$1500 gaming PC

Hi all, I just recently sold my computer due to moving houses. My old PC was running

Intel Core i5 760 Processor LGA1156 2.8GHz 8MB Cache CPU
Samsung 1.5TB Spinpoint F2 Silencer Series
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
Corsair TX-650 650W ATX Power
G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL)
Antec Nine Hundred Tower Gaming Case with side window Black(No PSU)
ASUS VE246H 24 Wide LCD Black, FullHD HDMI 2ms Speakers

Sold that for $700 to my brother in-law because I couldn't be fucked moving it so figured I'd just buy a new one hehe.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 (can stretch it up to 1700 if need be)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movie, General Internet Surfing, Music

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Gamedude or Umart

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: Not to fused on parts

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not right now, maybe in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Not to sure on which motherboard to choose, stuck between the Asus and Gigabyte and could someone recommend a good SSD.

Parts so far:

Mobo: Not to sure on this one
CPU: i5 2500k $213
Case:HAF 922 $155
PSU: Cosair tx 750w psu $144
GPU: Not to sure
RAM:G Skill 8G(2x4G)DDR3 1600Mhz PC3-12800 CL8(F3-12800CL8D-8GB $89.50
HDD: Spinpoint 1tb $57

Total Cost: $658.50

Pretty much that is what I've come up with so far but I'm happy for suggestions to change parts out to gain better preformance.

Things I need help with:
Motherboard choice
Graphics Card Choice - 570, 580 or 6970(leaning towards 6970 - just need a good one linked)
SSD choice.

Thank for taking the time to look at my post :)
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  1. Check out the new ASrock Extreme4 Gen 3 mobo

    Once Ivy Bridge comes out, you'll be able to utilize that PCI3 slot with appropriate gpu.
  2. Unfortunally I don't believe umart.com.au or gamdeude.com.au stocks that motherboard :(
  3. Chillin you shouldn't just offer them a link to newegg when they're in australia. If you really want to use SSD then 60-64GB is enough as a boot drive and probably holding some games.

    Crucial RealSSD C400 $150 internet / $160 retailer

    Or a more balanced one:
    Corsair Force Series 60GB $124 or $134 retail

    It's more tedious to navigate through the sites you prefer :( I'll see if I can put in extra work alter. I wouldn't be try to revolve your build around ivy bridge. Sandy Bridge is really good and it will last you the years.

    The only suggestions I can make for your motherboard selection is that: Asus, ASRock, MSI, and Giga-byte are all good brands. If you plan to SLI in the future, then 750W would be enough for 560 ti/570/6950. If possible I'll bump to 800ish watt if the price isn't that far off. It gives you more freedom. This also means you have to make sure your motherboard has 2 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots or more. You will probably be running it at x8,x8 which isn't bad. For GPU I would either go for the 560 ti or 6950. You can flash the 6950 to a 6970 instead of wasting all that money.
  4. Thanks for your reply wintermint.

    Yeah I'm not to fussed about SSD I know it doesn't really improve your frame rate for games just figured I'd be nice to have, and since they're not to expensive figured why not.

    I'm not looking at building my computer around Ivy Bridge I think Chillin just put it out there incase I was.

    So yeah pretty much just stuck on what GPU, SLI/Crossfire or Single and Motherboard pretty much.

    I think the rest is pretty much set unless of course you think something is better suited.

    Appreciate you taking the time to put a list together Wintermint :)
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