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Opinions on build for purchase asap- $2500

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October 5, 2012 10:49:21 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP!!!

Budget Range: $2500 AUD (give or take)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Everything from using word to gaming to photo editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New build - (Already have keyboard, monitor, sound system all that)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Arc.com.au or Mwave.com.au or suggestions

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Sydney, Australia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Not sure on what Graphics card to choose (was thinking Asus gtx 680), Parts are not finalized and can be changed within budget

I7 3770k, 3.5ghz
Asus P8Z77 V PRO + TB
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Cosair AX850
Corsair Vengeance (4x4)
128GB Vertex 4

Thanks

-Chizzy
October 5, 2012 11:27:11 AM

This build is pretty OK but you can do something much, much better for that price.

This is what i think you should build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($295.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($419.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($419.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Xigmatek Pantheon ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.10 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: LG IPS235V-BN 23.0" Monitor ($192.10 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $2061.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The reason i chose LGA 2011 over LGA 1155 is because you can upgrade to Ivy Bridge-E later on when you need to.The platform also has twice as much PCI-E lanes which makes it better for Crossfire / SLI.

Or if you don't really care that much about future proofing and want the best experiance now you should take a look at this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($419.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($419.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Xigmatek Pantheon ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.10 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($121.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Monitor: Dell U2711 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($739.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $2471.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 5, 2012 11:44:04 AM

I'd go for an i5-3570k over the i7-3770k. When you say 'everything from word to gaming to photo editing' none of that really screams hyper-threading. If you were doing intense audio/video editing, encoding and rendering then sure, go for the i7, but the i5 will be just as good for your needs and cheaper. Perhaps photoshop if used to its limits would benefit from an i7 but I very much doubt you'd notice a difference between the two.
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October 5, 2012 12:19:38 PM

I don't recommend Mwave. Living around 20 minutes from their main warehouse in Lidcombe, I always find that they lie about their stock, I remember once I bought a NZXT Phantom, which instantly backordered upon purchase, despite being told it was instock. I ask for a refund, get my money back, and two days later its back in stock. I was like "sweet", and again I ordered it, and it was backordered instantly, and I couldn't get a refund. Was waiting around 3 weeks before they told me that they wouldn't order it, and only gave me 3/4 of my money back.
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October 5, 2012 12:27:25 PM

wow what a company. i would kill (not literally) my local store (ncix) if they did that to me.
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October 5, 2012 12:31:26 PM

Going back to the OP, 16GB RAM is overkill for what is essentially a gaming build. May as well go with 8GB and knock your costs down. I'd recommend using G.Skill 1600 MHz.
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October 5, 2012 1:11:53 PM

Yeah, wasn't pretty when I complained to Paypal. Luckily Paypal protect buyers, but now I don't think they will ever sell to me again.
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