My First Build: $1500 Gaming Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 or 2 months

Budget Range: $1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, photo editing, video editing and video capture.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't mind

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Don't mind

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

CPU: Intel Core™ i7-3770K
Motherboard: AsRock Fatal1ty Z77-Performance
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600
Hard Drives: Samsung 830 series 64G & WD 3.5" Blue 1TB WD10EZEX SATA3 64M 7200rpm HDD
Graphics Card: ASUS 2GB GTX 670
Power Supply: Corsair HX-650
Cooling: Corsair H100
Case: Corsair 400R
Optical Drive: Lite-On SATA DVD RW

What do you guys think? Advice appreciated. :)
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  1. i7 3770k
    Gigabyte UD5H
    8 GB G.Skill Trident X 2400
    Sapphire Vapor X 7970 3GB
    Corsair TX 650

    Some applications benefit higher memory speed up to 20-30%
  2. Best answer
    Drop the H100 - go with a Noctua D14 instead. And then upgrade your SSD to a 128GB model, and the motherboard is kind of overkill. You could drop that to the Z77 Extreme 4 and save some money there.

    Otherwise pretty good choices all around.
  3. -Drop the H100....... Phanteks PH-TC14PE , Thermalright Silver Shadow or Noc DH-14 in that order,14.html

    -Upgrade to the 500R which is exact same price in black ... at least up this way

    The 500R is well worth every extra penny over the 400R.

    Switch to low profile, low voltage memory for lower heat and better cooler clearance

    -On the HD, blue = slow, 64 GB is too small. Consider a hybrid SSD/HD if budget is tight.
  4. Is there any alternative to the Noctua D14, I hate the colour. Yeah the motherboard is overkill but I was going with a black/red theme but I would save quite alot of money so I'll go with the extreme 4.
  5. Ok I'll switch to the Vengeance and get a 120GB SSD and the Seagate Momentus HDD you listed.
  6. Give me a second. I'll do something
  7. Are we taking into account the fact that the stores need to be in australia?
  8. Ok I've changed quite a few things.

    CPU: Intel Core™ i7-3770K
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    Hard Drives: SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB & Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
    Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
    Power Supply: Corsair TX650M
    Cooling: Most likely Noctua D-14 but is there any other alternative, I hate the colour!
    Case: Corsair 500R
    Optical Drive: Lite-On SATA DVD RW
  9. I'm buying all these parts online, so as long as they ship to Australia it's fine.
  10. Btw do you guys know if Newegg ship to Australia?
  11. THe problem is that your price may vary. For example. Newegg offers pretty good prices most of the time -- but they don't ship to australia.. Assuming any of the parts you chose were from Newegg...
  12. Ok I'll try Amazon.
  13. Anonymous said:

    Cooling: Most likely Noctua D-14 but is there any other alternative, I hate the colour!

    Someone recommended the EVGA Supercool to me earlier. I've been looking into it, and it seems there is less than a degree difference in the Noctua and the EVGA from several sources. Here is a link to legit reviews, but ocn and occ have several threads that mirror the result.

    And, it looks better than the Noctua IMO
  14. I'm trying Amazon as well.
  15. Also i highly suggest you pick your 670's wisely not all are on the same level i would be all over that Asus 670 TOP for its high factory overclock, improved cooler,heavily modified PCB, with an efficient VRM design to produce low temperatures, improved voltage regulation circuitry, much better ChiL controller , specially binned chip and voltage control and monitoring support that you won't find on most other non-reference cards. It looks aggressive to me and indeed is quite a monster let's keep it on the real not only does it preform top notch most cards bow down or wish they had legs so they could run in fear when 670 TOP enters the room all bets are off. :o

    Uploaded with TechPoweUp gives the 670 TOP an 10.0 rating, the only 10.0 rating ever

    Quote :

    "Overall the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II is the best card I ever tested.I simply can't find anything wrong with it". P.S. they should of made the song for the TOP fit's it to a tee lol.
  16. How about the Sapphire Vapor X 7970 the other 670's are not on the level of Asus TOP and some run hot i would only suggest Asus Top or MSI PE 670 the rest are not very impressive imo anyway i know i sure wouldn't spend that kind of money on any other one.
  17. Also I can't find the EVGA Supercool on Amazon.
  18. The ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II is way over my budget! I'll just get the standard ASUS GTX 670.
  19. The Sapphire Vapor X 7970 is still $80 more then the Asus gtx 670.
  20. Anonymous said:
    The Sapphire Vapor X 7970 is still $80 more then the Asus gtx 670.
    Yikes forget it then ;)
  21. Hmmmm. It's showing up on Amazon here in the states. Try this link: EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler M020-00-000234
  22. OK yep that worked thanks. You reckon I should get thermal paste or is the one included decent?
  23. Maybe just get a 7950 those are good a little weaker than a 670 but should be cheaper
  24. Yeah I was thinking about getting some artic silver.
  25. Which brand 7950 is the best?
  26. I don't know about the pre-applied stuff. I always keep some artic silver in the kit for those situations. :D
  27. Should I get the EVGA Superclock or Corsair H100?
  28. Anonymous said:
    Which brand 7950 is the best?
    I think MSI,ASUS,SAPPHIRE would be only brands i ever mess with but pretty much from what i have heard there all decent
  29. Up until a few hours ago, I was dead set on a Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme, a similar product to the Corsair H100. But after this response in my thread, I did some heavy research across several review sites. Closed circuit water cooling solutions have a number of drawbacks that steered me clear of them now. Because they are closed (and a relatively new tech) their longevity is questionable. With traditional water cool builds, you treat the fluid on a regular basis to ensure it's efficiency, etc. With closed systems, you can't really do that. Also, even the higher end ones such as the H100 and Water 2.0, often resulted in a mere ~2 deg temp difference, but they command a ~$50 dollar premium.

    Don't get me wrong, they have their benefits, and they look better IMO. But, the drawbacks, for me, steered me back to tower coolers. Unless you plan on doing some heavy overclocking, I would stick with a good air cooler.
  30. Ok which would be better the ASUS HD7950 DirectCU II or the Asus GTX 670?
  31. OK I think I'll just go with the Noctua NH-C14 or DH-14
  32. I don't own either card so i can't say i can tell you want benchmarks say or give you links to benchmarks if that will help
  33. I'm going with the 670. The 7970 will barely outperform the 670 if you overclock it, but just about everywhere I've looked, there is a performance increase worth the few extra bucks from the 7950 to 670.
  34. Ok I think I will go with the Asus GTX 670.
  35. Glad I could help, even if it was just a little. :D

    Good luck with the build.
  36. OK here's my final build:

    CPU: Intel Core™ i7-3770K
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    Storage: SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB & Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB
    Graphics Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 670
    Power Supply: Corsair TX-650M
    Cooling: Corsair Noctua NH-C14
    Case: Corsair 500R
    Optical Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive

    Thank you guys so much! You have all been a great help! :D
  37. Best answer selected by TheSharpShooter.
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