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May 25, 2012 12:46:46 AM

Hey everyone at Tom's Hardware, I'm building a new system during the next month or two, just wondering if the parts I've chosen are any good. Also I'm wondering if you guys could find these parts for cheaper prices, I live in Sydney, NSW and I would prefer to pick these parts up from a shop. The only shops i know in Sydney are PCDIY, ARC Computers and MSY.

CPU - Intel i5 2500K - $220 at PCDIY ( http://www.pcdiy.com.au/ad/Pricelist.pdf ).

MOBO - GA-Z68XP-UD3 - $128 at ARC Computers (http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23145&pid=40861&p=pro... )

RAM - I'm not too sure about what brand of RAM I should get, but I would prefer 4GB 1600 MHZ Low profile ram that operates at 1.5v from: G.Skill, Corsair, or Kingston. (Low profile because im planning to get a NOCTUA NH-D14 COOLER). BTW, I don't really mind if it is dual-channel or single-channel.

GFX CARD - Powercolor HD 6870 - $160 at ARC Computers ( http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23519&pid=39916&p=pro... )

PSU - Antec HCG 750W - $134 at PCDIY http://www.pcdiy.com.au/ad/Pricelist.pdf
or Antec CP-850W - $141 at ARC Computers ( http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23385&pid=37446&p=pro... )

COOLER - NOCTUA NH D14 - $85 at ARC Computers ( http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23165&pid=38707&p=pro... )

CASE: I already have an Antec DF-85, so i just have to ask whether or not the Noctua NH-D14 will fit.
( http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjQwNA==... ) price- approx $180

TOTAL PRICE: APPROX. $920 (ROUNDED)

thats my build, wondering if anyone at Tom's Hardware could help me tweak it. BTW I don't mind if some parts cost more, but some other parts will then need to cost less. Thanks in advance! :) 



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May 25, 2012 12:50:59 AM

Those parts are a good fit together.

What is the purpose of your build? What is your budget? What other parts are you considering?
May 25, 2012 1:10:56 AM

My build is mainly for gaming, but I am going to use it for school work, everyday usage and maybe F@H. I've edited the post, sorry about the first one which was screwed up, now it shows all the parts I'm buying. I already have a 22 inch monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, CD/DVD Combo drive and a 500GB HDD. My budget is about $750 right now, because I already have a case (Antec DF-85). I am also planning to overclock the CPU to 4.5Ghz, hence the big cooler (will the Nocuta NH-D14 fit?)

ONE OTHER THING: cranked, I noticed that you are using a HYPER 212 EVO for your i5-3570K. Should i save about $30 and get myself a Hyper 612 PWM?
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May 25, 2012 1:51:58 AM

Ram from those companies you have listed are good and sounds like you already know to get the low pro stuff. Get dual channel.

You don't need such a big PSU unless you are sure you are going to SLI/CF in the future.

If you are going to 4.5Ghz, I am pretty sure a hyper 212 EVO will be fine for you. It's a lot cheaper than what you have listed and you could put that money into a better GPU.

May 25, 2012 2:01:44 AM

cranked said:
Ram from those companies you have listed are good and sounds like you already know to get the low pro stuff. Get dual channel.

You don't need such a big PSU unless you are sure you are going to SLI/CF in the future.

If you are going to 4.5Ghz, I am pretty sure a hyper 212 EVO will be fine for you. It's a lot cheaper than what you have listed and you could put that money into a better GPU.


well I'm not sure about where to get low profile memory from, wondering if your or anyone else could help me with that.
As for a PSU, could you please tell me of a PSU that has good build quality, good Amperage on the 12V rail/s and doesnt cost more than $141? OFC, it will have to be able to power my build.
If I get a hyper 212 EVO, I can get one for about $30, so I will have $50 extra to spend on any of the other parts, I currently looking at a Powercolor HD 6970 from MSY, which costs $199.
Could anyone tell me of a good power supply calculator so I can find out how much power this build will use and get a power supply according to my needs?
May 25, 2012 2:08:36 AM

Antec Earthwatts 480W.
May 25, 2012 2:27:18 AM

azeem40 said:
Antec Earthwatts 480W.

Well i checked eXtreme Power Supply Calculator, I'm not sure if its accurate, but it put my system power draw at 684W recommended 734w PSU, so I'm thinking maybe a 480W PSU won't be powerful enough, which is why I was looking at 750w - 850w PSU's. I UNDERSTAND THAT 1.4V Vcore is excessive, but for the power supply calculator, that's what I entered to be on the safe side.

