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August 31, 2011 12:30:08 AM

Hey,
Working on a new build for gaming my budget is $1200(AUD), already have case and HDD.

What I need:
- Looking at getting Core i7-2600k
- Mother board(prefer something with decent spacing between PCIe slots)
- RAM
- PSU

Thanks
August 31, 2011 3:16:28 AM

Processor : Intel Core i7 2600K - $314.99
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V 1866Mhz $79.99
GPU: ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $469.99
DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W (Modular) - $134.99

Total : $1190 after rebates. (newegg) I know newegg doesn't ship to Australia.
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August 31, 2011 3:39:29 AM

Why do you want the i7-2600K? If you're only gaming, you're wasting ~$100 that could be better spent on other better components.
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August 31, 2011 4:54:10 AM

Could you link through the parts you have? Be a good idea so that peeps don't recommend parts that don't fit etc. Do you need a GPU?
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August 31, 2011 10:00:31 AM

the only parts i have are;

Case (without psu)
GFX card = hd 6970 will upgrade when new ones arrive late this year or early next.

If the core i7 is a waste for for games which cpu would you recommend? also i play MMO's arnt they cpu intensive games?

anyway thanks for the help so far.

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August 31, 2011 10:10:47 AM

ricecooker said:
the only parts i have are;

Case (without psu)
GFX card = hd 6970 will upgrade when new ones arrive late this year or early next.

If the core i7 is a waste for for games which cpu would you recommend? also i play MMO's arnt they cpu intensive games?

anyway thanks for the help so far.


Just buy a second one instead of a new released card. Anyway, it will be hard to get better results.
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August 31, 2011 12:12:00 PM

ricecooker said:
the only parts i have are;

Case (without psu)
GFX card = hd 6970 will upgrade when new ones arrive late this year or early next.

If the core i7 is a waste for for games which cpu would you recommend? also i play MMO's arnt they cpu intensive games?

anyway thanks for the help so far.


Just get the i5-2500K. Same socket, and basically the same CPU without Hyperthreading, which is A) useless in games, and B) where the extra $100 comes from.

I agree with the other remark about just adding a second GPU. Your 6970 will still perform fine, and adding a second will give you a good performance boost down the road.
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August 31, 2011 12:18:43 PM

listen to ricecooker the 2500k is the best deal going. I have it and it slams through everything. Put saved 100 dollars in the video card. IF you can wait a month or two hold out for the 7000 series video cards. They should be here in the fall.
I would just run the card I have.
memory 16 gigs of Corsair. If you want a ssd. I know there are many choises. I have had several and I now have an intel 320, its fast but not the fastest.. but its the most reliable.... I have rma two other name branded ssd.
for a data drive look not further that a WD black.
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August 31, 2011 12:36:44 PM

Forgot drives.

As far as SSDs go, the Crucial M4 is the best drive for the money right now. The 320 is a good drive too, but the M4 has had the fewest issues so far. OCZ's drives have had a decent number of issues with the controller that I wouldn't recommend anything but a solid second gen drive, which are slower than the current gen 3 drives.

As far as hard drives go, the best drive on the consumer market is the Samsung F3 (max 1TB). The WDs are somewhat of a gimmick because they use a SATA III controller but can't read at even the max SATA II speeds. The F3 has a higher platter density which gives is faster read speeds than the other drives.
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August 31, 2011 1:09:14 PM

So you have: Case + GPU + HDD

Need:

CPU - Intel Core i5 2500K
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Mobo - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A Nice Mobo for Dual GPU Setups - ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Samsung SATA DVDRW Drive
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU - Antec TruePower TP-650 650W
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OR if you're planing on a 2nd 6970 at some stage

PSU - Antec High Current Gamer 900W
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Do you want to spend $1200 on top of what you have? All that will coast a lot less. With the cheaper PSU and Mobo from the list about $690 from PCCaseGear.

Some Aussie sites to check prices at (incase you missed them):

http://pccasegear.com/

http://www.mwave.com.au/

http://www.scorptec.com.au/

http://msy.com.au/

Check 1st if there is an MSY near you and then I just download the updated pdf pricelist and give them a call for stock availability, exact part info etc. They are usually as cheap as you'll find.

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September 1, 2011 9:15:15 AM

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