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Is this a good solid >$1400 build, with upgrade paths

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November 6, 2011 3:14:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 12-4

Budget Range: >$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Everything, gaming, programming, video editing, adobe stuff, you name it!

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PCcaseGEAR.com.au

Country of Origin: Australia land

Parts Preferences: INTELz and GEN 3 PCIE mb.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: HELLO MY FRIENDS, i was wondering if this would be a good build for a all-round rig,

CPU
Intel Core i5 2500K $229.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOTHERBOARD
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard
$189.00 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM
G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $65.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular $99.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU
HIS Radeon HD6950 2GB IceQ $289.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD
Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD $199.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CASE
BitFenix Shinobi Case with Window $75.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS $119.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OPTICAL
Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive $22.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

COOLER (CPU)
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Thanks guys, i may purchase this b4 end of year, if not o well no new games :(  lol.
November 6, 2011 4:24:07 AM

I like the build you put together, but I would just make a few changes. First of all I would get a Gtx 570- more powerful when gaming and it has phisX. If you plan on going SLI in the future, (with twin 570s [if you do go for one]) you will need a better PSU such as the Corsair HX850 (a personal favorate).
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November 6, 2011 4:35:51 AM

Looks fairly good to me, similar to what I look to be getting soon. One recommendation though, get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 instead of the barracuda, same price, uses slightly less power and has better sequential reads at the cost of I/O performance. In other words the barracuda is a better application drive while the samsung is better for all the other stuff you have on a HDD. Because you are looking at getting a SSD that will hold your OS and apps you don't need the better I/O performance and thus it is more worthwhile to get the Samsung Spinpoint.

Here is a link:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


EDIT: sorry looks like the price has gone up ($139 for the samsung), last time i checked both drives were $109, really up to you
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Oh and i agree with above get the nVidia GTX 570, slightly better performance and AMD has some dodgy drivers
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November 6, 2011 4:41:59 AM

-Can't get behind the chinsy 2 year warranty on the MoBo. Suggest an Asus GEN3 board if you are convinced ya need Z68
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_...

-Skip the toothy heat sinks
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

-Nada on the OCZ PSU
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

-Same price, faster card
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

-Case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

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November 6, 2011 8:34:14 AM

ya with the hdd, that was the reasoning lol, as for gpu, i was gonna unlock to 6970 forgot to mention that :/  and not gonna go for the 570 in first place cause it feels middle of road, i would go gtx560 or 580, or wait for the gen3 ones :D  and as on the asus mb, to expensive, i was gonna go for the msi gd80 g3 cause i like msi, but out of budget.
thanks for input guys? anyone else have any good suggestions?
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November 16, 2011 5:58:52 AM

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