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New gaming build $1700~ - Last check before check out

Approximate Purchase Date: September

Budget Range: $1500-1700 AUD (total)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, frapsing games, movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Do you need to buy OS: Yes (buying OEM)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.pccasegear.com

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Parts Preferences: Always liked the look of intel ;)

Overclocking: Don't think so

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
I will mainly be using this computer to play lineage 2. I like to fraps and sometimes have to have several l2 windows open at once. I also play many steam games counter strike, assassins creed and so on.


Here is what I have picked out so far:


Keep in mind I live in australia and will be using http://www.pccasegear.com to buy my parts and they will put it together for me for 120$. expensive i guess but im terrible at computers (and something will almost certainly go wrong for me)
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  1. Best answer
    This is great :)

    The MONITOR* is a bit expensive. You can get something much better and sexier at a better price, I'm sure. And also, go for a Corsair PSU instead of CM.
  2. Switch out the 7870 for a 660 ti
    switch out the evo 212+ for an ETS-T40 (Proof that it is better - http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/enermax_ets_t40/4.htm)
  3. arzbhatia said:
    This is great :)

    The monitor is a bit expensive. You can get something much better and sexier at a better price, I'm sure. And also, go for a Corsair PSU instead of CM.


    ok thanks

    I've changed the PSU to Corsair TX-750 V2 Power Supply http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17209

    Could you recommend a better monitor? I choose samsung because I didn't have speakers and all the others had inbuilt ones that I don't need
  4. I meant monitor haha! sorry!
  5. bawchicawawa said:
    Switch out the 7870 for a 660 ti
    switch out the evo 212+ for an ETS-T40 (Proof that it is better - http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/enermax_ets_t40/4.htm)


    I switched the coolers around as there was like a 15$ difference between them

    Theres like a 50$+ difference when switching the GPU's though and im already starting to get above my budget :/
  6. Hey again

    Can someone check my final build?

    Some specific questions I have:

    1. Does this ram fit into my motherboard?

    2. Is this the best ram I can get? I see many people getting corsair vengeance or g skill ripjaws. What is best/ :D

    3. I have the factory overclocked graphics card though I don't plan on overclocking. Are there any issues there?

    4. Anything I should change even though I am on max budget. (Can't really go above $1800 AUD unless theres an issue)

    Thanks



    The same website offers a built pc http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1411&products_id=20937

    with the following:


    CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard
    Graphics: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked Edition 2GB 980MHz
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
    Solid State Drive: SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW
    Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window USB3.0
    Power supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W Modular
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
    Warranty: 1 year return-to-base warranty on assembly, see individual product pages for warranty duration on each component

    for $1,500 which seems a bit better...
  7. Best answer selected by Grond.
  8. You can get a cheaper keyboard, still mechanical. Try cooler master, or even rosewill can save you $70
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