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$1200 New Build, will this work!

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January 12, 2013 4:24:10 AM

Hey all i just put together this build for a friend, i was wondering if you could check it out, make suggestions, yell at me if anything wont work. Btw i live in Australia (WA), so be prepared for overpriced components.

Date of purchase: In February sometime.
Budget: $1200 (NO HIGHER, i know you guys like to go over budget)
System Usage: Gaming (Doesn't need to be maxed just high)/Rendering (YouTube)/Watching HD Movies.
Items Not Needed: Mouse/Keyboard/Monitor/OS.
Location: Perth WA Australia.
Part Preference: Intel CPU.
Overclocking: Yes, only with air cooling, just basic OC also (no higher then around 4.2Ghz).
Store: Austin Computers (Perth: http://www.austin.net.au)/ PLE Computers (Perth: http://www.ple.com.au)/ PC Casegear (Melbourne: http://pccasegear.com)

Notes: Ive built computers in the past, never done a M-ATX build, so if things wont fit tell me, also this is for a friend, and the case is really the only one he likes, so unless its something similar it cant be changed. He also will be using dual monitors on 1920x1080. Just want to say thx in advance, to all the help.

Case: SilverStone Precision PS07 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Case
$95 pccasegear

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
$229 pccasegear

Graphics Card:ASUS Radeon HD7950 DirectCu II 3GB
$339 pccasegear

Motherboard: AsRock Z77 PRO4-M Motherboard
$109 pccasegear

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3
$46 pccasegear

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD 128GB
$125 pccasegear

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
$99 pccasegear ($99 Austin)

PSU: Corsair GS-600 V2 Power Supply
$99 pccasegear

Cooling: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
$39 pccasegear

DVD player: Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
$19 pccasegear
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$1199

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January 12, 2013 4:44:10 AM

Also any other Computer stores in Perth, are fine to choose from, such as Netplus Micro Computers and MCG Technology, although i they are no where near as good as Austin and PLE.
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January 12, 2013 5:22:23 AM

Everything is fine but I would replace that PSU and GPU.

GPU = Any other brand, Not Gigabyte (They are voltage locked, That means no OC)
PSU = Corsair CX600\GS600
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January 12, 2013 5:33:50 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
Everything is fine but I would replace that PSU and GPU.

GPU = Any other brand, Not Gigabyte (They are voltage locked, That means no OC)
PSU = Corsair CX600\GS600


Yea i thought the PSU wasn't the best choice, is there any particular reason why the PSU isnt good enough? Not large enough, quality?
Any suggestions on GPU, Pccasegear is one of the top PC part providers in Australia, yet they still have a limited range of GPU. :( 
thanks
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January 12, 2013 5:38:51 AM

The PSU is fine. Not to mention its a little low powered.
But getting a larger PSU will help, it will be future proof.

And for GPU, I checked the list.
And I would prefer ASUS Radeon HD7950 DirectCu II 3GB or that Top model
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January 12, 2013 5:46:04 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
The PSU is fine. Not to mention its a little low powered.
But getting a larger PSU will help, it will be future proof.

And for GPU, I checked the list.
And I would prefer ASUS Radeon HD7950 DirectCu II 3GB or that Top model

Yea saw that 1, while price is fine, it still isnt even out yet, and im not sure how the stock is going to be once it comes out, im guessing its going to be sold out, but ill try and give it a shot. Any other suggestions you want to add? I was thinking of getting a single 8gb Ram instead of 2 separate 4gb ram, so as to save space and also give it upgradability in the future, thoughts?
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January 12, 2013 5:49:27 AM

Also do you think there will be any issues with the size limitations, I haven't built a M-ATX computer before only standard ATX sized builds, just wondering if there will be any issues with the components i've got so far.
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January 12, 2013 5:50:35 AM

Getting a 1x8GB or 2x4GB will not make a difference in performance.

So, get whichever suits.
And Future Proof is a Merit of 1x8GB
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January 12, 2013 5:54:17 AM

G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 for $46 or Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M1A1600C9 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 for $49, atm i feel like siding with Corsair, just for being know for outstanding build quality.
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January 12, 2013 5:58:41 AM

G.skill rules RAM Industry.

Corsair is also very good.
But with their Long Heat spreaders, its sometime problematic.
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January 12, 2013 6:09:03 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
G.skill rules RAM Industry.

Corsair is also very good.
But with their Long Heat spreaders, its sometime problematic.

Thanks for that swapped it over to the Gskill one, hell i save $3 so its love all round, thanks for that mate.
I noticed when i was researching the motherboards that there were quite a few too choose from, spec wise the one ive picked covers what i need, but $109 for it seems a bit pricey, any similar mobo which are similar out there which are cheaper?
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January 12, 2013 6:11:16 AM

With a k processor you need a Z77 Mobo to Overclock.
So thats the Best one out there.
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January 12, 2013 6:20:06 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
With a k processor you need a Z77 Mobo to Overclock.
So thats the Best one out there.

Kk, thanks for the advice, i think you have basically covered the whole thing. Just to go a bit off topic, would you suggest purchasing parts from US (Hong Kong/wherever) at much cheaper prices and just import it over to Australia? Ive always wondered how viable it is to do this, yet never hear anyone do it. :) 
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January 12, 2013 6:35:55 AM

You can Purchase from US, Like from Amazon.
But you'll have to Pay Customs and Shipping. Which is usually very High.
And the Price usually is around the Price in Local Websites.

But the Problem is the Warranty. Most items don't have International Warranty
So, if your Parts get Defective you'll not get a Repair.


So, its kind of waste.
I would suggest you to Contact a Local Dealer. They give more discounts Than Websites.
And you can ask for a Discount for Bulk Buy too. ;) 
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January 12, 2013 6:44:00 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
You can Purchase from US, Like from Amazon.
But you'll have to Pay Customs and Shipping. Which is usually very High.
And the Price usually is around the Price in Local Websites.

But the Problem is the Warranty. Most items don't have International Warranty
So, if your Parts get Defective you'll not get a Repair.


So, its kind of waste.
I would suggest you to Contact a Local Dealer. They give more discounts Than Websites.
And you can ask for a Discount for Bulk Buy too. ;) 

Darn warranties, forgot about them, anyway good advice, and yea was planning on seeing if i could get bulk buy discount. Thanks for all the help
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January 12, 2013 8:43:56 AM

Ooh I'd be careful with a 7950 from asus. Its three slots, and while its a good card, it might not fit in your case, or get adequate airflow.
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