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May 8, 2012 1:24:00 PM

Hi guy's,
I would consider myself a experienced gamer but a complete noob when it comes to the actual tech side of thing. I have never built my own pc, in the past i have either bought premade or had friends build them for me.I am currently thinking about undertaking my first build and am finding myself getting a little lost my all the names and tech term when it comes to parts.So Im here today to seek the vast knowledge this forum has to offer in the hopes you can help me to be the proud new owner of my own Gaming Rig.

My current specs are as listed.

Case - Lancool-K58
Power Supply - CoolMaster Silent pro 600w
Motherboard - Asus P7P55D P55 4DDR3 FSB2133(OC) RAID GLAN 2xPCIEx16 SATA ATX
GPU - XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB Video Card
CPU - Intel Core i5 750 Processor LGA1156 2.66GHz 8MB Cache CPU
RAM - OCZ 6G(3x2G) DDR3 10666 Platinum CL-7-7-7-20
Hard drive - 2x Western Digital 500G SATAII 7200rpm HDD 32M Green Power
DVD drive - Asus DRW-24B1ST SATA DVDRW


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month, May/June...

Budget Range: 1000-1600 Aus Dollar

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required:I already have a Razer Mamba and Lycosa plus a speaker system, im also in the progress of getting a BenQ EW2730V Monitor so i don't need a display. Im also hoping to keep my current case a Lancool Pc K58.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com,umart.com.au or possibly another Australian online store.

Country: South Australia, Australia

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU, and am leaning towards an AMD GPU.

Overclocking: I have not done so in the past but am very keen on the idea

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future..

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080, but i want to go to a three screen setup in the future

Additional Comments: I'm looking for a solid Gaming pc, at the moment iam playing games like Skyrim,Crysis 2 and shogun 2 and am pretty happy with system. but the reason iam upgrading is that i want to be able to run games like Far Cry 3, Max Payne 3, GRFS and GTA V on max settings.

So here is the system i have put together so far..

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Intel Core i5 3570K
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

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

or a

Corsair Hydro Series H60 CPU Cooler
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Sapphire Radeon HD7970 3GB OC
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Corsair TX-850 V2 Power Supply
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Intel 520 Series 60GB SSD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If someone could let me know if this system is compatible that would be great. I am not set on this list so if there is a better option out please let me know..

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May 8, 2012 1:46:58 PM

I'm sorry to hear you have the lycosa. I got rid of that thing after 60 days because everything on it just started breaking, sticking, glitching, ect.. Waste of 80 dollars.

Anyway, your build is good (get the 212 EVO, as everyone will tell you the same) except you should switch the CPU with a i5 2500k. It will be cheaper, cooler under an overclock, and it won't be a performance hit. Everything else is great.
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May 8, 2012 2:22:20 PM

Hey thanks man, yeah i had the same problem but i took it back and they gave me another one that works fine plus i got it on sale so iam not to fused.. yeah thanks for the advice on the cpu will look into it. thanks again :D 
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May 8, 2012 2:24:34 PM

so will the pc i made be able to do what i want it to??? furure games on high, maybe three monitor setup, crossfire ?
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May 8, 2012 2:42:01 PM

I'd stay with the 3570K and Evo.

You can save a little with the ASRock Extreme4 if you don't need a ton of extra connectors (e.g. front eSATA) -- it has plenty for a gaming build and the same power subsystem as the 6. It ran my 3570K at 4.4GHZ with no voltage change at 60C on an Evo so there's room to clock more.

You RAM will fit with the Evo unless you decide to add two more DIMMs in the future - will have to get low profile to clear the CPU fan.

You could easily go down to a 750W PSU and still overcock and SLI/CF (if you go that route).

60GB SSD is a great start as long as you have another drive for game installs. Or, you could set the SSD up using Intel's SRT and not worry about managing your files. Reports show that it's way faster than just a HDD but not as good as running completely off SSD.

Good luck!
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May 8, 2012 2:50:28 PM

Thanks J_E_D, some very helpful info, i will check out the Extreme4 .. with the storage situation i was hoping i could use my old Western Digital 500G SATAII's, would they work in the new system?Also what low profile ram would clear the cpu fan?
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May 8, 2012 3:13:10 PM

You're very welcome and your old drives will be fine :)  I have corsair vengeance low-pro ram but any low profile should work (the tall heat spreaders are for looks unless you are really overclocking the RAM).
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May 9, 2012 12:34:21 AM

Thanks again guys for the ram tips,
I think i will go with some low-pro setup cause i do plan on adding more ram later down the track.
Thanks for that link as well Why_me, the performance charts on that site do have me second guessing my gpu option tho, it seams that the gtx's out preform the radeon in most thing.
Do you guys think i should stick with the 7970 or maybe jump ship and look at something like a Galaxy Geforce GTX 680 or another gtx card..
I don't mind spending a little more on them cause i'm already shelling out a few hundred $$ so why not a little more if it will give me better performance.
Also i was wondering if any one could tell me if the cpu cooler would fit in my case once attached to the mother board, its just the 212 evo looks quite large..thanks again you guys have been so helpful so far..:D 
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May 9, 2012 2:19:24 AM

Could someone please help me decide what gpu to go with ...please
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