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May 4, 2013 8:23:38 PM

Hi everyone.
I've been really wanting to build a PC for an extremely long time now. I am really looking forward to it but it is my first time so i don't want to make any vital mistakes. any help would be appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: Doesn't have to be right away. Within a month, at least.

Budget Range: Anywhere from $1000 to $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, DL'd movies.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, pcpartpicker (Australian)

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Something with great graphics performance (would love to be able to max out all games, but probably not possible) preferably AMD due to the never settle reloaded bundle :p 

Overclocking: If it would make a difference

SLI or Crossfire: If that's what it takes to get the graphics i want

Monitor Resolution: My 1080p monitor

Additional Comments: Want to be able to build my computer but never done it before. If it is safe and you are certain i wont somehow stuff up my computer i would love to do it.

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a c 233 4 Gaming
a c 180 à CPUs
May 4, 2013 9:04:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.00 @ Scorptec)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($409.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ Scorptec)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($25.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1436.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b 4 Gaming
a c 129 à CPUs
May 4, 2013 9:53:16 PM

That rig is basically what I would suggest you go with, except maybe for the case.

PC Case Gear is a great retailer BTW, in the Melbourne area you wont find any better.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 5, 2013 3:46:41 AM

For a $1500 build I would definitely get a better case than that put its towards a good ~$100 Case; Corsair 500R, Antec Twelve Hundred
May 5, 2013 4:40:35 AM

like the coolermaster storm enforcer?
a c 233 4 Gaming
a c 180 à CPUs
May 5, 2013 4:43:07 AM

That's a good case.
a b 4 Gaming
a c 129 à CPUs
May 5, 2013 4:45:47 AM

Pretty good case, actually used it for my brothers build just recently.