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November 8, 2012 2:58:47 AM

Hey guys, im planning on building a PC just wanted some advice on if
my components are a good choice. I'm going to be using it for gaming
of course. By the way im from Australia so if the prices seem a bit high
there actually not, they're quite good for Australia, but if you know some
better value for money components please let me know.

• Name: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6Ghz LGA 2011 CPU No Heatsink
• Our Price: $299.00

• Name: Gigabyte GV-N66TWF2-2GD 2GB GTX660Ti PCI-E VGA Card
• Our Price: $325.00

• Name: ASRock X79 Extreme-3 LGA2011 DDR3 USB3.0 Motherboard
• Our Price: $209.00

• Name: Antec Sonata IV Piano Black Tower Case with PSU
• Our Price: $170.00

• Name: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 16G Kit(8Gx2) DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL
• Our Price: $76.00

• Name: Hitachi 3.5" Desktar 1TB SATA3 HDD 7200rpm
• Our Price: $78.00

• Name: Intel SSD-330 Series 120GB SATA3 Solid-State-Drive
• Our Price: $95.00

• Name: Edifie M1550 5.1 Speaker
• Our Price: $40.00

• Name: LG 23" E2351VR-BN 5ms DVI LED Backlight LCD Monitor
• Our Price: $149.00

• Name: Logitech MK710 Cordless Desktop (KM+MS)
• Our Price: $78.00


• Name: 64bit Microsoft MS Windows Pro 8 OEM
• Our Price: $148.00


Total: $1667.00

Or ive heard good things about this set-up replacing the motherboard and processor that i have up top.

• Name: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Intel Z77/1155p/4xDDR3/SATA3/SATA/USB3/2xGLan/DP/HDMI/DVI/Raid ATX MB
• Our Price: $254.00

• Name: Intel i5-3570K LGA1155 IVY Bridge Boxed CPU (BX80637I53570K)
• Our Price: $233.00



Thanks Guys.

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November 8, 2012 3:53:08 AM

I would get the bottom processor, but that motherboard is twice as expensive as you should be paying. $120 - $150 is about all most everyone needs to spend on that. There is no need for ultra premium boards.

Also, Intel SSDs aren't that great, Crucial and Samsung are the best.

Hitachi also makes the worst quality hard drives, any other maker is better.

Normally, I wouldn't suggest getting a case + PSU combo, but since this is Antec we are talking about it might be a decent option. 99% of the time these sorts of deals suck, though. I trust the Antec brand enough not to complain about it atm.
November 8, 2012 3:57:24 AM

Also if you can get 4x 4gb as it is better than 2 x 8gb
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November 8, 2012 4:06:15 AM

Yea wise as well go with quad channel if you can a perk of the x79. And I wouldn't go as far to say that intel isn't a good ssd company they make very reliable ssds and you pay more for them would I buy one over the 2 other companies you mentioned no.
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November 8, 2012 4:16:06 AM

i7 for gaming ? why ? i5 is enough .
dont get intel ssd get samsung or corsair or ocz
7870 is better than 660ti in price/ performance
you dont need 16 gig of ram for gaming. a 4*2 is enough
November 8, 2012 4:22:11 AM

ok awesome thanks for the quick replies.
Yeah i was very much leaning towards the i5 over the i7 after doing a bit of research.
I dont think im going to be doing any over clocking i just dont trust myself to do that
so would the 3570 instead of 3570k be better.

About the motherboard. what would u suggest, I only picked that motherboard coz
I was reading on some forums and they were saying to get that combo of motherboard/processor.

With the ram, yeah i know 16gb is a bit much atm, but in the future, wont 8gb just not cut it..
why 4x4gb over 2x8gb.

with the antec case/powersuply, thats not really a big deal to me i could get something else
I do want an antec though, ive heard nothing but good from antec.

Cheers.
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November 8, 2012 4:24:15 AM

well 16 is a good amount for a x79 chipset if that is what you are after. However if you do not go with a x79 2011 socket you would neeed to redo your build into a 1155 z77 setup which is fine you just need to decide if that is what you want because your ram situation would change.
November 8, 2012 4:26:38 AM

bigshootr8 said:
well 16 is a good amount for a x79 chipset if that is what you are after. However if you do not go with a x79 2011 socket you would neeed to redo your build into a 1155 z77 setup which is fine you just need to decide if that is what you want because your ram situation would change.



yeah I am going to go for the 1155 z77 setup. just because for some reason i7s are never suggested for gaming. so what does that mean, 4x4 or 2x8

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November 8, 2012 4:39:07 AM
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Okay then that changes things I would say that the board you had for the x79 was fine x79 is a expensive platform and motherboards in that arena are around 200 each so I don't think you were off on it. I think its nice to have a decent board because they are normally built better and have more flexibility but some will buy cheaper boards. And with the ivy bridge and sandy bridge cpu's with overclocking its easy you could just choose a cpu boost pre set point at say 4.2 ghz and when you go to a point where you were playing a game or something it would go up to that point but when you were idle on the desktop it wouldn't be that fast. And if you don't go with a x79 chipset maybe you could go to a 670 its a better deal money wise in comparison to what you get with a 660ti.

