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$1,500 AUD New Build

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June 22, 2012 1:45:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 30 June 2012

Budget Range: Approx. $1,500 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primary use gaming

Parts Not Required: Already have Antec Solo II Case, Scythe Mugen 3 CPU Cooler, 1TB Harddrive, Mouse, Keyboard, Soundblaster XFI Titanium Soundcard and Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Australia (Perth)

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an I5-3570K CPU, AS Rock-Z77 Extreme 4, GTX670 with a 23/24" LCD, and SSD

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC and be able to play BF3/Diablo 3 on decent settings.

1. What size PSU will fit in this case? I have looked at the Corsair TX-750 (140mm fan) but not sure if this will fit in the Antec Solo II.
2. What type of monitor do you suggest? I have looked at the Samsung S24B300H for $184 AUD. Not sure if it is worth paying extra for 1920x1200 resolution.
3. What size SSD is suitable - 120GB or 240GB?
4. If there are any cheaper suppliers for Perth, Western Australia please let me know.

Thanks for your help!

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June 22, 2012 11:49:43 AM

Hi there. The prices on that website actually look pretty good. Also have a look at MSY. Their website isn't as nice but they are usually about as cheap as it comes for PC components. I just download the pdf pricelist and then call my local to check for stock availability.

Looks like you've got some great parts already

1. PSU's are more or less all manufactured to industry standard dimensions. You shouldn't have any problems getting them into that case. The Corsair TX series you are looking at is a good choice.

2. In a lot of ways you get what you pay for with monitors. Without being an expert in the area... make sure it's 2ms. I don't really have a preference from 16:9 to 16:10. I use screens daily at both dimensions, and for me while I wouldn't pay extra for screen real estate, I would for image quality, 2ms etc

3. I find 120GB is a good size for a gaming build. Plenty of space without the high price tag of a 240GB. Consider... your OS = 20, BF3 = 20, D3 = 10. If you went a 60GB, wouldn't leave much for anything else.... been playing through Max Payne 3 which is 35GB alone

You've got the right idea with your preferences. The remaining parts for your build, on that budget:

(I'll link from PCCaseGear just because they have lots of nice product info)

CPU: Latest Gen CPU with unlocked cores for OCing

Ivy Bridge i5 3750K $245

Mobo: This board has loads of features, a good all round board for a general gaming system. If you are doing anything more specific with your build just double check all the features listed suit you needs.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $165 [...] s_id=19867

PSU: Thinking down the track of adding a 2nd gtx 670.. might go the 750W model to safe, but for 1 670 a 650W is plenty.

Corsair TX-650 V2 $165

GPU: You don't have to look far on this website for praise of this GPU. The gtx 670 performs within 5-10% of the gtx680 in most games

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB $479

Closer look at the 670

RAM: 8 GB is plenty for gaming. Good brand and Low profile

G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB $58

Optical Drive: Cheap as they come, and black (looks better in your case than white or grey IMO)

Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW $22

SSD: Good Realiable brand. Have come down a bit in price. For an SSD I go 120GB minimum for OS and games.

Crucial M4 SSD 128GB $155

Samsung S24B350H 24in Widescreen LED $195

even cheaper

ASUS VE247H 23.6in Widescreen LED $175

Total $1474 (with the more expensive screen) + shipping

Might be a bit cheaper than netplus, but remember to factor in a shipping charge, wheras I guess your picking up from netplus
October 22, 2012 4:50:28 AM

Thanks for your help.

Ended up going with your suggested build with a couple of changes to make it a bit cheaper.

XFX HD 7870.


Kept old 19" monitor. Might upgrade this in future but no rush.

Tried Max Payne 3 this morning on full settings and it looks good!

Done my cable management too and added some extra case fans, so now its time to start playing around with overclocking!
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October 22, 2012 4:50:41 AM

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October 23, 2012 5:13:28 AM

Well done mate. Have fun. That 7870 is a rock solid card. PSU looks good too.