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May 16, 2012 7:22:32 PM

This is my first PC build and I thought it wise to have others check over it and offer advice before I purchase anything. I'm from Australia so, as far as I can tell, everything is a little more pricey to get here, but if you know any cheaper alternatives (for example, a less expensive overseas store that ships here) then I'd love to hear them.

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I'm happy with everything, probably within the next few weeks.

Budget Range: $1500-2000. Definitely no higher than that, but if I could get something under $1500, that would be great. I'm trying to find a happy balance between quality, performance, and value.

System Usage: Mostly gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, case.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com (or anything else available in AU).

Country: Australia.

Parts Preferences: "Reliable" brands would be preferred, but I'm not overly fussed.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: In future, perhaps?

Additional Comments: The case I have is the NZXT Phantom 410.

I'm not too concerned about budgeting, but I don't want to spend a lot more than I need to. I'm happy to reconsider any of the parts listed below, and (even though this probably isn't the place for it) if anyone has any suggestions for a good pair of headphones, I could use that as well. I'm fairly clueless about monitors so my choice there might be somewhat excessive - I don't really know. I also have no idea what optical drive to get - suggestions?



CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K - $245
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20138

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard - $199
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19870

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $499
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20210

RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16437

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $39
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18670

PSU: Seasonic X-560 80Plus Gold 560W - $175
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15956

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 60GB SSD - $89
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17976

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX - $135
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13660

Monitor: Samsung S23A750 23in 120Hz 3D Widescreen LED Monitor - $249
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18232


Current total: $1,695 + $35 shipping = $1730
May 16, 2012 7:25:34 PM

Great build!
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May 16, 2012 9:15:10 PM

Basementality said:
This is my first PC build and I thought it wise to have others check over it and offer advice before I purchase anything. I'm from Australia so, as far as I can tell, everything is a little more pricey to get here, but if you know any cheaper alternatives (for example, a less expensive overseas store that ships here) then I'd love to hear them.

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I'm happy with everything, probably within the next few weeks.

Budget Range: $1500-2000. Definitely no higher than that, but if I could get something under $1500, that would be great. I'm trying to find a happy balance between quality, performance, and value.

System Usage: Mostly gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, case.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com (or anything else available in AU).

Country: Australia.

Parts Preferences: "Reliable" brands would be preferred, but I'm not overly fussed.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: In future, perhaps?

Additional Comments: The case I have is the NZXT Phantom 410.

I'm not too concerned about budgeting, but I don't want to spend a lot more than I need to. I'm happy to reconsider any of the parts listed below, and (even though this probably isn't the place for it) if anyone has any suggestions for a good pair of headphones, I could use that as well. I'm fairly clueless about monitors so my choice there might be somewhat excessive - I don't really know. I also have no idea what optical drive to get - suggestions?



CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K - $245
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20138

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard - $199
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19870

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $499
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20210

RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16437

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $39
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18670

PSU: Seasonic X-560 80Plus Gold 560W - $175
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15956

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 60GB SSD - $89
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17976

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX - $135
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=13660

Monitor: Samsung S23A750 23in 120Hz 3D Widescreen LED Monitor - $249
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18232


Current total: $1,695 + $35 shipping = $1730


Good build other than that psu isn't near enough to push two of those cards if you choose to add another one later on. You want a 750w psu in order to leave open that option. Here's some money savers to check out.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $165.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <---- review of that board along with benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <---- another look at that board along with the recent bios update

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $141.00
Corsair TX-750 V2 Power Supply

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $139.00
Antec High Current Gamer 750W Power Supply HCG-750

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $129.00
Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P 80 PLUS Silver 100% modular

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $99.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003
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May 16, 2012 9:59:11 PM

Nice build and exactly what Why_Me said (down a little on mobo and up a little on PSU).

Only other *maybe* is to go with that ram in a low profile version. If the extreme6 is the same as the extreme4 it won't a problem since the two sticks of ram will go in the far right slot then two to the left, i.e. no problems clearing the 212's fan. If you add more sticks down the road will definitely need to go low pro.
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May 16, 2012 10:29:54 PM

Thanks for the quick replies. Completely forgot about needing a bigger PSU for the SLI option, and I'll go with the Corsair Why_Me suggested.

Low profile RAM is a good idea as well. Any real effect on the performance?

And is there any good reason besides the $34 price difference for choosing the Extreme4 over the Extreme6? I know they're fairly similar, but I don't mind paying a little extra for the latter unless it really is excessive.
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May 16, 2012 10:40:33 PM

Corsair Vengeance (low profile). Heat-spreaders are useless.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Extreme6 has front USB3.0 slots, Ex4 doesn't. Ex6 has 2 more sata3 6.0gb/s slots (which you shouldn't need). Ex6 has better stock heat-sinks. And some more minor things. Extreme4 may be... not secured on one side of the board because of it's odd dimensions (probably the most to worry about).

Edit: I need to read more thoroughly... what other sites can you use in AU?
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May 16, 2012 10:56:19 PM

The Extreme4 does indeed have front USB - mine is connected and works :)  Onboard header is just below the 24-pin.

The heatsinks have no effect that I can tell - mobo runs very cool. If you're just gaming, the 4 should have everything you need. The most important thing is the power delivery system and they're identical.
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May 16, 2012 10:58:22 PM

Basementality said:
Thanks for the quick replies. Completely forgot about needing a bigger PSU for the SLI option, and I'll go with the Corsair Why_Me suggested.

Low profile RAM is a good idea as well. Any real effect on the performance?

And is there any good reason besides the $34 price difference for choosing the Extreme4 over the Extreme6? I know they're fairly similar, but I don't mind paying a little extra for the latter unless it really is excessive.

The differences between the extreme6 and extreme4 are size, firewire cable, and size of heat sinks.

The extreme6 is a full size ATX board where the extreme4 comes short of hitting the standoffs in the case for a good tight fit. They cheaped the extreme4 a bit to get that lower price. It's a great board but there are a few noticeable differences.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm


And here's a set of low profile RAM.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $59.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB)
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May 20, 2012 9:30:37 AM

Best answer selected by Basementality.
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