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$1500ish build help

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September 25, 2011 4:49:47 AM

Hey guys, looking for some advice on a $1500 build i plan on putting together soon.

I asked about a build yesterday, and got some advice, and having modified it a bit, i would like some more input/ feedback, as well as suggestions for a Mobo and case.

Here is what i have so far: [...] s_id=16142 $139.00
Antec High Current Gamer 750W Power Supply HCG-750 [...] s_id=16531 $225.00
Intel Core i5 2500K [...] s_id=12544 $33.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler [...] s_id=16510 $65.00
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 [...] s_id=12711 $59.00
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ [...] s_id=17957 $25.00
ASUS DRW-24B3ST 24X DVDRW Drive $389
Gigabyte Radeon HD6970 2GB Overclocked [...] s_id=17003 $95.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM [...] s_id=16664 $185.00
BenQ GL2440HM 24in Widescreen LED Monitor with Speakers $125
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD 2.5"

Total: $1,340.00

Now, as the bright sparks among you may have noticed, i am missing a Mobo and a Case currently. Originally it was suggested that i get a ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard and a CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
to bring it to about $1600, but I am unsure about these parts.

With the Mobo, is it reliable/ a good choice? Is there a better option in the $140 range?

With the case, is there another option with similar functionality and price? ( I simply don't like it due to aesthetics, but will end up getting it if nothing better appears)

Any suggestions to the two parts i have mentioned or just to the build in general would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!

Also, please make sure all parts you suggest are from , and in AUD. Cheers!

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September 25, 2011 4:54:40 AM

Also, forgot to mention, i am not too strict on my budget, so I don't mind going 50-100 over...
September 25, 2011 10:17:10 AM

Haha anyone? Also, another question I have is whether or not the 750 watt psu will be enough if further down the line I decide to go CF with another 6970?
September 26, 2011 12:23:08 AM

Looks like a good build. That motherboard is good, and has PCIe 3.0. The power supply will be enough for 6970 CF. As for cases, you might look at the CM 690 II Advanced or the Corsair Carbide 500R.