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June 24, 2012 7:19:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month most likely this week/next.

Budget Range: $2000 Aus Budget.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hardcore gaming (B3, SC2, SOASE, Civ4/5, D3, Skyrim etc)/Internet Surfing (5-15 tabs), Movies/TV, study, youtube.

Parts Not Required: Case (BitFenix Raider), Keyboard (Logi G510), Mouse (Razor Naga), Headset.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PLE.com.au, Austin.net.au

Country: Australia Perth (there is price differences between West and East)......yea i know Australia sucks with prices.

Parts Preferences: 24-27inch monitors, Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU.

Overclocking: Yes, up to around 4.5ghz, fan/air cooling only.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future when i get enough cash for my 2nd GPU.

Monitor Resolution: Unknown havn't decided monitors yet most likely will be around 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: This is my first build i want it to be a high mid-end computer for gaming, i want it to last between 1-2 years on the top resolution for new games between then. This isnt only a gaming only machine, its also an entertainment machine focused at gaming. Here are afew extra issues which i would like looked at.

1. Is it worth getting a sound card for my build of this budget? Sound cards are the one piece of hardware which i have researched the least about, and i still havnt decided if it is worth getting one at this stage.

2. Is there any issues with compatablity, size, or overkill/bottlenecking, which should be addressed in this build?

3. In the future i will be getting 2 monitors set up, but for the moment 1 monitor is all that is needed, and has to be included in the budget, suggestions on which 1 from the sites prefered would be apprecated.

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Current Build/System setup

Case: BitFenix Raider Mid Tower Case
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Motherborad: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard $199 from PLE
www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=609220&Cat...
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K $242 from PLE
http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=609...
Ram: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $65 from Austin
http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/ProductDetail/tabi...
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW
Not available in perth have to order over in east for $529
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $39 from Austin
http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/ProductDetail/tabi...
Powersupply: Corsair HX-750 Power Supply $209 from Austin
http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/ProductDetail/tabi...
Hard Drive: SEAGATE BARRACUDA 3.5" 2TB 64MB 7200RPM (ST2000DM001) $129 from PLE
http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemId=608...
SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD $145 from PLE
http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=607...
Optical Drive: LITE-ON iHAS-324 24x SATA DVD-R/RW/DL BLACK $26 from PLE
http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemId=601...
OS: Microsoft Windows 7
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Total: $1583 AUS, excluding monitor/soundcard.

Thanks for the imput, greatly appreciate all the advice (which i hope will come :D )

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June 24, 2012 8:36:43 AM

wow 529 on the gtx 670 its really expensive, well Your Build is Solid, If you are using the ssd as main os i would rather get the 60gb and save the money, Cpu cooler is a good choice, Sound card, the only reason i would get one is because i have a good Sound System or a really High End Headset with 3d Surround. Getting 2 monitors of the same size,brand and serie is Hard when u wait more than 1 year, I mean, its not impossible, but its hard to find them, I would Rather Wait and Keep the one u are already using and buy the 2 togueter, if you dont want the same model, Get any 24 Monitor, You will be maxing Every Game you Trow at it for 2 years no problems. By the way, I bought myself One without Vesa, And Right now im regretting it, try to get one with it, even if you are not gonna wall mount them its better to have the choice, than to regret later and get another one.
June 24, 2012 8:50:58 AM

Thanks for the info, i know prices in Australia are ridiculous.
I agree that a 60gb SSD might be the way to go to save some dough. Im relatively new with building PC's (first build) and i would like to run more than just my OS on my SSD (suggestions would be nice on other applications which gain the most from SSD)

atm im running a Laptop so i dont have a monitor, so im looking for one atm, would like a 24-27" screen between $200-$350, for now until ive got more money to purchase a 2nd one.

Yea ive put alot of time to research everything, and im glad to hear that most of what ive got is decent.

Also im willing to look for another GPU due to the price of the 670, but my options are limited by the fact that im in Perth
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June 24, 2012 4:58:28 PM
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The Ram you picked should be fine if you are only going to have 8gb's of it. Because it has those large toothy heatsinks you need to put the sticks in the 2 and 4 Ram slots of the motherboard. If you think you will get more than 8gb's of ram here a two kits that will allow that- http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/ProductDetail/tabi... http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=609...

Get this GPU instead- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... . It is cheaper and has a better cooler.

