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December 25, 2011 5:22:14 AM

Hi guys

Im looking to build my first gaming pc. My budget was originally 1500 but then blew out to 2000 and now im just a little over but thats ok. I've done quite a bit of research and this is what i have come up with. Would be great if you could leave me some feedback on improvements or problems i may come across.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: around 2k
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web browsing
Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PCCASEGEAR
Country: australia
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future



Corsair Hydro Series H60 CPU Cooler $99.00

Corsair AX850 Gold Power Supply $245.00

Intel Core i7 2700K $369.00

Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW $25.00

Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS $109.00

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 $529.00

NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower Case Black $149.00

Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD $199.00

G.Skill F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 $145.00

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Gen3 Motherboard $245.00


Sub-Total: $2114.00
December 25, 2011 8:11:05 AM

If your budget is ok at 2K than definitely stick with the 2600K, unless you want to invest another 400 in a few months for ivy Bridge.
The H60 cooler does not cool much better, if at all than the Hyper212 Evo. So jump to the H100 if you can.
Wait a week and buy the 7970 ATI card, it's considerably faster than the 580, at same price.
You picked out some great pieces, definitely future proofed your PC for a good year or 2.
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December 25, 2011 9:27:01 AM

Thanks everyone for your feedback, has had a significant influence to my final decision and the also the final price. Took some advice and switched to the crucial m4 ssd, after a bit more research it seems the way to go after alot of people had trouble with the Sandforce-based drives. Considering im primarily going to be gaming with some web-browsing and streaming on the side I went with the 2500k. As for the memory the g.skill 1600Mhz seems sufficient, stuck to the 16gb as its only an extra 50 bucks for the extra 8gb. Really happy as it is below 2000$ with postage :) 


ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 Motherboard $225.00
Intel Core i5 2500K $235.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39.00
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL (4x4GB) DDR3 $99.00
NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower Case Black $149.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS $109.00
Crucial M4 SSD 128GB $239.00
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 $529.00
Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW $25.00
Corsair AX850 Gold Power Supply $245.00

Sub-Total: $1894.00
PP Standard Shipping: $86.00
GST Included: $180.00
Total: $1980.00

Im going to wait a few more days before ordering so if anyone has anything else to add please do so
December 25, 2011 12:22:31 PM

for motherboard i would pick the asrock z68 extreme3 gen3 over asus as that model retain most of the features at a bargain price for a z68 motherboard... at just $135

for cases it really depends on personal taste... yet i couldn't stand myself and recommend the fractal design arc midi tower...

for psu even a corsair tx-850w v2 is enough to do the job...

lastly... for graphics card... hd 7970 is faster than gtx 580...
December 25, 2011 1:24:23 PM

Please do your self a favor and wait for the 7970. Besides that buy what parts are on sale and buy the rest when the 7970 is in.
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