~$1500 gaming build, need advice

Hi guys :) I have lurked here for a few days now and I finally decided to make an account here.
First time building a desktop but I have done my best to do some research and make some choices. I just need some suggestions and someone who is more experienced than me to overlook my build (listed below) to see if there are any issues.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next

Budget Range: ~$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and internet

Parts Not Required: n/a

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure... Just google'd it but still didn't understand what exactly it is or if the GPU I have chosen is compatible..

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Currently, I have this setup that costs ~$1500(Australian). Price includes peripherals.

1 x Intel S1155 Core i5 3570K 3.40Ghz Quad Core CPU UNLOCKED
1 x Gigabyte S1155 ATX GA-Z77-D3H Motherboard
1 x DDR3 8GB (2x4G) Corsair 1600MHz Vengeance CL9 RAM Kit
1 x 1TB Seagate 3.5" 7200rpm SATA 6Gb/s HDD (PN ST1000DM003)
1 x 23" LG E2351VR-BN LCD LED Monitor
1 x 650 Watt Corsair TX650 v2 Power Supply
1 x DVD Writer LG 24x SATA Black OEM
1 x Zalman CNPS9900NT 120mm Green LED CPU Cooler (PN CNPS9900NT)
1 x NVIDIA GTX560Ti 1GB Gigabyte Overclocked PCIe Video Card PN GV-N560OC-1GI
1 x Antec ATX DF-35 Case Black (No PSU)
1 x Microsoft Wired 600 Desktop Keyboard and Mouse
1 x Integrated Sound Card
1 x Gigabyte GP-S4600 2.0 USB Powered Speaker System
1 x Integrated Gigabit Network Connection
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM


As I do plan on over clocking, does the motherboard and the cooling support this?
I do want a stronger (for the lack of a better word) GPU but my budget is quite tight. Is there any other, faster, GPU's for the same price range as the GTX560 TI?

Thank you! :)
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  1. Best answer
    Thats a good build, I wouldn't change much of it, but you can get more for your money. I realize the monitor effectively limits the budget to $1300, but you can get more.

    Initially I can see where you can cut costs.
    No need for a soundcard, Motherboard has it covered.
    Network card is unneeded, unless you looking for wireless connectivity.
    That CPU cooler is $60, bit much for when the budget is strained.

    Next is to look for better stores, the prices on some of those components is a bit high.
    These are some good ones. Cheapest prices in the Melbourne area at least. All of them can post what you order.

    Then its replacing parts with equivalent but cheaper stuff.

    CPU Cooler can be replaced with the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. Bit more than half the price of the Zalman.

    Anyway, price check the components against the sites I linked to and see if thats helped budget wise, then we can figure out what to do from there.
  2. Thank you for the reply :)
    From the build in the first post, both sound cards and network cards are integrated with motherboard.

    I forgot to tell this but I am looking for a website/company to assemble my machine, mainly because I got no idea what to do and learning on my new machine doesn't seem like a good prospect :P
    Any ways, umart & computeralliance both offer custom built computers (I don't believe the other two do).
    The build on umart seemed to be only a few dollars off of the one from computeralliance.

    With the topic of GPU's, I do need a stronger one. I can maybe put in an additional $100 into the build which allows a ~$325 to spend on a graphics card. Which one do you recommend?

    Thanks again,
  3. For $350, you can get a HD7870 from PC Case Gear, I have one in my rig and it plays very well and overclocks pretty nicely.

    And PC Case Gear do pre-made builds, this one is very good and leaves you with room to get the monitor

    Just throw in another $40 for a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO and it would be perfect.

    Note: Putting a computer together isnt that hard just time consuming. Just make sure to take the proper precautions and research a bit on how to do it, this is a pretty good build video from NCIX.
  4. Hi, thanks for the reply.

    I would much rather get someone else to assemble it all for me and I would like to use computeralliance (as to my knowledge pc case gear doesn't do custom builds).

    I will probably purchase that Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO though.

    I did find [] but I would rather save a bit more.
    What do you think about this --> ? Would it be compatible with my motherboard? and what would the performance be in games such as BF3?

    Sorry for being such a noob at this :P

    Thank you,
  5. Technically PC Case Gear does custom builds, but the assembly fee is $80, which is nowhere near worth it.

    That 6970 will play games very nicely, it was the top end card in the last series of AMD GPU's. It's compatible with the motherboard. As long as there's a PCI-E slot on a motherboard, you can plug any card you want into it.
    But Powercolour isn't the best brand and are not generally recommended. Sapphire, MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS are the brands to look for when it comes to GPU's.

    I would seriously suggest that you get the parts from the sites I linked you to and building it yourself, PC Case Gear has a much larger range on components, and by doing it yourself will work out much cheaper.

    Computers are designed to be relatively easy to assemble, you cant plug anything into where it shouldn't go and the manual that comes with every component will tell you what to do. There's a minimal chance of destroying the hardware even if you did something wrong as there are so many fail-safes built throughout the components. As well as a ton of guides like the NCIX one I linked you.
  6. Mhm, I will reconsider getting it assembled for me then after I have watched some YouTube videos about this (once my internet is uncapped).

    I might be able to squeeze in enough money for ATI 7870 2GB Gigabyte PCIe Video Card (I will look around in the other sites tomorrow morning).

    Also with regards to the case, the one I have in mind is fairly pricey but I liked it because it comes with 4 fans [1 x rear white 120mm TwoCool fans with white LED, 2 x front variable-speed 120mm LED fans with white LED and 1 x top 140mm TwoCool fan].
    But, would I be able to cut the price down from there?

    Thank you,
  7. The Antec Dark fleet 35 is a good case from what I can tell, but if you want to go a bit cheaper but keep the rugged look it has, the Coolermaster HAF series wont disappoint. The HAF 912 Advanced I would say is better than the Antec and comes in a bit cheaper.
  8. Best answer selected by Thmage8.
  9. Thank you very much for your help! I'll be sure to ask you if I get into any more trouble.
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