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1600$ build for a friend

Budget: 1600 max but prefer to keep it 1500 ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, broswing the web and watching videos.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

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

Location: sydney, Australia

Parts Preferences: 3570k, 660 ti, ga-z77x-ud3h, and most importantly NZXT Phantom. my friend is very picky and will not settle for any other case.

Overclocking: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: buying a new desktop as he has been using laptops for gaming. should be able to handle bf3 and other games really well so 660 ti seems legit.
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  1. im going to get him the phantom 410 then. its a smaller version of the phantom

    phantom 410
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18956

    http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/gC9l
  2. TheBigTroll said:
    im going to get him the phantom 410 then. its a smaller version of the phantom

    phantom 410
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18956

    http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/gC9l

    okay i will propose the 410 to him. but do you know if the seagate barracuda comes with any warranty? if not then wouldnt the WD caviar blue be better with 2 year warranty and same performance for the same price?
  3. Best answer
    Hi there. An idea of what you can build with that budget at PCaseGear:

    CPU - Intel 3570K $234.00
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20138

    CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO - $36
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670

    MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $149
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867

    RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $55
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19632

    SSD - Samsung 830 Series 128GB - $110
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1370&products_id=20429

    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 - $88
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747

    GPU - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked 2GB- $459
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20209

    CASE - NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case Black - $169
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_238&products_id=15089

    Personally not a huge fan of that case... just think its overpriced and I don't like the whole sci-fi look. But your choice. My prefs are:

    Corsair Carbide 400R Black Mid-Tower Case - $118
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=18306

    OR

    Fractal Design Arc Mid Tower - $119
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_1055&products_id=17053

    PSU - Antec High Current Gamer 750W - $135 (Plenty of juice for a a 2nd gtx 670 down the track, if you ever decide to go that way)
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=16142

    OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive - $22
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=19482

    $1457 (with your mate's exy case)

    OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $99
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=17003
  4. Formata said:
    Hi there. An idea of what you can build with that budget at PCaseGear:

    CPU - Intel 3570K $234.00
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20138

    CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO - $36
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670

    MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $149
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867

    RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $55
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19632

    SSD - Samsung 830 Series 128GB - $110
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1370&products_id=20429

    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 - $88
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747

    GPU - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked 2GB- $459
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20209

    CASE - NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case Black - $169
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_238&products_id=15089

    Personally not a huge fan of that case... just think its overpriced and I don't like the whole sci-fi look. But your choice. My prefs are:

    Corsair Carbide 400R Black Mid-Tower Case - $118
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=18306

    OR

    Fractal Design Arc Mid Tower - $119
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_1055&products_id=17053

    PSU - Antec High Current Gamer 750W - $135 (Plenty of juice for a a 2nd gtx 670 down the track, if you ever decide to go that way)
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=16142

    OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive - $22
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=19482

    $1457 (with your mate's exy case)

    OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $99
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=17003

    okay thanks for the help
  5. Best answer selected by tuganu.
  6. the silverstone psu is a better unit
  7. TheBigTroll said:
    the silverstone psu is a better unit

    I know that silverstone provide amazing quality for the price but. id rather go with a more known brand.
  8. lol thats kinda like saying id rather get a corolla instead of a Bentley because they are more common and known by others (might have exaggerated a bit here). the silverstone is a better unit.
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