1298.20
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 19:09 EST+1100)

    Here's mine, I picked a slightly better PSU and put a gtx 770 from gigabyte.
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