My first gaming PC build

Hi guys, I am new to this have done alot of research and this is what I came up with. I have a budget up to $3500 Australia and trying to get the best bang for buck using high benchmark scores for reasonable price ect.

This build is purely for gaming (plus some internet surfing and watching movies) and the sort of results I am hoping for is 60 plus FPS on Battlefield 3 on max settings. And Nvidia 3D gaming later down the track when I get a 120Hz TV. I am currently using a 1920 X 1080 Samsung 32" TV for my monitor.

Would also like to stick to this one store http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php hoping I will get a discount for buying so much. Any feedback would be greatly aprechiated thanks.

*UPDATED* CoolerMaster Cosmos S $275.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6742

*UPDATED* OCZ Technology ZX Series 1250W Power Supply $249.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17427

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z $465.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17735

Intel Core i7 2600K $315.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16416

*UPDATED* Indigo Xtreme 1155/1156 2 Pack Thermal Compond $26.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14267

Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler $149.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17919

*UPDATED* G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $105.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17522

ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II 1280MB X2 SLI $758.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17117

*UPDATED* OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD 2.5" $489.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17827

*UPDATED* Pioneer BDR-206 Blu-Ray Disc Writer OEM $125.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16336

D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N Wireless PCI Express Adapter $85.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6603

*UPDATED* Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM $105.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17003

Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5500 Revolution $130.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6816

Total:$3276.00

This is still a work in progress any mistakes I've made or sugestions aprechiated.
Thanks to Formata and mjmpfaff for valuable input.
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  1. Wow. You've really gone high end with many of those selections there. Which is OK if you've got the cash, but with the mobo and case (for example) I'd check the features to see if you a really going to utilise what you are paying all the extra $ for.

    You've got a 120GB SSD listed, do you still need the WD Velociraptor? You could get a cheaper, but still solid performing HDD to compliment like:

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=12711

    With your operating system you can get a OEM copy:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=17003

    Perhaps list what this system is for and we'll look at it from there. Really you could spend $2000 (possibly even less) and achieve similar performance, still with good quality parts.

    I wouldn't describe what you have listed as 'bang for buck'. If you are looking to cut down just let us know if your gaming etc
  2. bah73 said:
    Hi guys, I am new to this have done alot of research and this is what I came up with. I have a budget up to $4000 AU and have tried to get the best bang for buck using benchmark scores for price ect. Any feedback would be greatly aprechiated thanks.

    Corsair Obsidian 800D Case $375.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12727

    Corsair HX-1050 80 PLUS Silver Power Supply $279.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17776

    ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z $465.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17735

    Intel Core i7 2600K $315.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16416

    Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler $149.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17919

    Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 $189.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16306

    ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II 1280MB X2 SLI $758.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17117

    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD 2.5" $229.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17311

    Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB WD6000HLHX $245.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14837

    Sony BD5300SOB Blu-Ray 12x Writer Internal Drive $159.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16691

    D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N Wireless PCI Express Adapter $85.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6603

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Retail Pack $259.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13549

    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5500 Revolution $130.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6816

    Total:$3637.00

    For a gaming build???
    what resolution will you be playing at? i would put down 500-700$ for a tri monitor setup

    monitors- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16708 185x3=555$

    Mouse- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12745 65$ using a wireless mouse for gaming can cause troubles

    keyboard- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13131 65$ again wireless causes trouble

    wireless card- none 0$ wireless gaming causes trouble hook your computer up to the internet via ethernet which gives the fastest most reliable connnection. you can find ethernet cables at your nearest computer hardware store. get 2 cables since the motherboard has 2 ethernet ports and plugging in 2 increases your bandwidth which is a good thing

    Windows 7 home premium 64 bit oem- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17003 105$ so much cheaper for the same thing

    case- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16179 185$ the corsair obsidian is a hot box and made for total water cooling which is expensive and difficult. this case also comes in all white if you are interested

    OCZ ZX 1250w PSU- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=OCZ+Technology+ZX+Series+1250W+Power+Supply 250$ bigger gold rated fully modular and cheaper!! this is a solid psu for sure one of the best out there

    P8P67 WS REVOLUTION- http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28030171-ASUS_P8P67_WS_Revolution_Server_Motherbaord_-_Be_Stepping_-_Intel_Socket_LGA1155 342$

    i5 2500k- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16531 215$ this gives the exact same performance gaming as the i7 2600k

    Noctua nh-d14- http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020532-Noctua_D14_All-In-One_Extreme_Performance_CPU_Cooler_Supports_Intel_LGA1366_LGA1 95$ this cooler pretty much gives the exact same performance as the h80 but is much quieter and cheaper

    gskill 8gb 1600mhz cl9 ram- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16510 69$ all you need is 8gb of ram (it is actually overkill) 16gb is just falling off the deep end ridiculous

    SAPPHIRE 6950 2gb- http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060728-Sapphire_Radeon_HD_6950_Dirt3_Edition_Video_Card_-_2GB_256-bit_DDR5_RAM_-_800__1 280$x3=840$ you will be averaging around 60 fps in battlefield bad company 2 maxed out at the 3 1080p monitor resolution fyi so you are using all of the power!!

    ssd- same good choice 229$

    SAMSUNG spinpoint f3 1tb- http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040155-Samsung_Spinpoint_F3_HD103SJ_1TB_7200_RPM_32MB_Cache_SATA_3_0Gb_s_3_5_quot_Inter 55$ this is a very fast storage drive

    Blu-ray writer- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16336 125$ 25$ cheaper still a solid drive

    TOTAL=3070$
  3. Thanks for the fast replies, you have given me a few things to think about. Parts will be order in about 3 weeks so have time to research all sugestions then post final build. Yes this build is purely for gaming (plus some internet surfing and watching movies) and the sort of results I am hoping for is 60 plus FPS on Battlefield 3 on max settings. And Nvidia 3D gaming latter down the track when I get a 120Hz TV. I am currently using a 1920 X 1080 Samsung 32" TV for my monitor.

