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January 26, 2014 4:43:54 AM

Hey guys,

My budget for a new gaming PC is NZ$2300. I've got a single 1080p monitor, and no room (or budget) for more than that.

I'm not planning to overclock immediately, but might get round to it eventually. Should I stick with the i7, or go for an i5-4670k? Any other input and suggestions would be very welcome.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($481.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($67.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($197.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($233.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Storage: Seagate 600 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($130.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($655.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($173.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($43.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($157.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Total: $2330.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 01:43 NZDT+1300)

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January 26, 2014 7:17:20 AM

The GTX 770 does not need 4GB. Here is what proves it; http://alienbabeltech.com/main/gtx-770-4gb-vs-2gb-teste...

Instead, get this one. as it can actually use all 4GB of memory.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($622.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Total: $622.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 04:16 NZDT+1300)





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