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January 14, 2012 2:13:14 AM

Hey everyone, Im just about to join the party in online gaming. Well thats a not entirely true.
Ive been gaming for a while but i have never had my own deacent pc.
So i've decided to go out on a limb and try to build a decent gaming pc.

Im in Australia and the shop that im buying from is www.mwave.com.au

If you know of any better sites to order the parts from let me know! But this site seems pretty reasonable :D 

My limit is $2000 and i have got a fair idea of what i can afford to put inside.
The thing is, other than my monetary limit, i also have a limited knowledge of building a pc. But im learning fast.

I want to run pretty much all games on max (bf3,skyrim,crisis,metro ect) and maybe do some video editing.
I want it to last a while before i need to upgrade and room to possibly add extra gfx cards later down the track.

Anyway, heres my build so far.

Case: Antec 1200 v3 (no psu) $205 (I'm after this case because of its cooling capabilities)

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16010584-Antec_Twelve_Hundred_v3_Full_Tower_Gaming_Case_12_Drive_Bays_Advanced_Cooling_Sy

MOBO: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 Motherboard $179.99

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023604-ASRock_Z68_EXTREME...

CPU: Intel i5 2500k unlocked $235

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010218-Intel_Core_i5_2500K_Unlocked_Processor_3_30GHz_Quad_Core_Socket_LGA1155_95W_TDP_

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS $109

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040439-Seagate_Barracuda_ST31000524AS_1TB_7200_RPM_32MB_Cache_SATA_6_0Gb_s_3_5"_In

SSD OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB $99 (for windows/basic programs to boot from)

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22140512-OCZ_Agility_3_AGT3_25SAT3_60G_2_5"_60GB_SATA_III_MLC_Internal_Solid_State_D

GFX Card: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 580 super overclocked $575

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051018-Gigabyte_GeForce_GTX_580_Super_Overclock_Video_Card_GDDR5_1536MB_384Bit_VRAM_855

RAM: G.Skills Ripjaws-X 16GB 4x4 Mem Kit $105

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140847-G_Skill_Ripjaws_X_16GB(4x_4GB)_Memory_Kit_240pin_DIMM_PC3_12800_DDR3_1600_CL9_1_

Optical: LG CH12LS28 BluRay Combo $69

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17090072-LG_CH12LS28_BluRay_Combo_12XBD_R_16xDVD_BD_R_RE_SL_25GB_and_DL_50GB_Light_Scribe

PSU: Antec HCG-900 900W High Current Gamer PSU $159.99

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040685-Antec_HCG_900_900W_High_Current_Gamer_Power_Supply_ATX12V_v2_3_EPS12V_v2_91_Acti

I will need keyboard/mouse and LED. But they can come later


Total comes to: $1742.73 (after shipping)

If you can help me save some money that would be great! Then i may be able to get myself the LED too! Thanks people!
January 14, 2012 2:15:35 AM

Im after a 24" LED btw ;) 
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January 14, 2012 2:28:02 AM

I will also do some overclocking myself later on down the track. A friend told me that the factory overclocked gfx card would be fine because if i kill it in my OC explorations it will be still under warranty. If you see any way i can save money tho, but still maintain the performance, THAT WOULD BE GREAT!
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January 14, 2012 2:54:12 AM

very good choice frnd.i would suggest these changes-
you have not included mobo.here you go-
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023664-ASRock_Z68_PRO3_GE...
a good monitor-
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-27021423-Philips_234EL2SB_2...
that case is one of my favorite but it is too expensive.you can get a good tower with
high air flow for less price.one is here-
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011412-Antec_Nine_Hundred...
or a bit cheaper-
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011462-Corsair_Carbide_Se...
get a bluray only if bluray movies are a high priority other a cheap $20 opical will work.
hdd prices are very high ATM.get a smaller(500GB) cheap HDD and save money.
BTW that's a sexy card ;) 
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January 14, 2012 3:14:25 AM

hellfire24 said:
very good choice frnd.i would suggest these changes-
you have not included mobo.here you go-
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023664-ASRock_Z68_PRO3_GE...
a good monitor-
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-27021423-Philips_234EL2SB_2...
that case is one of my favorite but it is too expensive.you can get a good tower with
high air flow for less price.one is here-
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011412-Antec_Nine_Hundred...
or a bit cheaper-
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011462-Corsair_Carbide_Se...
get a bluray only if bluray movies are a high priority other a cheap $20 opical will work.
hdd prices are very high ATM.get a smaller(500GB) cheap HDD and save money.
BTW that's a sexy card ;) 


