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Gaming computer build, roughly $1k-ish

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June 12, 2012 12:05:01 PM

Hey guys, I'm from Australia and I have read a fair bit on this website and it has been very helpful but I have my own question now, I am looking to build a computer for mostly gaming and web use, no video editing or anything. I will be playing on only one normal monitor.

Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Titanium Mid Tower Case – $138
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard – $170
CPU: Intel i5 3550 – $219
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8G Kit(4Gx2) 1600MHz – $55
HDD: Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 – $92
GPU: Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB Jetstream - $489
PSU: 550w Antec VP-550P - $68 Edit: sorta leaning towards this now - OCZ Fatal1ty Series 550W Modular

Thats what I'm looking at right now. I just have some questions -

1) Originally I was going to have it set up for SLi but only buy one 670 for now and one later, but is it true one 670 will play anything at max settings for now? How long before games will demand more than one 670?

2) If I just go for one 670 and forget about SLi I'm guessing I can save money on the MOBO, which MOBO would you guys recommend for that build ^?

3) Is the PSU all right? I realize that if I want to SLi I would be looking at around a 700w PSU, but if not it should be fine right? Whats the performance/noise/temps like on the Antec VP-550P? Antec VP-550P or OCZ Fatal1ty Series 550W Modular?

4) Anything else you would recommend for the build? Any problems? Any bottlenecks?

5) Also I am not that stressed on how soon I have to buy these products, I can wait a bit, is there any reason to wait that might drop prices a bit in the coming month or so?

6) Is it worth spending the extra cash on a K model and overclocking? Any real benefits?

Thanks in advance guys I look forward to your answers! :) 
June 12, 2012 12:08:43 PM

go with some lower voltage ram such as gskil ripjaws x

i would have gone with a evga ftw 670 since it has a slightly better cooler

June 12, 2012 12:29:25 PM

TheBigTroll said:
go with some lower voltage ram such as gskil ripjaws x

i would have gone with a evga ftw 670 since it has a slightly better cooler


Is the FTW worth the extra $40 though?
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June 12, 2012 12:42:17 PM

depends. evga has a good warranty and a non-refernce pcb. they should perform about the same
June 12, 2012 2:46:09 PM

Yeah I might go the EVGA then, Anyone else got some advice?
June 12, 2012 2:50:06 PM

Yeah I might go the EVGA then, Anyone else got some advice?
June 12, 2012 3:21:42 PM

Id get the k series and overclock. It isnt a big deal for gaming but for some tasks it helps quite a bit and is as easy as changing the multiplier for a decent little overclock.
June 13, 2012 1:52:03 AM

mad2 said:
Id get the k series and overclock. It isnt a big deal for gaming but for some tasks it helps quite a bit and is as easy as changing the multiplier for a decent little overclock.

Yeah I might do that but is it really worth the extra money because all I'll be doing is gaming, web use and a bit of multimedia nothing big.

Anyone else got any suggestions?
June 13, 2012 10:37:56 AM

overclocks can help games a bit. plus it adds some futureproofing to your system
June 13, 2012 11:45:34 AM

TheBigTroll said:
overclocks can help games a bit. plus it adds some futureproofing to your system

Yeah makes sense, probably should look into it then.

Any advice on the rest of the build/questions?
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