New $1500 Gaming Rig

Hi, new to this so I'll try my best. Little background story as to why I'm doing this, went to my local Harvey Norman, and saw this HP Pavilion P7-1010A Desktop Tower
http://www.harveynorman.com.au/hp-pavilion-p7-1010a-desktop-tower.html
I was Intrigued at first with the price, and what it had, so I thought I'de post and ask for help/assistance on building a Desktop Pc exactly like it for cheaper. Two question I have though as the others have escaped me as of this moment.

1. Are all computers able to do multi-output display? and what is the minimum amount of graphics required to do so? not sure if this is the same but I want to be able to have two monitors side by side and have a movie on one and be typing a document/playing a game on the other.

2. Concerning over clocking, is it automatic or manually turned on? is there a button on the desktop to turn it on instantly? or do you have to go into the set-up menu and turn it on? and is there more to it then that?

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: Limit $1500 But if I can get it cheaper than this http://www.harveynorman.com.au/hp-pavilion-p7-1010a-desktop-tower.html I'll be happy.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Storing BR/DVD Movies on HD and Word processing mainly.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com .

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K 3.4GHz , Graphics Nivida or ATI .

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, (I've got something similar to this Samsung S27A350H 27" LED Monitor http://www.harveynorman.com.au/samsung-s27a350h-27-led-monitor.html Will go bigger in the near future.

Additional Comments: Games I will playing again, AvA, Skyrim, TF2, Runes of Magic, WoW.

Thanks For your help in advance.
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  1. I would deffinetly build one then buy the one form the link you posted

    Give me a little bit to come up with something
  2. Case: whatever you like
    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (~$300)
    Motherboard: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 (~$125) [Supports 2-way SLI/CF]
    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile (~$42)
    GPU: EVGA GTX 570 (~$340)
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM (~$85)
    SSD: Crucial M4 64GB (~$106)
    CD/DVD: any $20 drive will do or go for the Blu-Ray
    OS: Windows 7 64-bit (~$100)
    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 (~$135)

    Total: ~$1233

    Up the HDD to a 1TB if you have enough after picking a case

    Cooler: depends on how much OCing your going to be doing if light got with the Hyper 212 Plus or Hyper 212 Evo. If your trying to OC it high go with a CM 612
  3. Hi there. I'd leave Harvey Norman systems alone. You can do much better performance for $ and get better quality parts than the junk they put into their prebuilts from Acer etc:

    Intel Core i5 2500K $235
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16531

    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO $39
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18670

    ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 $179
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18041

    ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II $389
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17117

    Corsair TX-650 V2 $115
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17211

    *If you want to put a 2nd one in for SLI at a later stage you'll need a bigger PSU like:

    Corsair TX-750 V2
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_354&products_id=17209

    CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer $99
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17170

    Seagate Barracuda 500GB $89
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18357

    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD $189
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17311

    Total $1334 + shipping

    Secondly... you won't be able to get Newegg or Amazon to ship to Australia. PCCaseGear is good, but if you can find a local supplier to get your case and maybe PSU from, you'll half your shipping.

    Your questions:

    1. Not neccessarily all computers can use multiple displays. For your system to be able to run multiple screens, it depends on your GPU setup. You need a GPU that can support multiple screens

    2. With overclocking, most commonly you are talking about your CPU or GPU. To overclock your CPU, you have to setup it up in the BIOS. It will not OC automatically, although some Mobos have 'auto overclock' features, you still have to set them to do so.

    Some GPUs come 'Factory Overclocked', where they have increased the output to give greater performance. To overclock your GPU further you need to use a free download application like MSI Afterburner. Many cards also come with their own OCing software.
  4. He would need an 850W for SLI of 2 570s
  5. Hey Emelth! Did you end up putting together that new system?

    Depends how crazy you go with your OCing.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-570-sli-review/13

    On that link they are using a more power hungry x58 system with an i7-965 CPU

    I don't think you can check in www.slizone.com for sli gtx 570 certified PSUs (weird), but for 2 way sli gtx 470s they recommend the Corsair 750w (Keep in mind the gtx 470 has a higher power draw)
  6. Thanks for the info everyone, really helped me out heaps already.
  7. Formata said:
    Hey Emelth! Did you end up putting together that new system?

    Depends how crazy you go with your OCing.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-570-sli-review/13

    On that link they are using a more power hungry x58 system with an i7-965 CPU

    I don't think you can check in www.slizone.com for sli gtx 570 certified PSUs (weird), but for 2 way sli gtx 470s they recommend the Corsair 750w (Keep in mind the gtx 470 has a higher power draw)



    Still in the AFG waiting to get back to the states to do it
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