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Is $1700 AUD too much for a Gaming PC?

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May 8, 2012 3:00:41 PM

Hi there, Im new here, and I was wondering if you could help me.
I am planning to build a new gaming pc so i can play some high end games.
here are the parts (all prices are in Australian Dollars):
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Case-$105

PIONEER 24x SATA DVD-R/RW/DL BLACK OEM-$29

INTEL CORE i7 2600K SANDY BRIDGE 3.4GHz 8MB RETAIL BOX-$317

Gainward GeForce GTX 580 3072MB ""Phantom"" PCI-E 2D/H/DP, Clockspeed: 783 Mhz ,Memory Clockspeed: 2010 Mhz, Ramdac: 400 MHz, ( NE5X580010FB-1100P )-$539

WD WD20EARX CAVIAR GREEN 3.5" 2TB 7200/64MB/SATA3-$124

GEIL 16GB KIT DDR3 ENHANCE CORSA C9 1600/1700MHz-$114

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO GEN3 DESKTOP MOTHERBOARD-$199

XFX XXX EDITION 850W MODULAR 80PLUS PSU-$164

INTEL 330 SERIES 60GB 2.5" SATA3 500/400(SSD)-$99.
TOTAL $1640.
Is this too much to spend on a pc? please reply

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May 20, 2012 12:20:06 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Other Consumer Electronics to section Systems by Pyree
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May 20, 2012 12:31:45 AM

No, you can spend as much as you want, I've seen people spending over $4000 USD on a PC.

You should switch the GTX 580 for a newer GTX 670 or 680.
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May 20, 2012 12:44:15 PM

Thanks for your advice, highly appreciated :) 
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May 20, 2012 12:55:31 PM

You also don't need 16 GB of RAM for gaming, at max you'll need is 8 GB. The 850W is way overkill as well, all you need for the 670/680 would be 650W. If you want to SLI in the future I would go for a 750W. Could use this money saved to upgrade you SSD to a 120GB. 60Gb is cutting it a bit close for OS/Office/Games.
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May 21, 2012 1:31:32 PM

Newer games are requiring 16gb Ram for highest quality gameplay. Like Max Payne 3. The psu has control over how much watt is needed. if i want to add stuff the psu will give more power. The SSD is for windows. there is a 2tb hdd for gaming :D 
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May 21, 2012 5:34:42 PM

16 gb is only needed for Ramdisk or Multithreading (3d rendering) applications, 8 GB is enough for gaming.

650w is already enough if you want to SLI. I suggest saving money on the RAM and PSU and using that money on a better SSD. I suggest Crucial m4 or Samsung 830.
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May 21, 2012 5:58:48 PM

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $105.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

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... $165.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

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

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

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $245.00
Intel Core i5 3570K

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $39.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $59.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB)

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $22.00
LG GH24NS90 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $99.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $129.00
SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10476/kw/... <----- recent firmware update for that Sandisk SSD

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $499.00
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $99.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM

Total: $1,590.00 AUD inc. GST *not including shipping
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May 21, 2012 6:02:36 PM

seve327 said:
Newer games are requiring 16gb Ram for highest quality gameplay. Like Max Payne 3. The psu has control over how much watt is needed. if i want to add stuff the psu will give more power. The SSD is for windows. there is a 2tb hdd for gaming :D 

Link us please to any game that requires 16GB of RAM. That's utter hogwash. You can get by with 4GB of RAM for gaming. The only reason peeps are purchasing 8GB of RAM these days is for the fact RAM is dirt cheap atm.
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May 22, 2012 7:38:07 AM

Why_Me said:
Link us please to any game that requires 16GB of RAM. That's utter hogwash. You can get by with 4GB of RAM for gaming. The only reason peeps are purchasing 8GB of RAM these days is for the fact RAM is dirt cheap atm.


http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=537&gam...
Look at the Maximum Requirements
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May 22, 2012 7:41:19 AM

Most likely a lie.
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May 22, 2012 3:52:16 PM

seve327 said:
http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=537&gam...
Look at the Maximum Requirements

"Maximum Requirements" <------ That's a first. So your only allowed X amount of RAM and then your at the maximum requirement? wtf?

"Minimum Requirements" <----- that's what every game has.


That site is pure utter bs. Take the 8GB of RAM and if you ever get into professional video editing or CAD then add another 8GB set.
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May 24, 2012 11:36:30 AM

Thanks for advice, no need to be angry :)  be cool. Thanks for all the help, i know what i will be buying :) 
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May 25, 2012 12:05:51 AM

What is it you're buying?
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June 4, 2012 1:11:39 AM

Best answer selected by seve327.
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