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Some advice please on approx $1500 build Australian$

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September 8, 2012 8:56:51 AM

Howdy,

Have an idea on the parts, but would like some advice as I have likely overlooked something.



Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: Up to $1500 Australian approx.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games/Home

Are you buying a monitor: No, have 2x Samsung SyncMaster S23B350


Parts to Upgrade: Power supply, RAM, Case, HDD, MB, Video card, CPU

Do you need to buy OS: No - Win7 64Bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would likely be purchasing from: umart.com.au or megabuy.com.au, unless there is a better suggestion

Location: City: Brisbane. State: Queensland. Country: Australia.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Currently have AMD want to change to Intel

Overclocking: If I was given instructions, I would like to.

SLI or Crossfire: No, just the 1 Video card

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Price is not set at $1500. Very happy to take a lower option, but would like SSD and fast CPU.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The time for change, is NOW!

What I have in mind is:

Corsair TX-750 V2 750W ATX Power $141
G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL) $52
CoolerMaster RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF Advanced Black Case USB3.0 $168
Corsair 120GB Neutron SSD $129
Western Digital 1TB Green 64MB SATAII WD10EURS AV-GP $115
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H 4DDR3 1600 RAID PCIE3.0 SATA3 USB3 ATX HDMI DVI $268
Gigabyte GF GTX 670 OC EDITION PCI-E 3.0 2GB 256-bit DDR5 $454
Intel Core i5 3570 LGA1155 CPU 3.4Ghz 6Mb Cache Ivy Bridge $219

Approx: $1550 Australian $
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September 8, 2012 9:47:37 AM

The build as you have it is pretty good, and its awesome to see another Aussie on these forums.

PSU is good.

GPU is good, though getting the non OC version would be cheaper, and you can OC the thing yourself to the same speeds for free.

RAM is good.

Case is very good, I personally have the case above that (The HAF-X) and am very satisfied.

You can get a better SSD, I recommend this one.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $114
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

Just because you have an SSD doesnt mean you can skimp on the HDD. Theres no real reason for green drives in any application (IMO). Also WD are very expensive given their competitor Seagate is just as good and significantly cheaper.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $80
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=5
Despite costing less, this drive is faster.

Is that a typo? That motherboard shouldn't cost near $270.
Ah, Im thinking in American prices. Its almost a $100 cheaper over there.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In that case I recommend a different board.
AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $145
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=5
Very good board this, has most of the features of higher end boards at such a low price, especially considering the inflated price on tech in Australia.

You want the 3570k, not just the 3570. The K means it has an unlocked multiplier, makes for much easier overclocking.
Intel i5-3570k. $235
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=5

Speaking of overclocking, you will need an aftermarket cooler if you want to do anything significant. This is the budget cooler to get, and should support moderate overclocks on that 3570k.
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $36
http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=5
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