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• Help me build a gaming PC • ~$1600 Budget •

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March 21, 2012 5:26:52 AM

Hello everyone, I was planning on buying a gaming rig for my birthday but wasn't entirely sure on what parts I wanted. So here I am, asking the professionals.

What I would like is a PC that can handle games like Skyrim on the highest settings and still maintain 60+ FPS on average.



Approximate Purchase Date: Early April

Budget Range: $1200 - $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy gaming; Surfing the internet; Everyday tasks

Parts Not Required: Hmm... I need pretty much everything, including a monitor, speakers ect... :p 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.mwave.com.au

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: GTX 560 Ti(s); Intel Core i5-2500K; CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (None of these are set in stone though)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes! I don't need two GPUs right now, but I definitely would like the option to add a second in the future

Monitor Resolution: Resolution is not too important

Additional Comments: I would really like it to be quiet, I also need it to stay cool on relatively hot days



Well there you go, I hope that is enough information. Show me your builds people! :D 
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March 21, 2012 6:09:47 AM

MOBO : ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023611-ASRock_Z68_EXTREME...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010218-Intel_Core_i5_2500...
RAM : Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance Low Profile Memory - PC3 12800 (1600Mhz)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140912-Corsair_8GB_%282x4...
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040425-Western_Digital_Ca...
SSD : Crucial M4 64GB SATA 6GB/s
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22140510-Crucial_M4_64GB_SA..."_415MB_s_Read_&_95MB_S
GPU : Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 Overclocked - 3GB 384-bit DDR5
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060823-Gigabyte_AMD_Radeo...
PSU : Antec TruePower TP-750 750W Power Supply - 80+ BRONZE Certified - Modular
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040443-Antec_TruePower_TP...
DVD-RW : ASUS DRW-24B3ST Internal 24x DVDRW Burner
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040382-ASUS_DRW_24B3ST_In...
CASE : Cooler Master Silencio 550
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011484-Cooler_Master_Sile..."_&_7x_3_5"_Inte
CPU COOLER : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020624-Cooler_Master_Hype...
KEYBOARD : Microsoft SideWinder X4
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-24020365-Microsoft_SideWind...
MOUSE : Razer DeathAdder
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-24030939-Razer_DeathAdder_B...
SPEAKERS : Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround Sound
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-41060082-Logitech_Z506_5_1_...
MONITOR : ASUS VE247H 23.6" Full HD Widescreen LED Backlight 2ms Response Time
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-27140095-ASUS_VE247H_23_6"_Full_HD_Widescreen_LED_Backlight_Monitor_1920_x_1080_Reso
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - SP1 - 64-Bit
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-39090362-Microsoft_Windows_...
TOTAL : $1,987.66
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March 21, 2012 11:58:21 PM

Looks like a pretty decent build, I do have a couple of questions however;

What do you think about dropping the speakers and mouse in exchange for a GTX 590?
Also, would this build be compatible with a 590 SLI? If not, what would have to be changed?

Thanks in advance.
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March 22, 2012 12:06:46 AM

Uhh... I haven't seen a 590 in a while but, I heard there really expensive
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a b 4 Gaming
March 22, 2012 6:03:18 AM

Yes is compatible with 590SLI . but i recommend you to buy one 7970 and add another one in the future if you need , is much better than one 590.
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March 22, 2012 7:22:59 AM

I heard the 7970 has noise problems, which is an issue for me. So I think I will stick with the 7950 and maybe buy a second one later on in the year.

All I have to do now is choose between Gigabyte and Sapphire.
Even though a little more expensive, I'm leaning towards Sapphire as I have read some very positive reviews...
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March 22, 2012 8:08:41 AM

that's a problem with fan not card!
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March 22, 2012 8:18:07 AM

High processor and high graphics with essential memory is a best for gaming PC.
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March 22, 2012 12:54:31 PM

if you want to get a gtx 590 why not get the latest gtx 680? it is about to launch later today... it will be lanuch at msrp of $499... us dollar of course.... almost as fast as a gtx 590... but not in every games... of course... but in much lower power consumption... also better driver single gpu vs dual....

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/23088/nvidia_gtx_680_revi...

oh damn it... an aluminium hptx tower for just $150? damn cheap... i would get it over any cases in that price range... and also $80 for aluminium atx tower? bargain...

case: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011422-Cubitek_Tank_Serie...
Cubitek Tank Series - XL-TANK CB-TKA-B410 - Black - Aluminium - $80

cpu: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010218-Intel_Core_i5_2500...
Intel Core i5 2500K - $215

mobo: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023611-ASRock_Z68_EXTREME...
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 - $130

ram: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140912-Corsair_8GB_%282x4...
Corsair 8GB Vengeance Low Profile (CML8GX3M2A1600C9) - $60

hsf: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020624-Cooler_Master_Hype...
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $40

odd: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040390-Samsung_SH_222BB_B...
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBS Internal 22x DVD Burner - $20

hdd: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040466-Seagate_Barracuda_...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $100

ssd: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22140581-Patriot_Pyro_120GB...
Patriot Pyro 120GB (PP120GS25SSDR) - $165

psu: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040803-OCZ_ZX_Series_850W...
OCZ ZX Series 850W - $180

gpu: gtx 680

review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-rev...

monitor: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-27021459-LG_IPS231P_BN_23%2...
LG IPS231P-BN 23" IPS - $200

speakers: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-41060071-Logitech_Z523_2_1_...
Logitech Z523 - $138.5

keyboard: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-24020365-Microsoft_SideWind...
Microsoft SideWinder X4 - $69.5


total: $1398 excluding gpu and mice....

i'm not sure whether you need an ssd since an ssd can really boost your application loading level time... also very fast in write and read speed... however... one thing that it can't do... boosting game frame rate... so if you drop ssd... you saved quite a bit...


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March 22, 2012 12:59:29 PM

WTF is Cubitek?
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March 22, 2012 1:14:14 PM

i wouldnt get a 750W PSU if you definately plan on getting a second GPU. go at least 850w, if not 1000w. you want it futureproof now.

i would go with one 680 or just get a 580 and add another in a year or so (even though it will be good enough for longer than that, especially if its OC'd).

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March 22, 2012 1:14:57 PM

And a Corsair 400R carbide chassis or 500R (if you have the headroom). they are solid cases!
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March 23, 2012 4:25:51 PM

Did i miss something? why would you not order it from a US company? amazon or newegg...
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March 23, 2012 11:34:36 PM

Unfortunately, Newegg.com does not ship to Australia. Although there are ways of getting around that, you would have to deal with the shipping costs and warranty issues. It would be a pain waiting four weeks for your component, only to find it DOA.
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March 24, 2012 1:00:31 AM

Wow, pretty expensive. I'd reccomend you get a 580 or 7xxx series GPU.
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March 27, 2012 6:02:44 PM

Oh... i missed the fact you were in australia...

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