Thanks mate! Yes i forgot to add the mobo in my list. But the final price i had there included it.
I was looking at the extreme4 gen3 version of the one you recomended. It was about 49 bucks more but had 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 Slot, Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad SLI
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023604-ASRock_Z68_EXTREME...
do you think it is not worth the $49? Since i would like to OC and upgrade in the future?
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January 14, 2012 4:00:43 AM

Also with the HDD and SDD, should i try and get a bigger SDD and a smaller HDD so i can also have my games installed on the SDD? I know that it will increase load times but how much? and is it worth it?
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January 14, 2012 4:05:48 AM

pccasegear.com is the best for australia.
Mwave has the worst customer service PCcase gear the best.
Swap the agility 3 for the vertex 3 or crucial m4 for reliability.
Move down to the extreme 3 unless you need the extra pcie slots for accesories. extreme 3 still supports sli
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January 14, 2012 4:19:01 AM

extreme3/gen3 is better value mobo IMO.there's no need of 3-way SLi/Crossfire unless you want do something like 7970x3 or 580x3.for HHD and SSD,you are good.keep your SSD for your OS and 'main game'.put other stuff on HDD.fast loading times will not give you more FPS.getting a better GPU is better than getting a bigger SSD.remember-metro 2033 will eat up almost 1400MB of VRAM when completely maxed out.if you can save some more,than i would suggest 7970 3GB.
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January 14, 2012 4:45:37 AM

candlelarbra5212 said:
pccasegear.com is the best for australia.
Mwave has the worst customer service PCcase gear the best.
Swap the agility 3 for the vertex 3 or crucial m4 for reliability.
Move down to the extreme 3 unless you need the extra pcie slots for accesories. extreme 3 still supports sli



ok im checking out the pccasegear site.
So the extreme 3 doesnt have any overheating issues with OC at all? And i will go for the cucial m4 64gb or the vertex 60gb? the vertex seems better value for money IMO
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January 14, 2012 5:04:42 AM

good system try msy.com.au they are all over the country easier to do rma's with a store than a website, im on the gold coast. personally i would only get 8 gig of ram even battlefield 3 only just uses 4gig of my 8gig and that is about the hardest game i have used. you forgot aftermarket cpu cooling atleast something like CM hyper212+ with a second fan, get antec 900 only 117 its still a nice case and cools well, unless your planning on sli you prob dont need 900w psu 700ish w should be fine
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January 14, 2012 6:10:20 AM

+1 for PCCaseGear.com their customer service is very good, and from what I hear for Warranty and RMA they are better to deal with than some local stores.

If you are in the Sydney region you might have an ARC store nearby. http://www.arc.com.au have a huge range at low prices. I've found that MSY often cannot match them for range.

The following build I'll list from PCCASEGEAR as they ship just about anywhere in Aus.

CPU: $235 Core i5 2500K is as much as I'd get at the moment with Ivy Bridge on the way. I'd personally wait until Ivy Bridge and buy then, but the i5 2500K is a brilliant processor at the moment. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=16531

MotherBoard: $219 ASUS P8Z68-V Gen 3 gets you PCIe 3.0 support if you do plan to upgrade to Ivy Bridge. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=18613. If you don't plan to upgrade to Ivy Bridge a GIGABYTE Motherboards seem to be more stable for the Sandy Bridge architecture. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=18071

GFX: $749.00 GIGABYTE Radeon 7970. This card will eat up anything that you throw at it. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=19123

RAM: $55 G.SKill Ripjaws X 1333MHz 8GB (1333MHz is all you need for Sandy Bridge).

