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July 6, 2012 2:14:58 PM

Hey im in need of a new pc for gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: Late august

Budget Range: $3000-$3500 if needed before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video editing, Web surfing

Parts Not Required: Montior, Keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anywhere

Country: Australia, Adelaide

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 3d in certain games

i have tryed to select a list of parts
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/buxU

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July 6, 2012 2:39:24 PM

i don't see a good reason to throw money on a LGA2011 setup when you can get the job done well with a cheaper(better IMHO) 1155 setup.
try this-
Antec 1100-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
CM hyper 612 pwm-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
i5 3570k-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
crucial m4 256GB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
G.Skill Ares 8GB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Asrock Extreme6 Z77-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
LG 24x optical drive-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Antec HCG 900w-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Seagate 1TB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Total-$1731
this rig supports almost every latest technology including SLi/CF,overclocking both cpu and gpu,and will also max out almost any game at 1080p(even higher in many cases).
psu is kinda overkill but it's just 15 bucks more than the 750w version so i thinks it won't hurt your budget.you still have plenty of cash to spend,i would suggest getting another 670 in SLi,a good monitor(s) setup.don't waste on a platinum psu or $500 case or any other useless fancy crap.
July 6, 2012 3:03:18 PM

^ That looks like a solid build. I agree there is little reason to go for Sandy Bridge-E.

Assuming that you go for two 670s in SLI, I would especially encourage you to consider a 120 Hz (also known as 3D) monitor. In addition to being usable for 3D (that's cool I guess), it allows a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is a far better experience than 60 Hz. It also allows you to justify having dual 670s--suddenly a framerate over 60 matters. For my money, a 1080p 120 Hz setup is a better experience than 2560x1600 @ 60 Hz.

edit: looking back at your post, do you already have a 1920x1200 3D 120 Hz monitor? I couldn't tell for sure if you mean you are going to get one or that you already have one. If you already have it, ignore my post. If you're considering one, then count me as endorsing that.
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July 6, 2012 3:06:41 PM
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The parts you picked are quite extreme. A 3930k and 32GB of RAM is veeery overkill.
You'v over-budgeted a bit.

I don't know of any stores in Adelaide and I bet postage would be horrendous to post from the stores I do know. So here's a link to a search engine which will find the cheapest online price to the component within the state. Just select South Australia and type the component name in.
http://www.staticice.com.au/advanced.html

CPU: i7-3770k

Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme4

PSU: Unsure of availability in SA, just get one from Corsair, Silverstone or Seasonic at 750W. Make sure its modular and 80+ Bronze or better. This will leave you room to Crosssfire/SLI.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 64MB cache. You decide the capacity as you'l be best to judge that.

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB - if you want to play it safe, these are very reliable drives.
OCZ Vertex4 - if your willing to gamble for faster speeds. These are pretty good so far but haven't been out long enough to tell for sure if its reliable yet. Iv had no issues on mine so far.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws or Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600Mhz at 1.5v. No difference other than aesthetics.

Optical Drive: Just check any local stores if they have $20 SATA DVD drives, the specs on these don't really matter given how little their used.

Case: This is largely personal preference, so I'l link to some cases which fit your budget. All of these cases will serve you well. I can vouch for the HAF-X.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU: ASUS or Gigabyte GTX670. You could get two of these running in SLI on that motherboard, but you wont see any tangible diffrence unless your gaming on multiple monitors. So don't bother running dual cards unless you get a triple monitor setup. This card will overclock past stock GTX680 performance, so saved you $100 or so.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100. Very nice looking water loop and while it doesn't perform as well some air heatsinks (I think its the Noctua one), it should lead to a tidier looking build to look at through the side of your case. It also lets you pick RAM without worrying about clearance. This thing will let you overclock very nicely as well.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit OEM.

Sorry I cant give you a definite price since I don't know where your getting the components, but I'd estimate around $2200 - $2500


July 6, 2012 3:07:48 PM

hellfire24 said:
i don't see a good reason to throw money on a LGA2011 setup when you can get the job done well with a cheaper(better IMHO) 1155 setup.
try this-
Antec 1100-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
CM hyper 612 pwm-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
i5 3570k-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
crucial m4 256GB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
G.Skill Ares 8GB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Asrock Extreme6 Z77-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
LG 24x optical drive-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Antec HCG 900w-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Seagate 1TB-
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Total-$1731
this rig supports almost every latest technology including SLi/CF,overclocking both cpu and gpu,and will also max out almost any game at 1080p(even higher in many cases).
psu is kinda overkill but it's just 15 bucks more than the 750w version so i thinks it won't hurt your budget.you still have plenty of cash to spend,i would suggest getting another 670 in SLi,a good monitor(s) setup.don't waste on a platinum psu or $500 case or any other useless fancy crap.
+1 ;) 
July 6, 2012 3:30:30 PM

