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$1700 Gaming build

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June 4, 2012 8:51:53 AM

Im back again with revised build and some more cash dumped into it. Iv already ordered most of the components but it is possible to cancel and re-order stuff if something is catastrophically bad. So tell me what you think of the build.
NOTE: Australian prices here, so isn't as cheap like the stuff on Newegg or Amazon. These prices include GST.

Approximate Purchase Date: This/next week

Budget Range: $1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, General use, Infrequent video rendering

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MSY , PC Case Gear , uMart
Country: Victoria, Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, AMD GPU. Got a Full Tower case for longevity, basically it will never be replaced because it will fit anything I could throw at it.

Overclocking: Yes, both CPU and GPU

SLI or Crossfire: Future upgrade

Monitor Resolution: Primary: 1920x1080, Secondary: 1440x900 (games dont run on secondary monitor)

Additional Comments: Emphasis on longevity with only core upgrades (GPU, CPU, Mobo). Also would be good if it looked great as well (hence the LED strips and Fans). The non-stock fans are needed as I'm going to transfer the stock ones onto another PC.

What I have ordered.
NOTE: Some of the prices are from my local store and aren't what the link would otherwise say.

CPU
i5 3570k
$245

GPU
Sapphire Radeon HD7870 2Gb
$359

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 1Tb 7200RPM 64MB cache
$92

SSD
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
$159

RAM
G. Skill 8gb 1600Mhz (2x4Gb)
$59

PSU
Silverstone Strider Plus 750W 80+ Silver fully modular.
$139

Motherboard
AsRock Z77 Extreme4
$150

Case
Coolermaster HAF-X
$199

Optical Drive
Sony AD7200S
Salvaged from previous PC

Fan Controller
NZXT Sentry Mix
$48

LED Strips X2
Bitfenix Alchemy Connect 30cm RED
$19 X 2 = $38

CPU Cooler
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
$39

200mm Fan X2
Coolermaster Megaflow 200 Red LED
$32

140mm Fan
Xigmatek CLF-F1452
$10

120mm CPU Fan X 2
Coolermaster Rifle Red
$11 X 2 = $22

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
$90

Adds up to $1681.60. Planning to use the remaining cash for small things like SATA cables/screws if I need them.
Anything glaringly wrong? Any feedback is appreciated.

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June 4, 2012 11:35:27 AM

I know you said you prefer AMD GPU. However, price and performance-wise, the gtx 670 is a better GPU.

I think the fans are a bit excessive. Your build is not going to get anywhere near hot. Just thought you may want to save a few bucks there unless you want them purely for aesthetics.

Other than that, good choices.
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June 4, 2012 11:50:13 AM

I would have gotten a GTX 670 if I had the cash, but unfortunately I don't. A 670 starts at $500 and goes up from there.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa...

While a HD7870 is around $360 to $420.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa...

And its competitor on Nvidia's side (GTX 570) costs the same with less performance, and going up to the 580 costs almost as much as the 670.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa...

And I'l admit, most of those fans are for looks.

Thanks for the feedback.
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June 4, 2012 12:06:37 PM

aahh.. ic.. Here in North America the price difference between the two is significantly less (360 for the 7870 and 400 for the gtx 670). That is unfortunate.
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