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$1500 i7 Build for Gaming/Rendering/Video Production

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October 24, 2012 7:41:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 days

Budget Range: $1500~

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D Rendering, video production/editing.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
http://www.pcdiy.com.au/ad/Pricelist.pdf
http://www.onlinecomputer.com.au/Component%20Price%20Li... / http://www.onlinecomputer.com.au/
http://msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf / http://msy.com.au/default.jsp?category=2

Location: Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel, that's all

Overclocking: Probably sometime in the future but planning to just go from 3.5GHz to 4.0GHz so nothing big.

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly but not a biggie

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Potential build: PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($47.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.93 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($464.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)

Total: $1481.10



My reasoning for choosing that GTX 680 over a 670 @ that price is because it's one of the few GPUs that ship internationally from Amazon.com to Australia AND 670s here cost around $450. So for only $20 more I can get a GTX 680 delivered from amazon which would usually be priced at $600+ here.

Haven't 100% decided on a case yet so recommendations would be helpful. (Even better if the case was listed on this parts list or this one)

Opinions on the cooler? If I ever OC then it will probably only be from 3.5GHz to 4.0GHz so nothing big. Should I settle with the Hyper 612 or go for an NH-D14?

Also, theoretically if I were to get another graphics card sometime in the future and SLI, would the PSU be adequate enough or should I go for a HX750?


Thanks in advance guys!
October 24, 2012 8:18:02 PM

Have you looked at MWAVE AU
October 24, 2012 8:33:23 PM

Given your comments re GPU, there is nothing that desperately needs changing.
Better to use low profile RAM, like GSKill Ares, Crucial Ballistix Sport, or Corsair CML.
The CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo is ideal for modest overclocks.
A case is very much personal choice, unless you're planning to add something drastic, like a 2nd GPU (I presume, unlikely). Corsair Carbide 400R may be worth a look, but it's a question of what YOU like.
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October 25, 2012 4:17:52 AM

giltyler said:
Have you looked at MWAVE AU


I've purchased from them in the past and had nothing but bad experiences every time.

Last time I bought a hard drive from them, they shipped it in a re-used and torn box that they taped together. The box was also 3x the size of the HDD and they only wrapped the HD in 1 layer on bubble wrap so it was free to knock about inside the box. The box still even had a Malaysia Airlines postage sticker on it from the last time it was used.
Also turned out that the HDD was a refurb and they never mentioned anything like that on their site. When I called them to ask about it and complain, they told me all their products were 100% brand new and they don't sell refurbs and they exchange most if not all returned products with the manufacturer which was complete bs.

+I would rather buy in person as opposed to buying online.
October 25, 2012 4:46:32 AM

You'll need 750w for a dual 680, yes.

Here's a build revolving around 2 AU stores for your convenience.
It also has the 680 you want so much for only $480.

Went overbudget though since it's now on AUD, sorry.

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 ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($479.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1588.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You may want to consider this 670 instead though.
http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...

That's only $420 compared to the $480 on the 680.
You'll basically be paying $60 for a 5% increase in performance.
October 25, 2012 7:29:09 AM

It's not a big deal, but personally I would try to find lower latency memory. I would look for 9s instead of 10s. It probably makes very little real world difference, I'm just super picky. I looked on Scorptech and it was almost impossible to find 2x8gb 1600 memory with 9 latency. Here is a 4x4gb set that would look cool on your motherboard http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/43614-cml16gx3m4a16...
October 28, 2012 8:39:45 PM

brandon402 said:
It's not a big deal, but personally I would try to find lower latency memory. I would look for 9s instead of 10s. It probably makes very little real world difference, I'm just super picky. I looked on Scorptech and it was almost impossible to find 2x8gb 1600 memory with 9 latency. Here is a 4x4gb set that would look cool on your motherboard http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/43614-cml16gx3m4a16...

C10 is basically it, in 8GB modules. I've looked around, a few times, but never found anything lower, at a sensible price. Would prefer 2x8GB at C10, than 4x4GB at C9, on a dual channel board. Don't profess to fully understand the science, but I think you lose more in efficiency, operating with 4 modules, than you gain, from slightly lower latency. Wouldn't 100% swear to that, mind.
October 28, 2012 10:40:20 PM

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