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February 6, 2014 9:19:11 AM

Hi, I finally decided to get a better Gaming PC by building one (first time). So after like 12 hours of research I made a list of components on PC Part Picker. I'm currently in Australia, Melbourne and will probably order them online in the week or so with budget of around 2000AUD.

My main aim is to be able to play any games for at least the next 3-5 years so I've tried future proofing it as well. I might also dabble in some overclocking or SLI in the future if I decide to learn them.

Please check out the build and rate it. Any comments or advice are deeply appreciated.
http://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/gallardo93/saved/3FtC

I already have an old Samsung 21.5" wide TFT-LCD Monitor (1920 x 1080)

Thanks for your time!

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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 9:24:18 AM

Cant see any fault with this build. Solid part choices!
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a c 237 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 9:27:03 AM

The build looks good to me, just changed it to the Noctua cooler, as it's cheaper, quieter and better at cooling, and changed the PSU to something better able to handle SLI, and a bit better quality. Saved about $40 :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($278.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($179.00 @ PLE Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($114.00 @ MechKB)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $2013.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 04:25 EST+1100)
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February 6, 2014 9:30:23 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($95.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($108.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($559.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($190.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($114.00 @ MechKB)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $2068.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 04:30 EST+1100)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 9:31:47 AM

The components look good. My only comment is that the motherboard doesn't support SLI. I only mention it because you said you might be interested in SLI in the future. You would also need to upgrade to a minimum 850W PSU if you're serious about SLI in the future.
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February 6, 2014 9:51:43 AM

Thanks for the replies! I was stuck deciding on the PSU for awhile and the XFX does look better! I also just kinda winged the memory because most of the articles says it doesn't matter that much.

With regards to the SLI, any recommendations to swap in one that would still be compatible with the rest? The article I read said it supports both SLI and CF haha.

Also with the graphics card, it's to my understanding that the difference between Radeon and Nvidia is that Nvidia has the 3D and physics aspects while Radeon has the multi-screen going for it. I don't think I'll be using the multi-screen at all, so is it still better to choose Radeon over Nvidia?
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a c 237 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 9:55:31 AM

No the XFX 850w will be perfect. And for gaming, the i5 + 780 combo will be better than an i7 + 290 combo. About the motherboard, though, for SLI, go with the Gigabyte Z87X-HD3 instead.
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February 6, 2014 10:02:05 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
No the XFX 850w will be perfect. And for gaming, the i5 + 780 combo will be better than an i7 + 290 combo. About the motherboard, though, for SLI, go with the Gigabyte Z87X-HD3 instead.


I disagree, see graph here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-and-2...
The R9 290 is faster than the GTX 780, but US resellers have jacked up the prices so its price to performance ratio isn't as good here. That doesn't seem to be the case in Australia.

Plus the OP said:
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My main aim is to be able to play any games for at least the next 3-5 years


Hence the 4770k. 4 cores with hyperthreading will remain relevant longer than 4 cores without hyper threading.
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February 6, 2014 10:29:12 AM

Hmm..so basically the recommendation would be:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($108.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($649.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($179.00 @ PLE Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($114.00 @ MechKB)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $2147.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 05:30 EST+1100)

With either the GTX780 or R9 290..
Hmm, my budget would be over by a 100 so I might lean over the R9 290...
Anymore advice?

Also another quick question, according to a youtube review of the 230T case, the top clearance has about 160mm which i assume would be sufficient for the Noctua?
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February 6, 2014 10:34:24 AM

Totally up to you on the graphics card as I would factor in what games you like to play and how the cards perform in those games.

However, with that being said, there certainly isn't $100 more performance in the GTX 780. As I demonstrated in an earlier graph, the R9 290 performed better than the GTX 780 across the 4 games tested. There is also AMD's Mantle to think about. If you play EA games, like BF4, you can expect free performance gains that you wouldn't get otherwise. But, also keep in mind that Mantle is VERY new and in an early beta phase with no clear indication of how wide the adoption rate will be.
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