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Looking to build first pc from scratch, advice on parts

Hey,

I have had a laptop for about 3 years now, have decided its time to upgrade and build a desktop for the first time, and I am totally a noob to the tech stuff, so please give any advice that would help me with it. Building it from scratch, need all parts even if i have not mentioned it, something that is suitable would be helpful.


Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks
Budget Range: $1500-$2000 (AUD) or even less if I have went for parts that are more than what i need

System Usage : Gaming (Guild wars 2, boderlands, COD?), software programming, surfing net, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (without the budget limit above) 22-23"

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.msy.com.au http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/default.php

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parts Preferences: going with Intel, open to AMD if its more reliable

Overclocking: not sure what it means exactly, maybe

SLI or Crossfire: again not sure what it means exactly, maybe

Additional Comments: I would like it to be quit and smooth, also looking at a eyefinity settings something like 3 monitors on portrait, have not decided on the monitors so far just doing more research on it, any suggestions on it would be appreciated too.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1143724/3x-120hz-eyefinity-portrait-setup/110

CPU - i5-3570k

Motherboard - z77 chipset

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB

Video Card - nVidia GTX670

Boot Drive - Sandisk Extreme SSD 550MB/s 120 GB

Operating System - Windows 7

Sound Card - something above average


Thanks.
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  1. Hey,

    So first off, if you're not very techie you probably shouldn't be building a computer, no offense or anything but a very small oversight can make the whole thing go up in smoke. If you're dead set on building one, head over to newegg.com. That's where you get your parts hands down and they have resources for first time DIYers as well as discounted package builds that you could choose from. Just remember to do tons of research on what you're getting and the process so you don't go wasting your money
  2. That is very contrary to what most people tell new builders. It is very hard to mess up building a computer. Everything only fits in one direction.
  3. jlstimmel said:
    Hey,

    So first off, if you're not very techie you probably shouldn't be building a computer, no offense or anything but a very small oversight can make the whole thing go up in smoke. If you're dead set on building one, head over to newegg.com. That's where you get your parts hands down and they have resources for first time DIYers as well as discounted package builds that you could choose from. Just remember to do tons of research on what you're getting and the process so you don't go wasting your money

    It's an Australian build. Read the OP before posting and then get back to us when Newegg starts delivering to Oz.
  4. Well, I can understand what your trying to say, but as azeem40 mentioned I have been told its quite easy to put the parts together and build it. Just not sure what I'll get after I put it together, is it going to be workable/reliable? Plus if I don't do it, I probably won't ever do it, so just looking to get my hands on it. My only concern with building it though is I might screw up when trying to do remove the bezel of the monitor :p but that's on me, just need help with parts so many to choose from...
  5. Best answer
    Here ya go. I don't know how large of a hard drive you want but I would look at Western Digital and Seagate hard drives. That XFX psu is a good one but it has short cables and it's not modular. There wasn't much of a selection between those two sites as far as power supplies go so I used PC Case Gear down at the bottom. That case has a multi channel fan controller to control your fan speed along with an LED on/off switch. It's a nice one with lots of room and great airflow.


    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/cc500r-corsair-500r-black-p-57290.html?sort=2a $145.00 INC GST
    Corsair 500R - Black

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/550s-xxb9-proseries-550w-core-edition-bronze-p-55583.html?sort=2a $75.00 INC GST
    XFX ProSeries 550W Core Edition 80+ Bronze

    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf $138
    Asus P8Z77-V-LX Z77

    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf $235
    i5-3570K

    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf $36
    Coolermaster Universal Hyper 212 EVO

    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf $55
    8G Kit 1600 G.Skill Ares

    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf $199
    Sandisk SSD Extreme 240G

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/wd1002faex-western-digital-caviar-black-p-43885.html?sort=2a $110.00 INC GST
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

    http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf $23
    Asus Dual Layer DVDRW

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/yaa0q1-0uan0bz-asus-xonar-p-59233.html?sort=2a $38.00 INC GST
    Asus Xonar DGX

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/02153-microsoft-windows-premium-service-pack-p-53048.html?sort=2a $99.00 INC GST
    Microsoft Windows 7 Premium, Service Pack 1, 64-bit - OEM


    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/2670-evga-nvidia-p-59010.html?sort=2a $479.00 INC GST
    EVGA nVidia GTX 670 2GB

    or...

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/gtx670-2gd5-asus-nvidia-dcii-p-58185.html?sort=2a $522.50 INC GST
    Asus nVidia GTX 670 DCII

    or...

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/n670oc-free-shipping-gigabyte-nvidia-gtx670-p-58115.html?sort=2a $485.00 INC GST
    Gigabyte nVidia GTX670 2GB OC


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_995&products_id=15349 $115.00
    Silverstone Strider Plus 600W ST60F-P Modular

    or...

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=19763 $115.00
    Antec High Current Gamer 620W Modular HCG-620M
  6. Nice! Thank you, why_me for the quick response, will really need to get started as my laptop just decided to have a hard disk failure shut down and won't boot :( coincidence? argh! Well can't help it, anyway I'll go through the parts tomorrow at uni and will let you know. Lot of room is always good to have!
    Just wondering if I do setup a eyefinity, how well do you think the system will perform? Work/gaming?
    Cheers!

    http://www.cpl.net.au/
  7. dee_crow said:
    Nice! Thank you, why_me for the quick response, will really need to get started as my laptop just decided to have a hard disk failure shut down and won't boot :( coincidence? argh! Well can't help it, anyway I'll go through the parts tomorrow at uni and will let you know. Lot of room is always good to have!
    Just wondering if I do setup a eyefinity, how well do you think the system will perform? Work/gaming?
    Cheers!

    http://www.cpl.net.au/

    The only thing I know about Eyefinity is that you need an AMD card. Look at the 7970, 7950, or 7870 cards.


    Also if you want the option to add a second card later on for a dual card set up then look at this board down below.

    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/extreme4-asrock-extreme4-intel-mainboard-1155-p-57327.html?sort=2a $145.00 INC GST
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Mainboard - LGA 1155

    For dual 7950's or dual 7870's you want a 750w psu. For dual 7970's look at a 850w psu. Brands such as XFX, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, and Corsair are solid power supplies.
  8. I'm not familiar with Centrecom. Are they new? Can they be trusted? Mostly I use PCCasegear for Australia.

    Australia
    MSY
    Techbuy good selection?
    PC Case Gear
    Mwave Australia
    Umart
    Scorpion Technology
    IT Estate

    It does look like between the two shops you have the best prices. Beware of MSY customer Service, I hear they are bad. Maybe get MB, CPU, and GPU from Centre Com.

    On the video cards, I would say whatever fits the budget. I think a single GTX 680 would be great. You can't get "eyefinity" with Nvidia, but you can get the same thing:
    http://www.geforce.com/optimize/guides/how-to-correctly-configure-geforce-gtx-680-surround/#1
    http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/nvidia-surround-on-the-geforce-gtx-680/#1

    For GTX 680 SLI a good 750W should be fine.

    However now that I have compared prices the 7970 might be the better choice for the budget.
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=19269

    You should not have an issue with multiple monitors for work, and good performance in games. There are drawbacks to this tech, but since you mentioned bezels already I think you know about them.

    Some alternate cases
    Cooler Master
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=19722

    Lian Li
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_30_394&products_id=17138

    Silverstone
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_1290_608&products_id=18709
  9. Best answer selected by dee_crow.
  10. Thank you guys, that was great! Not sure about centrecom just heard about it myself recently.
    nvidia surround looks sweet and love the case
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