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October 18, 2012 11:55:44 AM

Hey guys,
Just wondering if i could get some feedback for this build I plan to have together just before Christmas. It will be used for gaming and web surfing but not much else.
Id like to keep the budget below $1500 Aussie dollars (excluding the monitor).
RAM will be added to soon after the pc is built.
(I also would like to put SLI in at a later date, would that PSU be powerful enough)

ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor $195.00
NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case Red $169.00
Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W $135.00
Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Motherboard $119.00
Intel Core i5 3570K $233.00
Palit GeForce GTX 670 Jetstream 2GB $429.00
OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD $85.00
G.Skill Sniper F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 8GB (2x4GB) DDR $49.00
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $49.00
Pioneer DVR-220LBKS Black 24xDVDRW OEM $25.00
Tt eSPORTS Black 4000 DPI Gaming Mouse $39.00
Tt eSPORTS Challenger Gaming Keyboard $45.00
Thanks Guys and Gals.

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October 18, 2012 12:01:55 PM

Get the GA-Z77X-D3H. It's full ATX so the graphics cards won't smother each other when you SLI.

ThermalTake PSUs are useless; get an Antec, Corsair, Enermax, OCZ, PCP&C, Seasonic, or XFX.

Get a Samsung 830 series or OCZ Vertex 4 SSD. OCZ's other SSDs have a bad reputation about reliability.

You might also want to get low profile RAM, and maybe a GPU with a non-reference cooler.
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October 18, 2012 12:11:46 PM

Thanks for the quick response, i changed the mobo for an asrock extreme 4, switched for an OCZ Vertex 4 and the Palit has the jetstream cooler which i have heard a lot of good things about in reviews. I have another question though, what do you mean by low profile RAM as i havent heard that term before.
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October 18, 2012 12:16:57 PM

It means the ram heatsinks don't stick up far above the actual ram itself. For example:



The tall ones can bump into large heatsinks.
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October 18, 2012 12:17:55 PM

Ah ok thankyou for that.
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October 18, 2012 12:24:39 PM

ok here's where i'm at now
ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor $195.00
NZXT Phantom USB 3.0 Case Red $169.00
Corsair GS-800 V2 Power Supply $139.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $139.00
Intel Core i5 3570K $233.00
Palit GeForce GTX 670 Jetstream 2GB $429.00
OCZ Agility 4 128GB SSD $95.00
Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB DDR3 $49.00
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor $49.00
Pioneer DVR-220LBKS Black 24xDVDRW OEM $25.00
Tt eSPORTS Black 4000 DPI Gaming Mouse $39.00
Tt eSPORTS Challenger Gaming Keyboard $45.00
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October 18, 2012 12:52:07 PM

Will 750w handle sli or cf when i upgrade?
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October 18, 2012 1:03:44 PM

Actually, it might be a bit tight. Stick with what you have then.
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October 18, 2012 1:10:47 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
You can save a bit on the PSU and get one of these: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/part/antec-power-supply-ea75...

I'd suggest a Vertex 4 over the Agility 4, as it's quite a bit faster.

One of these will crush the 670 and is a bit cheaper: http://pcpartpicker.com/au/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr...

+1 to this.
You don't need anything more than a 750w if on a 2-way SLI/CF 670/7970.
The only time you'll need more is a 2-way 7970 GHz Crossfire, which will require 850w.
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