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August 4, 2012 12:37:29 PM

Hello,

I`m putting a gaming pc together soon and just wanted opinions on gear ive chsen aswell as advice.


ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $150


Western Digital WD Black 2TB WD2002FAEX $189.00


Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 $125


Intel Core i5 3570K $239.00


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670Overclocked 2GB $450


OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular $94.00


Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SSD $145


CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Evo $25


CoolerMaster HAF X Case $190

How does all that look comboed together and prices etc??
It will be for guild wars 2!!

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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 3:55:32 PM

Looks good, I'd be tempted to go for the smaller HAF 922 though. The HAF X is massive. The Hyper 212 Evo is a lot better than the TX3 as well.
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August 4, 2012 4:20:59 PM

That case is monstrously big. Forget about LAN parties...
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 4:48:20 PM

id change a ton of things but what is your budget and what do you not need. also which country are you in
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August 4, 2012 5:19:25 PM

To answer your question, OP: Yes, it is. However, there are (as you can already see) some things most of us would change.

Step 1: Lower the RAM to 2x4GB (unless you know for a fact that you need that much for rendering or other commercial software)
Step 2: Get the Hyper 212 EVO over the Hyper TX3; it's better and only $5 more.
Step 3: The HAF X is exorbitantly large and expensive - if you like the HAF aesthetic, the 922 is a great choice; if you do, in fact, like the size, the 932 is also quite large (and more affordable).
Step 4: OCZ ModXStreams are pretty nice, but I'd personally change it to a power supply from a more reputable brand (OCZ tends to have sketchy quality) - something like a Corsair TX650-V2, or an Antec HCG.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 8:32:19 PM

The HAF XM is another choice. Yes, mouse is right. That 700W is not a good unit. The 600W unit is great, but that one is just terrible. Get the NEO ECO 520W.
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August 5, 2012 2:02:16 AM

Ok Thanks for all your input. :) 

I live in australia so if you know any good places for good deals over here that would be great.
Atm i have PCCASEGEAR and ARC computers to look at buying from. (The gigabyte gt 670 is on eBay for $450) I would get a 680 but they dont look that much better than a 670 for the extra price. Also are 660's coming out soon? Or should i just get the gigabyte 670 for that price i thought it was good.
Here is new build using all of your input:

CPU - i5 3570k - $235
Memory - Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65
Video Card - ZOTAC GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 Video Card - $480
Mobo - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $155
SSD - Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD - $123
HDD - Western Digital WD Black 2TB WD2002FAEX - $189
PSU - Antec TruePower TP-750 750W - $139
CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $35
Case - Aerocool X-Predator Case White Edition - $150
Mouse - I was thinking Cyborg MMO 7 - $130
Monitor - I want a good 120hz 27inch monitor.

I guess my price range is $2500 including the monitor. :) 
Thanks again for all your wonderfiul help.

Total is $1700 excluding a monitor. All prices are Australian Dollar.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 11:19:53 AM

I would consider a 1440P monitor over a 120Hz one. Expensive, but games will look amazing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The response time might seem high but unless you're super serious about really fast paced FPS games, I don't think you will even notice. I know I don't, my monitor is 6.5ms
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 1:50:06 PM

just get a regular 23inch monitor that is IPS.

the gigabyte 670 is a better option
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August 5, 2012 2:26:49 PM

why is the gigabyte 670 better? The zotac amp has better overclocks and benchmarks aswell as cooling is near or on par. I don't want to overclock myself so the difference will be:
Zotac amp gtx 670 - engine clock (base) = 1098 (boost) = 1176
Gigabyte gtx 670 - engine clock (base) = 980 (boost) = 1058

so big difference there?

Also i was thinking BenQ XL2420T 24in LED Widescreen Gaming Monitor for $500 for the monitor, really good reviews.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 2:30:52 PM

the zotac is more expensive, has less room for future overclocks, and its pretty big.

for gaming monitors, you lose colour accuracy but you have a slightly faster response time.
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August 5, 2012 2:53:56 PM

for gpu size doesnt matter and it's only 30 dollars more than the gigabyte. Also i don't want to overclock as it is already surpassing a reference gtx 680.

So with screens i thought that if i wanted to play guild wars 2 and get 120 fps i need a 120hz monitor as if i use a 60hz my gameplay is capped at 60fps?

Anything under 5ms Black to White is good enough to not see ghosting for 120hz and anything under 8ms Black to White for 50hz.

More peoples opinions would be fantastic.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 2:58:29 PM

ok then. as you say

your gameplay will most definitly go above 60fps. the monitor will only display 60fps so the extra isnt too useful. most people cant see the difference between a 60fps and a 120fps monitor anyway

i game on a pa238qr and it has a 6ms response time and it is fine. most of the ratings arent even too accurate anyways so you have to read reviews or check out the monitors first hand
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August 5, 2012 3:52:45 PM

well what about 1560 x 1600 or 1560 x 1440 resolution?
Would i be worth playing gw2 on those settings with a monitor?
Say the dell ips 30" for 1200 bucks?
Or stick with 24"/27" monitor?
Argh so many choices.. need someone to pursuade me lol
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 4:36:36 PM

stick with a 23inch. higher resolution is better for viewing things but taxes your hardware more

its 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 when you buy expensive 30inch monitors
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 7:23:52 PM

Not all 2560x1440 monitors are expensive.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 7:26:59 PM

yes i know that but the dell ones are
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 7:28:51 PM

There are Korean monitors that cost 1/2 the price of Dell U2711s but are of a higher quality panel, H-IPS.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 9:15:34 PM

not quite avaliable here in NA
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 9:16:32 PM

Yes they are. They are imported from Korea.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 9:29:03 PM

can you link me one that isnt on some auction site. might get one for my friend
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 9:33:21 PM

Not gonna happen. If you don't like it, you don't have to yet it, but it is still a viable option. I have read a 700+ page on tests and looks of it, and I know it is worth it.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 9:39:56 PM

yeah. thats why i said they arent quite avaliable yet. people are trying to request it for ncix though.

the 1 year warranty might stop a lot of people.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 9:46:10 PM

You can purchase extra warranty for not so much from Square Trade. Btw, if that monitor was to go in-store, which it most likely won't, it would not be a good price in store.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 9:52:46 PM

I don't see anything illegal about him selling it. But then again, you don't know if he still has it installed on his computer, so it MIGHT not be legit.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2012 10:37:39 PM

i just heard it from some other guy on the forum and he said he had no problem with him at all
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