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October 2, 2012 7:53:42 AM

Hi guys, a friend of mine wants a new "top of the range" PC for "3d gaming that will also be used in 3d engineering design". I'm not exactly sure what 3d gaming or 3d engineering design I've come to you.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next fortnight

Budget Range: $3000 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3d engineering design

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except peripherals

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parts Preferences: Not fussed

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: He wants the computer to be as silent as possible.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: He wants a "top of the range" PC for 3d gaming and 3d engineering design that will last him a couple of years without having to upgrade again.

Thanks for your time. :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 10:43:02 AM

A fellow Aussie in these forums, good to see.

CPU: i7-3770k. $335

Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $145

RAM: G.Skill Ares 16GB (4x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $85
EDIT: Go with BigTrolls kit. didn't realize that the 4x4GB and 2x8GB were the same price.

PSU: Silverstone Strider 850W, 80+ Silver fully modular. $158
Only really need 750W, but its a $9 difference between this and the 750W supply. Might as well.

GPU: Gigabyte HD7970 Ghz edition. $475

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $80
Get the 2TB model if he needs the storage.

SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $110

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $36
If your friend might overclock pretty heavily, may want to step this up.

Case: This is largely personal, he has to like the look of it. So here's my recommendations.

Coolermaster HAF-XM. $149
My personal pick.

Corsair Carbide 500R. $145
Also available in white.

NZXT Phantom. $170
Various colours available.

Monitor: Two options I can see at this point, a 120hz monitor or a triple Eyefinity set-up. The 120Hz monitor will lead to much smoother action on screen, while the triple Eyfinity will give you more screen space and peripheral vision. So something like this.
Ask your friend what he would prefer.

120hz option: BenQ XL2420T 24in. $500

Eyefinity option: 3x ASUS VS248H 24in. $192 x3 = $576
And an Active Displayport adapter, will need this unless you get a Displayport monitor. $45

Total (Phantom Case and 120Hz): $2094
Total (Phantom Case and Eyefinity): $2215
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a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 5:17:04 PM

This case down below comes with a built in multi channel fan controller to control the fan speed along with a large 200mm side fan. Larger fan means slower RPM's which equals quiet. That case also includes dust filters, SSD bay, and an LED on/off switch. $145.00
Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black $149.00
Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P 80 PLUS Silver 100% modular $179.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard $335.00
Intel Core i7 3770K $36.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $85.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10D-16GAO 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 $21.00
Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW $85.00
Western Digital WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX $179.00
Plextor PX-256M5S 256GB SSD $419.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WF2 2GB $419.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WF2 2GB $499.00
BenQ XL2420T 24in LED Widescreen Gaming Monitor $175.00
Nvidia 3D Vision 2 GeForce Glasses Kit

Total: $2,726.00 inc. GST $139.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM <----- another look at that case <----- additional case fans <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

Here's a board to look at if your looking to cut cost yet still have a solid board that supports SLI. $145.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard <----- review that board w/benchmarks $169.00
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard $95.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10D-16GAB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 $169.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10Q-32GAO 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 $189.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10Q-32GAB 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3
October 3, 2012 12:05:46 AM

TheBigTroll said:
quit misleading him. there is like zero performance gain with faster ram

do you know ANYTHING about 3D applications and their workloads?

obviously not with a comment like that
a b 4 Gaming
October 3, 2012 12:15:52 AM

im sure risking the damage of the CPU (high voltage ram) and voiding your intel warranty is worth 1-2% more speed. im so going to pay almost 4 times more money just so that i can gain that little bump in speed
October 3, 2012 3:06:35 AM

TheBigTroll said:
im sure risking the damage of the CPU (high voltage ram) and voiding your intel warranty is worth 1-2% more speed. im so going to pay almost 4 times more money just so that i can gain that little bump in speed

You're a Clueless Troll
a b 4 Gaming
October 3, 2012 10:35:31 AM

cool story bro xD