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Gaming Upgrade, $2000NZD Budget

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December 7, 2012 3:25:25 AM

Hi guys.
I built my first build in April, just after my birthday and I already have the need to upgrade. I would like to get a Intel CPU, an i5 at least and a high end graphics card. I would like to play games on the Highest settings at 1920X1080. My computer is also fairly loud so anything quiet would also be a plus!

What I currently have:
FX-4100
GA-970a-D3
EVGA 560
Cooler Master eXtreme 800w
Thermaltake Jing Cooler
Other Parts are not needed to be listed :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: First Part by the End of December. Rest will come when I have money! :p 

Budget Range: No more than $1500NZD, Depending on the Parts, Up to $2000NZD if needed

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Video Editing (In the near Future)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mobo, GPU, PSU and CPU Cooler.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, If I buy a new Mobo

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pbtech.co.nz, pricespy.co.nz (put in the part and it should give you a link to the site)

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU or AMD if someone convinces me otherwise, GTX 670 but I am open to getting a 7970, Modular PSU is a must. CPU Cooler must be silent, I am thinking about getting one of the flash Water Cooler Corsairs. Mobo 2 Way SLI/Crossfire, RAM must be able to go up to high speeds (2400 is a Goal, but not a requirement), Minimum of 3 SATA 3s.

Overclocking: Maybe, if you think I should give it a go. I'm nervous about wrecking a expensive system :/ 

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the Future if it is necessary.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: If you could tell me the best place to get LEDs to go in the Case and a good set of case fans that are quiet and light up.

I've been looking at a i7 3770 and i5 3570, an Asus 670 Direct CUII Top, MSI 680 Lightning and Gigabyte 670 OC Windforce 3X.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Because I am ready to advance from my Current Budget Build to something that is really good. I'm a fan of Ultra graphics and would like a card that can handle all games for the next few years on Ultra with all the eye candy. I will be buying up to 3 monitors in the Future and would like to play 3D too. I would like a new PSU because I don't like it all messy with the cables (Hence why I would like a Modular PSU) and something a bit more efifcient.
The CPU and Mobo are very budget so I would like to get better performance in games and buy something that will last a while.

I am open to any criticism too!
Thanks for Reading and Helping me!
- Sam

The Part List so far:
http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/rnw4
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($457.00 @ PC Force)
CPU Cooler:
Motherboard:
Video Card:
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($245 @ PC Force)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG ($44.28 @ Aquila Technology)

Total Cost: $746.28NZD
December 7, 2012 3:50:35 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($457.00 @ PC Force)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($203.78 @ Ascent Technology)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.00 @ PC Force)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($632.74 @ Ascent Technology)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($239.10 @ Ascent Technology)
Total: $1741.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-07 18:50 NZDT+1300)
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December 7, 2012 5:34:51 AM

Xlerator said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($457.00 @ PC Force)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($203.78 @ Ascent Technology)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.00 @ PC Force)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($632.74 @ Ascent Technology)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($239.10 @ Ascent Technology)
Total: $1741.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-07 18:50 NZDT+1300)


I like the look of the Corsair Enthusiast 850W, so I think I'll get the Modular Version of it. The i7 3770K I will be buying, I guess since it preforms so well and it will be great for video editing! I'm not completely sold on the Mobo, Cooler and Video Card. The Cooler does look great but I'll do some more research before I buy. Would anyone be able to recommend a wide variety of Video Cards?

I have been looking at these:

MotherBoard: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth
Video Card: ASUS 670 Direct CU II, MSI Lightning 680 and the Gigabyte 670 OC Windforce 3X
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December 7, 2012 8:20:43 PM

Would a Corsair HX750w be sufficient? I probably will be SLI-ing the GPUs and will probably overclock the CPU Too. Will 750w be okay?

The Part List so far:
http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/rnw4
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($457.00 @ PC Force)
CPU Cooler:
Motherboard:
Video Card:
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($245 @ PC Force)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG ($44.28 @ Aquila Technology)

Total Cost: $746.28NZD
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