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$1200-1300 AUD Game & Music PC Build

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May 26, 2012 6:36:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $1200-$1300 AUD (flexible)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo 3 / games, Music Recording/Production (protools, superior drummer, guitar pro, etc), General Use

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.msy.com.au, http://www.pccasegear.com/

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: mobo: not asrock - most likely gigabyte?, SSD: Intel/Crucial, RAM: Gskill

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: 1st time builder, not too sure about everything. No overclocking.


CPU: Intel i7 3770 $326.00 (i7 for the music stuff)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H77-D3H Motherboard $118.00 ???? Z77 or H77?? If z77, which one?
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $56.00
SSD: Intel 520 120GB $189.00
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (ST2000DM001) $119.00
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD7770 1GB??? Not sure if 2GB is required, if so 7850 or 7870?? Any other recommendations?
Case: Antec 902 V3 $134.00 ? Antec 900 or 902 V3??
PSU: 650W+ ? Please recommend one!
ODD: DVD burner $19
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $99

Planning on getting a 24" Samsung monitor (not included in budget)

Thanks in advance!
May 26, 2012 7:24:53 AM

I think you'd be fine with the 3570 . Music is not hugely demanding in the way that video is
A Z77 or Z75 motherboard
Keep in mind USB 3 front ports when selecting the mb and case . The antec 1100 is very good

Its also possible to use a smaller SSD as a cache drive . Either in a SATA port or some mb's have mSATA slots

Graphics card is going to depend on your monitor size . Check the Diablo article
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performa...
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May 26, 2012 7:33:11 AM


Looks like a solid build.
-I would go with a z77 if your going with the Ivy Bridge

-Also that SSD is way over priced. Can save $80 and go with Mushkin or Crucial M4. Both are great and reliable.

-should be fine with the I5 as well. I would use the money saved on SSD and CPU and get a GTX 670. It's one of the best deals right now, and NVIDA plays blizzard games better as well.
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May 26, 2012 7:38:43 AM

Oh and for your PSU. 650W is plenty. But if you want to possibly SLI in the future I would upgrade to a 750W.
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May 26, 2012 7:44:35 AM

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $109.007
Corsair Carbide 300R Compact Gaming Case

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $79.00
Antec High Current Gamer 520W Power Supply HCG-520

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $209.00
ASRock H77-PRO4-MVP Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $209.00
Intel Core i5 3450

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $269.00
Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 2GB OC

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May 26, 2012 10:56:34 AM

Thanks

Here's an updated list:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K $241.00
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H77-D3H Motherboard $118.00
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $56.00
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (ST2000DM001) $129 $119.00
GPU: 2GB Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 OC $269.00
Case: Antec 1100 $135.00
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W Power Supply HCG-620 $93.00
ODD: DVD burner Lite-On $21.00
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $158.00
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $99.00

Total: $1309

Had a look at the difference between the H77 and Z77 and the only difference seems to be whether or not we're overclocking and since I won't be, I thought I'd save the $30.

Is everything looking okay?
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May 26, 2012 1:22:26 PM

Yeah it looks great. Only 1 tweak though since your not overclocking, you don't need the i5 3570K, just the Intel Core i5-3550. (the K one is for overclocking). That will save you like $20-$30
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May 26, 2012 4:50:15 PM

SpiderStitch said:
Thanks

Here's an updated list:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K $241.00
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H77-D3H Motherboard $118.00
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $56.00
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (ST2000DM001) $129 $119.00
GPU: 2GB Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 OC $269.00
Case: Antec 1100 $135.00
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W Power Supply HCG-620 $93.00
ODD: DVD burner Lite-On $21.00
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $158.00
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $99.00

Total: $1309

Had a look at the difference between the H77 and Z77 and the only difference seems to be whether or not we're overclocking and since I won't be, I thought I'd save the $30.

Is everything looking okay?

That board doesn't over clock so there's no sense spending the extra money on an unlocked cpu like the 3570K. That extra money could go towards a sound card which I would think would be a biggy for a build that involves music production. A 520w psu like that Antec I posted will easily push that 7850 and leave you juice left over for drives, fans, etc...
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May 26, 2012 9:03:15 PM

you would also only need a 500 watt power supply
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May 26, 2012 10:49:15 PM

Get the i5-3450 since you're not overclocking.
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