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June 30, 2012 3:07:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next month or so

Budget Range: 1500 - 1600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: video editing, gaming, 3d rendering

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,Operating System, Case,monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.pccasegear.com.au

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, NVIDIA graphics, corsair ram. But willing to vary if it benefits.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: is water cooling necessary? I live in the tropics and stays hot pretty much all year. Games I want to play are, bf3, skyrim.
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I need help deciding on a system. I only have a rough idea and i need your opinions on power supply, graphics, cpu etc. Thanks to all you kind people in advance.
June 30, 2012 3:23:17 PM

Check out my setup im planning to buy for gaming recording editing.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/352567-13-gaming-ed...

Its a bit more expensiv than what your budget is but you can easily lower the price.
Go with the asus z77 Pro motherboard instead of the z77 Sabertooth.

Choose some cheaper 1333 Mhz memory. Corsair Vengeance 16 GB 1333 Mhz is great and cheap for the performance.

Go with the ASUS GEFORCE GTX 670 DIRECTCU II OC instead of the GTX 680.

Go with The h80 watercooling if your looking to oc a little. And go with the stock clock that follows. Im going with H100 and 4 extra Corsair SP 120mm fans.
Or just go with a simple fancooler which will save you even more money.
And the I7 3770k is a must if you wanna edit. If only for gaming go with i5

sorry for a lousy post but in a hurry :p  ill come back later and edit it...
June 30, 2012 3:40:33 PM

A water cooling system is the best way to cool a video card or cpu and when playing BF3 I notice that the radiator that cools the video cards throws out a lot of heat , so that particular game would be best if the video cards were water cooled. If they are fan cooled then the fan wil speed up to throw out the excess heat.

Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $155.00

Video card
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $479.00

SSD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $129.00

HDD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $119.00

Cpu
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $389.00

Psu
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $189.00

Ram
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $125.00

The total for this build would be $1585.00 and would alow you to go with gaming and 3D rendering at a high level. As always with any suggested build if there are components that you don't agree with or something is too expensive , you have the option to change anything.
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June 30, 2012 3:53:12 PM

Thanks for the replies, I didn't realise how unbalanced I made my build, I made everything really cpu sided and only ended up with a gtx 560. I have some questions, is the power supply you suggested good enough if i want to SLI in the future? I see you also chose seagate for the hdd, I've heard some bad things about them just recently, I also do prefer WD, but what can you say about that? Thanks
ALEKSANDERNESS for the reply.
June 30, 2012 3:56:52 PM

inzone said:
I forgot the cpu cooler and here are three to choose from depending on what your overclocking intentions are.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $39.00

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $109.00

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $85.00



Thanks, I've never done any overclocking, but i want to have it available to me if I ever want to, though if i do I won't be trying to smash world records, just some light overclocking. My case is NZXT phantom 410 mid case. I've never had water cooling before and I'm not sure exactly how it works, but knowing my case might help. That all being said, what do you recommend?
June 30, 2012 4:21:08 PM

The power supply will be good enough to add a second GTX 670 later on if you want. Also as I said in my post the build is only a suggestion and you can swap out for what you prefer. I also don't know if you mind going over the budget and if you do by how much. It would seem to me that you intend to use the Pc for work related things so it may be worth going a little over. If it were me and I was building the Pc for myself and I had approx $1600 to $1800 available I would make these changes.

HDD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $193.00

Psu
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $199.00

SSD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $249.00

The cpu cooler from Intel is designed to work with thier new Ivy Bridge cpu's and since the cooler is a closed loop there is nothing more to it than if you were installing a fan based cpu cooler. The case that you have is a decent sized case and all you would have to do is remove the rear fan and mount the radiator and fan in it's place and then attach the cooler plate to the cpu , it's very easy and not very complicated.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If you wanted to use the Corsair one it would be the same installation except you will be using the case fan because a fan is not included.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
June 30, 2012 8:42:30 PM

CPU: No choice her the i7 3770 is a must. Go with the 3770K if you wanna OC or just 3770 which is a bit cheaper but not oc options.

GPU: The 670 no doubt! It has loads of power for its price. I would definitively suggest the Asus Direct CU II OC, awsome cooling and top of the line components.

Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16GB No doubt the best choice for its money.

SSD: I would go with a 120 gig. Saves you quite a lot on the budget from a 180 or 240 gig. Its enough for your BF3, Skyrim, adobe CS6 and Win7.

If your work a lot with editing etc.
Best setup would be not to get one 2TB HDD.
But 2x of 500GB, 700GB or 1TB HDD's.
If you need to save some on the budget go with 2x500GB.

Becuse in most editing programs, in CS6 and others. You can assign what disk you work towards.
So having installed CS6 to the ssd.
Storing and importing your raw material, pictures and video etc from the first HDD.
Rendering and exporting to the second HDD
Having a total of 3 disks sharing the job rather than putting all the work on 1 disk.

As for Power Supply im sure the one inzone mentions is a good one same with the watercooling, heard much good about both the corsair and the intel.

For motherboard i have little experience with the AsRock but im sure its good and its quite cheap.
I would recommend ASUS P8Z77-V, Socket-1155. I used a lot of asus motherboards and they'r just great.
Choosing a motherboard all comes down to what features and taste you got .
So just look some up and see what they got to offer and see what you want out of your mobo.
Good luck with your build.
July 1, 2012 8:28:36 AM

Ok This is what i have chosen so far.

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $155

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB $479 (I didn't choose the Asus DCU II card because it's too expensive)

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K $389

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 $129 ( a few dollars more expensive but i like the colour)

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU: Seasonic X-660 80Plus Gold 660W $189

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD: SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB $129

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX $125

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...



I didn't go with the 2x 500gb option because it looked too expensive, also $1600 is actually over my budget but thats about the max i want to spend.
Another question, I don't think I'm going to go with water cooling, are CPU fans good enough for some overclocking?
What could i choose from that wont make too much noise?

Also Thanks to both of you.

July 1, 2012 5:59:11 PM

The after market cpu coolers are for the most part used for overclocking so they are good for that. The cpu coolers that come with the cpu are usually not very good for overclocking and can tend to get loud. These coolers would be good and quiet for the most part depending on how high you end up going with the overclock. It has been my experience that the bigger the fan the more quiet the fan is and the smaller fans seem to generate more noise.

This cooler is an old favorite and has been suggested on a ton of builds because of its good cooling capabilities and low cost.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $39.00

This cooler is on te large size and promotes it as "the ultimate silent cooling solution".
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $59.00

This thing is a massive sized cpu cooler and is used when people want to take the overclock to the highest that they can on air.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $86.00

This fan is new to the market and promotes a "wisper quiet" operation.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $55.00
July 2, 2012 2:01:56 PM

I have recently been able to raise my budget to ~$1740 out of that i have chosen to go with 2x 500gb hdd's instead of 1x 1tb, I have found a 2x8gb corair vengance ram set to give me the option of a ram upgrade in the future. Also what do you recommend on the new budget? Another question, I'm planning on buying the mobo cpu and gpu in a couple of weeks and maybe useong it with some stuff I've got lying around. Will the mobo I selected in my previous post with the 3770k and gtx 670 work on this psu? http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
thanks again to everyone for the great help so far.
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