THIS IS WHAT I ENTERED INTO THE BOXES:

System Type: 1 PHYSICAL CPU

Motherboard: HIGH END DESKTOP

CPU Brand: INTEL

CPU Socket: SOCKET 1155

CPU: i5 2500K
CPU Utilization: 90% TDP

Overclock my CPU!

4500 MHZ
1.4V

Graphics: HD 6970
1 Combo Drive
6 USB devices
1 regular 120mm fan, 5 LED 120mm fans, 2 regular 140mm fans.
System Load: 90%
Capacitor Ageing: 30%
May 25, 2012 2:49:49 AM

It is obviously wrong. Benchmarks show that 500W PSUs are fine for a 6870.
May 25, 2012 2:51:48 AM

I'd drop the cooler for a cheaper one like the CM 212+ and a cheaper PSU and get a GTX 560 Ti or 7850 (I'd choose MSI Twin Frozr for either)
May 25, 2012 2:53:41 AM

No, don't drop it. The EVO is much better with its heatpipes.
May 25, 2012 3:02:56 AM

^ sorry I meant EVO and I was referring to the OP's choice of the Noctua cooler.
May 25, 2012 3:07:15 AM

So uh, I'm gonna go with azeem40 for the 212 EVO, according to eXtreme Power Supply Calculator, if I swap the 6970 for a 7850, my build will be using 511W, for which if recommends a 561w PSU, so for a PSU I'm thinking, maybe an Antec HCG 620w?
Also, if I swap the 6970 for a 560ti, the build will use 575w, recommened 625w PSU. I can get an ASUS GTX560 TI DCII for $232, or a Gigabyte 7850 OC for $269. which one should i get?
May 25, 2012 3:13:13 AM

I'd go with the 7850 - it's slightly better performance than the 560Ti. I tend to like MSI Twin Frozr - it's a quiet and cool card that can be overclocked well.
May 25, 2012 3:20:28 AM

azeem40 said:
Why are you using a PSU Calc?
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/...
According to the review, it only uses 144W on full load, meaning 500W is more than enough.

But I am going to be overclocking, and my case has alot of fans...
I unfortunately cannot find any 7850's made by MSI at ARC Computers or PCDIY, I did however find a MSI GTX560Ti Hawk at ARC Computers for $253, and an ASUS GTX 560Ti for $232 at PCDIY
May 25, 2012 3:23:16 AM

So? Fans use upto 3W of power or less... You are fine with 500W...
May 25, 2012 3:50:25 AM

azeem40 said:
So? Fans use upto 3W of power or less... You are fine with 500W...

LOL ahahahah ok, I'm not the best person to ask when it comes to power usages. I actually currently have an Antec EA-500W with 17A on the 12V1 and 17A on the 12V2. that isn't going to be enough for overclocking the CPU is it?
May 25, 2012 4:24:41 AM

It is.
May 25, 2012 4:38:24 AM

Damn, I can spend $92 on something else then. Does anyone know where to buy low profile ram in Sydney?
May 25, 2012 5:02:31 AM

If you are referring to the vengeance memory that has the tall heat sinks, it will most likely interfere with your larger cooler. The heatsinks are unneccesary anyway. Stick with the low pro stuff, it works the same.
May 25, 2012 5:22:40 AM

cranked said:
If you are referring to the vengeance memory that has the tall heat sinks, it will most likely interfere with your larger cooler. The heatsinks are unneccesary anyway. Stick with the low pro stuff, it works the same.

ah ok, wat do u think i should do with the spare $70? (it would've been a spare $92, but u persuaded me to 8GB memory instead of 4GB)
May 25, 2012 5:25:22 AM

Any "spare" money should be used toward a better GPU when you are building a gaming rig.
May 25, 2012 5:42:50 AM

cranked said:
Any "spare" money should be used toward a better GPU when you are building a gaming rig.

ah but the problem with that is, if I want a HD 7870, I have to pay an extra $100 (approx.) whereas if I want a GTX 570, I'll have to pay $60 more (approx.) but if I get the GTX 570, I will need a new PSU because 500W wont be enough...
May 25, 2012 11:47:08 AM

Don't get a 7870, to me it's not worth the extra cost over a 7850. You can OC a 7850 to a much higher speed. They are great cards at that price point.

If you go the GTX570 route, that Antec Earthwatts 500 may still be enough power. Someone else would have to answer that.
May 25, 2012 1:50:09 PM

Well guys I have decided to go for a HD 6970 as i rechecked eXtreme Power Supply Calculator, I made a few mistakes when checking before, so now the power usage when i throw in a 6970 is 482w. And i should be able to pick up a 6970 for about $200 from msy
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