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October 28, 2011 4:01:30 AM

Hey guys/girls, I'd be grateful if you could look over and suggest things!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

NEW Budget: $700-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video editting, Photoshop, 3D rendering

Parts already owned: 24" LG 1080p, 2.0 speakers, Corsair 650w modular, CM 690 Advanced II, CM hyper 212+, optical drive, 500gb 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda, MSI R5770 Hawk 1GB DDR5

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None at the moment, but anywhere within NSW/Sydney metro would be preferable

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Items on my hitlist: Rev.3
Certain:
Intel i5-2500k - $221.50- https://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?pid=40067&p=product
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $134.83 - https://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?pid=41950&p=product
G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 - $64.74 - https://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23756&pid=40810&p=pr...
Keyboard - Razer Lycosa - $89.00 - https://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?pid=35766&p=product
OR Logitech G110 - $63.56 - https://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?pid=38846&p=product

Option 1
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB - $80.08 - https://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?pid=37186&p=product
Corsair Force 3 90GB - $168.82 ($30 cheaper then Agility3 120gb) - https://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?pid=41981&p=product

Option 2
OCZ Agility 3 120GB - $201 - https://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23579&pid=40543&p=pr...
(keep 500gb HD which isn't full yet)

Total: $753/$705 with some LED mods, before shipping and price matches

Any suggestions would be wonderful!
October 28, 2011 6:12:56 AM

looking good, 6950 is a great card.

if your wanting to do eyefinity gaming (3 monitor spanned) later on id advise on the 2gb version of the 6950.

Keyboard, Logitech G15 is a favourite where ever you go. always see a heap of them at LAN's. (I have had mine since the first release (blue with all the g keys))

SSD i would say yes

either the Vertex or Agility 3 (depends on ur budget)

Vertex ~$260 http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23579&pid=40519&p=product
Agility ~$200 http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23579&pid=40543&p=product

Motherboard looks ok to.
A simmular Asus one ~$154 http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23864&pid=39905&p=product
1.5volt ram suits sandybridge well to.
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October 28, 2011 6:15:11 AM

iibuy is selling the gpu for about $20 cheaper. Ask arc for a price match.

Patriot Pyro for ssd. Similar performance to Vertex 3 but cheaper.

But Agility is still the best in terms of price: performance.
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October 28, 2011 6:46:53 AM

there is a lot of discussion between gigabyte and msi and the whole world on their boards not being truly gen3. Don't get me wrong, this is a mighty motherboard, plenty of everything and sugar on top. I am not so sure i would be willing to mess with the marvel chip + have to think if my next uber-gen3 card will be saturated on this board. (highly unlikely for the next years but hey, we have seen so much tech development lately)
I know it might be pricier but Asrock extreme4 gen3? extreme3 gen3 looks nice and sexy too, but you lose the front usb3 and an extra 2 sata3 (for around 50$ more... mmm)
SSD, well, crucial 128 is ok for me even though i got a patriot 240. You can never have enough space on those things but i guess 128 is a start and will keep you happy. Crucial m4 or OCZ agility 3 120gb or if you get a good deal well... shoot for the top (patriot, vertex3 240). Aim to pay 1.2-1.4$ per giga on these models you can't go wrong. Stop at what you think you can afford.
Keyboard, i am a Razer fan. So i will say have a look at their site, pick one to your needs.
GPU is good, 6950 1gb or 2gb doesn't really matter as tomshardware has revealed lately. You can Xfire later or go to gen3, your pick.
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October 28, 2011 7:19:51 AM

@hugostiglitz Added the Agility3! :)  G15 seems to be out of production in Australia now .. :S it does look quite nice though

@Pyree Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely ask for a price match

@vx53c Razer Lycosa looks and sounds sweet, added that for now :) 
and I changed the mobo to the ex3 gen3 .. don't think i'll need the extra sata3 connections :) 
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October 28, 2011 7:59:10 AM

note that not only extra sata3 is missing but also the frontal usb3. for some people that is a huge tradeoff. If you are planning on using a usb3 portable drive you will have to connect it to the rear instead of the easier accessed front usb connector. In truth, i would never connect an external drive to front connectors just out of habit since older cases provide poor power for the drives on the front connector.
Still, the price between e3 and e4 is forbidding. Other than the extra sata3 and usb3 the boards are identical (power phases, caps, pci-e, etc)
You might also consider similarly priced MSI boards (G3). I have seen a model or two for a wee bit more than the e3g3 that offer the extra sata and usb3 on a different chipset. An opinion of a user with hands-on knowledge on this could be helpful, i have always been afraid of msi boards.
I am also glad you liked the Razer. They look so rad and i never had one die on me in many years of use.
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October 29, 2011 12:49:41 AM

@vx53c
I don't think the lack of frontal USB3 will be too much of a problem :) 

By the way, about those different chipsets, are there any benefits of a Z68 over a P67, other then Quicksync transcoding? Apparently it's only specifically for transcoding and not rendering which is a bummer.
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October 29, 2011 2:41:24 AM

I would recommend making ur rig as loud as possible to scare off black widows and other nasty spiders u guys have down there .. cheers mate
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October 29, 2011 6:33:17 AM

Hybridstigmata said:
@vx53c
I don't think the lack of frontal USB3 will be too much of a problem :) 

By the way, about those different chipsets, are there any benefits of a Z68 over a P67, other then Quicksync transcoding? Apparently it's only specifically for transcoding and not rendering which is a bummer.


Very little is different. Z68 has intergrated graphics no gamer will ever use and the ability to use an ssd for data caching. The prices are so close and the z68 is newer. Other than that nobody can give you a satisfactory reason to get the Z68 over the P67... but everybody gets the Z68.
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October 30, 2011 11:00:21 PM

If the prices:features are similar I'll probably keep a Z68 :) 

Update: went from Agility 3 120gb to Corsair Force 3 90gb, saving ~$33 or so, Agility 3 complaints are flying everywhere
Might choose the G110 over the Razer Lycosa, saving $25

Looks like my final build, any last words? (:
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October 31, 2011 9:02:58 AM

Agility 3 complains? I know about vertex 3 but not agility 3. Perhaps i am not informed. How about the crucial m4 128?
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October 31, 2011 11:32:35 AM

vx53c said:
Agility 3 complains? I know about vertex 3 but not agility 3. Perhaps i am not informed. How about the crucial m4 128?


Sorry but my budget lowered from 1k to $800, cutting out my GPU.
:S

Final choice: Crucial M4 128GB

I have ordered everything :) 

Thanks for your input!

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October 31, 2011 11:58:54 AM

Best answer selected by Hybridstigmata.
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