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January 18, 2013 7:54:35 AM

Hey everyone, this is my first post here, so be nice :)  (Is this the right place for this kind of question?)

So me and a friend are building gaming PCs (identical ones essentially) we both like to record gameplays and such so need decent systems. I have compiled a list of parts which i believe will work well. I just need to know i havnt made any stupid decisions on this... for example, do we need that big a PSU? And is there a cheaper MOBO alternative? We will be overclocking, so i realise we need a fan, i just cant pick one...

Heres the list:
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MOTHERBOARD - ASUS SABERTOOTH-Z77 ATX Motherboard $245 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8977
CPU - Intel BX80637I53570 i5-3570 3.4/3.8GHz LGA1155 IVY $205 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9377 (OVERCLOCKED TO 4.4GHZ?)
Kingston KVR 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3 1333 $46 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=6869 (X2?)
Gigabyte GV-N66TWF2-2GD 2GB GTX660Ti PCI-E VGA Card $315 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9475
Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001 SATA3 7200rpm 64MB Cache Hard Disk $139 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8946
Intel SSD-330 Series 120GB SATA3 Solid-State-Drive $95 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9012
Coolermast SGC1000KWN1 SGC-1000 case without PSU $87 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8530
Antec HCG-750 Hight Current Gamer Gaming PSU $135 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7998

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January 18, 2013 8:13:14 AM

Overkill on the motherboard. You could find one for $130-150.
Unless you want to run SLI in the future, you should get a 500-600W PSU 80 Bronze

Also, if you want to overclock your CPU you need 3 things:

1) a CPU that can overclock. i5-3570K, not 3570. You must buy the "K"
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8967

2) a CPU cooler (not the one that came with your Intel CPU)
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8573
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=1371

3) Z77 board. This you got.
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January 18, 2013 8:46:14 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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January 18, 2013 9:38:07 AM

Is there any other parts that I could cheapen up on, but still keep a good specs list?
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January 19, 2013 12:24:59 AM

You don't need 750W for your setup. Buy a 500-600W PSU. Save $60.

I noticed your RAM was 1333MHz. Get 1600MHz. That's the sweetspot. Also, CAS 9.

Like I said, buy a cheaper motherboard. ASRock Extreme 4. Save $100.
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January 19, 2013 1:41:37 AM

envy14tpe said:
You don't need 750W for your setup. Buy a 500-600W PSU. Save $60.

I noticed your RAM was 1333MHz. Get 1600MHz. That's the sweetspot. Also, CAS 9.

Like I said, buy a cheaper motherboard. ASRock Extreme 4. Save $100.

Ok thanks, Do you have any idea roughly what this will perform like? And also is it worth getting another graphics card? For example 2 average instead of 1 awesome? And will The extreme overclock? And am I even choosing the right graphics card?
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January 19, 2013 4:29:56 AM

OK here is a revised edition of the parts list, if you have any suggestions well, reply!!

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MOTHERBOARD - AsRock Z77-Extreme4 Intel Z77 $135 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9040
CPU - Intel i5-3570K LGA1155 IVY Bridge Boxed CPU (BX80637I53570K) $227 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8967
RAM - Kingston HyperX 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600 $52 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7684
VIDEO CARD - Gigabyte GV-N66TWF2-2GD 2GB GTX660Ti PCI-E VGA Card $315 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9475
HARD-DRIVE 1 Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001 SATA3 7200rpm 64MB Cache Hard Disk $139 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8946
Kingston KINSV300S37A/120G 120GB SSDNOW V300 SATA3 2.5" SSD HDD $87 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=10090
CASE - Coolermast SGC1000KWN1 SGC-1000 case without PSU $87 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8530
PSU - Corsair CMPSU-600CXV3 600Watt 80Plus Bronze ATX Power Supply Unit $89 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9676
OS - Microsoft MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM $93 http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=5821


If I could get this down 100 or even 50, without compromising the speed and efficiency, that would be awesome!
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January 20, 2013 1:53:41 AM

The build looks good.

What kind of monitor are you gonna use? This could influence the choice of GPU. For 1080p a 660ti is good. For 1200p, a 670 is better. If 2560x1440 then definitely 670/7970.

Don't forget, you need an aftermarket CPU cooler, not the Intel cooler that comes with your CPU.
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January 20, 2013 4:33:34 AM

hcwool said:
Ok thanks, Do you have any idea roughly what this will perform like? And also is it worth getting another graphics card? For example 2 average instead of 1 awesome? And will The extreme overclock? And am I even choosing the right graphics card?


For one monitor, one GPU is enough. But if you want to be safe then get a 670. It's a beast. It will handle everything at max settings with at least 50-60fps. You won't need to upgrade for 2/3 years.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 will overclock. It's a great one at that. (I wish I would have bought it instead of Pro3)
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January 20, 2013 5:09:07 AM

envy14tpe said:
For one monitor, one GPU is enough. But if you want to be safe then get a 670. It's a beast. It will handle everything at max settings with at least 50-60fps. You won't need to upgrade for 2/3 years.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 will overclock. It's a great one at that. (I wish I would have bought it instead of Pro3)


Ok, made some more changes to the rig... I might use an i7 (http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8969), and this is the cooler (http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8573). Will both of these configurations run Garrys Mod, Cause i know they should run every other source engine game (proof cause my macbook pro can)
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January 20, 2013 5:29:39 AM

hcwool said:
Ok, made some more changes to the rig... I might use an i7 (http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8969), and this is the cooler (http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8573). Will both of these configurations run Garrys Mod, Cause i know they should run every other source engine game (proof cause my macbook pro can)

If you are buying a gaming rig then a i7 is not necessary. The difference between i5-3570k (overclocked) and i7 overclocked is 1%. In other words, you will not benefit with a i7 for gaming. (google it, and you'll find out the same) However, if you do a lot of video editing then you can benefit. I do photo editing and my i5 overclocked handles it in a snap so I don't need a i7.

If you want to spend more money then you might want to consider a better monitor.

You mentioned you want to run Garry's Mod. To do so you don't need to spend a lot of $$ on a computer. If you want to buy a 660ti or 670 then you want to play Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Skyrim.....GPU demanding games. Garry's Mod is a simple game and you don't need to spend a lot of money on a GPU. Also, you gotta realize a desktop CPU will be faster than a laptop CPU. Trust me, I had a $1000 laptop and my $1000 desktop killed it, and not even close.
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