@Manofchalk the AsRock Z77 Extreme4
is a flawed & funky made mobo overall it's a solid board on his budget i wouldn't recommend it read the last page of this review http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex. P.S. On a side note i love Asrock but making a motherboard with that kind of flaw makes it a no go it's really to bad as the rest of the board seems made solid not sure why they make such a big mistake and not fix it however the Asrock Extreme6 Z77 doesn't suffer this defect Asrock got it right with that one for sure.
July 6, 2012 3:33:27 PM

bigcyco1 said:
@Manofchalk the AsRock Z77 Extreme4
is a flawed & funky made mobo overall it's a solid board on his budget but i wouldn't recommend it read the last page of this review http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex. P.S. On a side note i love Asrock but making a motherboard with that kind of flaw makes it a no go it's really to bad as the rest of the board seems made solid not sure why they make such a big mistake and not fix it however the Asrock Extreme6 Z77 doesn't suffer this defect Asrock got it right with that one for sure.


good find!
July 6, 2012 3:35:45 PM

Or just stick with the Z77X-UD3H.
July 6, 2012 3:38:29 PM

^but it doesn't supports SLi(i am not sure though)
July 6, 2012 4:10:01 PM

Best answer selected by xjdkx.
July 6, 2012 4:16:45 PM

manofchalk said:
The parts you picked are quite extreme. A 3930k and 32GB of RAM is veeery overkill.
You'v over-budgeted a bit.

I don't know of any stores in Adelaide and I bet postage would be horrendous to post from the stores I do know. So here's a link to a search engine which will find the cheapest online price to the component within the state. Just select South Australia and type the component name in.
http://www.staticice.com.au/advanced.html

CPU: i7-3770k

Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme4

PSU: Unsure of availability in SA, just get one from Corsair, Silverstone or Seasonic at 750W. Make sure its modular and 80+ Bronze or better. This will leave you room to Crosssfire/SLI.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 64MB cache. You decide the capacity as you'l be best to judge that.

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB - if you want to play it safe, these are very reliable drives.
OCZ Vertex4 - if your willing to gamble for faster speeds. These are pretty good so far but haven't been out long enough to tell for sure if its reliable yet. Iv had no issues on mine so far.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws or Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600Mhz at 1.5v. No difference other than aesthetics.

Optical Drive: Just check any local stores if they have $20 SATA DVD drives, the specs on these don't really matter given how little their used.

Case: This is largely personal preference, so I'l link to some cases which fit your budget. All of these cases will serve you well. I can vouch for the HAF-X.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU: ASUS or Gigabyte GTX670. You could get two of these running in SLI on that motherboard, but you wont see any tangible diffrence unless your gaming on multiple monitors. So don't bother running dual cards unless you get a triple monitor setup. This card will overclock past stock GTX680 performance, so saved you $100 or so.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100. Very nice looking water loop and while it doesn't perform as well some air heatsinks (I think its the Noctua one), it should lead to a tidier looking build to look at through the side of your case. It also lets you pick RAM without worrying about clearance. This thing will let you overclock very nicely as well.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit OEM.

Sorry I cant give you a definite price since I don't know where your getting the components, but I'd estimate around $2200 - $2500





That sounds awesome i think i might get windows 7 pro and a gtx 680 since im only on one 120hz samsung 27" monitor
Maybe this http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/buSx
July 6, 2012 4:46:23 PM

There's very little reason to get a 680. It's like 20% more expensive for 7% more performance, and the 670 is already blazing fast. Much better to save a few dollars now so that you can get dual 670s sooner. Note though that since you already have your 120 Hz monitor, a dual 670 setup right now makes a lot of sense. Normally people say that a single 670 or 680 can "max out any game," but they mean that it almost always pushes 60+ FPS even with max settings. With your monitor, you will see returns with framerates much higher than 60 (esp. if you have sensitive eyes).
July 6, 2012 4:48:27 PM

Oh yeah, so I looked back at your parts list. Liquid cooling is.. eh. It's expensive and potentially leaky, and I just don't see the upside. On top of that, nobody even needs to OC a 3770k to max out any game, let alone OC it really high. Just get a good air cooler and save another few bucks.

Also, did you notice that your OS is marked as a 3-pack? That seems...weird.
July 6, 2012 4:49:09 PM

^best answer is selected,i don't think there's any good reason to reply now.
July 6, 2012 4:52:36 PM

I've seen people reply well past best answer, so that is not a lost cause to reply. Heck, in some cases, even the OP changes their minds after seeing more replies.
July 6, 2012 5:00:12 PM

^but i don't like it when people want a bunch of replies even after a quick and bad selection of best answer.
July 6, 2012 5:12:45 PM

hellfire24 said:
good find!
Thanks yeah hope they fix that no excuse for selling mobos like that :( 
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