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Max $1800 gaming rig

hi guys i would like some help with a gaming pc build. I don't want the monitor, etc. to be included into the budget but recommendations are welcomed. And i would also like the cooling and all that aswell please. also i want a good wireless chip/adapter or whatever it's called.

Approximate Purchase Date: few days after release of ivy bridge.

Country: Australia. it doesnt matter if it is in USD i can spend extra if it costs more! :)

Budget Range: MAX $1800 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING, Gaming and gaming!

Parts Preferences: whatever is best for gaming.

Overclocking: if it will be better yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, only one monitor.

Memory: 16GB ram or 8GB whichever is better for gaming.

also a case that won't need anything to be CRUSHED to fit into so a rather spacious but good looking one.

oh and i don't care if the fans and all that are loud. cause i will be getting turtle beaches anyway so yeah. i was thinking one of these Razer Megalodon Headset 7.1 or Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset (prob get this one).

sorry for asking so many questions and being a noob. o0

Thanks in Advance. :D
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  1. What are the websites that sells computer parts in Australia so I can suggest parts?
  2. gary1 said:
    What are the websites that sells computer parts in Australia so I can suggest parts?


    I will probably use Amazon
  3. Best answer
    This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on for a dual card set up.


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=15892 $105.00
    CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_995&products_id=15350 $129.00
    Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P 80 PLUS Silver 100% modular

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=17724 $139.00
    Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 Motherboard

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/ $212 USD
    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670 $39.00
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=19632 $59.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB)

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=17834 $19.00
    Sony AD7280SGB DVDRW OEM

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747 $109.00
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1161&products_id=19744 $159.00
    Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SSD

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1372&products_id=19915 $359.00
    Sapphire Radeon HD7870 2GB GHZ

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200_328&products_id=18067 $45.00
    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless N PCIe Adapto

    or...

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200_328&products_id=19042 $45.00
    Netgear WNA3100 Wireless N USB Adapter

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=17003 $95.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1087&products_id=16052 $149.00
    ASUS VE228H 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor

    Total: $1,618.00 AUD inc. GST


    ***alternative motherboard if seeking higher over clock and more gpu bandwidth (better motherboard imo than the Gigabyte I posted up above)

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867 $155.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=116_1173&products_id=18854 $69.00
    Corsair Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=15774 $39.00
    ASUS Xonar DG
  4. ok so is this any good?


    should i go with


    ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $155:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005GK6AQC/ref=sr_1_2_olp?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081130&sr=1-2&condition=new


    should i get the, Intel Core i5-2500K Processor $218.98:

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXHQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081159&sr=1-1


    or


    Intel Core i7-2600K Processor $309.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I72600K-Core-i7-2600K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXSA/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081202&sr=1-2


    or


    Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz LGA 1155 Processor BX80623I72700K $319.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i7-2700K-Processor-BX80623I72700K/dp/B005X64OA8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081237&sr=1-1


    Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B $96.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Channel-Memory-CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B/dp/B004RFBIUU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081280&sr=1-1


    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $89.99:


    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-compatible/dp/B005A2RJOI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081347&sr=1-1


    Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003 $119.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST2000DL003/dp/B004CCS266/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081376&sr=1-1


    Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2 $289.44:

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT256M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JL2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081409&sr=1-1


    XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3 GB 1000MHZ GDDR5 Dual Mini DisplayPort HDMI DVI PCI-E $499.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Black-Edition-1000MHZ-DisplayPort/dp/tech-data/B006VCPKA6/ref=de_a_smtd


    NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis - Phantom White $129.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Crafted-Series-Tower-Steel-Chassis/dp/B003WE9WQO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081454&sr=1-1


    Total Cost: with 2500k = $1600.37

    Total Cost: with 2600k = $1691.38

    Total Cost: with 2700k = $1701.38

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me! Thanks -Mark
  5. mark12000 said:
    ok so is this any good?


    should i go with


    ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $155:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005GK6AQC/ref=sr_1_2_olp?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081130&sr=1-2&condition=new


    should i get the, Intel Core i5-2500K Processor $218.98:

