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June 14, 2012 9:19:03 AM

Hello,
I'm new to this, so feel free to call me a dumb ass if I chose something stupid but here is a build I'm putting together. I want to keep the price $1000-$1500, so any recommendations would be really helpful.

Thanks

CPU - Intel i5 3570K CPU

CPU Cooling - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard

Graphics Card - Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB
OC Edition V2

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EALX

SSD - Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD

Memory - Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

Case - Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper

DVD - Drive SATA DVD SAMSUNG

PSU - Corsair AX750 Gold Power Supply

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
June 14, 2012 9:23:37 AM

Everything looks of quality.
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June 14, 2012 9:27:17 AM

lycros said:
Everything looks of quality.

Haha, cheers but this is all just on paper now, any recommendations to reduce the price? (I know the case is a bit of a splurge :)  )
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June 14, 2012 9:35:27 AM

You could possibly save money by going for a 2GB GPU instead of 3GB - unless you're running very high resolutions (such as Eyefinity or Nvidia Surround) or using very high AA settings, there may not be any performance benefit in going for more VRAM. Someone correct me if that's not the case.
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June 14, 2012 9:54:16 AM

Khalan said:
You could possibly save money by going for a 2GB GPU instead of 3GB - unless you're running very high resolutions (such as Eyefinity or Nvidia Surround) or using very high AA settings, there may not be any performance benefit in going for more VRAM. Someone correct me if that's not the case.


Cool, would you recommend and good GPUs? Main game I'm thinking is Battlefield 3, just to play with my friends and I'm only going for one monitor
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June 14, 2012 10:16:46 AM

The Nvidia 670 would have no trouble. I'm using a GTX460 and with my CPU it runs Battlefield 3 at Ultra settings smoothly. However it only seems to be about $50US cheaper.

The 2GB 7870 is about $100US cheaper than the 7950 and seems to be fairly close in performance to the 670.

Of course, having said all that, it's often better to spend as much as you can now in order for your PC to last as long as possible without needing to upgrade again.
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June 14, 2012 10:18:49 AM

You have chosen excellent quality components, but not the best value.
Two areas which seem quite extravagant are the SSD and PSU.

The intel 520 SSD is very expensive (but super reliable) and yet only tier 6 on the heirarchy chart.

You could save by getting the Samsung 830 (tier 3) or save more with the Cruicial m4 (tier 5)

You don't need a 750W PSU for a single graphics card, are you planning on going crossfire later? Find a calculator to see what wattage you do need. Even if you do want 750w you can still find a high quality version for much less, e.g. the TX750.

You could also stand to save a little on the MB, what features are important to you?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-820^13-131-820-TS%2C13-131-848^13-131-848-TS%2C13-131-823^13-131-823-TS%2C13-131-824^13-131-824-TS%2C13-131-837^13-131-837-TS

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June 14, 2012 10:45:00 AM

thanks for the suggestions guys, and willzzz, since I am new at this, I have done my research but the thing I probably know the least about is the motherboard. I had something like the ASUS P8Z68-V written down and then a friend suggested the Z77. The feature that caught my eye was the built in Wi-Fi (Not the Wi-Fi GO!) as this would be something I need since the router is in another room. But please, enlighten me :) 
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June 14, 2012 11:12:43 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($136.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1411.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-14 07:17 EDT-0400)
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June 14, 2012 11:16:34 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Not sure this would save you a whole lot but every penny counts right lol PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($136.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1364.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-14 07:09 EDT-0400)


Thanks for the build, what I forgot to mention is I'm in Australia and everything costs more so yeah, sucks to be me:p 
But yeah, thanks this will help me out a bunch
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June 14, 2012 11:19:20 AM

HungryLobster said:
Thanks for the build, what I forgot to mention is I'm in Australia and everything costs more so yeah, sucks to be me:p 
But yeah, thanks this will help me out a bunch
no problem i had forgot to add memory :pfff:  :lol:  so i fixed it . ;) 
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June 14, 2012 11:24:06 AM

bigcyco1 said:
no problem i had forgot to add memory :pfff:  :lol:  so i fixed it . ;) 

hahaha, no worries
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June 14, 2012 11:24:50 AM

HungryLobster said:
thanks for the suggestions guys, and willzzz, since I am new at this, I have done my research but the thing I probably know the least about is the motherboard. I had something like the ASUS P8Z68-V written down and then a friend suggested the Z77. The feature that caught my eye was the built in Wi-Fi (Not the Wi-Fi GO!) as this would be something I need since the router is in another room. But please, enlighten me :) 


As long as you are using the features then go for it, it is a great board.
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June 14, 2012 11:28:39 AM

I'm in Australia too - you can get some pretty similar prices to that at places like www.umart.com.au.

eg. $246AU for the 3570K, $41AU for the CoolerMaster Evo 212, $197 for the Asrock Z77 Extreme6. A bit more costly but shouldn't be too much. If you need to save money, you could always get the SSD later - the rest of bigcyco1's suggestions look good.
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June 14, 2012 11:31:17 AM

Khalan said:
I'm in Australia too - you can get some pretty similar prices to that at places like www.umart.com.au.

eg. $246AU for the 3570K, $41AU for the CoolerMaster Evo 212, $197 for the Asrock Z77 Extreme6. A bit more costly but shouldn't be too much. If you need to save money, you could always get the SSD later - the rest of bigcyco1's suggestions look good.


yeah, i get most my prices from pc case gear and with the SSD, I think I need to get that straight up to install my OS, correct if I'm wrong though
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June 14, 2012 11:31:32 AM

HungryLobster said:
hahaha, no worries
:ouch:  i just check the prices where you are you ain't kidding ski high that really sucks mate. :( 
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June 14, 2012 11:35:05 AM

I'd get a cheaper SSD, like Samsung 830 128GB or Corsair Force 3 120GB
I'd get a better cooler, H60 or H80.
Cheaper power supply, I got the AX750 as well but just get Coolermaster M2 850w or something.
Still modular and a good brand.
I'd rather get the 670 than 7950 as there are many reports of AMD drivers stuffing up.
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June 14, 2012 11:37:49 AM

bigcyco1 said:
:ouch:  i just check the prices where you are you ain't kidding ski high that really sucks mate. :( 


I always enjoy a bit of pity :p  haha
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June 14, 2012 11:41:38 AM

HungryLobster said:
I always enjoy a bit of pity :p  haha
:lol: 
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June 14, 2012 10:07:02 PM

Khalan said:
Check this thread out, it may help you decide on a GPU:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/357565-33-7970-confus...

The thread was helpful, problem is that guy is going all out.

Could you point me in the direction of a cheap 670? It seems to be more expensive than the 7950 and 7870 wherever I look, for example

PC Case Gear prices

670 - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa...
7870 - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa...
7950 - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa...

PC DIY price list - http://www.pcdiy.com.au/ad/Pricelist.pdf
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June 15, 2012 4:04:17 AM

Would you recommend the Corsair HX 650 watt silver?
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June 15, 2012 6:27:44 AM

HungryLobster said:
Would you recommend the Corsair HX 650 watt silver?
Yes i would it a good PSU ;) 
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June 23, 2012 12:29:49 PM

Best answer selected by HungryLobster.
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