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Hi guys, I have put together a parts list for my new gaming PC and am wondering what you think? I don’t have much experience as a PC builder so I’m not sure everything I have selected is the correct choice but I have tried to research this thoroughly.


Here is a list of parts I have been thinking of buying:


Case
CoolerMaster RC-942-KKN1 HAF X 942 Black $188

Motherboard
Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 $248
or
Asus MAXIMUS V-GENE/Z77 $248

CPU
Intel Core i7 3770K $339

CPU cooler
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme $156

Memory
G Skill 16G(2x8G) DDR3 1600MHZ $80

Main Hard Drive
Kingston 240G HyperX 3K SSD $200

Secondary Hard drive
Western Digital 1TB SATA3 $110

Graphics Card
Gainward GTX 690 $1179

Power supply
CoolerMaster 800W Silent Pro Gold $179

Blu-ray
LG E Black Blue Ray HD Combo $56

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $99

Total Cost: $2834

Preferred Website for Parts: http://www.umart.com.au/ (the Southport branch)
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    To be honest, you can get a lot better for the money. For gaming, there is no advantage with the i7 over the i5. Closed water cooling systems are really cool, but not all that effective, and they are much louder compared to normal high-end air coolers. Check out this build. It will perform the same, if not better in most games.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($219.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    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 ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($565.00 @ Scorptec)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($565.00 @ Scorptec)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($189.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($158.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
    Total: $2467.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 13:48 EST+1100)
  2. I agree with him^ plus 2 680's outperform the 690 unless you're doing eyefinity in 3d and things like that, if you insist on getting nVidia cards
  3. zared619 said:
    To be honest, you can get a lot better for the money. For gaming, there is no advantage with the i7 over the i5. Closed water cooling systems are really cool, but not all that effective, and they are much louder compared to normal high-end air coolers. Check out this build. It will perform the same, if not better in most games.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($219.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    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 ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($565.00 @ Scorptec)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($565.00 @ Scorptec)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($189.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($158.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
    Total: $2467.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 13:48 EST+1100)



    I was originally looking at the 7970's as they are definitively the best value for money high end cards out there at the moment, I just love physics and particle effects and would feel robbed if I played a game with phys X support on an AMD card though. It's a dirty trick by Nvidia but it worked on me.

    I figured the i7 isn't that much more expensive and I might end up using the graphics cores for video conversions, also I think the sabertooth can use them along with dedicated graphics to prevent tearing and things of that nature but I will have to look into it further.

    With the side window I kinda want a sexy looking CPU cooler and Noctua products although awesome are kinda ugly, also I have read that this closed loop system is actually really good and is much better in terms of cooling and noise than something like the H100:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-WATER20-Extreme-CPU-Cooler-Review/1633/6

    Hmmmm your build would allow me to buy a fancy new monitor though so it is a really hard decision for me.... Thanks for the input, I shall investigate this further as I don't usually spend this much money on anything
  4. I might be incorrect here, but I think you can still use PhysX on AMD cards, it's just not as optimized. (Which wouldn't be a problem with 2x 7970's)
    don't quote me on that though.
  5. Best answer selected by Subject E57.
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