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXHQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081159&sr=1-1


    or


    Intel Core i7-2600K Processor $309.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I72600K-Core-i7-2600K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXSA/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081202&sr=1-2


    or


    Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz LGA 1155 Processor BX80623I72700K $319.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i7-2700K-Processor-BX80623I72700K/dp/B005X64OA8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081237&sr=1-1


    Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B $96.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Channel-Memory-CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B/dp/B004RFBIUU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081280&sr=1-1


    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $89.99:


    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-compatible/dp/B005A2RJOI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081347&sr=1-1


    Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003 $119.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST2000DL003/dp/B004CCS266/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081376&sr=1-1


    Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2 $289.44:

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT256M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JL2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081409&sr=1-1


    XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3 GB 1000MHZ GDDR5 Dual Mini DisplayPort HDMI DVI PCI-E $499.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Black-Edition-1000MHZ-DisplayPort/dp/tech-data/B006VCPKA6/ref=de_a_smtd


    NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis - Phantom White $129.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Crafted-Series-Tower-Steel-Chassis/dp/B003WE9WQO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081454&sr=1-1


    Total Cost: with 2500k = $1600.37

    Total Cost: with 2600k = $1691.38

    Total Cost: with 2700k = $1701.38

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me! Thanks -Mark


    for gaming
    2500k>all
    16gb is overkill,8gb is more than enough.
    gtx 680 is overall better than 7970.go for it.
    for SLi and overclocking,i would suggest 800w+ psu and for single card,550~600w is more than enough.this is my suggestion-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
    other things are good.
  6. Hi mate.

    Couple of things... You might find Amazon won't ship those parts to Aus. Even if they did I wonder about how that effects warranty etc.

    PCCaseGear is a great website. And I also get stuff from my local MSY. I have listed a few MSY prices in the below build, hopefully you have one near you. Usually I just download the pdf pricelist from their website and give them a call to check for stock. They really are about as cheap as it gets in Aus. If you can grab more of your parts from an MSY it will also reduce your shipping from PCCaseGear or other online stores.

    http://msy.com.au/

    With Ivy Bridge so close now, I'd wait now. It will also give the gtx 680 a chance to come back in stock.

    Cases: A lot comes down to personal preference. The are good, solid cases that cool well and are easy to build in.

    Fractal Arc Mid $129
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_1055&products_id=17053

    CM 690 II Advanced $115
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=18722

    CPU: Good move to wait for these... due out end of month. They surely won't be more than $250 (I'm hoping :) )

    Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz $220-$250??? (guess)

    Mobo: This board has loads of features, a good all round board for a general gaming system. If you are doing anything more specific with your build just double check all the features listed suit you needs.

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $155
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867

    PSU: Thinking down the track of adding a 2nd gtx 680 you want enough power for that extra card. There is a lot of talk that a 750W will power SLI 680s on an IB platform, which I don't doubt, just to be on the safe side 850W is good. Going down to the 750W for the build as listed will be plenty of juice, if you aren't looking to add another GPU.

    Corsair TX-850 V2 $169
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_354&products_id=17210

    GPU: You don't have to look far on this website for praise of this GPU

    Gigabyte gtx 680 2GB $672 (from MSY)
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1377&products_id=19788

    RAM: 8 GB is plenty for gaming. Good brand and Low profile

    Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB $65
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_913&products_id=17729

    CPU Cooler: For overclocking the CPU at $40 these do just as good a job (usually within 1-2 deg) as coolers that are twice the price. Relatively easy to instal.

    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO $39
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670

    Optical Drive: Cheap as they come, and black (looks better in your case than white or grey IMO)

    Sony AD7280SGB DVDRW $19
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=17834

    HDD: Decent, a little hard to find good HDDs around these day unless you are willing to pay too much

    Seagate 1TB $99
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=16679

    SSD: Realiable good brand SSD and have come down a bit in price. For an SSD I go 120GB minimum for OS and games

    Intel 520 Series 120GB $185 (from MSY)
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1221&products_id=19276

    $1782 (Using more expensive options too)
  7. ok so is this any good?


    should i go with this?


    ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $155:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005GK6AQC/ref=sr_1_2_olp?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081130&sr=1-2&condition=new


    should i get the, Intel Core i5-2500K Processor $218.98:

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXHQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081159&sr=1-1


    or

    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz $212 USD :

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/


    Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B $53.70:

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Channel-Memory-CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B/dp/B004RFBIUU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081280&sr=1-1


    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $89.99:


    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-compatible/dp/B005A2RJOI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081347&sr=1-1


    Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003 $119.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST2000DL003/dp/B004CCS266/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081376&sr=1-1


    Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2 $289.44:

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT256M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JL2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081409&sr=1-1


    XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3 GB 1000MHZ GDDR5 Dual Mini DisplayPort HDMI DVI PCI-E $499.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Black-Edition-1000MHZ-DisplayPort/dp/tech-data/B006VCPKA6/ref=de_a_smtd


    or

    EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2680-KR $728.00:

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-DisplayPort-Graphics-02G-P4-2680-KR/dp/B007KC1R3A/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&m=A1PNMZLHS2WRLY&n=541966&s=pc


    NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis - Phantom White $129.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/Crafted-Series-Tower-Steel-Chassis/dp/B003WE9WQO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081454&sr=1-1


    ASUS(PCE-N15) maximum performance Wireless-N Network Adapter ( 300Mbps Transmit / 300Mbps Receive) with PCI-E interface, Include Full Height and Low Profile bracket, WPS button Support $27.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/PCE-N15-performance-Wireless-N-Transmit-interface/dp/B0054L9PWO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335082139&sr=8-1


    Total Cost: with 2500k, 7970 = $1585.07

    Total Cost: with 2500k, GTX 680 = $1813.08

    Total Cost: with Ivy Bridge, 7970 = $1578.09

    Total Cost: with Ivy Bridge, GTX 680 = $1806.10

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me! Thanks -Mark


    also why is the ivy bridge so cheap?

    then when i have more money later on i will buy another one of whichever graphics card is better.
  8. no body knows why IBs are cheap but i find it great!!
    IB+680 build is best IMO.once again,if you want to run 680 SLi+overcocks then you need a 800w+ psu.and for single gpu,500w~600w is enough.
  9. ok my new budget is $2200 (increased because AUSSIE stuff cost more!)

    Is this better?


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867


    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz ~$212 USD :

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/


    Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16848


    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $139.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19554


    Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD $359.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19277


    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB $699.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19788


    NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case White $179.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15090


    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $45.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18067


    CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 800W $179.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14862


    Total Cost = $2026 (BECAUSE AUSSIE DOLLAR)

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me! Thanks -Mark


    later on i will buy a second GTX 680.


    ALSO it DOES NOT matter if it goes a few hundred dollars over my budget!


    EDIT: changed ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $155:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005GK6AQC/ref=sr_1_2_olp?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335081130&sr=1-2&condition=new

    to ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867


    Increased budget.


    EDIT: Removed one of the hard drives (had 2 SSD)
  10. Unless you were able to get the z68 board for a bargain somewhere, I'd go with z77 like the Asrock Extreme 4.

    Is that your full list? Do you want those 2 SSDs? Also need a PSU, DVD drive and a CPU Cooler would be good if you're going to overclock your processor.
  11. Formata said:
    Unless you were able to get the z68 board for a bargain somewhere, I'd go with z77 like the Asrock Extreme 4.

    Is that your full list? Do you want those 2 SSDs? Also need a PSU, DVD drive and a CPU Cooler would be good if you're going to overclock your processor.


    2 SSD was a mistake.

    picked a powersupply forgot to add it to the list. added now

    and any recommendations for a good quality DVD drive (maybe a blu ray drive aswell. will i need one for anything?) and a good quality and effective CPU Cooler?
  12. ok my new budget is $2200 (increased because AUSSIE stuff cost more!)

    Is this better?


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867


    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz ~$212 USD :

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/


    Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59.00: 

     http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16848


    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $139.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19554 


    Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD $359.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19277


    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB $699.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19788


    NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case White $179.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15090


    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $45.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18067


    Silverstone Strider 850W Gold ST85F-G $179.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16519

    Total Cost = $2036 (BECAUSE AUSSIE DOLLAR)

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me!  Thanks -Mark


    Stuff not included in the budget:

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (Full Version) $279:


    http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/computer-accessories/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-full-version/466277


    Razer Tiamet 7.1 Headset $228:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156498-Razer-Tiamat-71-Headset-PC


    Looking for a monitor.


    Keyboard coming.