    I plan to use the SSD purely for the operating system and any other general programs like microsoft office, internet security, fraps anything like that but I'm not sure how many GB an opertaing system takes up?. The second HDD is purely for games I have a steam account with a reasonable library to put on it and I was thinking the 10000rpm speed of the Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB would be good or maybe an overkill?

    After some more research you are right I should only need about 8GB of ram as it does not effect game framerate very much so now considering Corsair CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $129 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16534

    Motherboards, because the motherboard ties in all the componets and contains Bios, overclocking features, intergrated sound I kind of came to the conclusion this is probably the most important part of the build. Plus I really like the look of the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z although its expensive. Any input on this is greatly aprechiated as I find motherboards a bit confusing and I still need to learn how to overclock yet.

    With the processor I am happy to pay the extra for the i7 2600k because I was looking at the i7 980 but this type of processor does not have intergrated graphics that i wanted for it power saving over the dual graphics cards when they are not needed? And the i7 2600k has some amazing reviews and overclocking abilities.

    Decided to research cases some more.

    Do you have to register or something to get a OME copy of windows?

    Thanks for your help.
  4. Definitely worth spending a bit of time having a look over it all before investing.

    DO NOT get that memory. You want to get a 1.5V kit. Something like this comes highly recommended:

    G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_913&products_id=16510

    When you're are purchasing a new system you are able to get an OEM copy of Windows 7 as opposed to paying full retail for a copy off the shelf.

    The build mjmjpfaff posted really is awesome. Kudos for sure. If you're gaming on a single screen setup... Tri SLI or Xfire is pretty extreme, but hey... it's you're $ :)

    SSDs can be a tricky one to manage. Ideally you would want the games you're playing on it as well as the OS. Does require a bit of discipline to ensure you are transferring things on and off your HDD ie move games over you've finished with etc. 120GB is a decent size though.

    By all means I would suggest using mjmjpfaff build as your start, if you want to change cases, GPU setups etc just post your ideas before purchasing.
  5. you knowive tried 3d gaming and it really isnt that great. like a majority of people it hurts my eyes. now 3 screens on the other hand doesnt just explode the picture you actually get a higher resolution and can see more! 3 1080p monitor res.- 5670x1080p. you actually have an edge when gaming with 3 monitors because you can see way more than other people. ive only seen it before and it looks amazing.
  6. Made a few updates to my first post thanks to your input. I've also dropped the the SSD and HHD to opt for a larger SSD to have my operating system and games on the same drive. I can always add extra HHD at a later date.

    *UPDATED* CoolerMaster Cosmos S $275.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6742

    *UPDATED* OCZ Technology ZX Series 1250W Power Supply $249.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17427

    *UPDATED* Indigo Xtreme 1155/1156 2 Pack Thermal Compond $26.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14267

    *UPDATED* G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $105.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17522

    *UPDATED* OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD 2.5" $489.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17827

    *UPDATED* Pioneer BDR-206 Blu-Ray Disc Writer OEM $125.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16336

    *UPDATED* Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM $105.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17003
  7. again what is with the thermal compund? both cpu coolers we picked come with good thermal paste.
  8. Thats good to know about the thermal paste. Still need to do more research on PC assembly and on all the parts in my build. Talking about tripple monitors this one will blow the budget. Samsung MD230X3 Multi-Display 3x23inch cPVA Panels http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14945
  9. bah73 said:
    Thats good to know about the thermal paste. Still need to do more research on PC assembly and on all the parts in my build. Talking about tripple monitors this one will blow the budget. Samsung MD230X3 Multi-Display 3x23inch cPVA Panels http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14945


    ya it would im pretty sure the 3 asus monitors i posted would do. and the response time on those monitors is really slow 8ms to 2ms.
  10. if you want to break the bank get 3 of these- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13295 1900x1200 resolution each!
    2 of these- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17832
    or 3 of these- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17524

    i havent found a quad 6870 crossfire- im pretty sure it can handle it
    review here is a 6970 tri crossfire review- http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/05/03/nvidia_3way_sli_amd_trifire_redux/3 it can handle it...

    the psu ive chosen will work for it
  11. Thinking of changing the motherboard to a microATX ASUS Maximus IV Gene Z $265 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17734 This apears to be exactly the same as the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z $465 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17735 just minus a couple of PCIe slots but still capable of SLI.

    Both boards suport auto switching between the CPU intergrated and dedicated card graphics but the ASUS Maximus IV Gene Z has a HDMI port on the board and the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z does not does anyone know the you hook the monitor up to the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z to use the auto switching graphics? Does the intergrated graphics channel through the dedicated card?

    Then I can also go for a smaller case like this. Corsair Graphite 600TM Mesh Window Case $215 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17793
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