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July 12, 2011 10:19:46 AM

Hi all
I'm from Australia and was wondering if i could get some advice on a gaming build i am thinking on putting together soon.
Site i've been using for parts here is www.pccasegear.com which is similar to newegg in some ways.

Heres the build:

Parts: Price $ Qty Total Cost $
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $219.00
M.B: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 $225.00
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM (2x4GB) DDR3 $109.00
Graphics: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 570 Super Overclock 1280MB $409.00 (was also looking at the gigabyte 570 Overclocked V2 which is about $30 cheaper)
OS HDD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD 2.5" $149.00
HDD 2: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX $169.00
Optical D.: Samsung SH-B123A 12X Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive $99.00
Case: NZXT Phantom Case White $185.00
PSU: Corsair TX-750 V2 $145.00

Fan: NZXT FS-200 LED Rifle Bearing Fan Red X2 $58.00
Fan2: NZXT 140mm Rifle Bearing Fan $19.00
CPU cooler choices:
Thermaltake Frio OCK Cpu Cooler ($90 AUS)
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme ($73.70 AUS)
possible liquid cooling, Antec KUHLER H2O 620 CPU Cooler $99 AUS
T.I.M: Antec Formula 7 Thermal Compound $16.00

TOTAL COST OF ABOVE ITEMS: $1902 AUS

budgets about $1900 for these parts, as i got about $200 peripherals to purchase on top and yeah, just want some opinions on the build.
Usage of computer: Gaming (latest games in maximum settings, eg: Crysis 2, just any new games really) , Multimedia and software development.
Would also be putting into the system a few hdd i have in current set up, so a 250gb,1tb and 2tb hdd and also a tv tuner card.
Overclocking the CPU hopefully to 4.3-4.5ghz when i get it.

also sorry if its messy, as i did it in excel first inside a template which didn't copy well over. And i'm kinda a bit of a NVIDIA fanboy when it comes to graphics cards.

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July 12, 2011 12:39:31 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: I don't know yet, just getting an idea if current build is good
Budget Range: $2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, net surfing, multimedia, software development/programming.
Preferred Website(s); www.pccasegear.com
Country of Origin: Australia
Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: case mentioned above will most likely be purchased.
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July 12, 2011 1:30:00 PM

the 6850's look alright, but out of curiosity, anything in the nvidia range that can do the same?
just thinking about the problems i've heard with crossfire compared to SLI.
possibly twin 560TI or just normal 560's?
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July 12, 2011 1:38:23 PM

i agree with ps3hacker in that they are really reaming you on gtx570 prices down under.
seeing as youre a nvidia fanboy, i guess id also consider an OC'd gtx 560 ti, which will compete surprisingly well with a gtx 570, considering the massive price difference:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
In the US, the price difference is considerably smaller ($240 for gtx560ti vs $320 for gtx 570) and the gtx560ti is still generally considered a smarter choice.

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July 12, 2011 1:41:41 PM

jaker1993 said:
the 6850's look alright, but out of curiosity, anything in the nvidia range that can do the same?
just thinking about the problems i've heard with crossfire compared to SLI.
possibly twin 560TI or just normal 560's?


thats not really true, infact (depending on the card) Crossfire often scales better than SLI.


both the 560 and 560Ti are more expensive than the 6850. I agree with genghiskron, the 560Ti OCed would give performance close to the GTX570, and would work out better price/performance wise.
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July 12, 2011 1:41:57 PM

lol yeah, prices hurt down here when it comes to technology. SSD's, graphics cards, cases, and pretty much anything but say CPU's are marked up heavily. I was looking originally at a single Gigabyte 560TI before i look at the 570, one clocked at around 950-1000mhz (the super overclocked versions)
Just looking for a card to upgrade from my 9600GT to something that will last a few years.
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July 12, 2011 2:10:22 PM

1) questions about the cooler choices, which is best?
2) The ram has a low frequency but also low timings, so is it suitable for overclocking (well, overclocking cpu and stay stable)?
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