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October 11, 2012 8:20:14 AM

Hello, i need some help making sure i am getting the right computer. I have chosen all the parts and just need someone who knows about computers to help me out. I am mainly going to use it for gaming. I have found a site that custom builds computers after you choose the parts. Please let me know if what im getting is compatible, is good for games (bf3), has a good enough power supply and is good for its price.

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I

Intel Core i7 3770

ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x 4GB)

Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2gb

Intel 330 Series 120GB (SSD)

Western Digital WD Blue 1tb

LG GH24NS90 Internal SATA 24x Dual Layer

Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 Series 850W Power Supply

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler

$1,729.97 including build fee and 1yr warranty
October 11, 2012 8:23:11 AM

It's powerful and compatible, but it's not the most value for money gaming PC. Could you please fill the sticky form to give us more information?
October 11, 2012 8:53:08 AM

That's way too much for those components. For gaming, you should be fine with a i5-3450 as you are most likely not going to overclock anyway.

You can also save money by getting a H77 chipset motherboard, as you would not need a Z77 since you would not be overclocking.

You can also save money by building it yourself. Its really not hard I promise you.
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October 11, 2012 9:32:22 AM

thanks everyone. also im in Australia so things generally cost more.

Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully with 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: 1800 max, no monitor keyboard or mouse

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet surfing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No
October 11, 2012 4:44:57 PM

You can make a bloody amazing build with that money, mate :p 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($105.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($217.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($419.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.95 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1333.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 12, 2012 7:39:06 AM

thanks, but is that enough to run bf3 and be a good gaming pc for the next 3-5 years?
October 12, 2012 8:27:22 AM

Yes, it's the best single GPU setup. No you can't expect anything to last 5 years without upgrades.
October 12, 2012 8:48:04 AM

how frequently do i need to upgrade, every year or 2?
October 12, 2012 9:11:46 AM

When you get unhappy with the performance. If you expect to max out every game, yeah, every two years would be nice.
October 12, 2012 9:35:08 AM

Upgrading is a matter of personal preference.

I haven't upgraded my GTX460 because I don't feel the need yet. I can run my games just fine. Most people with 460's have already upgraded and they are long gone now.

If you wanna run games on max, its going to last a little bit less than if you were running them on say high-medium ish.
October 12, 2012 10:04:22 AM

well, im fine with medium graphics for a few years. also what could i cut back from to make the computer cheaper? heres the individual prices

Thermaltake Overseer case $135
Intel Core i7 3770 $299
ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard $199
Corsair Vengeance 16GB $95
Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 $399
Intel 330 Series 120GB (SSD) $99
Western Digital WD Blue 3.5" 1TB $84
LG GH24NS90 Internal SATA 24x Dual Layer $21.99
Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 Series 850W Power Supply $159
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $99
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler $49

Do need an i7 or i5 and is the motherboard too much?
also is there enough cooling in the case and cpu cooler?
October 12, 2012 10:24:39 AM

The processor. You can go with a regular i5-3450 and get the same gaming performance as a 3770 in a nutshell. The i7 only really comes in handy in terms of work-oriented programs like rendering and CAD work. This saves about $100

Also, a H77 motherboard should do as well. ASUS has a good H77 motherboard out right now that is about $100 cheaper than the one you have listed there.

Also, you would not need a CPU cooler for your processor, so that's $50 saved.

So you've got $250 for virtually no performance loss.
October 12, 2012 10:29:45 AM

16 GB RAM and an overkill PSU is also something you could save on.
October 12, 2012 11:28:24 AM

Thanks guys, you have helped heaps. Ill cut back on those things and hopefully have a cheaper system :) 
October 12, 2012 6:07:30 PM

No problem.
October 13, 2012 4:02:09 AM

CASE- Thermaltake Overseer Full Tower, No Power Supply
CPU- Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked 3rd Gen Processor
MEMORY- Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR RAM Kit
GRAPHICS CARD - Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 Video Card - GDDR5 256-bit 2GB
MAIN HARD DRIVE- Intel 330 Series 120GB SATA3 Solid State Drive
2ND HARD DRIVE - Western Digital WD Red - 1TB
WIFI - TP-Link Wireless N Adapter
POWER SUPPLY- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 Series 850W Power Supply
CPU COOLING - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Includes 120mm Cooling Fan
OPERATING SYSTEM - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - SP1 - 64-Bit

$1,660.88 including $100 warranty and build cost
October 14, 2012 9:59:52 AM

Looks fine.

Build cost though? What?
October 14, 2012 10:13:24 AM

Cost of having it built I'd guess :lol: 
October 15, 2012 6:12:43 AM

yeah, im having it built. I dont want to risk buying all the parts and then stuffing up and not having a clue what to do.
October 16, 2012 4:48:01 AM

thanks, ive also got friend who put together his $5000 computer who could help me