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October 13, 2011 2:03:31 AM

Looking to upgrade from my laptop fairly soon and want to build a pc around 1500 to 1700 in price
Will be used mostly for gaming, music, music editing, movies and general work.

I already have a mouse, keyboard and 24" 1080p monitor (1920x1080 res) along with a 5.1 home theatre

Possibly will get a 27" same res and use the 24 as secondary.
Building it in Australia so my preferred site is http://www.pccasegear.com/

Will look at overclocking and possibly SLi down the track

Parts are
https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_lis...

Corsair Carbide 400R Black Mid-Tower Case

Intel Core i5 2500K

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard B3

ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II 1280MB

Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX

Corsair TX-750 V2 Power Supply

Antec KUHLER H2O 620 CPU Cooler

Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive

Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD

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October 13, 2011 4:42:50 AM

I read that the ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II 1280MB is a humongous card, taking up near 3 slots or some such. If you plan on SLI in the future, you might reconsider your choice to go w/ this graphics card.... I read about it in newegg reviews here, if this IS the same card... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, if you did want to go SLI, and you somehow you could get two of those giant cards onto your moterboard and into your mid-atx 400r, you would prob need a bigger PSU than a 750W. I'm building right now, ordering tommorrow, and plan on the MSI Twin Frozr III w/ a 850W PSU for eventual SLI. Because that graphics card is so hulking, I would imagine you should probably even boost the PSU to a larger W like 900 or 950 even.

The ASUS Z-68-V PRO motherboard is a really cool one I think. I was going to go w/ it for a long time until I decided on the AsRock Extreme4 Gen3 mostly for it's forward compatibility and good reviews. I did hear that ASUS just came out w/ some forward compatible motherboards in that line though, like a Z68-V PRO Gen 3 or something, so maybe consider trying to find one of those somewhere... advertised here on AsRock website.... http://promos.asus.com/US/Z68Gen3/ .... probably a bit pricier than the one you chose, but the best of both of our worlds.

Many people recommend the Samsung Spinpoint F3 for low prices and fast speeds. I don't know from experience, but I soon will.

Also, if you need a copy of Windows 7, you'll have to tack on c. $100.
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October 13, 2011 4:58:06 AM

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $195.00
ASUS P8Z68-V Motherboard B3

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $159.00
Silverstone Strider Plus 850W ST85F-P 100% modular 80 PLUS Silver

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $59.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $389.00
MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr III PE/OC

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $65.00
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
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October 13, 2011 5:52:52 AM

Why would you go with the MSI GTX 570 over the Asus?
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October 13, 2011 6:22:23 AM

hoarfrostt said:
Why would you go with the MSI GTX 570 over the Asus?

Only for spacing. That Asus card is wide. If your board will support two of those cards (space between the PCI-E slots) then it's a good one to go with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---- there's a better look at that card


Now check the Asus site and take a look at those boards to see if it will fit two of those cards. Also remember you want an 850w psu to push two of those cards and have some juice left over for fans, drives, o/c, etc...

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October 13, 2011 6:30:45 AM

Yeah, I heard they were a big card for more cooling capabilities or something. I don't think I will go with Sli as I will only ever game with 1 monitor so 1 card should be fine for that, the other screen will just be for internet browsing etc.

So with 1 card will 750w psu be alright or would you still go for the 850w? I also changed the mobo to a: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3R-B3 Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

And yeah made a few changes overall
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October 13, 2011 7:00:42 AM

hoarfrostt said:
Yeah, I heard they were a big card for more cooling capabilities or something. I don't think I will go with Sli as I will only ever game with 1 monitor so 1 card should be fine for that, the other screen will just be for internet browsing etc.

So with 1 card will 750w psu be alright or would you still go for the 850w? I also changed the mobo to a: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3R-B3 Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

And yeah made a few changes overall

A 650w will easily push one of those cards. You don't need to use two monitors to utilize SLI (dual cards). I would leave that option open.

Also here's another board to consider. It has good spacing and supports dual cards.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $139.00
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- another look at that board
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October 23, 2011 2:52:42 AM

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