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January 12, 2013 7:08:35 AM

First off, this is my first post, so Hi all. I've been struggling along playing games on my terrible machine for a few years now, and its really beginning to show its age, so time for an upgrade! That and my brothers PC decided near 40 degree heat wasn't good for it...and died, thanks to the shonky PSU provided by my mums old PC guy. So here is my build, which I am sourcing parts for from a local parts dealer MSY at brendale

I'm aiming to get this next week, after I get paid, any comments on things I could replace etc. are most welcome.

Budget Range: under $750
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Uni, Web Browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

OS: No

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in future, and I am aware that dual 7870's would require four pci-e power connections, so I was wondering if I'd be able to buy an adapter later on?)

Additional Comments: I already have my case (Corsair 400r) and my Ram (G.Skill 8Gb 1600Mhz). Im salvaging a DVD/Rw drive from the aforementioned brother's PC.

So without further ado here is my build :) 


Intel BX80637I53470 i5-3470 3.2/3.6GHz LGA1155 IVY Bridge Boxed CPU Cores 4/6MB

AU$185.00

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

AU$135.00

Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 500GB ST500DM002 SATA3 7200RPM 16MB HDD

AU$58.00

Gigabyte GV-R787OC-2GD 2GB 7870 PCI-E VGA Card (SI)

AU$249.00

TP-LINK TL-WN951N PCI 3T3R Upto 300M Wireless-N Network Card

AU$29.00

Corsair GS700 V2 ATX Power Supply Unit

AU$119.00

($25 over, I was worried about running crossfire, so went with the Corsair PSU)

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January 12, 2013 7:17:28 AM

It looks pretty good overall. My only concern is if you're sure that a 500GB hard drive will be enough for you.
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January 12, 2013 12:05:01 PM

yep, i only have a limited budget and id rather buy a secondary 1tb HDD down the road. thanks :) 
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January 12, 2013 12:28:14 PM

No need for a Z77 board with a non overclockable CPU. Save yourself some moniez and get something like a H77 Pro4/MVP from Asrock. Great board for the price.

Also if you want to crossfire and require more PCIe connections (I thought 7870's only required a single 6 pin?), those adapters are only meant for temporary use. There are horror stories of those cables exploding after a couple hours of use on the internet.

Also, for your 7870, there is NO BEATING MSI in that department. This is cheaper, faster and overclocks better with better components. Better cooler and imo looks better. No complaining about that eh?

http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=10074

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January 12, 2013 4:39:15 PM

If OP wants Crossfire, then a Z77 board is generally going to beat any and all lower end chipsets even if OP is not overclocking. That's why I didn't say anything about the board because OP mentioned interest in Crossfire.
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January 13, 2013 7:34:28 AM

amd states that for 7870 crossfire you need 4 pcie connectors....just wondering if i should revise my build, and aim to buy a larger psu with the specs i need at a later date? ill post up a revised build in a bit
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January 13, 2013 8:09:48 AM


intel BX80637I53570 i5-3570 3.4/3.8GHz LGA1155 IVY Bridge Boxed CPU Cores 4/6MB

AU$202.00



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

AU$135.00


Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 500GB ST500DM002 SATA3 7200RPM 16MB HDD

AU$58.00


TP-LINK TL-WN951N PCI 3T3R Upto 300M Wireless-N Network Card

AU$29.00


> Corsair VS550 550W Power Supply Units PSU

AU$67.00
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January 13, 2013 8:13:42 AM

the gpu is an issue because msy is out of stock for almost all 7870's. is the psu good enough for the time being till my next upgrade? i also took the extra cash and used it to upgrade the cpu
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