    Mouse coming. Will edit this tomorrow and put them in. going to sleep now.


    later on i will buy a second GTX 680.


    ALSO it DOES NOT matter if it goes a few hundred dollars over my budget!
  13. You can get an OEM version of windows7 when you order your system which will cost you a lot less:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=17003

    Those 240GB SSDs are big bucks. Its your money... but 120GB is plenty for your OS a good number of games. You can pretty easily transfer current games between your HDD and SSD when you're not using them. And keep the bulk of other files on the HDD videos, music etc.

    Everything else is looking good. Personally I would cough up the extra for the 'gold' version of that PSU. The 850W Strider + is well recommended and $30 less. Fully modular too.

    Silverstone Strider Plus 850W ST85F-P
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_995&products_id=13278
  14. Quote:
    Change your SSD for a Crucial M4 128GB
    Add 2x sapphire 7970 3GB GHZ editions for some insane crossfire action.
    BTW 7970 CFX scales better than GTX 680 SLi.


    +1 for m4 but 680 sli>7970 cf-
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1239058/gtx-680-sli-vs-7970-crossfire-overclocked-tweaktown-comparison
  15. ^LOL
  16. I was under the assumption the OP needed a O/S, monitor, wireless card, and headset along with the basics.
  17. Done what?
  18. Quote:
    If so, how come you have not yet done so?

    Look at the 4th post on this thread when the OP's budget was still $1,800 AUD.
  19. Stop arguing for the sake of it.
  20. Is this any better?


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867


    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz ~$212 USD :

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/


    Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59.00: 

     http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16848


    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $139.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19554 


    Crucial M4 SSD 256GB $349.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17686


    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB $699.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19788


    NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case White $179.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15090


    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $45.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18067


    Silverstone Strider 850W Gold ST85F-G $179.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16519

    Total Cost = $2016 (BECAUSE AUSSIE DOLLAR)

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me!  Thanks -Mark


    Stuff not included in the budget:


    SAMSUNG 27" MONITOR $398:

    http://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers/samsung/27-inch-monitor-sku-83200/


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM (i didn't even know what this was before!) $95.00:


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17003


    Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset $228:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156498-Razer-Tiamat-71-Headset-PC


    Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard Mirror Edition $89.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=8762


    Razer Imperator 4G Battlefield 3 Edition $95.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18940


    SteelSeries QcK Diablo III Barbarian Edition mousepad $24.00:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156493-SteelSeries-QcK-Diablo-III-Barbarian-Edition-mousepad-PC


    should i get the 680 or 7970? the 7970 seems to fair better at most of the games.


    Should i get the silverstone 850w Gold or Silver?

    Silver: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13278

    Gold: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16519


    IT DOES NOT matter if it goes a few hundred dollars over my budget!
  21. Everything is great! Gl with your build.
  22. Only two changes I see to be made. Add an after market cpu heat sink....either the CM EVO or CM 612, and lose that RAM with the cake cutter heat spreaders. Unless you plan on using that RAM for a hair comb, it's going to impede any after market cpu heat sink you use hence the reason I linked that low profile G.Skill RAM in that build I posted.
  23. Why_Me said:
    Unless you plan on using that RAM for a hair comb,

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  24. Why_Me said:
    and lose that RAM with the cake cutter heat spreaders. Unless you plan on using that RAM for a hair comb,



    :lol: Comment of the day
  25. Why_Me said:
    Only two changes I see to be made. Add an after market cpu heat sink....either the CM EVO or CM 612, and lose that RAM with the cake cutter heat spreaders. Unless you plan on using that RAM for a hair comb, it's going to impede any after market cpu heat sink you use hence the reason I linked that low profile G.Skill RAM in that build I posted.

    is it as good as normal RAM though? + it doesn't support my motherboard

    and do i need a sound card even though i'm getting headphones?
  26. mark12000 said:
    is it as good as normal RAM though? + it doesn't support my motherboard

    and do i need a sound card even though i'm getting headphones?

    Normal RAM? It's G.Skill RAM with low heat spreaders. Nothing abnormal about it. It's not on the motherboard support list for the fact it's new to the market and hasn't been added yet, but it will work fine.

