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July 24, 2014 6:22:14 AM

Hi iv'e spent some quite time browsing these forums and I finally decided that I was going to ask a question for myself (Not just look at other peoples threads that kind of match my preferences). I'm looking to build a gaming computer for around $2000 AUD. This will be for next generation games and current ones.

Approximate purchase date: In the next two weeks, maybe three.

Budget range: $1900-$2000 AUD

System usage from most to least important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, school work.

Do you need a monitor: No.

Parts to upgrade: None.

Do you need to buy a monitor: No.

Preferred website(s) for parts: pccasegear.com (If possible, make up a wishlist on the PCCG site).

Location: Australia, VIC, Melbourne.

Parts preferences: Corsair, Nvidia and Intel. No AMD please.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future.

Monitor resolution: 1920x1080

Games I play:
-Far Cry 3
-Skyrim
-Crysis 3
-Fuel
-Homefront
-ARMA III
-Skate 3
-DiRT 3
-Battlefield 4/3
-Just Cause 2

Why am I upgrading: My old laptop has finally died. Was quite alright, but am looking for a pc that will smash any game.

Additional comments: CPU doesn't need to be an i7, i5 is just fine. Graphics card-wise, I would like at least a GTX 780. Remember that prices are different in Australian than America, so make sure the parts are with AUD pricing.

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July 24, 2014 6:38:50 AM

Start here. A touch over your budget, but not much. :)  You can cut down on the video card if you wish, I put in a GTX 780 Ti.

The PSU is good enough for a 2nd video card as well if you want to go SLI.

Also you could scale down the memory depending on how much you want to overclock.

Finally, I spent *no* time on case selection as I feel that's a personal matter of your choice. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($222.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($215.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($179.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($599.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($165.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $2110.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-24 23:36 EST+1000
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2014 6:53:03 AM

You actually only put in a GTX 780, here's another build with a 780 TI:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($275.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($105.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($145.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($799.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($154.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $2178.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-24 23:52 EST+1000
Oh and 750w is enough for sli, http://www.anandtech.com/show/7492/the-geforce-gtx-780-... you get a 100w headroom.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2014 6:58:05 AM

OK, here's my attempt for you: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...
In a PCCase gear wish list as requested.

- ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard $229.00
- Intel Core i5 4690K $275.00
- CM Hyper Evo 212 Cooler $39
- 8GB G.Skil Ares F3-2133C RAM $109
- 256GB Crucial MX100 SSD $149
- 2TB Seagate $99
- Gigabyte Geforce 780TI $799
- Seasonic G-750 Gold PSU $169
TOTAL: $1868
That leaves you $132 for a case - which is personal.

Just noticed that Kartsten has also linked a build... comparison:
- same MB, CPU and HDD (he's managed slightly cheaper prices by shopping around)
- Entry level air cooling (compared to Karsten's much better Liquid cooler) - you may need to spend up on a better cooler I'll concede.
- less RAM
- lower power but more efficient PSU (I think given the quality of the PSU it's still enough for SLI down the track, but some would suggest you need an 850W)
- slightly lower tier SSD (but that's really irrelevant for normal use)
- Big PLUS: Karsten's build only has a 780, not the 780TI.

Some suggestions:
- you could drop to a cheaper MB, but I like the Extreme 6 as it has the x4 M.2 slot for future ultra-fast storage. If that's not of interest, get a cheaper MB
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July 24, 2014 6:58:19 AM

Thanks for the quick answers. When you say "scale down the memory", what do you mean? I'm kind to new to PC related things. Also, I cant really go too far over budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2014 7:06:00 AM

You don't need fast memory, you're not gonna see any real difference in performance. You can overclock the CPU, there's no need to do BCLK overclocking which overclocks everything at the same time.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2014 7:11:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($109.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($223.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.00 @ PLE Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($145.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($799.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($154.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $2075.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 00:10 EST+1000 There you go for a cheaper build, you could get something under 2000, if you don't want the 780 Ti, and you would be ok with an r9 290x or a gtx 780, which are great cards anyway.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2014 7:12:19 AM

You can go with the cheapest ram, that's 1600Mhz or higher. If you're going with a 780 take my build and just change the graphics card, it would be better because:
1. Bigger SSD
2. You don't need an i7 for gaming
3. The Noctua NH-D15 is more capable than the h100i
4. 1000W is overkill even for SLI, a 750w PSU is capable of doing SLI with a 100W headroom. And any RM over 650w isn't that great.
5.Better motherboard. (Personal opinion though)
6. And finally you'd be getting the big brother of the case you chose. (But that comes down to personal taste.)
7. It will be cheaper than yours with a gtx 780.
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July 24, 2014 8:37:11 PM

Karsten75 said:
Start here. A touch over your budget, but not much. :)  You can cut down on the video card if you wish, I put in a GTX 780 Ti.

The PSU is good enough for a 2nd video card as well if you want to go SLI.

Also you could scale down the memory depending on how much you want to overclock.

Finally, I spent *no* time on case selection as I feel that's a personal matter of your choice. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($222.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($215.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($179.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($599.00 @ CPL Online)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($165.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $2110.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-24 23:36 EST+1000

I will be using that PSU, thanks for the advice.
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