PSU: $189 Seasonic 750W Modular http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_972&products_id=19011

HDD: $109 Seagate 1TB http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=16679

OS: $99 Win 7 HP http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=16679

CASE: $109 Lian Li PC-K9 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18738

ODD: $22 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=17348

TOTAL: $1786
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January 14, 2012 6:23:40 AM

If you live in Brisbane or Melbourne I find umart very well priced, usually 5-$10 cheaper then mwave or pccasegear plus you have an option to pickup goods saving a fair amount in shipping. Also their customer service is great!
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January 14, 2012 6:57:45 AM

Use this site to find your parts at lowest price and try to price match:

http://staticice.com.au
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January 14, 2012 9:14:20 AM

That's strange it said it was public -_-

OCZ Vertex 3 60GB SSD $118.00 or antec nine hundred $139.00

Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive $22.00

Intel Core i5 2500K $235.00

Gigabyte Radeon HD7970 3GB $749.00

Lian Li Lancool First Knight USB 3.0 PC-K9 Black $109.00

G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3. $59.00

Seasonic M12II 750W Power $189.00

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 $219.00

$1700 neat

I'm happy to spend more on a mother board if I have to. Just depends on performance mainly. Anything else you can think to improve I'm open to.
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January 14, 2012 11:32:32 AM

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change PSU to this one-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=17209


The Corsair TX series PSUs are made by seasonic, but they are NOT modular. Choose this if you are not worried about having extra cable mess in your computer case, and/or you really want to save that extra money.

For the motherboard ... The GIGABYTE is a good board, and will "support" PCIe 3.0 (The GIGABYTE 1155 boards only support PCIe 3.0 @ 8x as far as I know. This means that it will be compatible with the new format, but not able to operate at the full speeds. Luckily there is so much spare bandwidth on PCIe 2.0 x16 and on PCIe 3.0 x8 that you will not have any slowdown.) If you certain that you are going to upgrade to Ivy Bridge then get the ASUS Gen 3 board, otherwise I'd stick with the GIGABYTE board.

CPU cooler is a good point if you are overclocking. I've personally turned turbo boost off on my i5 2500 because even the intel turbo boost mode of 3.7GHz (no manual overclocking by me) is too much for the stock heat sink and the CPU starts running at 80°C + under load. For moderate overclocks (~ 4.0GHz) The cooler master Hyper 212 EVO is more than enough and will save you the stress and expense of water cooling. Here it is for $39 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670


Yes and the GTX 580 is considerably slower than the Radeon HD7970.
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January 14, 2012 12:11:00 PM

@ukee,no offence but there's no way that Gigabyte mobo is better than the one i suggested
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January 14, 2012 12:38:29 PM

I would recommend using MSY where possible (you wont beat their prices and personally they have been great customer service wise but their range is limited) and PCCG (as you already are) for the parts that MSY do not stock.

I use a combination of both for all my builds and to be honest have even had better experiences in terms of RMA & warranty issues with MSY than I have with PCCG.

On the build, I would take the ASRock Extreme IV Gen 3 over the UD-4 or the P8Z68-V.
If you can afford it get a 120GB SSD, you wont regret it, 60GB is barely enough for the OS and one or two games and you'll spend allot of time trying to manage your memory and swapping games in and out, dynamically mapping paths to other drives to keep Steam happy over multiple drives etc.
Think carefully about the 7970, its an awesome card no doubt but its price is ridiculous at the moment. For the same price, in some cases less, you can get a 6990 (which I know has its downfalls) but is significantly faster and a better single card solution in terms of bang for your buck. Forget the 3GB 580, its a pointless card. Other considerations at that price would be 2 x 6950 Toxic CF unlocked and OC'd, 6970 CF, 570SLI, 560SLI all of which cost less and perform better than the 7970, they are two card solutions I know but worth considering.
+1 to Hyper 212 ukee1593 mentioned, it is a great cooler for the price

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The Corsair TX series PSUs are made by seasonic, but they are NOT modular.

Not quite, you can get a modular TX series, see: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., not fully modular like an AX but it is modular. TX-750 is a solid PSU, would recommend it.

Hope that helps.
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January 14, 2012 9:30:03 PM

Wow thanks for the help so far, you guys are Badass!
Which is the best option for dual sli? I want some serious power. And wtf with that microshuttering? Will that be a problem?

