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June 11, 2012 10:01:07 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: either before tax time or after tax return (1-2 months))

Budget Range: ($3000 Aus)Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ( Autodesk Inventor, FEA in near future not sure which yet, Folding@Home, gaming)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (pccsasegear.com.au, but will probably buy local if with in reason. I would rather get the right components than buy what is on a sights particular inventory)

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: no preference but probably intel/ nvidia although I like my AMD card at the moment

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes,in future when needed

Monitor Resolution: single monitor 1920x1200, for now 24"

Additional Comments: I'm going for a 3930k for the extra grunt when I start using FEA and for f@h




Intel Core i7 3930K

$599.00


ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard $419.00

Mainly for the Wi-Fi options etc. over the pro board


G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10Q-32GAO 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3

$259.00

32Gb is truckloads, but if i'm going a 3930 I might as well go large it should pay dividends with FEA, plus my missus wants to use CS5/6 as well.



EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB

$479.00

I'm not sure on which 670 to get, if I can oveclock it myself am I not better getting the cheapest one and going from there or are there cooling issues. Also if it isn't on the list and there is something that is better let me know and I'll see if they can get it in.


Corsair AX850 Gold Power Supply

$245.00

I think 850 is probaly over doing it, but if I go SLI in future it might be worthwhile.


Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler

$159.00



NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case White

$169.00

Looks nice to me , not sure on the cooling benefits but it got an ok review earlier in the month


LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive

$55.00

As long as it works I'm not too worried


OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD

$244.00

I want around 240 for the main drive, feel free to suggest alternatives


Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001

$125.00

can't see why I would pay heaps more for the WD black caviar (unless you like race horses)

I think Win 7 pro OEM should be here but I must not have copied it over (it's about $130)

total comes to around $2700, but I expect to get a little discount buying all in one (although not a certainty)

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June 11, 2012 10:36:14 AM

1:750w will meet your needs even if you SLI
2:get a good air cooler. they are cheaper than the h100 and perform better. a good one is the thermalright silver arrow (if you can find one) or the noctua nh-d14 (dont know if you care about color)
3; aglity 3 240gb is horrid. get something like a crucial 256gb or a mushkin chronos deluxe 240gb
4: for the 670, get either the evga ftw edition 670 or the asus directcu2 top eition 670
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June 11, 2012 10:53:06 AM

Looks like a pretty solid build. A couple suggestions though.

-Another great case to look at is the Corsair 500r, also comes in white, great cooling, cable management, LED switch, fan controller, ect. Only issue with the NZXT is I've heard the middle setting on the fan controller has some issues.

-That SSD choice is very poor quality. I would look into either Crucial M4, Samsung 830, or Mushkin

-As for the GTX 670, I would suggest the Gigabyte or the ASUS. No need to pay extra for the OC, if you want you can OC yourself in two minutes. Both of those have amazing coolers and are silent.

-Depending on how much you want to OC your CPU, I would suggest the 212 EVO cooler. Will do for all minor OC's up to about 4.5Ghz.

-And 750W is plenty for future SLI, I would suggest
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-And for the RAM 32Gb is most likely a huge overkill. But I don't know those program so can't say for certain. But you want to make sure you get low profile RAM in any case to make sure your CPU cooler will fit properly
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June 11, 2012 11:49:13 AM

gskill ares is low profile so no worries
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June 12, 2012 1:22:04 AM

Ok, I have changed it to a 750 W power supply, swapped to the crucial SSD, changed to the noctua air cooler and changed the case to the 500R. With the graphics card I changed to the EVGA FTW but its the same price as the Asus so if any of you have any preferences about that let me know.


Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001

$125.00



Intel Core i7 3930K

$599.00



LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive

$55.00



ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard

$419.00


G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL10Q-32GBXL 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3

$255.00


Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM

$139.00



Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 LGA2011 CPU Cooler

$89.00


Crucial M4 SSD 256GB

$335.00


EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW

$529.00



Corsair AX750 Gold Power Supply

$215.00



Corsair Carbide 500R Case - White
$148.00



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June 12, 2012 1:25:58 AM

Build looks really good now. I would suggest the ASUS over the EVGA, it's cooler is better and is almost silent. Plus has a better OC capability.

And you are over paying for a couple parts, might just be the Australia price though?
here's the M4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 12, 2012 1:28:43 AM

also, i would have gotten 4x4gb ram. 32gb of ram is a lot. 16gb should be enough even for intense tasks. and also, getting 2 4x4 kits is cheaper than getting a 4x8gb kit.
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June 12, 2012 1:29:26 AM

i would have went with ares ram since it will fit better under the nh-d14
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June 12, 2012 2:06:36 AM

The prices are pretty extreme for some of it, I didn't really expect that much of a difference though. My plan was to get the build sorted then see what prices the local guys can do as far as package is concerned and if it's still high I'll shop around a bit. I think I will drop the ram to 16Gb and add more when it begins to feel slow if the need arises, plus I'll go for the Asus card.

Cheers for all your help
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June 12, 2012 2:15:54 AM

I think it's a good idea to drop down to 16Gb, for any gaming 8Gb is plenty. Then for video editing 16Gb is plenty. But looks like a great build. Good luck finding all the good deals!
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