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Is this a high end gaming/3d modelling build?

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November 16, 2012 7:03:05 AM

Hi guys,

http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/nn9A - the build

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($217.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($647.40 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($158.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($85.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)

Total: $1984.40

I live in Australia so most parts come from places like PCCASEGEAR.com/ebay/amazon.

My budget is absolute max $2000 but i would preferably like to keep it around $1700

Im using it mostly for gaming and regular internet use. However, when University starts again I'll need it for some engineering modelling programs too.

Please help me improve the system or give me advice to get the same performance but lower the costs :) 

I have already purchased the GTX 680.

Thanks so much!

Cheers.
November 16, 2012 8:09:39 AM

Looks good, but I have a few comments. If you hadn't already bought the GPU I'd be suggesting a 7970GHz instead (if you don't need CUDA), and 2133 RAM is overkill; get 1600.

You may want a larger PSU if you want to SLI; 800+ watts. That PSU is fine for one 680 though.

Caviar blacks are overpriced; I'd get one of these: http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&...
November 16, 2012 8:25:46 AM

The 7970 is fine if you don't need CUDA and don't mind if your opengl drivers are less stable. AMD seems to reserve real work on their opengl for the firepro series.
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November 16, 2012 9:05:48 AM

the 680 is fine.

interested in ram prices. seems like a premium over 1600 with little if any gains. ??
November 16, 2012 9:15:49 AM

Pretty much. Very little performance difference (unless using an APU, which does care about memory bandwidth) above 1600.
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