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Seem like a Solid <$950 gaming Build?

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April 10, 2012 12:26:12 AM

Okay, ive got a $950 budget, i live in Australia, and will be purchasing around End of April. I DONT Need OS, Monitor, Keyboard, mouse, optical drive.

Website - www.pccasegear.com

I Came up with this so far, could you suggest different parts if necessary to bring the price down at all. :) 

CPU- Intel Core i5 2500k - $215 ( Not sure on weather IVY BRIDGE will be worth the upgrade or not, i so i need a motherboard to fit both of these)

Case- CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer - $99

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Motherboard - $145 ( need to be under $145 if your suggesting another)

PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular - $79

GPU- ASUS GeForce GTX 560Ti DirectCU II TOP 1GB- $255

CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Evo- $29

HD- Seagate Barracuda 500GB ST500DM002 - $79

RAM- Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $59

Will it all fit together and in the case? Suggest any parts that are cheaper/better on www.pccasegear.com.

Thanks!

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April 10, 2012 1:21:44 AM

ebola28 said:
Everything looks great. Can't really save much money without sacrificing a lot of performance.

My only nitpick

cooler... spend $10 more and get the hyper 212 evo http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

I dont really have the extra $10, my original budget was $800, but now im paying some into it aswell, i only have $150, so i cant, will that cooler be sufficient enough? And should i wait for ivy bridge?
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April 10, 2012 1:23:56 AM

The IB equivalent to the i5-2500k is the i5-3570k. It is said to OC better, produce less heat, and require less power (around 75W compared to the 95W of the i5-2500k); it will also release at around $215-225.
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April 10, 2012 1:36:13 AM

yes, your cooler will suffice... and I know ivy will produce slightly less heat and use slightly less power, but I haven't read a single thing showing that it overclocks better.

Being in AU, it will probably cost a lot more as well being new and supply being low. Plus, its still not out yet.

Thumpin, your build looks great
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April 10, 2012 4:27:54 AM

the z77 you first linked was made for ivy, but is backward compatible with sandy. stick with the first one, the NEW z77
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April 10, 2012 4:36:40 AM

ebola28 said:
the z77 you first linked was made for ivy, but is backward compatible with sandy. stick with the first one, the NEW z77

Okay sweet, so then should i got with the Hyper 212 evo cooler? or can i upgrade somewhere else for an extra $10?
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April 10, 2012 5:37:38 AM

So should i go with z68 (Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3) or z77 (Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H) if i plan to either go Ivy Bridge straight off the bat, or upgrade to it later and go with the I5 2500k.
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April 10, 2012 10:48:03 AM

Anyone? :) 
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April 10, 2012 11:41:13 AM

go with the z77. It's the newer chipset that has been designed for ivy.
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April 10, 2012 1:45:30 PM

go with the z77 no matter what, and if you want to spend $10 somewhere in your build, put it towards the cooler upgrade
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