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Gaming PC New-Build Suggestions and Recommendations

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December 20, 2011 3:35:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: $1500 After Rebates and not including windows 7 etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly Gaming and general web browsing, documents.

Parts Not Required: printer

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: CPL (I live in Australia so Newegg is not an option)

Country: -

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (probably later down the track to upgrade)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Gaming performance and a reasonable life before needing to upgrade are main interests for build
December 20, 2011 3:37:52 AM

Here were my initial thoughts

- Intel i7 - 2600k 3.4 GHz

- Intel P67 motherboard

- WD 1.5 Tb HDD

- SDD (unsure)

- Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM

- GTX 560ti or Radeon HD6950

- Corsair Carbide 500r case

- PSU (unsure)
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December 20, 2011 4:15:34 AM

Check the $1000 build in my sig. It's in USD and parts from Amazon. I'm sure you can get the same stuff from Aussie for under $1500 with your case included.

i5 2500k
HD6970.
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December 20, 2011 4:33:29 AM

I 2nd the i5 2500k, it has almost same gaming performance as i7 2600k. Take that money you save on the CPU and get a better GPU. A better GPU will have the most impact on gaming performance of your PC. GTX 580 or 590.

I just put a system together with an i5 2500k @ 4.5 Ghz / GTX 590 Cassified. I got some great sale prices and only spent $1400, & the system blows any game away I throw at it @ 1920x1080.

-if you can wait the new Video cards will becoming out shortly. AMD 7950, 7970. With Nvidia 600 series in a few months. They will be more powerful if you can wait.
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December 20, 2011 9:34:10 AM

I was thinking the i7 so later down the track i could just upgrade it by crossfiring. Or would the i5 still be capable a few years later? The gtx 590 and 580 seems a bit much so i might go with either the 6970 or the gtx 570. If you reckon i should just get a i5 i would be happy to save the money.
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