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A$1000-1200 Gaming rig, need advice on choosing parts

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August 1, 2012 11:27:47 PM

Hello everyone from Tomshardware.

This is my first time building a PC system so I don't have experience about choosing components. After some research, this is what I have come up with.

Budget range: A$1000-1200 (I live in Melbourne, Australia)

Main usage: Gaming (Batman Arkham City, Prototype 2, some FPS)

Overclocking: Planning to in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Preferred site:

Specs

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K @ $239

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler @ $ 36

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard @ $155

Graphic card: Need advice on this one, my budget for this is $250. Should I go for: MSI Radeon HD7850 Twin Frozr 2GB OC @ $255 or MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Hawk 1GB @ $259. Are those cards overkill for 1900x1080 gaming with high setting? Should I go with lower card like Radeon 6850 @ $150 or 6870 @ $200 or GTX 560 @ $200 (Medium or High are fine with me, maxing out is cool but my standard is not that high, smooth gameplay with decent fps in the range of 30-50 is what I'm looking for)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower Case Gun Metal @ $129.00 ( Is it a good case? Or can I change to a cheaper one with good airflow and ventilation?)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 Low Profile @ $65

HDD: Western Digital WD Green 1TB WD10EZRX @ $89

Monitor : ASUS VE228H 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor @ $145 (Which brand should I choose? ASUS, Dell, LG, Samsung?)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive OEM @ $22

PSU : Seasonic S12II 520W Power Supply @ $99 (I am mostly confused with this one. Which PSU brand should I go for? Which wattage should I choose for now and future OC and maybe SLI or Crossfire).

Total: $1,234.00



Thank you in advance for your help.
August 1, 2012 11:34:29 PM

A few recommendations -

1) Stay away from WD Green drives, they're really meant for storage/server environments, not as a boot drive. Get something like a WD Black/Blue :) 

2) I would prefer to get the Radeon HD7850. It's the newest card you have listed, and can overclock to get some amazing performance.

3) Your current PSU will do absolutely fine for a single card solution, however, you may want to consider a 650w PSU if you plan to Crossfire 7850's in the future.

If you end up going for a different card, such as the GTX560 Ti, or HD6870, you may want to look at a 700-750w PSU for SLI/Crossfire.

4) Your current case will do just fine, however, if you would like something a little cheap, if you list the cases you're considering, that's always an option :) 
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August 1, 2012 11:36:46 PM

TheBigTroll said:
wow stuff in australia are expensive

if you dont need the os, just take it out

http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/dCsJ


My same thought :sarcastic: 

You should've seen the price on stuff when I helped a friend in New Zealand... :lol: 
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August 1, 2012 11:40:25 PM

good thing i live in canada. we have ncix (where linustechtips works)
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August 2, 2012 12:02:14 AM

Thanks for the quick reply. Do you think the specs I've listed would play my mentioned game at high setting with good FPS? Also what do you think about Antec Three Hundred Two Case, CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window or CoolerMaster Elite 371 USB3 Window, are they good cases? Sorry I don't know how to post link, it's always get messed up when I do it.
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August 2, 2012 12:03:34 AM

Thanks for the link man. Yeah stuff in Australia is really expensive, way more than they are in the US and Canada. Also there are not so much that you can choose from.
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August 2, 2012 12:04:30 AM

alex2706 said:
Thanks for the quick reply. Do you think the specs I've listed would play my mentioned game at high setting with good FPS? Also what do you think about Antec Three Hundred Two Case, CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window or CoolerMaster Elite 371 USB3 Window, are they good cases? Sorry I don't know how to post link, it's always get messed up when I do it.


Yes, the specs you listed will smoke any game @1080p with generally high settings (assuming you go with the 7850).

Out of those cases, I would prefer the Antec Three Hundred Two.
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August 2, 2012 12:05:06 AM

it will play ultra. just that the one i posted is better

the 302 is a great case. has usb3 great build quality, and tons of space in the back for cabling (more than enough to fit a case fan easily) dont know too much about the others
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August 2, 2012 12:06:36 AM

TheBigTroll said:
it will play ultra. just that the one i posted is better

the 302 is a great case. has usb3 great build quality, and tons of space in the back for cabling (more than enough to fit a case fan easily) dont know too much about the others

+1

I don't like the CoolerMaster Elite series due to the horrible cable management...-shivers thinking about Elite 430- It's still a nice budget case, however.
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August 2, 2012 12:14:36 AM

Yeah the 302 looks great. Also which brand should I choose my 7850 from? MSI got it for $255, while Sapphire and Gibabyte have it for $265. The one from ASUS is a bit more expensive @ $289 and quite over my budget but if it is better then I'm willing to bite the bullet.
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August 2, 2012 12:24:54 AM

Is the MSI version the Twin Frozr card? If so, definitely go with that. If it's just a single fan design, however, I would suggest getting the Sapphire since I can most likely bet it has two fans.
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August 2, 2012 12:25:45 AM

Can I swap the Seasonic PSU with Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES or Corsair CX-500 or a Antec VP550P 550W since these 3 are about $30 cheaper than the Seasonic?
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August 2, 2012 12:27:25 AM

Yes it's a dual fan GPU. I will go with it then. The 7850 would beat the GTX 560 Ti right?
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August 2, 2012 12:28:00 AM

I would personally get the Silverstone or Corsair PSU.
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August 2, 2012 12:28:29 AM

id get the siverstone if you are not getting the seasonic. otherwise, seasonic would a be better choice
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August 2, 2012 12:30:40 AM

So you think I can replace the Corsair or the Silverstone for my aforementioned Seasonic for my build?
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August 2, 2012 12:31:56 AM

alex2706 said:
So you think I can replace the Corsair or the Silverstone for my aforementioned Seasonic for my build?


Definitely, they are of almost equal quality.
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August 2, 2012 12:34:46 AM

mocchan said:
Definitely, they are of almost equal quality.


Nice, and also which monitor brand would you recommend?
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August 2, 2012 12:35:15 AM

get silverstone. the corsair cx series arent all that great
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August 2, 2012 12:45:47 AM

Yeah I also heard silverstone PSUs are good as well. Thanks
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