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June 15, 2012 2:59:01 AM

Gday everyone, The whole point of this build is basically to build a computer that can run most modern, and up coming games solidly.

Approximate Purchase Date: Between the 19th-20th June 2012

Budget Range: $1000 - $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photo editing, video editing, Browsing the web

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Harddrives, Optical Drive.

Preferred Website for Parts: PC Case Gear

Country:Australia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: After buying this, i plan on later getting a 2nd Geforce 560 to SLI and a SSD.

List of components:

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CPU: Intel Core i7 3820 $299

CPU Fan: Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 CPU Cooler $39.00

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 Motherboard $249

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4gb DDR3 $65

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DirectCU II $219

PSU: Corsair TX-750M Modular Power Supply $165

Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer $99

Any Components you think i should change, please comment. My main question is will 2x the 560s be enough to run current and up-coming games? I've heard all about micro-stuttering and problems with SLI which slightly puts me off the idea. That is also the reason i've gotten a 750 PSU.

Also the main reason i am spending so much on the MoBo and CPU is so that i don't have to upgrade within the next few years, and so my all my other hardware can be upgraded if needed.

so atm Overall with postage this will cost me $1161

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June 15, 2012 3:10:53 AM

$1200 and x79???
1155 is the best platform for gaming+multitasking.
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June 15, 2012 3:20:12 AM

So should i get something like this Intel Core i7 3770 Instead, and get a cheaper MoBo? What MoBo would you recommend with the 1155 socket? Out of These MoBo.
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June 15, 2012 3:29:40 AM

dotmop said:
Gday everyone, The whole point of this build is basically to build a computer that can run most modern, and up coming games solidly.







I5 3570k

Hyper 212 evo cpu cooler

Same ram.

Corsair TX V2 650 power supply

EVGA GTX 670

Antec three hundred two case

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H motherboard.



Laugh at ANYTHING at 1680x1050 for a long time to come.



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June 15, 2012 3:43:26 AM

maxalge said:
I5 3570k

Hyper 212 evo cpu cooler

Same ram.

Corsair TX V2 650 power supply

EVGA GTX 670

Antec three hundred two case

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H motherboard.



Laugh at ANYTHING at 1680x1050 for a long time to come.


That sounds like a definite good idea, and it comes into my price range perfectly. that 670 is looking beastly aswell. I Think i might end up just getting what you've said instead, maybe spend a little more on a case if i have extra money. I assume the CPU Fan isn't completely needed right? I mean if i get the 3570k i suppose i should OC it slightly considering it's unlocked for it.
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June 15, 2012 3:45:19 AM

Do something more like this:

CPU: i5-3570k: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Mobo: ASrock Z77 Extreme4: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Ram: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2x4gb) 1600MHz: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
GPU: EVGA GTX 670: FTW http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
PSU: Corsair TX-750: V2 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total: $1273 - Slightly over your budget but I figured that since you said you want to add another 560 later on then you could go a little over.

You don't need more than an i5 for gaming. An i7 will have literally no improvement over an i5 since games don't use the hyperthreading in the i7.

Save some on the mobo + CPU and get a better GPU which is the most important part in your build by far. The GTX 670 is an amazing GPU and will last you a long time; its better than 2 GTX 560's and it uses much less power, produces less heat, and makes less noise. Plus, since it uses less power, if you want to SLI later on a 750W psu will be enough.

The motherboard that I selected is still an amazing motherboard but it costs half of what you want to spend on one. The CPU is also very good.

I picked that ram because it is officially supported by the motherboard according to ASRock.com.

The PSU I changed to the TX750 v2 instead of TX750M because the M has a lot of bad reviews on Newegg.com

That's just my input of what I think is best for what you want from your pc.

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June 15, 2012 4:05:30 AM

@IronSlice I like the idea of that build, but it's just out my price range. I think i'll have a a look at that MoBO and RAM and see the costs on the site i'm ordering from. I might just hold back on the PSU for now, and if i even need to go SLI. (which i doubt i will considering the quality of the card) i will probably end up ordering a new PSU with it.
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June 15, 2012 5:47:54 AM

Best answer selected by dotmop.
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June 15, 2012 6:07:01 AM

here's my $1200 rig-
lian li dragon lord mid tower-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
2500k-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
sapphire 7870 2GB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
hyperx 8GB 1600mhz-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
asrock z77-extreme4-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
TX650 V2-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
total-$992.
you can add the cooler when you decide to overclock.i would also suggest a ssd for OS and main game(s)-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
for cooler(in future),i would suggest this one-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
also i would suggest collecting some more $$$ and buying a better 1080p monitor.
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