Mostly decided new build, looking if I can save money.

Approximate Purchase Date: About 12-15 weeks

Budget Range: $1800-$2100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,typing word documents etc, watching movies, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Umart, PCCASEGEAR

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel, NVIDIA, Coolermaster, Corsair, ASUS, ASROCK

Overclocking: Yes, but light to moderate

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later on

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Games I play/looking forward to playing: BF3, Skyrim, Arma 2, Crysis 2, Assassins Creed Revelations, Arma 3, Crysis 3, Assassins Creed 3
Additional Comments: I'm a gamer and I wish to play these games on either the highest or close to highest graphics settings. I don't have a SSD in the parts list, is it worth the extra money?

Parts I already have selected:
CPU: Intel i5 3750k
Mobo: Asrock Extreme6 or Asus P8Z77-V Pro(haven't decided yet)
Case: Coolermaster HAF X
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670
PSU: Antec 620W High Current Gamer Power Supply
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8gb DDR3
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo
Mouse: Corsair m60
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate
Storage:Western Digital 1TB Black
Drive: Plextor PX-L890SA-26 DVD+/-RW Drive
OS: Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Monitor: Asus VS248H 24"
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  1. You can save money big time on the case. If you don't need a full tower, there are even some decent $50 (USD) mid-towers such as the HAF 912. This will free up $100+ easily. Unless you're planning to run with an abundance of HDDs and SSDs, you'll have plenty of room in the 912.

    I would use a bit of the savings from the case and sink more into the PSU. Upgrade the power to a Corsair HX or AX 850 in case you ever want to get another 670 and run an SLI setup and because you are going to be overclocking at all. A good solid power supply is something you can always bring from build to build and won't limit your expansion possibilities.

    Unless you're doing some seriously demanding video or audio production relying on the quickest seek times, you can get away with Caviar Blue drives, but I'd definitely stick with Western digital because of their reliability. Also, if you want to prepare for a future SSD, I'd get a smaller 250 or 320GB (whatever you can get that's smallest) and put just the OS and drivers on it, and use another 500GB+ for your apps and data. This way, when you get the SSD, you can just clone the OS drive to it. Because the OS is referenced in everything you do, using an SSD for the OS should provide the most frequent benefits.

    Everything else looks solid.
    I'd go with the Asus motherboard.
  2. My sig will run you around $1,400-$1,500 depending on what you can get on sale and gets >60fps in BF3 at 1080p ultra. It's cool, quiet, and has plenty of room to expand (SLI/CF, liquid cooling, etc). Just add a HDD if you have media storage needs.

    I got a stable overclock of 4.4GHz then backed down since nothing was pushing it to 100% at 3.8.
  3. As a little recommendation, I got this keyboard last week and I love it. Its awesome. And half the price of the blackwidow.
  4. $105.00
    CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced $129.00
    Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P 80 PLUS Silver 100% modular $165.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard,1.html <----- review of that board with benchmarks <----- another look at that board along with a link to the most recent bios update $245.00
    Intel Core i5 3570K $39.00
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $59.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) $22.00
    LG GH24NS90 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM $99.00
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 $129.00
    SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB <----- recent firmware update for that Sandisk SSD $499.00
    EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks $99.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM

    Total: $1,590.00 AUD inc. GST *not including shipping
  5. thanks for the replies, would the HAFXM be a suitable alternative to the haf 922, i love the looks and design of the HAFXM.
  6. alexd191923 said:
    thanks for the replies, would the HAFXM be a suitable alternative to the haf 922, i love the looks and design of the HAFXM.

    It's the updated version of the HAF 922 and 5x better case. The 922 is old and dated not to mention it lacks a lot of features commonly found in newer cases these days.
  7. the ASROCK extreme4 and the extreme6 look quite similar, is the extra money worth it?
  8. alexd191923 said:
    the ASROCK extreme4 and the extreme6 look quite similar, is the extra money worth it?

    Nah go with the extreme 4 unless the 6 has a feature that you really really want.
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