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Need A Gaming Rig For Under $1500~ (AUD)

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August 22, 2012 2:25:46 PM

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for the help. This is what my new baby will look like:

CPU
Intel 3570K - $234
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $36
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

Mobo
Asrock Z77-EXTREME4 - $145
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

RAM
G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800(GS-F3-1600C9D-8GAO) - $55
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_review.phtml?id=10&bid...

SSD
Samsung 128GB SSD 830 Series - $112
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

GPU
Gigabyte GF GTX 670 OC - $459
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

PSU
Antec HCG-750 750W High Current Gamer - $135
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

DVD
Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA (SH-S223C-BL) - $19
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

Case
Fractal Arc Midi - $128
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

TOTAL:
$1323


OP:

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.

Overclocking: Maybe...

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.

More about : gaming rig 1500 aud

August 22, 2012 2:34:02 PM

i5 3570k
Asrock extreme 4
Havik 140
8 GB G.SKill Ares
GTX 660ti
Corsair TX650
Corsair 400R
OCZ Agility 4 128 SSD
1 TB WD Black

If you looking at the BenQ XL2420T 120HZ you will need more graphical power to keep your fps @ 120. Two 680's or 7970's will be awesome but out of your budget. For gaming the 660ti will meet you need
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August 22, 2012 11:46:45 PM

Thanks Redeemer!

I could be convinced to splurge a bit more than $1500 if it's going to be worth it but an extra $1K probably won't go down well with the missus :D 
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August 23, 2012 4:46:35 AM

This is a copy & paste from another build I posted. You can probably find these same components at umart.



Any suggestions please leave a comment. Thanks![/quotemsg]
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $105.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $135.00
Antec High Current Gamer 750W Power Supply HCG-750

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $155.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $235.00
Intel Core i5 3570K

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $36.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $55.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $21.00
Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $89.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

Total: $831.00 inc. GST



http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $319.00
Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 2GB Overclocked

or...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa... <------ GTX 660 ti 2GB


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $99.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $105.00
SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $119.00
Acer S220HQLBD 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor

or...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $125.00
LG E2251T-BN 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor

or...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $139.00
Samsung S22B300B 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor

or...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $145.00
ASUS VE228H 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor
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August 23, 2012 11:41:54 AM

Hey mate. This list is pretty darned similar to Why_Me's build. With one or two edits... just personal preferences really. I'll link from PCCaseGear too (they present the info all nice)

CPU - Intel 3570K $235.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO - $36
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $149
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $55
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD - Samsung 830 Series 128GB - $115
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 - $89
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU -Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked 2GB- $469
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CASE - Coolermaster HAF RC-912A - $105
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU - Antec High Current Gamer 750W - $135
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive - $22
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$1410

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.

http://msy.com.au/

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.

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August 25, 2012 2:05:05 PM

Thanks for the replies and advice guys! Much appreciated.

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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...

Quote:
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...

This is where I'm at:

CPU
Intel 3570K - $234
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $36
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

Mobo
Asrock Z77-EXTREME4 - $145
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

RAM
G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800(GS-F3-1600C9D-8GAO) - $55
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_review.phtml?id=10&bid...

SSD
OCZ Agility 4 128G SATA3 SSD - $109
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

GPU
Gigabyte GF GTX 670 OC - $465
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

PSU
Antec HCG-750 750W High Current Gamer - $135
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

DVD
Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA (SH-S223C-BL) - $19
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

Case
1. Fractal Design Define R3 Case Titanium USB3.0 - $139
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...
2. Silverstone TJ08E - $99
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...
3. CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced - $99
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...
4. NZXT Phantom 410 - $129
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

TOTAL:
$1297 - $1337 (1337... nice)


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August 26, 2012 2:12:40 PM

Those umart prices look great, and if they are close to you it's a bonus. Your list is looking really good. Just a personal preference, but I would chose a different SSD:

http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

It's only $5 more and while they are both a similar class, I would trust the reliability of the Samsung.

Case is always a tough choice... Not deliberately trying to add to the confusion but my 2 favourites at the moment are:

Fractal Arc Midi
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

Better look:
http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&...

Corsair Carbide 400R
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id...

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August 26, 2012 2:31:49 PM

you should change that ssd to a Samsung 830 series 128gb
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August 26, 2012 2:52:24 PM

Done!

Formata I like those two cases as well!! I need to do some serious soul searching and make a decision on the case over the next 24 hours..
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August 27, 2012 12:58:25 PM

Alright. I had good look into it and I am going with the Fractal Arc Midi (thanks Formata!)

Final build updated in first post.
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August 28, 2012 10:59:54 AM

List looks awesome. Just checking you don't need a HDD for extra storage? Don't want to clutter up that nice SSD with stuff that doesn't need to be on there.

Arc Midi is a really nice, stylish case, great to build in. Tom's used it in their high budget build end of last year (Epic System):

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-core-i7-s...:

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August 29, 2012 7:26:46 AM

Yeah I'm all good for HDD space, just going to transfer over the current ones :) 

Picking this up on Friday... !!! Will report in on the awesomeness.
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