    No need for a sound card imo without hearing the onboard sound first. Chances are you won't want to get an sound card after listening to the onboard sound. It's pretty good these days.
  27. Budget Increased to $2500( i mean what the hell why not?)

    Is this any better?


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867


    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz ~$212 USD :

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/


    G.Skill Ares F3-2133C9Q-16GAB 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 $169.00: (Can someone confirm that this is compatible with Z77?)

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19626


    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $139.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19554 


    Crucial M4 SSD 256GB $349.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17686


    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB $699.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19788


    NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case White $179.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15090


    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $45.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18067


    Silverstone Strider 850W Gold ST85F-G $179.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16519


    Total Cost = $2126 (BECAUSE AUSSIE DOLLAR)

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me!  Thanks -Mark


    Stuff not included in the budget:


    ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor $199.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1212&products_id=16558


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM (i didn't even know what this was before!) $95.00:


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17003


    Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset $228:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156498-Razer-Tiamat-71-Headset-PC


    Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard Mirror Edition $89.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=8762


    Razer Imperator 4G Battlefield 3 Edition $95.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18940


    SteelSeries QcK Diablo III Barbarian Edition mousepad $24.00:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156493-SteelSeries-QcK-Diablo-III-Barbarian-Edition-mousepad-PC


    Total cost ALTOGETHER = $2856


    Should i get the silverstone 850w Gold or Silver?

    Silver: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13278

    Gold: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16519


    IT DOES NOT matter if it goes a few hundred dollars over my budget!
  28. both of the units are great.i would suggest going with silver rated.and your headphone is too expensive!!!this one is a really great headphone-
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=116_1071&products_id=18736
  29. any dvd drives or cpu coolers? (i want good quality)
  30. hellfire24 said:
    both of the units are great.i would suggest going with silver rated.and your headphone is too expensive!!!this one is a really great headphone-
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=116_1071&products_id=18736

    why the silver one?
  31. it's cheaper LOL!
  32. hellfire24 said:
    it's cheaper LOL!

    only $30 dollars more LOL!

    and do you know any good cpu coolers or any good dvd drives?
  33. hyper 212 EVO is a great cooler for 4.5ghz overclock.asus,lite on,lg,samsung dvd drives are good.
  34. hellfire24 said:
    hyper 212 EVO is a great cooler for 4.5ghz overclock.asus,lite on,lg,samsung dvd drives are good.

    so that would be great for my cpu? even if overclocked?
  35. Budget $2500

    Is this any better than what it was?


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867


    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz ~$212 USD :

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/


    G.Skill Ares F3-2133C9Q-16GAB 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 $169.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19626


    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $139.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19554 


    Crucial M4 SSD 256GB $349.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17686


    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB $699.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19788


    NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case White $179.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15090


    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $45.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18067


    Silverstone Strider 850W Gold ST85F-G $179.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16519


    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18670


    LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive $55.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18220


    Total Cost = $2220 (BECAUSE AUSSIE DOLLAR)

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me!  Thanks -Mark


    Stuff not included in the budget:


    ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor $199.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1212&products_id=16558


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM (i didn't even know what this was before!) $95.00:


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17003


    Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset $228:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156498-Razer-Tiamat-71-Headset-PC


    Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard Mirror Edition $89.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=8762


    Razer Imperator 4G Battlefield 3 Edition $95.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18940


    SteelSeries QcK Diablo III Barbarian Edition mousepad $24.00:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156493-SteelSeries-QcK-Diablo-III-Barbarian-Edition-mousepad-PC


    Total cost ALTOGETHER = $2950


    IT DOES NOT matter if it goes a few hundred dollars over my budget!


    Will the G.Skill Ares be completely compatible with the Z77 EXTREME4?
  36. is this the best possible build i can make?

    i got another question will this play all/most games on max settings?
  37. It will play almost any game on max settings with AA and AF on max.
  38. azeem40 said:
    It will play almost any game on max settings with AA and AF on max.

    AWESOME! so this is a good build? (i think it is good!)
  39. mark12000 said:
    Budget $2500

    Is this any better than what it was?


