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$1500-$2000 Gaming Computer

Hello everyone,
This is my first time ever posting on these forums and also my first time ever doing anything like this! (making my own PC).
I was just here to ask you guys what do you recommend I get with my budget of $1500-$2000 (Can +500 if needed.)
I am just after this so I can get a estimate and a items list (and links maybe) of what to buy. So I can save up the money
And then start to build my new computer. (Currently using a piece of *** laptop. (for gaming at least) going to end up
selling it for some cash to get parts quicker )

Here is the proper layout for it for you guys...

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I get the money - about, August.

Budget Range: $1500-$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Game Development, Watching Movies, Home

Parts Not Required: Mouse (Need everything else)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Ebay. (Ebay may not be the best i know that.)

Country: QLD, Australia.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking of using a Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7970. I am open for suggestions on everything else

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Looking for a very High-End Gaming PC, Looks doesn't really matter, Just want the performance and quality for the gaming side of it.
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  1. if you can follow this
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    it would be a great help to us helping you

    also if you live near a microcenter
    http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html

    you can get great deals their but it is mostly pick-up only deals
  2. boulbox said:
    if you can follow this
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    it would be a great help to us helping you

    also if you live near a microcenter
    http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html

    you can get great deals their but it is mostly pick-up only deals


    Ok thanks. Ive edited it now. and I have never heard of Microcenter. I will have to have a look
  3. Best answer
    By August the GTX 660 2GB will be released. It will go for $300 USD which means that card will be $400 AUD. That cuts $100 of this build. Also the SSD's, hard drives and hopefully the motherboards will drop some in price by then also. But this build gives you a basic idea.

    http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-660 <----- GTX 660


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=15892 $105.00
    CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_305&products_id=19351 $119.00
    OCZ Technology ZT Series 750W Power Supply

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867 $154.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that board with benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20138 $245.00
    Intel Core i5 3570K

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670 $39.00
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=19632 $65.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB)

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=19580 $22.00
    LG GH24NS90 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747 $99.00
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20210 $499.00
    EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB

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

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=17003 $99.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1212&products_id=19207 $139.00
    LG IPS226V-PN 21.5in IPS Widescreen LED Monitor

    Total: $1,585.00 AUD inc. GST *not including shipping


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1376&products_id=19790 $129.00
    SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB

    http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10476/kw/SanDisk%20Extreme%20SDSSDX-120G-G25 <----- recent firmware update for that Sandisk SSD

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20294 $479.00
    Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=19706 $109.00
    Corsair Carbide 300R Compact Gaming Case

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=116_1173&products_id=18854 $69.00
    Corsair Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=258_697_701&products_id=18105 $39.00
    Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=113_999&products_id=19562 $55.00
    Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=113_1001&products_id=13946 $59.00
    Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard
  4. Why_Me said:
    By August the GTX 660 2GB will be released. It will go for $300 USD which means that card will be $400 AUD. That cuts $100 of this build. Also the SSD's, hard drives and hopefully the motherboards will drop some in price by then also. But this build gives you a basic idea.

    http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-660 <----- GTX 660


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=15892 $105.00
    CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_305&products_id=19351 $119.00
    OCZ Technology ZT Series 750W Power Supply

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867 $154.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that board with benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20138 $245.00
    Intel Core i5 3570K

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670 $39.00
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=19632 $65.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB)

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=19580 $22.00
    LG GH24NS90 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747 $99.00
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20210 $499.00
    EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB

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

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=17003 $99.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1212&products_id=19207 $139.00
    LG IPS226V-PN 21.5in IPS Widescreen LED Monitor

    Total: $1,585.00 AUD inc. GST *not including shipping


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1376&products_id=19790 $129.00
    SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB

    http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10476/kw/SanDisk%20Extreme%20SDSSDX-120G-G25 <----- recent firmware update for that Sandisk SSD

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20294 $479.00
    Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=19706 $109.00
    Corsair Carbide 300R Compact Gaming Case


    Thanks a lot. I will definitely be looking into this. And probably using it (Maybe a bit more Hard Drive and RAM, and also A better version of Win7 for the RAM support they have)

    So thank you so much for this.
  5. If your looking for local parts instead of shipping from PC Case Gear (which is down in Melbourne, so it'l cost a bit) Use this website, just check Queensland in the advanced search and type the component in. It''l find you the cheapest online price in the state.
    http://www.staticice.com.au

    Why_Me's build is good, definitely get that SSD (though I'd suggest a Crucial M4 or Vertex 4, but all SSD's are faster than HDD's).
  6. Here's a build for $2,038 USA dollars that I use as a base build. Scrambled for time at the moment (have to do "daddy taxi") or I would a looked up AUS links for ya

    Case - $ 120 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    PSU - $ 105 - Corsair TX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022
    MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z77 pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819
    CPU - $ 350 - Intel Core i7-3770K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501
    Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 430 - Asus GTX 670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121638
    GFX - Later - Asus GTX 670 Same
    HD - included - WD Black 1 TB Included w/ PSU
    SSD - $ 120 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226318
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    Monitor $ 330 ASUS VG236H Black 23" 120 Hz Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236092
    Keyboard - $ 100 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126100

    Case - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=61&limit=1&limitstart=5

    Cooler - hhttp://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=797&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=5

    Quote:
    The performance of this cooler was excellent, almost unprecedented at this price level


    GFX - http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-review/24

    Quote:
    And that is the general consensus with the DirectCU II TOP edition of the card, it performance as good as a reference GeForce GTX 680.