Also I know you are in Australia but these are the components I'd suggest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1085.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


November 8, 2012 4:44:07 AM

bigshootr8 said:
Okay then that changes things I would say that the board you had for the x79 was fine x79 is a expensive platform and motherboards in that arena are around 200 each so I don't think you were off on it. I think its nice to have a decent board because they are normally built better and have more flexibility but some will buy cheaper boards. And with the ivy bridge and sandy bridge cpu's with overclocking its easy you could just choose a cpu boost pre set point at say 4.2 ghz and when you go to a point where you were playing a game or something it would go up to that point but when you were idle on the desktop it wouldn't be that fast. And if you don't go with a x79 chipset maybe you could go to a 670 its a better deal money wise in comparison to what you get with a 660ti.

Also I know you are in Australia but these are the components I'd suggest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1085.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Ok thanks heaps man, ill go and find how much the stuff will cost for me in Australia and post back what I end up with
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November 8, 2012 4:55:05 AM

Okay sounds good man. And if you want the ability to overclock as you know the k sku is the ticket if not you won't need a different cooler then the stock one and you'll be fine with the 3570.
November 8, 2012 5:18:57 AM

Ok so this is my new set-up, a few things I couldnt find the same as you but what do you think now
would this be a overall better choice then my old i7 set-up


• Name: AsRock Z77-Extreme6 Intel Z77 1155/4xDDR3/SATA3/USB3/DP/HDMI/DVI/Glan/RAID ATX Motherboard
Price: $174.00
• Name: Intel i5-3570K LGA1155 IVY Bridge Boxed CPU (BX80637I53570K)
Price: $233.00

• Name: ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 2GB GTX670 PCI-E VGA Card
Price: $453.00
OR ( i dont really know the difference)
• Name: Gigabyte GV-N670WF2-2GD 2GB GTX 670 OC PCI-E VGA Card
Price: $415.00

• Name: Kingston HyperX KHX1866C9D3K2/2x4GB DDR3 1866
Price: $50.00
• Name: Antec HCG-750 Hight Current Gamer Gaming PSU
Price: $139.00
• Name: WD 3.5" Blue 1TB WD10EZEX SATA3 64M 7200rpm HDD
Price: $82.00
• Name: Samsung 830 series 128G SSD-MZ-7PC128B/WW
Price: $96.00

total: $1227 (thats with the Asus graphics card)

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November 8, 2012 5:27:34 AM

The different between the graphic cards is that ASUS has a more quiet cooler otherwise they are very similar I have the overclocked version of the gigabyte model you linked and its great but I take it a 670 at 415 there is a good price. Also good pricing on the memory its a little faster then 1600 but thats fine and kingston is a dependable brand. A decent power supply I would have gone with corsair but that is pretty well priced things are a little more expensive by the looks of it from the land down under but that's okay. Hard drives look good.
November 8, 2012 6:38:48 AM

bigshootr8 said:
The different between the graphic cards is that ASUS has a more quiet cooler otherwise they are very similar I have the overclocked version of the gigabyte model you linked and its great but I take it a 670 at 415 there is a good price. Also good pricing on the memory its a little faster then 1600 but thats fine and kingston is a dependable brand. A decent power supply I would have gone with corsair but that is pretty well priced things are a little more expensive by the looks of it from the land down under but that's okay. Hard drives look good.


haha yeah you have no idea how expensive things are here. you think the prices I showed you are bad but there actually really good. if you look at buying a pre-built pc your looking at paying at least 50% more then you would in the US.

BTW as for the power supply, i did see this

Name: Corsair TX-750 ATX Power Supply Unit
Our Price: $141.00

I didnt think corsair was better then an antec. Also do you think 750 is a bit much if so
would this be better

Name: Corsair TX-650 ATX Power Supply Unit
Our Price: $112.00
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November 8, 2012 7:10:15 AM

650 watt is fine. As long as you are not intended to add a 2nd card you will be fine at that wattage and I had a tx650 so I think you are good there. I like corsair more seasonic based shrugs although antec power supplies in certain ranges may be as well.

And that sucks about the prices there. There should be a computer parts store in Australia
November 8, 2012 8:07:38 AM

yeah I am using a computer parts store, and its prices are relatively cheaper then most things out there.

thanks so much for all the help, I think im pretty happy with everything, when i include the OS, the dvd drive and all
the other accessories i get a total of $1640 which is quite good I think, when if i was planning on buying
an alienware desktop for a high end one it would cost me $6000.

again thank you very much
November 8, 2012 8:08:49 AM

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