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December 18, 2012 4:06:04 AM

hi all
building a new gaming pc with a budget of about $1400 buying most of my parts from msy
im not 100% sure on all the parts yet.
please post any ideas you might have to improve on this
thanks

Intel i5-3570K 3.4/3.8GHz LGA1155 IVY Bridge Boxed CPU Cores 4/6MB
AU$227.00

AsRock Z77-Extreme4 Intel Z77 1155/4xDDR3/SATA3/USB3/HDMI/DVI/Glan/RAID ATX Motherboard
AU$135.00

Corsair GS700 V2 ATX Power Supply Unit
AU$119.00

Antec Kuh5ler H20 920 Water Cooling CPU Cooler
AU$127.00

LG Blu-Ray Combo - SATA
AU$55.00

WD 3.5" Blue 1TB SATA3 64M 7200rpm HDD
AU$75.00

Intel SSD 520 60GB SSD SATA3 SSD
AU$79.00

Patriot Viper PV316G186C0K 16G Kit(8Gx2) DDR3 1866
AU$99.00

ASUS 3GB 7950 PCI-E VGA Card (SI)
AU$339.00

Antec Formula 6 Thermal Compound
AU$5.00

nzxt phantom case full tower
AU$168

total
$1428
December 18, 2012 4:46:52 AM

You can do much better than that. Here's an overkill build for under your budget...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1341.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 01:44 EST-0500)

Feel free to customize it as much as you like. You may not need 256gb of SSD storage or a HD 7970. If not, drop the SSD down to a 128gb Samsung 830. Then get the HD 7950 for your GPU.

If you plan on doing SLI/Crossfire, I'd recommend going with the XFX PSU in the build above. It's a high quality PSU that can be trusted. Not to mention, it's also modular. This makes cable management a breeze.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
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December 18, 2012 5:33:24 AM

He lives in Australia, so he can't get the parts as cheap as you are
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December 18, 2012 5:35:01 AM

Oops looks like we both missed that.

It's annoying how most of the world gets ripped off.
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December 18, 2012 5:39:22 AM

I hate buying parts here, everything costs like 5-10% more.
@OP
You should use a high end air cooler, or a full on water loop. Don't go for the closed loops, especially when there so overpriced in aus.
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December 18, 2012 5:51:06 AM

Didn't know he was from Australia. These things should be more clearly stated.

Sorry OP, completely missed that. Here's a revised build using Australian vendors...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($419.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($141.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1304.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 18:50 EST+1100)

These prices are friggen ridiculous. Australia is extremely overpriced. How's the internet speed out there? I think I'd rather have inflated prices rather than this 512 Kb/s connection.
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December 18, 2012 5:54:10 AM

Yeah, the main giveaway for Australia is when they state that there going to MSY
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December 18, 2012 5:57:38 AM

Alright, I'll take that into consideration next time. Thanks for the tip.
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December 18, 2012 6:40:32 AM

Still by no means a bad build. Agree with this one 100%.

Can't believe I missed it when every price read AU before it.
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December 18, 2012 5:47:23 PM

andrewcarr said:
Still by no means a bad build. Agree with this one 100%.

Can't believe I missed it when every price read AU before it.

Wow, I didn't even notice that until just now. Good find.
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December 18, 2012 8:40:36 PM

Better Case 165$

Power Supply 79$

Better Motherboard 85$

Better Ram 110$ 16gigs, 9/9/9/24

Same Processor 229$

Better GPU 329$

Better SSD 159$

Same HDD 75$


Total Price 1231, without taxes / shipping. Do you need that bluray player? If so stack on 55 bucks, so 1281.

This build has a better case, GPU, motherboard, and SSD, and is possible cheaper.

Just looked at the mobos, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The one you picked, and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the one I scaled down to. The MSI has UEFI bios, and everything you need for this build, along with the capability for crossfire. The ASRock has better crossfire performance if you ever decide to upgrade, and better onboard sound. It is also atx vs micro atx on the MSI if that is something that bothers. Price different is like 50 bucks.
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December 18, 2012 9:40:50 PM

Praxeology said:
Better Case 165$

Power Supply 79$

Better Motherboard 85$

Better Ram 110$ 16gigs, 9/9/9/24

Same Processor 229$

Better GPU 329$

Better SSD 159$

Same HDD 75$


Total Price 1231, without taxes / shipping. Do you need that bluray player? If so stack on 55 bucks, so 1281.

This build has a better case, GPU, motherboard, and SSD, and is possible cheaper.

Just looked at the mobos, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The one you picked, and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the one I scaled down to. The MSI has UEFI bios, and everything you need for this build, along with the capability for crossfire. The ASRock has better crossfire performance if you ever decide to upgrade, and better onboard sound. It is also atx vs micro atx on the MSI if that is something that bothers. Price different is like 50 bucks.


You can't overclock the CPU with the MSI board.
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December 18, 2012 10:32:38 PM

Also those parts are all worse than what Deus put together.
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