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Please criticize my build $1500 - $1800 gaming pc

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March 29, 2012 8:13:02 AM

Hi guys! I have spent the last month reading reviews, comparing components, watching youtube vids on building and selecting parts for a solid gaming machine my budget is around $1500-$1800aus mark. Here is my list. Please give me feedback, suggestions alternatives I'm open to anything and everything!!!
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the Next Month

Budget Range: $1500-$1800aus

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Browsing.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: but open-minded (looking for the best deal)

Country of Origin: AUS (sydney)

Parts Preferences: Intel, ATI (but once again, very open-minded)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Additional Comments:Best Bang for the Buck

Intel Core i5 2500k

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard
Im not 100% sure on this motherboard what im after is something with the following
SATA 6.0
Compatible with my choice of ram GPU and CPU
Good over-clocking potential

Sapphire radion 7950 oc edition

16gb corsair vengeance DDR3 (1600mhz)

SSD - while this has great benchmarks and good reviews the feedback on Amazon has a 52 1 star reviews. Undecided

OCZ vertex 3. 120gb

Western Digital caviar Black 1Tb SATA 3

Monitor - seems to have good reviews for a good price I don't know allot about monitors let me know if there are any red flags on this one!
ASUS VS248H-P 24 inch

Case - I have NO idea I’ve read so much on cases and this is the part I'm most unsure about, what I do know is I'd like USB 3.0 and solid cooling capabilities (don't care what it looks like, possibly a inbuilt ssd slot ha and I don't want to spend a massive amount on it.

CPU Cooling

CoolMaster Hyper 212 evo

PSU - (is this enough for a future crossfire upgrade?)

XFX 650W 80plus bronze

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a b 4 Gaming
March 29, 2012 9:35:52 AM

Everything you have up there in that build looks great. The only change that needs to be made is the psu. You want a 750w in order to push two of those cards. Otherwise I wouldn't change a thing on that build. Price: $148.00
XFX 750W Core Edition PSU 80Plus Bronze Single high power Price: $107.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced (RC-912A)

or... Price: $118.00
CoolerMaster HAF 922 (RC-922M
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March 29, 2012 9:50:16 AM

Thanks Why_Me that 912 will do nicely!
March 29, 2012 9:55:41 AM

u got your cpu mixed up u put 'i5' 2600k no such thing is it a i5 2500k or an i7 2600k either are good though all the same. you have twice the ram u need 8gb is more than any game uses
a b 4 Gaming
March 29, 2012 9:57:19 AM

+1 to all the advice that was given

I would also lower the RAM to 8GB (2x4gb) DDR3 1600, have 16GB on a gaming computer is pointless unless you are doing video rendering and CUDA stuff
March 29, 2012 10:07:11 AM

+1 to everything aswell. That motherboard will serve nicely. Remember that the CPU is called 2500k. The extreme3 gen3 is cheaper if you don't mind the small differences, I had to use the most aggressive load line calibration when overclocking my CPU, but then it was fine. And your components might act differently anyway.
As Emelth said, 16GB ram is overkill. Even 4GB would be plenty for current games unless you do a lot of multitasking while gaming (browsers, music, chatclients etc.) but I recommend 8GB so you don't have to worry about it anytime soon, RAM is very cheap at the moment.

Good luck and have fun with your new computer :) 
March 29, 2012 10:12:02 AM

Go with all the advice listed above and you'll be set!

Couple of good Aussie sites:
looked to be a bit cheaper than bbtech
don't let the scary website design put you off. If you have one near you go and check them out because they are as cheap as it comes. If you can get your case and PSU from them you'll save a fair bit on shipping too.

Good Luck with your build.
March 29, 2012 12:00:44 PM

Thanks guys yeah the 2600 was a typo! i do have a MSY close ill check them out for sure. might scale back on the ram too.
a b 4 Gaming
March 29, 2012 12:03:14 PM

If you run into any more problems or issues please let us know and post pics in the proper section once you completed your new machine :D 
March 29, 2012 12:18:43 PM

Buy a nvidia 680 instead of a 7950. Get a bigger psu (at least 750watt). I do not know why you would pick a 7950 which isnt much less then a 680. Also your building an $1800 dollar machine, why are you skimping on the GPU. That would be a mistake.

Your SSD is trash..Stay with crucial m4, Intel (most expensive) or Samsung SSD's.

Get 8gb of ram like someone already mentioned since your only gaming and it'll keep your dual channel mode.

Everything else looks fairly good.