    SSD - http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4328/mushkin_chronos_deluxe_120gb_solid_state_drive_review/index13.html

    Quote:
    To sum it all up with a bow on top, you get amazing performance, extremely long service life and a hassle free low price point on a drive that literally has very little competition in the marketplace.
  7. vizio 3d tv 32" $360 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889262163&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-LCD+TV-_-VIZIO-_-89262163
    i5 3570k $240 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
    motherboard $180 msi z77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130643
    psu rosewill $150 lightning series 800W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182238
    cpu cooler $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118074
    hard drive $150 western digital black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
    ssd patriot pyro $115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220623
    ram g.skill eco $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231326
    case nzxt 410 $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146080
    7970 $480 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103201
    blu ray drive $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136246
    comes out to $1,970 but you would still need a keyboard and os
    here is my computers specs
    gaming htpc llano A-8 3870K processor, 500gb seagate momentus hybrid drive, 8gb g.skill sniper ram, sony blu ray player, crossfired 6670, bluetooth, wifi, mini keyboard/mouse combo, 450 WATT 80 PLUS PSU, WINDOWS 7 home premium http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007TN5PZ6

    gaming computer fx 6100 6 core processor,nzxt tempest 410 gaming case, 2tb western-digital green hard disk drive, xfx radeon hd 6870, 8gb crucial ram, corsair h60 liquid cooling, samsung blu ray drive, 630 WATT 80 PLUS PSU, WINDOWS 7 home premium http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007T0DXVM
  8. Here's an ~$1800 US build that I typically suggest, you can use this as a guide:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - $189.99
    CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $89.99
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $69.99
    SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $179.99
    HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $119.99
    Optical: LG Black Super Multi - $79.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

    Total: $1,864.89
  9. For a GTX 680, you're suggesting 950W for SLI? That is too much. 750W is enough for that. Also, with the GTX 680 only leading by 7% in performance, the $100 less GTX 670 is a better value.
  10. They don't even sell PC Power & Cooling psu's in Oz.
  11. azeem40 said:
    For a GTX 680, you're suggesting 950W for SLI? That is too much. 750W is enough for that. Also, with the GTX 680 only leading by 7% in performance, the $100 less GTX 670 is a better value.


    Does the 750W in addition to the video cards also take into account HDs, fans, optical drives, CPU and everything else?
  12. Yes it does. If the 7970 requires a 750W PSU for CF, and the GTx 670 is energy efficient more than it, why would it need 950W? At most, the extras you mentioned use 20-30W.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3way-sli-review/4
  13. Big +1 to the Why_Me build listed above. Superior performance for a little over $1500AUD. Wow the times we live in :). 8 GB of RAM like the kit Why_Me posted is plenty for gaming. HDD space is obviously your call, just dont go for any of the 2TB models with 'Green' in the name (slower)

    PCCaseGear has an awesome range of parts for a site based in Australia. Shipping prices have gone through the roof in recent times. If you can find that case at a local store, you'll cut your shipping in half. Check MSY. They are everywhere, have less range than PCCaseGear, but are cheap. Ignore their ugly www. Just download their pdf part pricelist and then call your local to check for stock availability.

    http://msy.com.au/

    Think they currently have the CM HAF 912 ADV for $99AUD
  14. Thanks everyone. I will definitely check them all out, especially Why_Me's
  15. I have decided to use Why_Me's suggestion :), Just edited it a little (added a lil' more ram, and a couple things)

    thanks a lot everyone for all of the wonderful suggestions
  16. One last thing..
    @Why_Me what games can that run?
  17. DarkMiner2011 said:
    One last thing..
    @Why_Me what games can that run?

    All of them on ultra high settings. :)
  18. Why_Me said:
    All of them on ultra high settings. :)

    Awesome :D thanks so much
  19. Best answer selected by DarkMiner2011.
  20. Sorry to bother you mister awesome Why_Me (just making sure with a couple of things)
    All of them on Ultra High settings?, So EVERY game?, for ex. ArmA II, Crysis 2? those type of games as well?,
    And would it be ok if I where to change my video card from a EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB to a...
    Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB Jetstream it looks like the same thing, just a different brand and It has two fans on it to control the heating off it a bit better.
  21. DarkMiner2011 said:
    Sorry to bother you mister awesome Why_Me (just making sure with a couple of things)
    All of them on Ultra High settings?, So EVERY game?, for ex. ArmA II, Crysis 2? those type of games as well?,
    And would it be ok if I where to change my video card from a EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB to a...
    Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB Jetstream it looks like the same thing, just a different brand and It has two fans on it to control the heating off it a bit better.

    I prefer EVGA over Palit myself. Better quality and better warranty. The gtx 670 will max any game out there atm.
  22. Ok thanks. I will go for the EVGA then. they both cost the same thing so I am fine with it, thanks for all your help! I am going with the Specs said :) they are good. Max ANY game? That is great!.
    Now to get some cash, Sell my laptop, my PS2 games, for some cash. Then.. Buy them :D
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