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867


    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz ~$212 USD :

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/


    G.Skill Ares F3-2133C9Q-16GAB 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 $169.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19626


    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $139.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19554 


    Crucial M4 SSD 256GB $349.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17686


    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB $699.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19788


    NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case White $179.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15090


    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $45.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18067


    Silverstone Strider 850W Gold ST85F-G $179.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16519


    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18670


    LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive $55.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18220


    Total Cost = $2220 (BECAUSE AUSSIE DOLLAR)

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me!  Thanks -Mark


    Stuff not included in the budget:


    ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor $199.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1212&products_id=16558


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM (i didn't even know what this was before!) $95.00:


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17003


    Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset $228:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156498-Razer-Tiamat-71-Headset-PC


    Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard Mirror Edition $89.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=8762


    Razer Imperator 4G Battlefield 3 Edition $95.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18940


    SteelSeries QcK Diablo III Barbarian Edition mousepad $24.00:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156493-SteelSeries-QcK-Diablo-III-Barbarian-Edition-mousepad-PC


    Total cost ALTOGETHER = $2950


    IT DOES NOT matter if it goes a few hundred dollars over my budget!


    Will the G.Skill Ares be completely compatible with the Z77 EXTREME4?


    everything is good but why so expensive headset bro?????
  40. hellfire24 said:
    everything is good but why so expensive headset bro?????

    because a few of my friends bought the one made before it and said it was the best one they have had and both of them together have probably had 4-6 other high quality headsets and said this is the best!

    and for this build im not sure which case i should get. should i get this one

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_238&products_id=18957 OR

    this one http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_238&products_id=15090

    Which one is better for this build?
  41. Budget $2500


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867


    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3750K 3.4hz ~$212 USD :

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/


    G.Skill Ares F3-2133C9Q-16GAB 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 $169.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19626


    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $139.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19554 


    Crucial M4 SSD 256GB $349.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17686


    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB $699.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19788


    NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case White $179.00: 

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15090


    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $45.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18067


    Silverstone Strider 850W Gold ST85F-G $179.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16519


    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18670


    LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive $55.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18220


    Total Cost = $2220 (BECAUSE AUSSIE DOLLAR)

    or if there is better than that stuff than go ahead and please tell me!  Thanks -Mark


    Stuff not included in the budget:


    ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor $199.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1212&products_id=16558


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM (i didn't even know what this was before!) $95.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17003


    Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset $228:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156498-Razer-Tiamat-71-Headset-PC


    Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard Mirror Edition $89.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=8762


    Razer Imperator 4G Battlefield 3 Edition $95.00:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18940


    SteelSeries QcK Diablo III Barbarian Edition mousepad $24.00:

    https://www.ebgames.com.au/pc-156493-SteelSeries-QcK-Diablo-III-Barbarian-Edition-mousepad-PC


    Kaspersky Anti Virus 2012 1 User/1 Year OEM $15:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_975&products_id=18512


    Total cost ALTOGETHER = $2965


    Here is my wishlist on pccasegear.com http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_lists&wlcId=54629&action=wish_lists with everything except for the mouse pad and headset.(they don't have them.)


    IT DOES NOT matter if it goes a few hundred dollars over my budget!
  42. for headset,my elder brother is currently using razor megalodon 7.1,it's the best headset i ever saw(i know there are some better ones with a big price tag).but trust me it provides great gaming experience.
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=116_374&products_id=12396
    for case,you can go with a bit more expensive but "worth it" case,some thing like this-
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=16884
    here's a good review-
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/corsair_obsidian_d/6.htm
  43. damn how can i forget fortress?it's my favorite silverstone case!
  44. hellfire24 said:
    damn how can i forget fortress?it's my favorite silverstone case!

    so which of the two cases would be better for my build?
  45. Quote:
    Silverstone kicks ass in quality and cooling, get's my vote.

    thanks for the fast reply!
  46. Quote:
    Silverstone kicks ass in quality and cooling, get's my vote.

    so that build with the silverstone fortress will be even better?

    and do you know any other cases with good airflow and plenty of space and that look good?
  47. yes,silverstone cases have great cooling.
    @rekon,what fans on that h100?
  48. hellfire24 said:
    yes,silverstone cases have great cooling.
    @rekon,what fans on that h100?

    is it worth the bit of extra cash and is there any that looks better but just as good cooling?(not to be mean or anything just my personal taste, i mean it looks good but well i was just wondering if there were any as good as that)
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