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May 1, 2012 3:49:45 PM

Hi guys, I live in Australia and i need opinion in building a new system. I bought my last computer about 5 years ago (Intel dual core Cpu and GTS 8800 VGA). I only got a problem deciding on MoBo, CPU and GPU.

Approximate Purchase Date: 7-14 days

Budget Range: CPU ($200-$350) GPU ($300 - $550) MoBO (not more than 200 or 250)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming (Diablo3 and Mass Effect3)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.msy.com.au

Country: Australia

Overclocking : Probably no for now. (Still thinking)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I would like to build a system that can hold for 3-5 years.

For the CPU, i'm thinking to buy i7 2600k or i7 3770 or 3770k ( which is not released yet in Australia). 2600k is $303 while 3770 is $339. Last time the shop assistant told me to get 3770 one if i want to take radeon 7970. He told me the reason but i don't really understand.

For the GPU, i'm thinking saphire 7870 OC (359) or gigabyte 7870 ($379) or gigabyte 7970 ($539). My friend reccomended me to get 7970 one because it's the end tier for 7xxxx series.

For the Motherboard, i'm thinking to buy Asus P8Z77-V either LX , LE or Deluxe. I'm planning to get a decent one since i have to pay more for CPU and VGA. I would prefer Asus motherboard because of its anti-power surge but i don't mind using other MoBO if it's good.

Thank you for the help and opinion guys :) 
Feel free to throw your opinion especially for the motherboard :) 

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May 1, 2012 4:36:27 PM

Do you have a budget in your mind?

Ivy Bridge would be a good upgrade...

CPU: i7 3570k
Mobo: Any one of these (ASRock extreme 6, MSI Z77A-GD65, ECS Z77H2-A2X)
RAM: G.Skills 2x4 gb (8GB)
PSU: Seasonic x750
Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo (or Noctua NH-D!4 or Corsair H100 if you want to overclock)
HDD: Samsung 830 128gb and Seagate 2tb 7200 rpm hdd
Optical Drive: your choice
Case: Plenty to choose from

Note that IB has some heat issues while overclocking. You may wait for Intel to fix that in their future releases o
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May 1, 2012 4:44:26 PM

soz..that's the i5 3570K
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May 1, 2012 4:47:37 PM

Add a GPU of your choice...I would personally prefer GTX 680 (when it is available)..otherwise GTX 580
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May 1, 2012 4:56:09 PM

I have just updated my budget (sorry)
Thank you for the reply SSri, as for the MoBo, i would like to take Asus but i'll take a look on the MoBo that you recommended me.
Do i need the cooler if i don't OC my GPU or CPU?
I was thinking to get that GTX 680 too (i've been a Nvdia-man) but do you think it's worth $133 more?
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May 1, 2012 5:01:45 PM

ujian01 said:
I have just updated my budget (sorry)
Thank you for the reply SSri, as for the MoBo, i would like to take Asus but i'll take a look on the MoBo that you recommended me.
Do i need the cooler if i don't OC my GPU or CPU?


You do not gain much by OCing GPU.

Stock coolers are not good. Personally, I would invest in a good after market cooler.

Excellent review of mobos at Tom's....

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z7...

Asus mobos are extremely good...But, read the above review.
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May 1, 2012 5:34:55 PM

I think i'm getting Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H (special thanks to your link)
but at the end i have to decide on these two,
With 7970 GPU and i5 3570 it cost me $1668
With 680 GPU and i5 3570 it cost me $ 1728 (Inno3D 680) or $ 1792 (gigabyte 680)
I never heard about Inno3D, is it a good brand?
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May 1, 2012 6:21:19 PM

ujian01 said:
I think i'm getting Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H (special thanks to your link)
but at the end i have to decide on these two,
With 7970 GPU and i5 3570 it cost me $1668
With 680 GPU and i5 3570 it cost me $ 1728 (Inno3D 680) or $ 1792 (gigabyte 680)
I never heard about Inno3D, is it a good brand?


Gaming: GTX 680...Period

Go for eVGA GTX 680
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May 1, 2012 6:27:36 PM

Wrong. If it is available when he purchases, only then is it worth it.
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May 1, 2012 6:39:53 PM

Inno3D /Gigabyte / Asus
They only got those 3 brand for 680 :( 
but thank you for the MoBo link, that's really helped me on deciding.
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May 1, 2012 8:09:11 PM

azeem40 said:
Wrong. If it is available when he purchases, only then is it worth it.


Of course, only if it is available. Buying 680 does not exist if it is not available!
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May 1, 2012 8:09:58 PM

ujian01 said:
Inno3D /Gigabyte / Asus
They only got those 3 brand for 680 :( 
but thank you for the MoBo link, that's really helped me on deciding.


Asus is a good brand. But, you may want to wait....
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May 2, 2012 4:17:57 AM

Best answer selected by ujian01.
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