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April 9, 2012 9:10:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely when Ivy Bridge is released (Estimate 3-4 weeks)

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (High - Ultra Grpahics), Movies, Music, Surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitors

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

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: No preferences as such, been doing some reading up though and apparently a lot of people are having problems with AMD drivers!

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Want to be able to Dual screen (with option/possibility of 3 screens), Fraps at high quality!

EDIT* Sorry forgot to post what I've got so far! I'm unsure of a couple of things, will highlight!

[Case]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[Graphics] x 2
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[SSD]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[HDD]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[RAM]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[Motherboard]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[CPU]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[PSU]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[CD/DVD/BluRay] x 2
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

[Software]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Not sure about the compatibility between motherboard/graphics/cpu! If you can find that I can change products to save money but get equal/better performance please state so! Also will that PSU be enough?

Thank you for any help :) 

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April 9, 2012 9:40:12 AM

here's my suggestion for your rig-
Haf 922-a great case and will do beyond your expectations-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
hyper 212 EVo-great cooler for price and will easily take 2500k to 4.5ghz-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
2500k-high end gaming cpu.best price to performance ratio-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
1tb seagate-1tb will take care of your data-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Ares 8gb ram-1.5V,1600mhz dual channel kit is great for your setup-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Gigabyte Z77x-D3H-great mobo with latest technology.gigabyte makes great boards
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
LG DVD drive-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
silvertone 850w-they make some of the finest psus.enough room for overclocking and upgrades.this one is a good deal for price-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
64gb ssd will take care of OS and games.it is very fast and very reliable.
i don't know what's wrong in australibut a gtx 680 is $500 here.you have $1k that can be used for 680 SLi.i hope you can find a good deal for $500.if not then get a single 680 for now and save the money.when you have(i hope you will have more soon),grab another one for SLi.you will have the best gaming experience.
all the best.
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April 9, 2012 9:44:22 AM

We pay through the nose here compared to America for our Computers! It is fairly ridiculous :( 
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April 9, 2012 9:45:23 AM

hellfire24 said:
here's my suggestion for your rig-
Haf 922-a great case and will do beyond your expectations-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
hyper 212 EVo-great cooler for price and will easily take 2500k to 4.5ghz-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
2500k-high end gaming cpu.best price to performance ratio-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
1tb seagate-1tb will take care of your data-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Ares 8gb ram-1.5V,1600mhz dual channel kit is great for your setup-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Gigabyte Z77x-D3H-great mobo with latest technology.gigabyte makes great boards
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
LG DVD drive-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
silvertone 850w-they make some of the finest psus.enough room for overclocking and upgrades.this one is a good deal for price-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
64gb ssd will take care of OS and games.it is very fast and very reliable.
i don't know what's wrong in australibut a gtx 680 is $500 here.you have $1k that can be used for 680 SLi.i hope you can find a good deal for $500.if not then get a single 680 for now and save the money.when you have(i hope you will have more soon),grab another one for SLi.you will have the best gaming experience.
all the best.


Hey thankyou for your post I'll have a look over that :) 
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April 9, 2012 11:10:00 AM

CPU: Intel i5-3570K (Ivy Bridge) - Around $220

CPU Cooling: Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooling - $72
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB DDR3 1600MHz - $55
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Pro (new Z77 chipset, supports quad CrossfireX and SLI - $155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/s - $100
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optical Drive: LG 24X SATA DVD Drive - $22
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $95
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced (beautiful and great case) - $115
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Graphic Cards: Stick with your original selection - $750

PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1000W Modular - $225
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total: $1809
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April 9, 2012 12:10:01 PM

Cold_War said:
CPU: Intel i5-3570K (Ivy Bridge) - Around $220

CPU Cooling: Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooling - $72
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB DDR3 1600MHz - $55
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Pro (new Z77 chipset, supports quad CrossfireX and SLI - $155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/s - $100
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optical Drive: LG 24X SATA DVD Drive - $22
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $95
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced (beautiful and great case) - $115
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Graphic Cards: Stick with your original selection - $750

PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1000W Modular - $225
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total: $1809


lets wait for the release of IB.the cooler is too expensive and too loud.it has vibration dampening fan mounts but still it's not quiet.hyper 212 EVO has better value.search some review sites and you will understand.mobo is a m-atx board which means limited expansion slots.i guess OP already has OS(he didn't listed in his build).690 II is a good case but definitely bot better than 922.2x 570 isn't a really good idea.reference cooler will produce a lot of heat and noise.better grab 680(latest 28nm and fastest single gpu).2gb vram is enough for high definition gaming and AA/MSAA.that psu is good(my brother has one in his rig)but way overkill.850w is more than enough for 680 SLi and overclocking.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-sli-revie...
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GeForce GTX 680 SLI - On your average system the cards require you to have a 750 Watt power supply unit as minimum.
If you are going to overclock the GPU or processor, then we do recommend you purchase something with some more stamina.









































































































































































































































































































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April 9, 2012 3:10:49 PM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks



http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock... <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks



http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $119.00
CoolerMaster HAF 922 Case

or...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $109.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $19.00
CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200 Red

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $159.00
Silverstone Strider Plus 850W ST85F-P 80 PLUS Silver 100% modular

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $169.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225 USD
Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K 3.4GHz

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $39.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $55.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB)

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $159.00
Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SSD

http://www.digitalhardware.com.au/product/i/11-11E-GTX6... $611.12 inc GST
EVGA PCIe GTX680 2GB
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April 9, 2012 5:30:02 PM

hellfire24 said:
lets wait for the release of IB.the cooler is too expensive and too loud.it has vibration dampening fan mounts but still it's not quiet.hyper 212 EVO has better value.search some review sites and you will understand.mobo is a m-atx board which means limited expansion slots.i guess OP already has OS(he didn't listed in his build).690 II is a good case but definitely bot better than 922.2x 570 isn't a really good idea.reference cooler will produce a lot of heat and noise.better grab 680(latest 28nm and fastest single gpu).2gb vram is enough for high definition gaming and AA/MSAA.that psu is good(my brother has one in his rig)but way overkill.850w is more than enough for 680 SLi and overclocking.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-sli-revie...


Friend has a Thermaltake Frio, it's good, not too loud but definitely the Hyper 212 Evo has much better value and if temperatures get too hot you can always add another fan. Picked the 690 II because has good cable management + tooless design and I am not a big fan of side windows. I see your point about the 680, good GPU and could play anything on ultra by itself. I know that the PSU is an overkill, it had the best value but you could save a little and downgrade to the Antec High Current Pro 850W - it's modular, would still fit in the budget and has an 80Plus Gold certificate, it's $16 less.
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