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Time to get serious! Budget of ~1200-1300

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August 11, 2012 9:20:54 AM

So the time has come to upgrade from my HP Pavilion dv6 laptop, and I'm looking to get a serious gaming PC. :D 

At the moment I have this, but it's a bit over budget. :/ 

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.00

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $36.00

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $145.00

G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $58.00

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $88.00

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $425.00

Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $109.00

Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $135.00

Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer

Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor $168.00

Thermaltake KB-CHP001US Wired Gaming Keyboard $45.00

Gigabyte GM-M6880 Wired Laser Mouse $13.00

TOTAL: ~1550

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Approximate Purchase Date: Next week week or so!

Budget Range:$1200- 1300 With shipping if possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording games, 3D animation/rendering, music production.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: Brand new!

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, I do unfortunately.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere cheap and reliable in or ships to Australia.

Location: Tasmania, Australia.

Parts Preferences: Any reliable brand.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: I'd like 1920 x 1080.

Additional Comments: A quiet PC would be great! :p  So yeah, just need to get it within budget!

Thanks! :D 

More about : time budget 1200 1300

August 11, 2012 11:42:50 AM

A few ways to bring that price down. First off change up your graphics card to either a 7870 or wait until August 16th for the release of the GTX 660 ti 2GB (650w psu will push two of those cards in SLI). Also you can size down on your monitor a bit to something like a 21.5".


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $329.00
Sapphire Radeon HD7870 2GB GHZ

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $339.00
Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 2GB Overclocked


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $145.00
ASUS VE228H 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor | Full HD 1920x1080, HDMI, 5ms, 10,000,000:1 Contrast (ASCR)


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $105.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
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August 11, 2012 12:44:19 PM

Why_Me said:
A few ways to bring that price down. First off change up your graphics card to either a 7870 or wait until August 16th for the release of the GTX 660 ti 2GB (650w psu will push two of those cards in SLI). Also you can size down on your monitor a bit to something like a 21.5".


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $329.00
Sapphire Radeon HD7870 2GB GHZ

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $339.00
Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 2GB Overclocked


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $145.00
ASUS VE228H 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor | Full HD 1920x1080, HDMI, 5ms, 10,000,000:1 Contrast (ASCR)


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $105.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced



Thanks for the reply,

I can wait until August 16th, but will these graphics cards be powerful enough to run the latest games at high performance? I'm trying to create the computer to handle high level graphics, of course if possible on my budget. :) 
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August 11, 2012 7:45:42 PM

ShadowdeBlob said:
Thanks for the reply,

I can wait until August 16th, but will these graphics cards be powerful enough to run the latest games at high performance? I'm trying to create the computer to handle high level graphics, of course if possible on my budget. :) 

The 7870 runs about even with the GTX 580 and when over clocked runs right with the 7950.


http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4873/nvidia_geforce_g... <----- some benchmarks done with an engineers version of that card (GTX 660 ti).
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August 11, 2012 11:40:40 PM

Why_Me said:
The 7870 runs about even with the GTX 580 and when over clocked runs right with the 7950.


http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4873/nvidia_geforce_g... <----- some benchmarks done with an engineers version of that card (GTX 660 ti).


Okay, great.

So would you recommend waiting for the GTX 660 Ti, or go for the 7970?
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August 11, 2012 11:45:11 PM

ShadowdeBlob said:
Okay, great.

So would you recommend waiting for the GTX 660 Ti, or go for the 7970?

The benches on that 660 ti will be out next week. It would be worth waiting for imo so you don't make any mistakes or have any second guesses. No need to jump the gun so close to release time.
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August 11, 2012 11:48:45 PM

Why_Me said:
The benches on that 660 ti will be out next week. It would be worth waiting for imo so you don't make any mistakes or have any second guesses. No need to jump the gun so close to release time.


Okay, looks like a waiting game for now then. I'll get back to you when I've had a good look at the benchmarks next week. :) 
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August 14, 2012 1:56:12 AM

Okay, so I've managed to extend my budget to $1500 and I've put together my final build.

I'm quite happy with it, I just want a guru or someone with a good knowledge base to quickly go over it and point out anything I've missed.

Intel Core i5 3570K @ $235.00

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler @ $36.00

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard @ $155.00

G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 @ $55.00

Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB OC Edition V2 @ $399.00

CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W Power Supply @ $135.00

Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard @ $69.00

Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 @ $115.00

NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case 921RB-BL @ $70

Asus VS229H-P 22-Inch LED Monitor @ $153.00

Gigabyte M6900 Optical Gaming Mouse @ $22.00

Pioneer DVR-220LBKS Black 24xDVDRW OEM @ $29.00

With a shipping fee of $80.

Oh and if there's anyway to cut the price a tiny bit anywhere, please tell me, as I'd love to fit in a HDTV tuner as well. ;) 

Hopefully It all looks good and I can go ahead and put the order in. :) 
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August 14, 2012 3:24:34 AM

ShadowdeBlob said:
Okay, so I've managed to extend my budget to $1500 and I've put together my final build.

I'm quite happy with it, I just want a guru or someone with a good knowledge base to quickly go over it and point out anything I've missed.

Intel Core i5 3570K @ $235.00

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler @ $36.00

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard @ $155.00

G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 @ $55.00

Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB OC Edition V2 @ $399.00

CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W Power Supply @ $135.00

Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard @ $69.00

Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 @ $115.00

NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case 921RB-BL @ $70

Asus VS229H-P 22-Inch LED Monitor @ $153.00

Gigabyte M6900 Optical Gaming Mouse @ $22.00

Pioneer DVR-220LBKS Black 24xDVDRW OEM @ $29.00

With a shipping fee of $80.

Oh and if there's anyway to cut the price a tiny bit anywhere, please tell me, as I'd love to fit in a HDTV tuner as well. ;) 

Hopefully It all looks good and I can go ahead and put the order in. :) 

Ditch that Cooler Master psu and go with a solid brand like Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, Antec, Silverstone or Enermax.


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August 14, 2012 8:15:42 AM

azeem40 said:
GTX 670 performs better than the 7950 for the same price. Get a TX750 V2, on sale for $100 after promo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Concerning the GTX 670, I'm looking at the Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB OC Edition V2, (http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...)

and from these benchmarks, (http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=598)
it seems the 7950 would be the better card. Especially with the extra GB of vram. Also it's $70 less than the 670.

EDIT: Okay, I'd prefer the GTX 670, but the cheapest I can get it here in Australia would be
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
and I really don't have that extra $90 for it..
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August 14, 2012 5:58:04 PM

I forgot you were in AUS. Ignore my advice then.
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