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$1500-$1900 Gaming Build

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December 18, 2012 9:21:50 PM

Hi everybody, this is my first time making a desktop and I don't feel particularly confident in building it myself. Therefore I'm probably going to pay PC Case Gear or another supplier (I live in Melbourne, Australia) to build it for me. The main requirements I have are: being able to max out games (DOTA 2, Assassin's Creed III, Borderlands 2 and future games) and connect to my WiFi network as Ethernet is not an option. At this point in time it is unlikely that I will be overclocking.

Here is what has been suggested for me: (Prices in AUD at PC Case Gear)

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 $205
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Motherboard $65
Graphics Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD7970 GHz Edition 3GB $479
RAM: G.Skill F3-10600CL9D-16GBNT 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 $79
Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced USB3.0 $109
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620C 620W Power Supply $85
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive OEM $19
SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD Retail Box $105
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $99
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM $95
PCI Card: TP-Link TL-WN881ND Wireless N PCI Express Adapter $19
Assembly Fee: $119 ($99 for everything except additional HDD and PCI Card, which cost $10 each)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse V2 $49
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard $159

Total: $1686

I have not yet decided on a monitor, although I am leaning towards a 27'. I also have a question: If I choose to pay the supplier to assemble it, will I have to pay for a power cord for the Antec Neo 620C 620W? Because it says specifically that 'No power cord included. By reusing your existing cord, you can reduce waste and help protect the environment.' Any feedback on supplier/monitor selection and any problems in the system would be appreciated a lot. Cheers. :) 

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December 18, 2012 9:37:47 PM

That's a pretty good start. I'd lose the expensive peripherals for now - there's no reason to pay $160 for a keyboard. You can always add that later. Just get cheap ones for now. If you build it yourself you don't have to pay the $120 assembly fee, and you should definitely learn how.

For $1700 I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($112.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1432.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 10:37 EST+1100)
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December 18, 2012 10:56:15 PM

i like the second build better but, with the 7970. I think its worth the extra 70, but i would be happy to settle with a 670. =)
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