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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.

CASE
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Thermaltake Overseer RX-I


CPU
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Intel Core i7 3770


MOTHERBOARD
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ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard


RAM
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Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x 4GB)


GRAPHICS CARD
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Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2gb


SSD
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Intel 330 Series 120GB (SSD)


HDD
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Western Digital WD Blue 1tb


OPTICAL DRIVE
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LG GH24NS90 Internal SATA 24x Dual Layer


POWER SUPPLY
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Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 Series 850W Power Supply


OPERATING SYSTEM
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium


CPU COOLER
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Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler


TOTAL
$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?
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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
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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.)
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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?
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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.
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October 12, 2012 8:48:04 AM

how frequently do i need to upgrade, every year or 2?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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October 12, 2012 10:29:45 AM

16 GB RAM and an overkill PSU is also something you could save on.
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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 :) 
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October 12, 2012 6:07:30 PM

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

CASE- Thermaltake Overseer Full Tower, No Power Supply
CPU- Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked 3rd Gen Processor
MOTHERBOARD- ASUS P8Z77-V LK Motherboard
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
OPTICAL DRIVE - Samsing 22x SATA DVD BURNER
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
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October 14, 2012 9:59:52 AM

Looks fine.

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

Cost of having it built I'd guess :lol: 
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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.
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October 16, 2012 4:48:01 AM

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