Eventually I will have dual led setup. But in the meantime I'm happy with one. And I will worry about the screen later on. For now 2000 is my limit.
I will buy a cheap mouse and keyboard to keep me going. Then when get some cash I will upgrade to a gaming keyboard/ mouse. (And get myself a good deal)

Oc dual sli sounds good to me , as long as I can keep it cool :p  so the hd's are the way to go? they work fine with intel builds?
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January 14, 2012 11:39:57 PM

Ninja Pants said:
Think carefully about the 7970, its an awesome card no doubt but its price is ridiculous at the moment. For the same price, in some cases less, you can get a 6990 (which I know has its downfalls) but is significantly faster and a better single card solution in terms of bang for your buck. Forget the 3GB 580, its a pointless card. Other considerations at that price would be 2 x 6950 Toxic CF unlocked and OC'd, 6970 CF, 570SLI, 560SLI all of which cost less and perform better than the 7970, they are two card solutions I know but worth considering.
+1 to Hyper 212 ukee1593 mentioned, it is a great cooler for the price

Hope that helps.


Which would be more affordable now? I am happy getting one now and a second later. Futureproof is probably the wayt to go.. but if i can get dual and still maintain budget that will also be put into consideration. thanks
Oh, and also if i go sli/crossfire does that mean i will need a better psu??
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January 15, 2012 6:35:48 AM

ok new build specs up. Hopefully this will dominate most Games and Future ones for a while.

Intel Core i5 2500K $235.00

x2 Gigabyte Radeon HD6970 2GB Overclocked $758.00

Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive $22.00

ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 Motherboard $219.00

G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59.00

Lian Li Lancool First Knight USB 3.0 PC-K9 Black $109.00

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39.00

Crucial M4 SSD 128GB $229.00

Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS $109.00

CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 800W $179.00

$1958 without postage.

All on www.pccasegear.com
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January 15, 2012 7:53:44 PM

That looks like a very solid build. sorry for the delayed reply, that PSU will be fine (750W would be the absolute minimum I would recommend for crossfire 6970's). I would take the CM Gold over the Antec hellfire24, its a better, more stable PSU, the Antec HC 900W cannot output even 750W reliably. Read this: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/15/antec_high_cu.... I would consider the Corsair HX850W, its on sale for $215, so will still keep you under $2000.

You could save yourself a few bucks if you wanted to purchase what MSY stocks, probably only around $50 or so looking at it.
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January 15, 2012 7:58:03 PM

I still recommend a single Radeon 7970 for the moment, and Crossfiring at a later date. Single GPU cards are almost always easier to deal with driver compatibility wise than multi-GPU systems.

When you consider the Radeon 7970 @ $750 Australian its price actually is pretty reasonable when you consider that it beats the GTX 580 @ $560 and comes in at a lower price than the GTX 590 @ $900 its pricing it actually pretty correct.

That power supply (Cooler Master silent pro) is of low quality. As a general rule you want to always go with a Seasonic OEM power supply. This can be found in the Seasonic branded power supplies (of course), as well as the Corsair TXv2, HX, and AX, XFX power supplies, as well as some of the Antec TP series. Also, I would also avoid power supplies with "multiple 12V rails". Single rail PSUs (like most Seasonics) operate just as efficiently as the multiple rail PSUs, and there is less to fail in them.
++ For a dual 6970 system I'd expect 750 Watts would be enough. Check on a power supply wattage calculator by punching in your build first.
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January 15, 2012 10:27:10 PM

ok so for future proofing purposes i should go the 7970, then add a second gpu down the track? How will the 2500k work with the 7970? especially when crossfired will it allow me to unlock the full potential of the card?

I found a review of the 7970 here
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-benc...
, looks like a beast! But would it get anywhere near 2x crossfired 6970, if over clocked?
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January 15, 2012 10:38:55 PM

Ninja Pants said:
You could save yourself a few bucks if you wanted to purchase what MSY stocks, probably only around $50 or so looking at it.


http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7168
Do they post? It says their online store is in production. And its been like that for ages. Im looking for delivery
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January 15, 2012 10:44:59 PM

Don't know since it is always under construction for like a year now (even their brick and mortar shop looks like it is under construction :lol:  ), and I am living close enough to pick up. Why not give them a call?
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January 15, 2012 10:51:21 PM

im torn between the dual gpu setup and the single high end gpu. ARGGGHHH
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January 15, 2012 10:56:25 PM

Go for single high end. Less trouble (need time to set up, stutter issue, game not support xfire).
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January 15, 2012 11:51:20 PM

MSY do not deliver unfortunately, you order online but you will still have to go to the store to pick it up.

