3d Gaming Build ($3000 AUD)

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 is...so 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: www.pccasegear.com

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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  1. A fellow Aussie in these forums, good to see.

    CPU: i7-3770k. $335
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20140

    Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $145
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867

    RAM: G.Skill Ares 16GB (4x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $85
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=19630
    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
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_535&products_id=13278
    Only really need 750W, but its a $9 difference between this and the 750W supply. Might as well.

    GPU: Gigabyte HD7970 Ghz edition. $475
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1309&products_id=20995

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $80
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747
    Get the 2TB model if he needs the storage.

    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $110
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_903&products_id=19985

    CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $36
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670
    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
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=20224
    My personal pick.

    Corsair Carbide 500R. $145
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=18307
    Also available in white.

    NZXT Phantom. $170
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_238&products_id=15089
    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.
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/video_cards/Sapphire_21161-00-50R/ati_eyefinity_battle_forge.jpg
    Ask your friend what he would prefer.

    120hz option: BenQ XL2420T 24in. $500
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1210&products_id=19260

    Eyefinity option: 3x ASUS VS248H 24in. $192 x3 = $576
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1212&products_id=17297
    And an Active Displayport adapter, will need this unless you get a Displayport monitor. $45
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=19_621_625&products_id=16867

    Total (Phantom Case and 120Hz): $2094
    Total (Phantom Case and Eyefinity): $2215
  2. if you are looking for silence, this is the case to go with
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_1055&products_id=21166

    use this ram instead of the ones provided by manofchalk. less ram sticks means lower stress on the mem controller since you are running 2 sticks instead of 4. not to mention they cost the same and leaves you room for a upgrade

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=19766
  3. 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.


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=18307 $145.00
    Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_995&products_id=15350 $149.00
    Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P 80 PLUS Silver 100% modular

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19870 $179.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20140 $335.00
    Intel Core i7 3770K

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670 $36.00
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=19766 $85.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10D-16GAO 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=11487 $21.00
    Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=21231 $85.00
    Western Digital WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1436&products_id=21543 $179.00
    Plextor PX-256M5S 256GB SSD

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=21458 $419.00
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WF2 2GB

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=21458 $419.00
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WF2 2GB

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1210&products_id=19260 $499.00
    BenQ XL2420T 24in LED Widescreen Gaming Monitor

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=284_959&products_id=19968 $175.00
    Nvidia 3D Vision 2 GeForce Glasses Kit

    Total: $2,726.00 inc. GST


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_974&products_id=17032 $139.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=9_1406 <----- additional case fans

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187.html <----- 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.

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867 $145.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bridge-benchmark,3254.html <----- review that board w/benchmarks


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19990 $169.00
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=20970 $95.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10D-16GAB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=19765 $169.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10Q-32GAO 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=20696 $189.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10Q-32GAB 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3
  4. you want the fastest RAM the motherboard will support (whichever one is chosen), as well as a minimum of 32GB

    something like this - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=20090
  5. dingo07 said:
    you want the fastest RAM the motherboard will support (whichever one is chosen), as well as a minimum of 32GB

    something like this - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=20090

    quit misleading him. there is like zero performance gain with faster ram
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. cool story bro xD
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