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October 3, 2012 3:54:26 AM

Hello all, this will be my first ever gaming PC build, please leave any feedback that may help or improve my system.


CPU: Intel BX80637I73770K i7-3770K 3.5/3.9GHz - AU$335.00

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - AU$264.00

GPU: Gigabyte 2GB GTX680 PCI-E VGA Card - AU$575.00 (Possible to SLI another GTX680 later?)

PSU: Corsair GS800 V2 ATX Power Supply Unit - AU$138.00 (800w enough for SLI?)

RAM: G.Skill Trident-X 16GB Kit (8Gx2) DDR3-2400 - AU$149.00

SSD: OCZ Agility3 120GB SATA3 SSD AGT3-25SAT3-120G - AU$86.00

HDD: WD 3.5" Black 1TB WD1002FAEX SATA3 7200rpm HDD - AU$106.00

CASE: Antec Nine-Hundred-Two V3 902V3 Tower - AU$134.00



Total Price AUD$1787.00 (Money is not a concern)

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and comment.

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October 3, 2012 3:58:40 AM

In terms of a gaming PC, you really don't need more than a 3570K. The performance difference is not noticable at all.

The Gigabyte motherboard seems somewhat expensive, but that might be Australian dollars or something.
October 3, 2012 4:20:46 AM

Deemo13 said:
In terms of a gaming PC, you really don't need more than a 3570K. The performance difference is not noticable at all.

The Gigabyte motherboard seems somewhat expensive, but that might be Australian dollars or something.



Yea in Australia we generally pay through the nose for anything.
I would rather have the i7 for peace of mind though, I would only be saving a few dollars with the i5.
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October 3, 2012 4:31:45 AM

How much is a few dollars? If its a $20 difference, then it might be worth it, but if its $50 or more, its definitely more worth it to get the 3570K.

The reason they have the same performance is because most of today's games (and most likely tomorrow's) are generally 1-2 threaded, with rarely 4 threaded games. Since the i7 and the i5 have the same architecture, they run the same in any given game with maybe an advantage to the i7 solely because of clock speed.

The i7 has 8 threads, and I don't think any game is going to utilize 8 for awhile. By the time it does, the i7 might be dated already in terms of architecture.
October 3, 2012 4:50:18 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1530.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 3, 2012 12:14:27 PM

Deemo13 said:
How much is a few dollars? If its a $20 difference, then it might be worth it, but if its $50 or more, its definitely more worth it to get the 3570K.

The reason they have the same performance is because most of today's games (and most likely tomorrow's) are generally 1-2 threaded, with rarely 4 threaded games. Since the i7 and the i5 have the same architecture, they run the same in any given game with maybe an advantage to the i7 solely because of clock speed.

The i7 has 8 threads, and I don't think any game is going to utilize 8 for awhile. By the time it does, the i7 might be dated already in terms of architecture.


Thanks mate, I have decided to get the 3570K instead, it will save me $100.
October 3, 2012 12:22:36 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1530.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Thanks for the info, I have decided to change a few things around...
I will use the G.Skill Ares Memory you have suggested, I wasn't aware that timings had a lot to do with speed.
I will swap the Mobo to a UD3H, saving $.
I still want the GTX680, as I plan to SLI when they come down in price.
Also thanks for the CPU Cooler and DVD/CD Drive, I totally forgot about them.


October 3, 2012 8:32:47 PM

Just go for the 680 then, and then get another one later.
October 3, 2012 8:57:03 PM

keazy88 said:
Yea in Australia we generally pay through the nose for anything.
I would rather have the i7 for peace of mind though, I would only be saving a few dollars with the i5.

Prices in Oz with PC components have been dropping like a rock lately. In Oz you can get a 256GB Plextor SSD for $180, and that same SSD cost well over $200 in the US.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/365255-31-gaming-buil... <----- Here's an Aussie build I posted two days ago that's worth taking a look at minus the 16GB of RAM in that build (2x4GB for a gaming build) and the Nvidia 3D kit which isn't worth it imo. It kills frame rates and it's hard on the eyes.
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