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$1600 gaming build, final check b4 purchase

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January 27, 2012 9:11:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully this week

Budget Range: round $1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet browsing, photoshop and maybe 3ds max

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: Australia :) 

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU and want mid tower case

Overclocking: Yes for CPU, maybe later on for GPU

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I have a reasonably good idea now of what i want and have done quite extensive research, i just would like to check my ideas before throwing around lots of monies :) 

This is what I have now:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V $169

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $225

Cooler: Thermalright HR-02 Macho CPU Cooler $59

Memory: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD 2.5" $179

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS $101

Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer $99

PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P $135

Optical: Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW $21

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 580 Twin Frozr II Overclocked $535

TOTAL: $1586

Will happily receive any feedback/suggestions :) 

January 27, 2012 9:31:15 AM

Hey seeker,

If you are looking to future proof your build , then might I suggest swapping your mobo for a ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 Motherboard ($30 more) with PCI-E 3.0.

Also might I suggest a (from my research, better) CPU Cooler. My recommendation would be CoolerMaster Hyper 612 PWM. $60

Otherwise, I cannot see a fault with your build, besides that the 580 might be a bit overkill.

January 27, 2012 9:39:42 AM

Awesome looking system.

The only thing I'd look at would be to grab the CM Storm Enforcer Case from MSY too. That'll chop a good chunk off your shipping from PCCaseGear.

I've never seen a Thermalright HR-02 Macho. But I hear they reviewed pretty well... I'm just not a big fan (no pun) of coolers that hold their fans on with paper clip wire (Like the Hyper 212 + used to)

My personal preference for CPU coolers at that price point is:

CoolerMaster Hyper 612

Just watch out because it's pretty massive.
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January 27, 2012 9:48:14 AM

Get the GEN3 version of that motherboard, it will ensure you're compatible with 22nm ivy bridge and PCi-e 3 :) 
January 27, 2012 10:50:59 AM

thanks for that guys, I will look into the coolermaster hyper 612 and see what i find. The reason why i have chosen a 580 is because i plan for this build to last me, as is, for 2-3 years. For the same reason I'm not sure whether getting a gen 3 motherboard would be worth it if i am not going to be changing out any components for an absolute minimum of 1.5 years

EDIT: btw i live fairly close to both these stores so i plan on picking it up to save some money so I'm not worried about shipping costs.
January 27, 2012 10:59:23 AM

go with pro/gen3 mobo.nothing is wrong with that cooler.thermalright is known for their awesome cooling products.other things are good to go.
January 27, 2012 11:04:29 AM

I will never buy another asus product, as long as I live.
January 27, 2012 11:05:37 AM

just another questions, are there any important differences between the p8z68-v gen3 and the pro version other than a few more sata ports which i am unlikely to use as i only plan, even for the future, for a max of 3 drives, 2 of which would be mechanical meaning they don't need sata3?
January 27, 2012 11:09:46 AM

soundguruman said:
I will never buy another asus product, as long as I live.

Would you be willing to expand upon your point? as far as i know asus is a reputable brand which make quality products.
January 27, 2012 11:27:09 AM

My vote is for the Thermalright Macho, not only do you get good temps, but you get a quiet fan.

I've never seen any differences (when I've looked), apart from the two extra SATA ports, between the -V and -V Pro versions.
January 27, 2012 9:42:35 PM

Thanks for your suggestions with the cooler everybody but i have decided to stick with the thermalright macho.

Last question, both the gigabyte and msi gtx 580's are the same price with roughly the same light overclocks. Does anyone have any suggestions on which brand has a better reputation and thoughts on the different coolers?
January 27, 2012 11:37:09 PM

I would go with the Twin Frozr II, as I have heard good thing about them (especially their coolers). And I'm always a bit iffy about Gigabyte products.

According to a review by Tom's both cards should perform about the same, so it's up to personal preference.

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January 28, 2012 2:32:07 AM

Incase you missed it. Toms did a round up with both those models included:

They're both great cards and Asus Direct CUII model is another good choice. I got my gigabyte gtx580 with windforce around this time last year, when there weren't so many choices around. I must say I'm surprised how well it faired against other manufacturers cards that came out 3 - 6 months later. I think windforce has been proved a 'force' to be reckoned with for great cooling, low noise and OCing potential.

MSI's Twin FrozrII cooling is a solid, awesome looking system. Have seen in action many times.

It's a tough choice...
January 29, 2012 8:48:40 AM

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January 29, 2012 10:33:50 AM

haha thats exactly what i saw and i bought it this morning :) 
January 29, 2012 10:50:33 AM

all the best!
January 29, 2012 1:00:46 PM

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