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Circa $1600 Build Feedback Please

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September 13, 2012 1:30:33 AM

Hey Guys,
I've come up with a build that I will be getting at or just after Christmas and was hoping to get some feedback from wiser minds.
It's a Gaming PC Primarily that will be used also for word processing and casual web browsing. I already have a monitor and will be upgrading to SLI by the end of next year so thats why I have opted for a higher power psu. Once again any advice would be thoroughly appreciated and Im not biased towards any brands etc I have just based my picks off reviews I have read/watched. (Note I am in AUS so the prices may seem high for these components but they are as cheap as i can get them without a sale being on at the time, The site i find cheapest in my are is www.pccasegear.com.au)


Antec High Current Gamer 900W Power Supply HCG-900

$149.00

SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB

$99.00

Corsair 30GB Accelerator Series SSD Cache Drive

$65.00

Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive OEM

$22.00

Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard Black

$46.00

Intel Core i5 3570K

$235.00

ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Performance Motherboard

$169.00

ASUS PCE-N53 Dual Band Wireless N600 PCI-E Adapter

$59.00

Thermaltake Black Chaser MK-I Full Tower

$159.00

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 2gb AMP Edition

$550.00 (Plus $20 for postage from the US)

Corsair Vengance 16gb (2x8)

$105.00


Thanks again guys, happy computing.































September 13, 2012 1:43:55 AM

Looks ok to me, but there are some things you can cut:
1. Power supply, 550W if you won't SLI/CF, 650W if you will, 750W if 3-way. And since you only have 2 PCIe slots on your motherboard, 650W is more than enough.
2. Motherboard. The Fatality is absolutely unnecessary, unless you want the extra power phases. If not, Z77 Extreme4 is the way to go.
3. SSD. The Sandisk SSD isn't too reliable compared to Marvell/Indilinx SSDs. Get a OCZ Vertex 4 or Samsung 830.
4. Do you really need a GTX 680? The GTX 670 will suit you fine.
5. Get a cooler and low profile Vengeance RAM.
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September 13, 2012 1:46:52 AM

Haha Im an idiot i thought for sure i checked that it was an SLI capable board, obviously not. Ok so il switch for that motherboard and change the sandisk. Is the 680 seriously not worth it, I was hoping that it might save upgrading for a little while longer.
September 13, 2012 1:58:23 AM

I would skip the SSD caching drive. It's a waste of money imo.



http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $279.00
Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 2GB Overclocked

or....

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $339.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti WF2 2GB

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $145.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $135.00
Antec High Current Gamer 750W Power Supply HCG-750

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $49.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $36.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $99.00
SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $109.00
Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD Retail Box

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $52.00
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $95.00
TP-Link TL-WDR4300 N750 Wireless Dualband Gigabit Router
September 13, 2012 2:00:13 AM

fpoon said:
Looks ok to me, but there are some things you can cut:
1. Power supply, 550W if you won't SLI/CF, 650W if you will, 750W if 3-way. And since you only have 2 PCIe slots on your motherboard, 650W is more than enough.
2. Motherboard. The Fatality is absolutely unnecessary, unless you want the extra power phases. If not, Z77 Extreme4 is the way to go.
3. SSD. The Sandisk SSD isn't too reliable compared to Marvell/Indilinx SSDs. Get a OCZ Vertex 4 or Samsung 830.
4. Do you really need a GTX 680? The GTX 670 will suit you fine.
5. Get a cooler and low profile Vengeance RAM.

That Sandisk SSD utilizes SF Toggle NAND controller and is a very reliable drive. The only difference between that and the Samsung is that the Samsung utilizes a Toshiba Toggle NAND controller.
September 13, 2012 2:01:56 AM

Why_Me said:
That Sandisk SSD utilizes SF Toggle NAND controller and is a very reliable drive. The only difference between that and the Samsung is that the Samsung utilizes a Toshiba Toggle NAND controller.


My bad.
September 13, 2012 2:24:35 AM

I would check back within 2 weeks of purchase date. Too many variables with 3 months to go.
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