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Advice on $1500 Gaming build

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November 8, 2012 4:56:46 AM

I'm looking for advice on ~$1500 dollar gaming build however price is flexible. This will be my first build. Previously I have only upgraded a computers GPU and ram before so I am still learning. Keep in mind that I live in Australia so prices will be different.

Here is what I was thinking.

Cpu - Core i5-3570k - $233.00
GPU - Radeon HD 7870 - $250
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z77 LGA1155 -$145
Memory - Gskill 8Gb kit (2x4G) - $48
PSU - Seasonic s12 750W 80+ Silver - $165
Cooler - Coolermaster hyper 212 Evo - $35
Harddrive - Seagate sv35 2TB 7200rpm - $129
SSD - Corsair 120GB Neutron 2.5 - $129
Case - NZXT Phantom 410 - $129.00

This comes to $1263 allowing for optical and a screen etc. I have very little idea regarding memory, cooler and harddrives and what are good choices so my selection may be poor in this area.

All prices are from http://www.cplonline.com.au/ which is most likely where I will get parts.
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November 8, 2012 5:12:19 AM

No point in a 750w PSU. your system won't come close to reaching it (even if yuo SLI the 7870 later on)

and I'd rather go for a asrock Extreme4 motherboard (more power phases for more stable power to the cpu for better overclocking)


IMO, lower your PSU (550-600w is more than enough for single GPU systems) and spend that extra money on the GPU. and you can definitely go for a cheaper case and throw that towards your gpu too.

So from your website

Asrock extreme4 mobo ($10 cheaper)
seasonic 620w S12II psu ($47 cheaper)
you can knock at least $20-30 off of a good quality mid tower case.


with that much extra, you can upgrade to a 7950 or a GTX 660 ti...

but everything else is pretty good...

(and hell... learning how expensive hardware is everywhere else in the world...)
November 8, 2012 5:14:41 AM

Steer clear of seagate drives. Opt for a western digital one, either blue or green.

I would have recommended you a samsung 830 SSD 128gb, but the website doesn't have them..

Apart from that, everything looks fine. BTW, if you can get your hands on a 650W PSU, it'll be more appropriate for your build.
November 9, 2012 10:52:53 PM

Thanks, I appreciate the help and will most certainly follow your suggestions.
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