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AUD$1300 Gaming Computer Build

Approximate Purchase Date: 6th December 2011

Budget Range: $1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Work, Photoshop?

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and are where my parts are currently going to come from but and are also fine

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Would like Intel CPU and I like the look of the ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Preferably not

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900, might upgrade in future but I think I can manage with this for now

Additional Comments: Case needs side panel, am thinking of using SRT, don't want to drive to too many shops

CPU Core i5 2500K - $223
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $133.69
Graphics Card: N570GTX Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC - $377.29
Hard Drive: Seagate ST31000524AS SATA3 1TB - $115
SSD: Corsair CSSD-F60GB3A-BK SSD SATA3 60GB - $117
ODD: Samsung SATA 22X DVD-Burner- $23
RAM: G.Skill DDR3-1600 2x4GB kit (CL9-9-9-24) Model: F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $57
PSU: Coolermaster GX-750W - $108.68
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $45
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Case, Black Colour With Window Side Panel - $72.29

Okay so that's my build guys. It totals to $1271.95 and I haven't included case fans yet, which I'm planning on getting 1 or 2 of. I can probably go over to $1325ish but don't really want to go too far over.

My main question is this: are all the parts compatible, because I've heard that the Hyper 212 EVO doesn't fit in the Shinobi case, and I'm not sure about the RAM compatibility with the motherboard. Also things about if the PSU has enough cables for my components and everything else.

Another question is, is the read and write speeds of an SSD important if I'm using Intel Smart Response Technology, and when using SRT, is that SSD in my build faster than say a 30GB SSD with 200MB Read speeds?
So basically I want to know about compatibility with the components, and SRT. Thanks in advance guys
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  1. Best answer
    Its a fine build.
    Your CPU cooler will fit because your case is 205mm wide and the cooler is 158mm height. The memory is compatible with your mobo.
    the PSU have everything waht you need :
    20+4 Pin MB x 1, 4+4 Pin CPU 12V x 1, 6+2 Pin PCI x 4, SATA x 9, 4 Pin Peripherial x 3, 4 Pin Floppy x 1
    About SSD i can't tell you nothing because i don't own one.
  2. looks good and you shouldn't worry too much about ssd speeds with srt, you wouldn't notice a different when a ssd is used as a cache(Although you would without srt).
  3. All looks great. The gtx 570 will max most anything at the resolution.

    You could always see how cool the system runs without the extra fans... and then buy if needed. Although in a case like that a couple extra would be nice :)

    Another case I like in that price range:

    CoolerMaster Elite 430 Black
  4. Best answer selected by DeeoftheWhy.
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