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

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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  1. MOBO : ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023611-ASRock_Z68_EXTREME3_GEN3_Motherboard_Intel_Socket_LGA1155_Intel_Z68_Chipset_4x_D
    CPU : I5 2500K
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010218-Intel_Core_i5_2500K_Unlocked_Quad_Core_Processor_Socket_LGA1155_3_3GHz_%28Turbo_Bo
    RAM : Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance Low Profile Memory - PC3 12800 (1600Mhz)
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140912-Corsair_8GB_%282x4GB%29_Vengeance_Low_Profile_Memory_PC3_12800_%281600Mhz%29_DDR3_240_pi
    HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040425-Western_Digital_Caviar_Blue_WD5000AAKX_500GB_7200_RPM_16MB_Cache_SATA_6_0Gb_s_3_
    SSD : Crucial M4 64GB SATA 6GB/s
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22140510-Crucial_M4_64GB_SATA_6GB_s_Solid_State_Drive_2_5"_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_Radeon_HD_7950_Overclocked_3GB_384_bit_DDR5_RAM_900_5000MHz_Clocks_
    PSU : Antec TruePower TP-750 750W Power Supply - 80+ BRONZE Certified - Modular
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040443-Antec_TruePower_TP_750_750W_Power_Supply_ATX12V_EPS12V_80+_BRONZE_Certified_Modu
    DVD-RW : ASUS DRW-24B3ST Internal 24x DVDRW Burner
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040382-ASUS_DRW_24B3ST_Internal_24x_DVDRW_Burner_SATA_Retail_Pack_With_Nero_8_Black_%28DR
    CASE : Cooler Master Silencio 550
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011484-Cooler_Master_Silencio_550_Midi_Tower_Case_3x_5_25"_&_7x_3_5"_Inte
    CPU COOLER : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020624-Cooler_Master_Hyper_212_EVO_120mm_Cooling_Fan_Intel_Socket_LGA2011_1366_1156_115
    KEYBOARD : Microsoft SideWinder X4
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-24020365-Microsoft_SideWinder_X4_Keyboard_USB_English_%28JQD_00016%29
    MOUSE : Razer DeathAdder
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-24030939-Razer_DeathAdder_Black_Edition_3_5G_Infrared_Sensor_High_Precision_Gaming_Mouse_
    SPEAKERS : Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround Sound
    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-41060082-Logitech_Z506_5_1_Surround_Sound_Speakers_%28980_000433%29
    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_7_Home_Premium_SP1_64_Bit_DVD_Single_Pack_OEM_%28GFC_02050%29
    TOTAL : $1,987.66
  2. 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.
  3. Uhh... I haven't seen a 590 in a while but, I heard there really expensive
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. that's a problem with fan not card!
  7. High processor and high graphics with essential memory is a best for gaming PC.
  8. 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_review_beats_7970_gtx_590_in_most_benchmarks/index.html

    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_Series_XL_TANK_CB_TKA_B410_Black_Aluminium_12_Drive_Bays_Supports_4
    Cubitek Tank Series - XL-TANK CB-TKA-B410 - Black - Aluminium - $80

    cpu: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010218-Intel_Core_i5_2500K_Unlocked_Quad_Core_Processor_Socket_LGA1155_3_3GHz_%28Turbo_Bo
    Intel Core i5 2500K - $215

    mobo: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023611-ASRock_Z68_EXTREME3_GEN3_Motherboard_Intel_Socket_LGA1155_Intel_Z68_Chipset_4x_D
    ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 - $130

    ram: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140912-Corsair_8GB_%282x4GB%29_Vengeance_Low_Profile_Memory_PC3_12800_%281600Mhz%29_DDR3_240_pi
    Corsair 8GB Vengeance Low Profile (CML8GX3M2A1600C9) - $60

    hsf: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020624-Cooler_Master_Hyper_212_EVO_120mm_Cooling_Fan_Intel_Socket_LGA2011_1366_1156_115
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $40

    odd: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040390-Samsung_SH_222BB_BEBS_Internal_22x_DVD_Burner_SATA_OEM_Black
    Samsung SH-222BB/BEBS Internal 22x DVD Burner - $20

    hdd: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040466-Seagate_Barracuda_ST1000DM003_1TB_7200_RPM_64MB_Cache_SATA_6_0Gb_s_3_5%22_Int
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $100

    ssd: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22140581-Patriot_Pyro_120GB_SSD_SATA_3_Solid_State_Hard_Drive_2_5%22_550MB_Read_515MB_
    Patriot Pyro 120GB (PP120GS25SSDR) - $165

    psu: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040803-OCZ_ZX_Series_850W_Power_Supply_ATX12V_v2_2_and_EPS12V_80+_Gold_Certified_Fully_
    OCZ ZX Series 850W - $180

    gpu: gtx 680

    review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-review-benchmark,3161.html

    monitor: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-27021459-LG_IPS231P_BN_23%22_IPS_Full_HD_Widescreen_LED_Backlight_Monitor_1920x1080_Re
    LG IPS231P-BN 23" IPS - $200

    speakers: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-41060071-Logitech_Z523_2_1_Speaker_System_%28980_000323%29
    Logitech Z523 - $138.5

    keyboard: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-24020365-Microsoft_SideWinder_X4_Keyboard_USB_English_%28JQD_00016%29
    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...
  9. WTF is Cubitek?
  10. 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).
  11. And a Corsair 400R carbide chassis or 500R (if you have the headroom). they are solid cases!
  12. I have done some looking around and the GTX 680 is a beast. You can preorder the card on Mwave for $675, which is really expensive considering it only costs $499 in the US.

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051140-Gigabyte_GeForce_GTX_680_Video_Card_-_2048MB_256-Bit_GDDR5_RAM_-_GPU_Clocks_1006
  13. Did i miss something? why would you not order it from a US company? amazon or newegg...
  14. 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.
  15. Wow, pretty expensive. I'd reccomend you get a 580 or 7xxx series GPU.
  16. Oh... i missed the fact you were in australia...
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