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When you consider the Radeon 7970 @ $750 Australian its price actually is pretty reasonable when you consider that it beats the GTX 580 @ $560 and comes in at a lower price than the GTX 590 @ $900 its pricing it actually pretty correct.


It doesn't mean that it is reasonable, the 580 should not be considered in any price based comparison as it is stupidly overpriced for its performance and the 590, likewise the 6990, are never really considered to be good value (though the 7970 certainly makes the 6990 @ $700 AUS look like great value if your looking at top end GPU's, that said they are hard to come by now) but they do demand that premium for being the top of the lot. You right, compared to other relatively poor "bang for your buck" cards its not bad, but I feel the OP would be poorly advised if not at least made aware of other set-ups that can provide the same if not better performance for less. There will always be pro's and con's for each setup and ultimately we should be able to provide all the information for the OP to then make a personal (yet informed) preference.

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That power supply (Cooler Master silent pro) is of low quality

I wouldn't say its low, but its not the best this is true (it is however better than the Antec imo, and can at least hold the power it is rated at), personally I would take the HX I recommended (and its on sale) in that price/power bracket.

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Less trouble (need time to set up, stutter issue, game not support xfire).

Other than installing a second card and a CF/SLI cable/bridge why does it take more time to set up? On the card's the Op is considering microstuttering is essentially non-existent, only game off the top of my head I know that hates CF is Crysis 2, it is true though that upon a new release you sometimes may need to wait a week or so for a patch to fix some issues but in general it is problem free and as the drivers are getting better and better and now that CF/SLI is more and more common any issues are fewer and farther between. The only thing to note is that you should not expect a completely linear increase in performance from 2 (or 3 or 4 cards), some games will be close to 100% for the first addition card but this is completely game dependant, don't expect to double the performance over the single card in every aspect.
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January 16, 2012 12:00:23 AM

Ninja Pants said:
Other than installing a second card and a CF/SLI cable/bridge why does it take more time to set up?

Maybe because I forgot this is a new build. Sometimes it happens when you are on a lot of threads (like 25+). :lol: 
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January 16, 2012 12:19:53 AM

lol fair call. Love the countdown btw!
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January 16, 2012 6:52:46 AM

Guys i cant thank you enough for the information you have provided me with! Heres a build that seems pretty solid. Im going with the single 7970, then i will crossfire that ***!! ;)  But only when i have a nice triple monitor setup happening.

@Ninja Pants
yeah man i was going to call msy when i get a chance. If i can save a few bucks here and there it will be great. But postage will probably end up making up for what i can save if i get it all from one sup.

So heres what i can come up with from pccase gear. The Prodical Build V3

Crucial M4 SSD 128GB $229.00

Intel Core i5 2500K $235.00

Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive $22.00

Corsair HX-850 Power Supply $215.00

Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS $109.00

G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59.00

Lian Li Lancool First Knight USB 3.0 PC-K9 Black $109.00

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39.00

Just need to decide on the best 7970 to add

ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 Motherboard $219.00

Gigabyte Radeon HD7970 3GB $749.00

Total = $1981.00
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January 16, 2012 7:33:10 AM

Looks solid mate, good luck with the build.

Eyefinity all the way! For work I don't understand anyone who still uses only a single screen but for gaming the experience dominates single monitor, even with a high end 30" its just not the same. Just be wary that few games come eyefinity ready and most require some sort of hack to get working and even then often the menu's are out and you need to play with the FOV. But you wont regret the initial expense to go triple monitor :) 
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January 16, 2012 7:45:17 AM

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You right, compared to other relatively poor "bang for your buck" cards its not bad, but I feel the OP would be poorly advised if not at least made aware of other set-ups that can provide the same if not better performance for less. There will always be pro's and con's for each setup and ultimately we should be able to provide all the information for the OP to then make a personal (yet informed) preference.
That is exactly the reason i posted this thread. I would have spent alot of wasted money if i hadn't and un-educated guess' always end up being regreted in some way..

Unless you are incredibly lucky. But with this build i am now finally happy.

It will be at most a month before i order this. So if the psu is not on sale anymore i will just have to sort something out as a an equivilant price/perfomance ratio.

Either way it sould be all sweet.

