Hey guys I'm looking to build a new rig primarily used for gaming. I want to spend under $1500. I live in Brisbane, Australia and would prefer to buy from umart.com.au.
When the time comes to build a new PC, I usually browse through the forums here and copy someone's system that has received lots of good feedback. This time I thought I might give making my own thread a shot! I really appreciate any advice because when it comes to this stuff, I'm not that cluey.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP! Looking to buy something this weekend.
Budget Range: $1200 - $1500. I'll spend more if it's worth it but whatever I save on parts I will put into a nicer monitor.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Most important is gaming. I live for the frames per second and I don't need to jack games up to their highest resolution to get the most out of them. I just enjoy a smooth ride.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes but don't include that in the budget please. Currently looking at the BenQ XL2420T but any suggestions and feedback would be great
Parts to Upgrade: None. I want to start fresh.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: umart.com.au
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Parts Preferences: I've always used AMD but maybe it's time I give intel a shot. Really though I'm not fussed. Comes down to whatever is better value.
SLI or Crossfire: Shrug
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The current PC is being a total b*tch. Heaps of fps lag lately. It's time to move on.
Ignore their ugly website, just download the pdf pricelist and call your local to check stock.
With your screen...
I too have been looking at 120Hz screens with the fine tooth comb recently, and are thinking of going that way (maybe...). For me, it's not all about maintaining massive frame rates (beyond the regular 60 FPS) with a multi GPU setup... but more about being able to disable V-Sync and extra frame buffering while you play so that you can cut out the lag/delay that syncing creates. If you turn off V-Sync with a 60Hz screen, when your GPU goes past 60FPS you get the 'screen tearing' effect which is unplayable.
A GPU like the gtx670 will push well past 60FPS on ultra details for the bulk of games currently available.
With that reasoning in mind, for many, I would argue the extra cost is NOT really worth it. When you consider you can get an awesome 60Hz screen for under $200, with 2ms response etc, and the cheapest 120Hz screen is $420-$450, it's a lot extra for relatively small gains.
Many would argue 120Hz is a waste, and that gaming beyond 60FPS is pointless as we can't perceive anything near even 60Hz anyway. My own investigations/experimenting with high quality 60Hz screens and a new 120Hz recently acquired by a friend has me questioning science
SO, if you're highly fussy when it comes to response and appreciate a small amount of extra 'smoothness' with on screen motion, then it might be worth a look. If you get the chance to have a look at one before purchasing would be ideal, because they are just so much more expensive.
Thanks for the replies and advice guys! Much appreciated.
the cheapest 120Hz screen is $420-$450, it's a lot extra for relatively small gains.
I totally agree. I've already got a decent 60hz monitor and I'm thinking that I might hold back from upgrading until the cost comes down to a more reasonable level...
Also... check if you can get to and MSY store. They often have the gear for a bit cheaper, and if you can pick up, saves you a shipping fee.
MSY is great and about 5 minutes from my place. Umart is around the same price as MSY (some parts are cheaper, some parts more expensive but never by more than $5-$10) the reason I choose umart is that it's really easy to access previous orders and print your receipts and stuff.
But anyways back to the build stuff! There are a few parts that are consistently recommended such as the 3570k, Asrock z77 EXtreme4 so that's an easy choice. The graphics card will be a harder choice but I'm kinda leaning towards the GTX 670 instead of the 660... Haven't decided what case either...