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November 5, 2012 7:39:36 AM

Specc'ing out a build for a friend of mine, I'm fairly happy with it so far but I decided to ask the community what they think of it.

Approximate Purchase Date: January-Feb 2013 (bit far I know, the build will likely change a bit by then)
Budget Range: Direct quote "A Flexible $1500".
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and School usage
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Whole build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PC Case Gear for now, may buy the components from multiple stores when it comes time.
http://www.pccasegear.com/
Location: Victoria, Australia
Parts Preferences: No particular preference on parts
Overclocking: Yes, though nothing extreme.
SLI or Crossfire: Future possibility
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Blue colour scheme and a minimalist looking case, though no great desire for aesthetic appeal.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Running a crummy Core 2 Duo laptop with little gaming capability beyond LoL and some RTS'.

What I have got so far.

Intel i5-3570k. $233
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H. $145
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Has all the features of the Extreme4 (except for onboard power buttons) and fits with the colour scheme.

Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $49
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Silverstone Strider Plus 750W, 80+ Silver. $145
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $35
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Seagate Barracuda 2TB. $102
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Samsung 830 128GB. $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Antec Eleven Hundred. $125
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Bitfenix Spectre Pro 120mm fans. $9.50 x2 = $19
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Front intake fans as I noticed the Eleven Hundred doesn't have any intake fans at stock.

ASUS VE248H 24". $195
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Samsung optical drive. $19
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM. $95
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
May change to Win 8.

Total: $1261

GPU is undecided so far as the budget isn't fully set yet and it is likely that an 8000 series card will replace it by the time its built.

Any feedback is appreciated.
Fairly sure its all good, but I'd like to see what you guys would change on the build.

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November 5, 2012 8:23:40 AM

good, but i would change the power supply to a corsair or an xfx or seasonic, although it looks like you have it to so it might be ok. and for the graphics card i would get the equivalent of a 7870, or if you can save some money on one of the other parts and get the equivalent of a 7950
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November 5, 2012 10:21:28 AM

I think 8000 series is coming out in March. 8870 is supposed to be pretty cheap a launch. Everything looks good to me. You should be able to crossfire with that build. Seagates don't seem to have the best reliability, but you get what you pay for.
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November 5, 2012 12:07:29 PM

Nice choice on processor and case.

I don't really like Seagate hard drives, as they are okay, but they still fail sometimes. For 1.5k get him a Western Digital.

For GPU, I would say a minimum of 7870, and if you can wait for the 8000 series / 700 series, I would say get one of those.
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November 5, 2012 12:16:41 PM

Go with a Samsung 830 256gb ssd.
It's a little more costly, but it has literally double the write speed (in addition to capacity).
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