Here is a silver rated PSU for a lot less- http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=608... . XFX makes great PSU's they are basically Seasonics.

The Corsair Force 3 is buggy and does not run a fast as advertised. The Crucial M4 is a much better choice- http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=608...

What speakers do you have? You probably don't need a sound card since the on board audio is adequate for most speakers.

This monitor is good- http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=607... . I usually recommend the Dell U2412M to people that can afford it but I could not find it on any Australian website

June 25, 2012 4:26:30 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
The Ram you picked should be fine if you are only going to have 8gb's of it. Because it has those large toothy heatsinks you need to put the sticks in the 2 and 4 Ram slots of the motherboard. If you think you will get more than 8gb's of ram here a two kits that will allow that- http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/ProductDetail/tabi... http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=609...

Get this GPU instead- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... . It is cheaper and has a better cooler.

Here is a silver rated PSU for a lot less- http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=608... . XFX makes great PSU's they are basically Seasonics.

The Corsair Force 3 is buggy and does not run a fast as advertised. The Crucial M4 is a much better choice- http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=608...

What speakers do you have? You probably don't need a sound card since the on board audio is adequate for most speakers.

This monitor is good- http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=607... . I usually recommend the Dell U2412M to people that can afford it but I could not find it on any Australian website


You sir are a legend, thanks for the advice, i looked over some of those items, silly me. Appreciate the advice very much, didnt notice the $20 special, eagle eyes u have. Ill be going with your suggestions, and will get to building this little beast as soon as possible.

Thanks!
June 25, 2012 4:27:05 AM

Best answer selected by Ragnarok666.
June 25, 2012 4:33:02 AM

Ah forgot to mention! The speakers are probably an item which i overviewed, i mainly use my headset, and didnt really think about using speakers as an option :S.
a b C Monitor
June 25, 2012 5:35:46 AM

Ragnarok666 said:
You sir are a legend, thanks for the advice, i looked over some of those items, silly me. Appreciate the advice very much, didnt notice the $20 special, eagle eyes u have. Ill be going with your suggestions, and will get to building this little beast as soon as possible.

Thanks!

You are very welcome.

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Ah forgot to mention! The speakers are probably an item which i overviewed, i mainly use my headset, and didnt really think about using speakers as an option :S.

Speakers are another option. If you don't have lots of space and you don't want to make too much noise headphones are the way to go and usually the mid to high end headphones do benefit from sound cards.
June 25, 2012 6:10:39 AM

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Speakers are another option. If you don't have lots of space and you don't want to make too much noise headphones are the way to go and usually the mid to high end headphones do benefit from sound cards.


I believe i have enough room for them, generally i play my games and music at night, while others in the building are asleep or try to get to sleep, so ramping up the speakers while shredding up in BF3 is not the best idea for me :D . so i stick to the headset, which is btw a Razer Carcharias Professional PC Gaming Headset. Would this headset benefit from a soundcard enough to make it worth while to get one.

Also as to the graphics card you mentioned im stuck between it (Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB Jetstream $489) and the AFOX GTX670 1006M/6008M 2GB/D-DVI/HDMI/DP (http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemId=609...) $469 which is on clearance atm. Also i will probably have to pay a delivery fee with the one you suggested which i have to order from Melbourne to Perth.
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June 25, 2012 3:00:24 PM

Ragnarok666 said:
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Speakers are another option. If you don't have lots of space and you don't want to make too much noise headphones are the way to go and usually the mid to high end headphones do benefit from sound cards.


I believe i have enough room for them, generally i play my games and music at night, while others in the building are asleep or try to get to sleep, so ramping up the speakers while shredding up in BF3 is not the best idea for me :D . so i stick to the headset, which is btw a Razer Carcharias Professional PC Gaming Headset. Would this headset benefit from a soundcard enough to make it worth while to get one.

Also as to the graphics card you mentioned im stuck between it (Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB Jetstream $489) and the AFOX GTX670 1006M/6008M 2GB/D-DVI/HDMI/DP (http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemId=609...) $469 which is on clearance atm. Also i will probably have to pay a delivery fee with the one you suggested which i have to order from Melbourne to Perth.

Yes it will most likely sound better with a sound card.

If you are willing to pay the extra $ for the superior GPU then get the Palit. If you are on the edge of your budget and don't have the money for it then don't get it.
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