Thanks, for all the help!
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January 16, 2012 8:31:50 AM

nice build Prdical!you can save some of your bucks by getting tx850w psu.a frnd of mine has one and it's great.
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January 27, 2012 10:08:17 PM

PCCASEGEAR is now stocking the GIGABYTE WindForce version of the AMD Radeon 7970. This one should have significantly better cooling than the stock coolers and comes factory overclocked for a bit better performance.

From this review: http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/33697-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7970-oc-gv-r797oc-3gd/ It looks as though this thing is a BEAST. This site is claiming 68°C under load on the GIGABYTE model vs 80°C on the stock.

Please note this one is a bit more expensive @ $770 AUD

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_877&products_id=19269
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January 28, 2012 9:23:08 AM

Yeah i have just seen that one pop up in the products list. Looks awesome.
I am now buying the rig in seperate parts. I have decided to break the budget somewhat. The screen will be last. As i have a crappy 17inch peice of junk to use in the meantime until i save the money.

I have gone with a cm 690 ii advanced case, which i have already ordered. I got it through arc computers. They had it cheaper both in the case and the postage. Compared with pccasegear.

I am definatly going to go with the OC version of the 7970. I have read some reviews on the XFX oc, the ASUS oc and the GIG OC. THey all look like brutal cards.

The GFX card will be the second last buy on my list. I am hoping the Direct CUII version will be out by then so i can check out the benches. (a couple of weeks).

So this week i will be ordering as follows. (all from www.pccasegear.com)

MOBO ASUp8z68-V Gen3 (let me know if this will bottle neck a crossfire setup and/or my oc abilities.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU Corsair TX-850 V2
(i hope this is worth the save in money compared to the HX)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.phpmain_page=product_in...

SSD Crucial m4 128GB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Op Drive Samsung SH-22ab
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Ram G.Skill Rips F3 (8gb)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU/b] I5 2500k
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDDSeagate Barra Green 2TB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Cpu Cooling Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

oh and some cat6 cable at 30m to link to the router inside the house out to my room.

All up $1145

Hope its worth it!!!!

The only thing i am having trouble with is finding a decent monitor.
24inch or 23inch i dont really care. Im just after the best quality and NO GHOSTING.

I was going with the ASUS VE248H. But from the reviews it seems that the monitor has serious troubles with ghosting!!

Ah well plenty of time to figure out a monitor. Just have to put up with the stone age one i have at the moment!!
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January 28, 2012 10:26:55 AM

the link to the mobo is dead.btw pro/gen3 is the way to go if you want to future proof your rig.
there's nothing wrong with 690.it's hell of a good case!
PSU is a beast.cooler is awesome.i mean everything is great.for monitor,here ya go-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
good customer service from samsung and 5ms is pretty good.
i think i am more excited for your build than you! :) 
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January 28, 2012 3:20:21 PM

Mobo link updated

Yes I am very excited too! And I sure as hell hate waiting for my funds to buy this. But patience will pay off.
Especially when I finished and am sitting in front of the beast!
Thanks for the help.
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January 28, 2012 3:36:06 PM

no problem pal.
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February 2, 2012 10:18:43 PM

Hey guys just an update.

I have ordered everything except the graphics card.
So i will probably have everything set up tonight when i get home from work.
And Hopefully i will also have it built.

I went the pro gen3 as it has a few more ports, and is overall a bit more solid. 45 bucks more seemed worth it.

Now heres the question. While i am waiting to get enough money for the hd 7970 oc edition will i be able to run games with just the: i5 2500k and the Asus P8Z68 PRO/Gen3 mobo??? Only looking at playing low end games like mount and blade, cod4 on low ect. btw my monitor is very basic also. So it wont be in HD or anything like that. thanks



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February 3, 2012 5:44:00 AM

yeah! overclock your cpu if you want otherwise stock is enough.a 7970 will max out almost any game at 1080p.i think factory overclocked and non-reference cards are better because aftermarket cooling leaves room for more OC and temps also stay under control.
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February 3, 2012 11:31:16 PM

For gaming, the Intel Graphics 3000 is pretty abysmal! But for some older games on low settings you should be able to achieve playable framerates for the moment.

You'll definitely notice the difference when you upgrade to your 7970!!

A good free game that will work well on the integrated graphics is http://trackmaniaforever.com/. You can have a bit of fun with that game!!
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February 4, 2012 7:35:50 PM

Best answer selected by Prodical.
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February 4, 2012 11:59:34 PM

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