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November 24, 2012 6:01:27 AM

Hi there,
I was looking at getting a HD 7870 GHZ OC 2GB(Which is $260AU), but i am on a relatively tight budget, something around the price range of $150 to $200 would be good, and the max resolution i will probably have is 1080p, If this price range is unrealistic just tell me

The games i want to able to play on at least high, if not extreme/highest settings, are BF3, Fallout New vegas, GTA 4 etc (Medium would be alright for the newest and most demanding games like BF3, but not ideal)
I would also like to be able to do some fairly low key HD video editing (sony vegas) and some audio mixing/music creation in the likes of pro tools, possiblely with multiple midi/virtual instrument tracks

I am located in Australia, so if you know any good sellers please give me some advice there, i am currently looking at getting the parts from mwave.com.au

The build i am currently looking is as follows:

MB: ASUS P8Z77-M $109
CPU: i5 2500k $251
CPU COOLER: Antec KUHLER H2O 620  $80
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 $90
POWER: Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 800W (Is 800W too much?) $122
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB $46
HDD/SDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 3.5" 2TB or Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" (I will most likely get the other later) $100
With the total coming up at $798AU without the GPU

I realistically only wanted to spend $600 on the all the other parts and then $200 on the GPU so $800 in total
If you could recommend any other parts that would be great!

Thanks for your time and help!

If worse comes to worse, i think i may get the above build and then get a GPU later, it just means i will have to stick to my 360 or laptop for gaming for now =P

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November 24, 2012 6:20:06 AM

i think 7870 ghz edition will be the best choice if u can afford little much from 200$( about 220$). i think it will be able to bare 1080p not breaking your expectation. but i also think that msi gtx 560ti twinfrozr ii oc (about 180$) will be better. bcz it is within ur budget and you will be able to enable 3d opt. and many facilities. many games are sponsored by nvidia. so your phys x will give u some advantage.
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November 24, 2012 6:20:14 AM

i think 7870 ghz edition will be the best choice if u can afford little much from 200$( about 220$). i think it will be able to bare 1080p not breaking your expectation. but i also think that msi gtx 560ti twinfrozr ii oc (about 180$) will be better. bcz it is within ur budget and you will be able to enable 3d opt. and many facilities. many games are sponsored by nvidia. so your phys x will give u some advantage.
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November 24, 2012 6:20:26 AM

i think 7870 ghz edition will be the best choice if u can afford little much from 200$( about 220$). i think it will be able to bare 1080p not breaking your expectation. but i also think that msi gtx 560ti twinfrozr ii oc (about 180$) will be better. bcz it is within ur budget and you will be able to enable 3d opt. and many facilities. many games are sponsored by nvidia. so your phys x will give u some advantage.
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November 24, 2012 6:32:28 AM

deltoran said:
POWER: Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 800W (Is 800W too much?) $122

800W is too much if you're only going to use one graphics card. Also, I wouldn't trust that Thermaltake TR2 to take good care of my components. You'll want to pick a reliable PSU brand like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX.

deltoran said:
MB: ASUS P8Z77-M $109
CPU: i5 2500k $251

I'd get a Z68 ATX motherboard instead.


As for the graphics card, a Radeon HD 7850 might be enough.
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November 24, 2012 6:43:58 AM

Sakkura said:
800W is too much if you're only going to use one graphics card. Also, I wouldn't trust that Thermaltake TR2 to take good care of my components. You'll want to pick a reliable PSU brand like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX.


I'd get a Z68 ATX motherboard instead.


As for the graphics card, a Radeon HD 7850 might be enough.


Thanks for the reply

what advantages does a Z68 ATX motherboard offer?

Also what Wattage would you recommend for a power supply? 600W?
Thanks!
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November 24, 2012 7:16:27 AM

A Z68 motherboard may be cheaper than Z77. ATX boards are usually better bang for the buck for overclocking, compared to mATX boards.

A 550W PSU would be plenty.
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November 24, 2012 7:30:32 AM

7870 Ghz
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November 24, 2012 8:00:40 AM

Sakkura said:
A Z68 motherboard may be cheaper than Z77. ATX boards are usually better bang for the buck for overclocking, compared to mATX boards.

A 550W PSU would be plenty.

Thanks once again for the reply
But i seem unable to find the board you are talking about on any of the stores i am looking to buy, could you help me out here? http://www.pccasegear.com/

But i would also like to add that i may not be necessarily getting the GPU straight away, so i will need a Motherboard that can support out putting the intergrated graphic of the CPU, i am also actually looking at getting a i5 3570K as it is cheaper at the supplier i am now looking at going with, aswell as being newer and possibly better

thanks!
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November 24, 2012 8:33:09 AM

Definately get the 7870 or 7850. If you're going for the 3570K, get a Z77 Mobo. Also you should consider MSY. They're pretty cheap (the 7870 Sapphire OC is $245 there).
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November 24, 2012 8:41:38 AM

Maybe you should wait for Next Gen GPUs. Because you have a 360 and a gaming laptop.
Who knows next gen will be real cheap + high performance.

Or else lower your PSU to 600w and get a 7870 Ghz edition.
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November 24, 2012 10:16:42 AM

deltoran said:
Thanks once again for the reply
But i seem unable to find the board you are talking about on any of the stores i am looking to buy, could you help me out here? http://www.pccasegear.com/

But i would also like to add that i may not be necessarily getting the GPU straight away, so i will need a Motherboard that can support out putting the intergrated graphic of the CPU, i am also actually looking at getting a i5 3570K as it is cheaper at the supplier i am now looking at going with, aswell as being newer and possibly better

thanks!

Looks like that shop has phased out the Z68 motherboards. They belong to the old generation of processors, including the Core i5-2500k. If you get a processor from the new generation, like the Core i5-3570k, then a Z77 motherboard is necessary anyway.

Asrock Z77 Pro3 is a decent option on the cheap end of the spectrum
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If you can afford to spend a little more, I would recommend the Asrock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

You won't find a Z77 motherboard that doesn't have video outputs for the integrated graphics, so it's just a matter of checking that the board has the connector you need (DVI, HDMI etc.).

As for graphics cards, AMD is launching their next graphics card family soon (February-March maybe), so you could wait for that.
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