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$1200-1500 Gaming Pc build- looking for more advice

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September 22, 2012 3:14:46 PM

so after taking in some advice and doing more research I've revised my previous build and made some changes, it would be great if you guys could look over the build and make sure its all compatible, and also suggestions as to wether im making the best choices.

Approximate Purchase Date: Late 2012

Budget Range: about $1200-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: primarily gaming, though also watching videos and general web surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and

Location: W.A, Australia

Overclocking: Maybe in after I've researched it a bit

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, i would like the option to get a second 7970 and run with crossfire

So heres the build so far.

PCPartPicker part list
CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($181.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1256.66


Any ideas or further revisions would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($181.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1256.66


Any ideas or further revisions would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

" target="_blank">CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($181.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1256.66


Any ideas or further revisions would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($181.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1256.66


Any ideas or further revisions would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

September 22, 2012 4:26:50 PM

Very solid build
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September 22, 2012 6:49:28 PM

Having broadband issues at moment and can't get links to work, to check. You want to make sure RAM is sufficiently low profile, not to clash with cooler.
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September 22, 2012 6:53:12 PM

Looks great!

I'd get G.Skill RipJaws X 1600Mhz instead though.
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September 22, 2012 6:59:23 PM

arzbhatia said:
Looks great!

I'd get G.Skill RipJaws X 1600Mhz instead though.


Doesn't that RAM have the heatspreaders?
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September 22, 2012 8:33:11 PM

Ah well, it does. I just saw that you're getting the Hyper 212. I use my RipJaws X (24GB) (2 kits) with a H100.

Does the H212 really need low profile RAMS?
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September 22, 2012 10:02:12 PM

arzbhatia said:
Ah well, it does. I just saw that you're getting the Hyper 212. I use my RipJaws X (24GB) (2 kits) with a H100.

Does the H212 really need low profile RAMS?


Most people say it does.
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September 22, 2012 10:50:02 PM

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $105.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

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... $145.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $235.00
Intel Core i5 3570K

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $45.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

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... $21.00
Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $79.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $99.00
Plextor PX-128M5S 128GB SSD

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $425.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WF2 2GB

Total: $1,364.00 inc. GST




Here's a money saver worth looking at. That cpu h/s down below was just released recently (EVO edition) and it fits in that case. Just add a couple of 120mm case fans to that case down below. "shopbot.au" is worth giving a go.


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $59.00
CoolerMaster K350 Gamer USB 3.0

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $25.00
CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Evo

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $355.00
Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB OC Edition V2
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September 22, 2012 10:55:11 PM

arzbhatia said:
Looks great!

I'd get G.Skill RipJaws X 1600Mhz instead though.

Why would you? Because of those tall heat spreaders that are for people who like shiny gimmicks? The EVO clears the Ripjaws but barely. You would be lucky to slip a piece of paper between the bottom of that cooler and the top of those heat spreaders. Tall shiny heat spreaders are only good when you plan on over clocking your RAM but no need to these days when you can just buy the RAM for the rated speed you want.
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September 23, 2012 7:19:39 AM

Thanks for all the reply's guys, just a quick question about what would your recommendations for a PSU the one i listed above isn't stocked by PC Case Gear so if you have any suggestions they would be great

Just a note im looking for a PSU that is 750w+ and is at least 80+ bronze and preferably modular.
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September 23, 2012 7:26:44 AM

N4V3S said:
Thanks for all the reply's guys, just a quick question about what would your recommendations for a PSU the one i listed above isn't stocked by PC Case Gear so if you have any suggestions they would be great

Just a note im looking for a PSU that is 750w+ and is at least 80+ bronze and preferably modular.

XFX psu's cost a lot of money in Oz. No idea why but their expensive. That Antec I posted is bronze rated and it's 750w.

http://www.shopbot.com.au/ <---- give this a try.
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September 23, 2012 7:33:13 AM

Why_Me said:
XFX psu's cost a lot of money in Oz. No idea why but their expensive. That Antec I posted is bronze rated and it's 750w.

http://www.shopbot.com.au/ <---- give this a try.


Cheers for the reply, that PSU looks pretty good so ill think go with that. Is it modular though?
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September 23, 2012 8:15:51 AM

N4V3S said:
Cheers for the reply, that PSU looks pretty good so ill think go with that. Is it modular though?

Nope, but this one down below is and Silverstone makes some pretty solid psu's.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $149.00
Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P 80 PLUS Silver - 100% modular
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