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September 2, 2012 8:40:02 PM

Hi, I'm building a computer for a mate.
He doesn't want me to build it myself, so I'm buying it from umart and letting them build it.
I'm from Australia so if anyone knows of a cheaper shop please say.
He will be mostly using it for gaming, which is why I picked such an expensive graphics card.

Anyway, im just making sure these parts are compatible and that they are the best I can get for the money ($1800)
CPU:Intel Core i7 3770K/3.50GHz/8MB CACHE/LGA1155 Ivy Bridge
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w Transparent 12cm
Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H MB, Intel Z77 Chipset, Socket 1155, 4x DDR, SATA3, USB3.0, GbELAN, 7.1 CH
RAM:G Skill 8G(2x4G)DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800(CL9D-8GBSR2)
Hard drive:Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache
Graphics card:Gigabyte GV-R797TO-3GD ATI HD 7970 GHz Edition PCI-E 3.0, 3GB 384-bit GDDR5, Base:1050 Boost: 1100/6
Monitor:Benq GL2450HM 24"W LED G-BLACK/DVI/HDMI/SPK
DVD Drive:LiteON SATA DVD-RW 24X Black
Case:CoolerMaster RC430 Elite Black No PSU
PSU:Antec ATX EarthWatts 750W
OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM(Microsoft OEM Terms&condition apply)

He does want to over clock the CPU at some stage, my guess is to maybe 4.2-4.4GHz.
Ive tried to research all parts thoroughly to make sure they are compatible.
He may want to Crossfire, but I dont think he can with current motherboard.
Please give any suggestions as I don't want to mess this computer up.
Thank you.

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September 3, 2012 2:15:00 AM

If the system is for gaming then consider a step down on the CPU to an i5-3570K. i7 price different doesn't give better gaming (hyperthreading not really useful in games that need fewer fast threads) http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Your system is a monster. You sure one monitor is enough? The video card is loafing at ultra settings in most games unless he is trying 3D or unless you go to 3 monitor surround setting. (no point in buying huge video card to go from 100 FPS to 150 FPS on a monitor that displays 60 FPS).

Consider two disk drives raid 0 or a larger drive than the 1TB you've spec'd. Something like STEAM for games eats disk space (but is much nicer than trying to keep track of DVDs)
September 3, 2012 3:53:39 AM

tsnor said:
If the system is for gaming then consider a step down on the CPU to an i5-3570K. i7 price different doesn't give better gaming (hyperthreading not really useful in games that need fewer fast threads) http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Your system is a monster. You sure one monitor is enough? The video card is loafing at ultra settings in most games unless he is trying 3D or unless you go to 3 monitor surround setting. (no point in buying huge video card to go from 100 FPS to 150 FPS on a monitor that displays 60 FPS).

Consider two disk drives raid 0 or a larger drive than the 1TB you've spec'd. Something like STEAM for games eats disk space (but is much nicer than trying to keep track of DVDs)


Thanks for the info, I might swap out the CPU as stated, do you think that the PSU that I've specified will provide enough power?

If it isn't, what PSU will I use, and if it's not ATX, what case should I swap out to?
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September 3, 2012 4:07:14 AM

djbros2 said:
Thanks for the info, I might swap out the CPU as stated, do you think that the PSU that I've specified will provide enough power?

If it isn't, what PSU will I use, and if it's not ATX, what case should I swap out to?


Give us a budget, and we'll do one.

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September 3, 2012 4:11:09 AM
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any good 750w ps will be fine for one card. if he wants to sli down the road then i would look into a larger power supply. also look into the 670 and 660ti video cards. what you want to look at is cost per frame rate in most games. the 680 is one of the fastest cards out there but it overpriced at the 670 is only a little slower then the 680 but it at a better price point then the 680.
then same is for the 7970 and the 7800 line of ati cards.
September 3, 2012 9:46:35 AM

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September 3, 2012 11:03:38 AM

Thanks everyone for the help, ive decided to change the graphics card to a 670 OCed and save some money. As well as change the PSU from a Earth watts 750 to true power 750w, if that was a stupid idea, please tell me.
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