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$1750 Fully New Build - Ideas?

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October 7, 2012 10:23:44 AM

Here is my new build. Tell me what you think and what you think I could do better with. Keep in mind this is the upper end of my budget, and I can't afford to go far over. Parts are listed as they are on the websites you will see below.

Purchase Date: Thursday coming

EDIT: I'm in Perth, Western Australia

Budget: <$1750

System Usage: Gaming, Movies/Music, general surfing and use.

Buying a new moniter 24"+

All new build.

Buying new OEM windows 7 @ $99

Websites:
http://www.ple.com.au - PLE Cockburn (CO) Store Pickup
http://www.austin.net.au - Austin Computers - Cannington Store Pickup

Parts Preference: No Asus
Intel CPU
Any Case
Not a Thermaltake PSU
GPU manufacturer doesnt bother me
Geil/G.Skill/Kingston ram.
Full Sized ATX Mobo preferred for better airflow.

Overclocking the CPU to around 3.8-4gHz with fan cooler, building watercooling into the system into the future when I can afford it to overclock higher.

Open to the idea of SLI/CrossFire

Required Resoluton: 1920x1080+ must be FHD

Additional Comments: Left side against wall, no window needed. Need room for 2 120x240mm radiators in the future. Open to SSDs and HDD config, I do want a SSD if possible. Details of my thoughts on the config below in a parts list.





Spoiler
CPU: INTEL CORE i5 3570K IVY BRIDGE 3.4GHz 6MB RETAIL BOX
RAM: GEIL 8GB KIT DDR3 EVO VELOCE C9 1600MHz x2
SSD: SILICON POWER VELOX V60 2.5" 60GB SSD SATA3 550/500
HDD: TOSHIBA 3.5" 1TB 32MB 7200RPM
CPU COOLER: COOLERMASTER HYPER TX3 EVO CPU COOLER
GPU: XFX HD7950 800M/5000M 3GB/DVI/HDMI/DUAL m-DP
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H DESKTOP MOTHERBOARD
PSU: XFX XXX EDITION 650W MODULAR 80PLUS PSU
SCREEN: SAMSUNG S24B300H 24" FHD WS 5MS LED MONITOR
ODD: LG CH12LS28 12X BLU-RAY COMBO RETAIL BOX
FANS: BITFENIX SPECTRE 120MM BLUE LED CASE FAN x6
Total Cost: $1625.00



Any ideas/improvements will be welcomed!

Many Thanks,
James

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October 7, 2012 1:15:23 PM

Here's my revised version of your current setup.

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.90 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($475.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($165.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1667.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This build is ready for OC anytime. The CPU cooler can easily take you to at least 4.3GHz, and the ASRock z77 Extreme4 is great for the job.

Gave you a low profile RAM so you won't have a hard time installing the CPU cooler.

The Caviar Green 2tb HDD will be your storage drive where you'll dump all the large files, downloads, etc. and the SSD is where you'll install your OS, games, and favorite apps/programs.

The 7970 GHz GPU can max out any game you throw at it.

The 850w PSU is so you can add another 7970 GHz anytime without having to upgrade the wattage.

You can change the casing as you see fit, it's just my personal suggestion.
October 7, 2012 1:27:08 PM

Awesome man, cheers for the input. I will certainly look into that. Just going through the details of the build now. You think that 8GB of RAM will be enough for some of the high end games like Crysis 2 and Metro 2033, considering the OS takes about 3GB to start?
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October 7, 2012 1:36:52 PM

People on toms tend to say get 8GB's, and though they are correct about it i see no reason why not to buy 16Gb's. After all in 1-2 years time DDR4 will come out obviously being expensive but will then phase out DDR3. DDR3 is so cheap i would get 32Gb's just because its that CHEAP. Just my opinion though.
October 7, 2012 2:07:27 PM

Ok, thanks for that.
October 7, 2012 3:09:08 PM

Because 8gb is plenty for his stated usage. Getting 16gb would just be a waste of money since more than half of it will probably never be utilized, and our goal here is to give them the best bang for their buck. :) 
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