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July 16, 2012 1:41:56 AM

Hey Guys,

Here is the latest build I'm interested in going for.

I appreciate advice in regards to anything, but my main concern is the case (if there is a better one available, just like the CM Storm Enforcer due to the looks to be honest) and the GPU, I'm not sure whether to go for the HD7850 or GTX670, there is a significant price difference for me EVGA GTX670 2GB - $479 AUD and the Sapphire HD7850 2GB - $275, but if paying 200 AUD more for the better graphics card
is worth it, than I'll go ahead with it.

This is what I have so far.

Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: 1000-1500 (AUD)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Pure Gaming such as high end MMO's, Skyrim, BF3 ect.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Parts:

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB WD5000AAKX - $75

PSU: Corsair CX-600 V2 Power Supply - $89

Optical: Pioneer DVR-220LBKS Black 24xDVDRW OEM - $29

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $37

Memory: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $58

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K - $239

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $155

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB OC or EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB ($275 and $479)

O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM - $99

Monitor: ASUS VE228H 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor - $149

Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer - $99



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July 16, 2012 1:47:20 AM

That looks pretty good to me! There really isn't anything I would change.
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July 16, 2012 1:49:18 AM

tommy_x said:
Hey Guys,

Here is the latest build I'm interested in going for.

I appreciate advice in regards to anything, but my main concern is the case (if there is a better one available, just like the CM Storm Enforcer due to the looks to be honest) and the GPU, I'm not sure whether to go for the HD7850 or GTX670, there is a significant price difference for me EVGA GTX670 2GB - $479 AUD and the Sapphire HD7850 2GB - $275, but if paying 200 AUD more for the better graphics card
is worth it, than I'll go ahead with it.

This is what I have so far.

Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: 1000-1500 (AUD)r

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Pure Gaming such as high end MMO's, Skyrim, BF3 ect.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Parts:

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB WD5000AAKX - $75

PSU: Corsair CX-600 V2 Power Supply - $89

Optical: Pioneer DVR-220LBKS Black 24xDVDRW OEM - $29

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $37

Memory: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $58

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K - $239

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $155

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB OC or EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB ($275 and $479)

O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM - $99

Monitor: ASUS VE228H 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor - $149

Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer - $99


Well, for the graphics card, you could split the difference by buying a radeon 7870 which is a step up from the 7850 but a step down from a 670. Its also around $325.

As for the case, its a good case, but you could change to the HAF series by coolermaster. The HAF XM or the HAF 932 are both great choices.
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July 16, 2012 1:53:52 AM

The 670 is definitely a lot more powerful, and if I were you, I'd look into getting an SSD. It's not absolutely mandatory, but since they're getting so cheap now, they make your computing experience MUCH MUCH better for their relatively low cost.
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July 16, 2012 2:34:24 AM

I just had a look at some of HD7950 GPU's and the sapphire HD7950 is going for $419, which puts my total at $1493. I'd have to look more into getting an SSD as it will bump my total to a bit over 1.6K, so I'd have to think about it.

Thanks for your feedback guys!
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July 16, 2012 2:37:29 AM

tommy_x said:
I just had a look at some of HD7950 GPU's and the sapphire HD7950 is going for $419, which puts my total at $1493. I'd have to look more into getting an SSD as it will bump my total to a bit over 1.6K, so I'd have to think about it.

Thanks for your feedback guys!


Go with the GTX 670 - it's $20 cheaper and gets better frame rates than the 7950 does.
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July 16, 2012 2:43:48 AM

I haven't been able to find any GTX670 that is $20 cheaper, the cheapest one I could find is a Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB at $439. If I can get a decent 670 that's $20 cheaper than I will definitely go for that instead.
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July 16, 2012 2:48:43 AM

tommy_x said:
I haven't been able to find any GTX670 that is $20 cheaper, the cheapest one I could find is a Palit GeForce GTX 670 2GB at $439. If I can get a decent 670 that's $20 cheaper than I will definitely go for that instead.


What website are you buying from?
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July 16, 2012 2:51:13 AM

PC Case Gear in Melbourne.
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July 16, 2012 3:01:21 AM

tommy_x said:
I just had a look at some of HD7950 GPU's and the sapphire HD7950 is going for $419, which puts my total at $1493. I'd have to look more into getting an SSD as it will bump my total to a bit over 1.6K, so I'd have to think about it.

Thanks for your feedback guys!


You can get an MSI Twin Frozr OC 7950 for 339.99 on Newegg. Something to consider.

Edit nvm lol forgot this wasnt in US
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July 16, 2012 3:08:16 AM

If only I was, would be much easier..
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July 16, 2012 3:19:48 AM

hd7870 gets a $50 price cut tommorow, more than enough for 1 monitor
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July 16, 2012 3:21:58 AM

Would it be worth spending $499 on a HD7970? Compared to a EVGA GTX670 @ $479?
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July 16, 2012 3:25:49 AM

cheapest 7870 is $289 in can, less 50 tommorow supposedly
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July 16, 2012 3:38:25 AM

tommy_x said:
Would it be worth spending $499 on a HD7970? Compared to a EVGA GTX670 @ $479?


The 670 actually beats the 7970 on a bunch tests, I would still recommend the 670.
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July 16, 2012 3:49:59 AM

I think I'll push my limit to 1.6k, and either go ahead with a 670 or drop in a 60gb SSD and go for the 7870.
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July 16, 2012 3:57:34 AM

Atm, it's almost not worth getting a 60gb ssd, the performance is worse, they're barely cheaper (like 60ish dollars for 1, whilst a 120 can be 80-90, in Canada at least). But since gaming is your top priority, I'd go for the 670. You can always get an ssd later, cuz upgrading a video card is usually more wasteful and your primary concern is gaming.
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July 16, 2012 4:00:38 AM

Ok cool thanks for that!
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July 16, 2012 4:21:29 AM

Best answer selected by tommy_x.
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