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[New Build] $1500 Gaming Build

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August 27, 2012 2:26:46 AM


Howdy peoples,
I'm looking to build a computer for $1500. I would like it to be able to max out pretty much any game if possible. Thanks! :D 


Approximate Purchase Date: 1st November

Budget Range: $1400-1500 After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching movies, Surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: Everything!


Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: If you could recommend some mouses, keyboards (mechanical only please!), and also a monitor.

Why Are You Upgrading: Making the big transition from xbox 360 to PC gaming.
August 27, 2012 3:35:02 AM

Jesus man, Australia is crazy expensive. $500+ for a gtx 670? That's insane!

Here's the best I could get ya for $1500...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.70 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($133.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($145.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1373.70
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 13:32 EST+1000)

I didn't include a SSD simply because it would put you over budget if you plan on getting any kind of gaming mouse and keyboard from Australia. I couldn't even find very many options; therefore, I'm gonna leave that up to you. Honestly, any wired keyboard and laser mouse will do you just fine.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Hope you find this helpful; good luck!
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August 27, 2012 4:46:15 AM

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

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... $99.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM

Total: $1,035.00 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... $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


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $39.00
Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse
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August 28, 2012 4:01:48 AM

DeusAres said:
Jesus man, Australia is crazy expensive. $500+ for a gtx 670? That's insane!

Here's the best I could get ya for $1500...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.70 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($133.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($145.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1373.70
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 13:32 EST+1000)

I didn't include a SSD simply because it would put you over budget if you plan on getting any kind of gaming mouse and keyboard from Australia. I couldn't even find very many options; therefore, I'm gonna leave that up to you. Honestly, any wired keyboard and laser mouse will do you just fine.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Hope you find this helpful; good luck!


The 7950 is a bit underpowered, any way I could upgrade to maybe a gtx 670 or a 7970 that is within my budget? Everything else looks pretty good.
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August 28, 2012 4:06:39 AM

I had a look at this with the pcpartpicker.
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card $499.00 @ Mwave Australia
Would that be ok? Would I need a high wattage power supply?
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August 28, 2012 4:15:01 AM

Moose_Dick said:
I had a look at this with the pcpartpicker.
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card $499.00 @ Mwave Australia
Would that be ok? Would I need a high wattage power supply?



Yes, that would be good and you won't need anymore than 500-600 watts for a single GPU such as the hd 7970.
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