Need advice for New PC

My First Question on Toms Hardware Forums! :pt1cable:

So this is my first build, and I'm on a budget, and need some help with my build. I have chosen these components but it is slightly over my budget. I live in New Zealand so the prices are in New Zealand Dollars. My Budget is around $1,700 NZD.

Here's what I've go so far:

CPU - Motherboard - RAM - Combo $623.51

- Intel i5 3570K 3.40 GHz
- ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77
- Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance (2x4GB)

HDD $109.00

- Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB 6Gb/s SATA3

SSD $149.00

- Samsung 840 Series 120GB SATA3 SSD

PSU $199.00

- Corsair HX Series HX650 V2 650W Modular Power Supply 80Plus Gold

DVD Writer $49.00

- ASUS DRW-24B5ST 24X DVD Writer

GPU $499.00

- Sapphire AMD Radeon HD7950 Vapor-X 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E3.0 (11196-09-40G)

Case $199.00

- NZXT Phantom 410 Crafted Mid Tower Chassis (White)


I need to know:

1) Any suggestions to help decrease the price without effecting performance too much would be very appreciated.

2) Is it all compatible?

Please keep in mind that it is in New Zealand Dollars :wahoo:

Thanks in advance to everyone wiling to help out :wahoo:
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  1. it is all compatible :) btw i just realized that NZD is almost twice the USD nominal :D

    btw are you going to crossfire GPU in the future?
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($315.00 @ Computer Lounge)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($56.35 @ PB Technologies)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.00 @ PC Force)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ Computer Lounge)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PC Force)
    Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.84 @ PB Technologies)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($487.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.00 @ PC Force)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.53 @ Aquila Technology)
    Total: $1673.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 00:18 NZDT+1300)

    you should avoid samsung 840 :) 840 pro is different story, it is the best and expensive
  3. I know, NZD sucks :lol:
    I was thinking about cross-firing, but it would be a while down the line if I do. If I do decide I want to crossfire before I purchase all the components, I was going to get an Sapphire HD7870 OC Ghz Edition, and eventually crossfire two of them, but I'm honestly not sure if I need to crossfire tbh ;)
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