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Game + dev system (around $1500)

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November 28, 2012 10:25:50 AM

I'm putting together a new PC because I sold my old one when I migrated to Australia.

Basically I will use this machine for games and software development. I'll be using one 24" monitor and want to play the games at excellent quality settings @ 1920x1200. I've tried to set it up so that it should last a few years, and with the possibility of adding a videocard in the upcoming years.

Could you guys have a look at my selection below and let me know what you think?

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($255.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: Arctic MX-4 Premium Thermal Compound for CPU ($7.24)

When I order the system at Mwave.com.au it should cost around AUD $ 1575 (excl. possible discount).
Suggestions are welcome, I'm a bit flexible on the price.

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November 28, 2012 10:50:04 AM

Will you be burning bluray disks? A blu-ray reader would cost much less.
Gold rated editions of power supplies are pretty much unnecessary, even a silver rated version is adequate (but this is just my opinion). Better to go for a modular power supply like the HX series. Will save you some dough.
Rest is fine. Happy building!
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November 28, 2012 10:52:52 AM

Looking good!You won't be able to max out the latest games though you need a GTX 670 or R7970.
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November 28, 2012 11:23:07 AM

Thanks!

The difference between the BluRay reader and writer is about $20. I might skip BluRay all together because I have a PS3. I'm not sure if PC games will start to move to BluRay (although most of it will probably be available on Steam).

I have looked at the HX750 which seems good as well. I think both are modulair, the AX model seems to generate a bit less heat. The shop sells the HX750 V2, which is $16 cheaper.

I was also wondering:
- Is this a good case for this system (not too small I hope :) )?
- Is there any benefit to get the Corsair R400 case (compared to R500)?
- Is this a good choice of videocard? Should I consider other brands, or > 2GB?
- Will the 7870 series suffice or should I look at 79xx?
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November 28, 2012 11:30:21 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Looking good!You won't be able to max out the latest games though you need a GTX 670 or R7970.

That's quite a lot more expensive: +$210 :) 

Is this a good time to buy the R7970, or should I buy an R78xx and upgrade or add in a year or two years?

What would be a good R7970 model?
Is the R7950 any good as well?
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November 29, 2012 11:59:21 PM

Thanks for the advice!

I'll see which of those I might be able to get in Australia, and see if the price is ok.
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November 30, 2012 12:05:39 AM

Sounds good.
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December 10, 2012 3:30:37 AM

After looking at the benchmarks online I've decided to still go for a Radeon HD 7870. Mostly I play games like Guild Wars 2 and the hardware should be sufficient for that. I didn't change the PSU because it was very well priced. I found an even cheaper BluRay player / DVD-CD writer. I removed the Thermal Compound, because the one included with the cooler seems to be quite good.

Thanks everybody. The system runs very well at 30C (at 3.7/3.8Ghz), Windows boots in a blink of an eye and my games look great.

Below is the updated part list, with US prices (PCPartPicker didn't list all parts in Australia):

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($162.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($267.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHES312-98 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($68.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1417.33
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