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$1800 (AUD) build for gaming. Feedback highly appreciated.

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June 23, 2012 12:41:09 PM

Hi everyone, this is a list of parts I composed and I just wanted suggestions and feedback on how I can improve the build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week.

Budget Range: $1600 - $1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Net

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PC Case Gear

Country: Australia (Sydney)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU, however I am definitely open to suggestions. No preferences for anything else.

Overclocking: Maybe, I most likely, won't.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I hope to reduce the price while maintaining performance but that isn't something that I am worrying about too much. I am also left handed which is why I decided to go for the Kana. I might dab into OC'ing but I probably won't try until a long time.

This is the link to the wishlist containing all of the parts I have chosen but I will include them here anyway.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...


Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 $95.00

Crucial M4 SSD 128GB $155.00

SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mousepad $19.00

TP-Link TL-WN722N 150Mbps High Gain Wireless USB Adapter $17.00

Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW $22.00

SteelSeries Kana Optical Gaming Mouse Black $55.00

Samsung S23B350H 23in LED Widescreen Monitor $159.00

Antec High Current Gamer 620W Modular HCG-620M $115.00

NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower Case Gun Metal $129.00

G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $59.00

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155.00

Intel Core i5 3570K $245.00

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW $529.00

With shipping included the build ends up being $1823 a bit more than I would like to spend.
I will be playing a variety of games on the rig.

Do you have any feedback on the build? Are these parts compatible? Any suggestions? Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

The main question in my head is whether to go for the 7970 or 670. They're both similarly priced in AUS and perform similarly but I am biased towards NVIDIA.

Many thanks in advance. I appreciate any suggestions.
June 23, 2012 2:11:14 PM

Seems like a good build, some small issues though.

Why would you get the EVGA FTW edition card when you can get the Gigabyte model with much better cooling for $20 cheaper? The overclock on the EVGA card can easily be matched (or surpassed) by the Gigabyte.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Wheres your CPU heatsink? If you want overclock the CPU you will need a better one than the stock. Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO is the standard cooler to get on a budget.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

That USB Wireless dongle is unnecessary, you can just put in a wireless NIC and it wont take up a USB port.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

And a bracket for it if you don't want a hole into your case.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Either one of those cards will be fine and will game pretty much whatever you want, a GTX670 is a surefire bet, but there will soon be a driver update for the 7970 that will put its performance on par with a GTX680. But as it hasn't been released yet and only tech sites (I think) have it so far, it hasn't been widely proven. So get the 670 to be sure, but if your willing to gamble for better performance, get the 7970. All you have to do is clock it to 1Ghz on the core and 1.5Ghz on the memory clock, then wait for the driver update.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...

As to which 7970 to get, I'm going to go with Gigabyte again, and it comes pre overclocked to the required frequencies for the driver update.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

For lowering the price, my advice is to buy as much as you can locally. That case alone is probably half your shipping costs, and you may find a place in Sydney that sells it cheaper too. This is a search engine for computer parts, just enter what your looking for and select NSW and it will find the cheapest online price within the state.
http://www.staticice.com.au/advanced.html

Other places to get cheap components are MSY and Umart, they both have Sydney branches I think.
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June 23, 2012 9:45:59 PM

Thanks for the helpful reply
I will modify my build based on what you said.
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