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post #11 of 34
Yes that's the correct headset. For a sound card, I use an Asus Xonar D2X. I'm very pleased with it - drivers are stable, does everything I want, I can't really comment on alternatives since it's the only "serious" modern soundcard I've owned, perhaps some other users can offer alternative suggestions.

As for the headset, you might prefer closed back in which case it may not be for you, but the PC360 doesn't lack bass or anything like that, it's all-round very nice and is much much better than most of the similarly priced gaming headsets from PC parts brands. Open back also tend to throw a better stereo image than closed in my experience.
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post #12 of 34
For headsets the Logitech, Razor, or Turtlebeach ones are nice. I myself use a Plantronics Gamecon 780 for listening as well as for recording. Is this for listening only cause that will also be a little cheaper. As for your list, very nice man. I am about to drop the same amount but upgrading what I have now. This computer stuff is so addicting for me.

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post #13 of 34
Thread Starter 
oops here we are: http://i.imgur.com/lPeCSRl.png

so is everything good?
Edited by BrighteousPony - 2/5/13 at 3:00am
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post #14 of 34
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As for your list, very nice man. I am about to drop the same amount but upgrading what I have now. This computer stuff is so addicting for me.

Yes it's an insane upgrade from my current (sig) but I will work my ass off for this, and yes its so addicting, im in the same state as you.
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post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by BrighteousPony View Post

Yes it's an insane upgrade from my current (sig) but I will work my ass off for this, and yes its so addicting, im in the same state as you.

And by the way mate , just saw that you live in Australia and air cooling just won't cut it! You will need either a closed loop water cooling kit or one of those XPSC ones smile.gif I mean even here in Greece we get high temps but back home in Australia it's insane thumb.gif
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I am planning hopefully over the next 6 months+ to get 3 monitors, a new desk and chair as well for my setup, here is what desk I have in mine:

http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Furniture/Desks/Home-Office-Desks/OWTYSON

what do you guys think? will this fit 3 monitors? I am also planning to put my comp to the side or behind the 3 monitors since its away from carpet

Also this is the chair I was thinking of getting, looks really nice: http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Furniture/Chairs/Leather-and-Plush-Chairs/OWLOGANBLK what do you guys think of all of this?



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And by the way mate , just saw that you live in Australia and air cooling just won't cut it! You will need either a closed loop water cooling kit or one of those XPSC ones I mean even here in Greece we get high temps but back home in Australia it's insane

I think i'll be fine my current comp has the CPU stock cooler, the CPU temps are fine even with the 4Ghz OC and my GPU temps are fine with the slight OC to that as well, but yes especially in Perth, its still basically in "Summer" over here and it can get quite hot, but it doesn't change my temps that much, really.
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post #17 of 34
Oh man, there are some terrible choices for the money in this build... first are you okay with buying from a few different stores? this way you will save some money, see in the list below they're all trusted stores so it's all good. thumb.gif

Just buy the parts mentioned from the respective stores (follow the links).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($175.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.00 @ Foxcomp)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($419.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.00 @ Scorptec)
Keyboard: Ducky DK9008 Shine II (M Edition) Wired Standard Keyboard ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse ($36.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive ($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: Arctic Cooling MX-4 Thermal Compound (4g) ($7.50 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Dynamic Audiophile Headphones ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: Zalman Microphone ZM-MIC 1 ($12.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1831.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 22:57 EST+1100)

First the motherboard, the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H is cheaper and is a brillant that will do everything you need (checkout the review by Sin here that includes circuitry analysis, this board is impressive esp. for the price), then the memory 8GB are overkill already for normal usage so 16GB is totally useless, then the SSD you can get the Plextor M5S for significantly cheaper and it's a top tier SSD with 19nm NAND (checkout the SSD charts here for performance comparison: the M5S gets 828 vs. 1187 for the 840 Pro but since SSD's are so fast, you will NEVER see the difference and as the Plextor M5S is in the top-tier thumb.gif), then for the video card I'd go with the Gigabyte 7970 to save some money, the Windforce 3x is one of the best cooling systems and the Gigabyte cards usually get nice overclocks through it all depends on the particular sample.

PS: I'm not being a Gigabyte fanboy through I have their products but they make great stuff at a very decent price as you can see. wink.gif

For keyboard and mouse the Logitech G400 is a great mouse and cheaper than the Razer (the most preferred mouse right now with the Deathadder). Also I've thrown in the Ducky Shine II M (the M means it's the newest revision with full-backlit and stuff), a Ducky keyboard has the highest quality you can get, and that's for the same price as the Razer. thumb.gif

Then for the soundcard the Creative Recon3D is rubbish like totally rubbish, I agree that the card looks nice but it's a plain scam (which you can see easily if you do some research), see what Simca (OCN's audio guy) said about it:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca View Post

The Recon3D is a flaming piece of crap that isn't worth 50 dollars. It's only use is if you're content with on board quality sound and really want the Titanium HD's gaming capability for a cheaper price.

The Recon 3D's drivers are the best part about it, but the Xonar DX's drivers aren't bad at all and if they are the Unified drivers fix any problem you have.

So yeah, the Xonar DX is a great card or if you want to stay with Creative I strongly advise you to go with the Titanium HD (through it's their old model which is becoming hard to find OR go with their newer product which is the SoundBlaster Z for $115:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=22196

This card is not the best deal you can get but it's miles better than the Recon3D so if you want nice asthetics over good value card I would go with this one for sure. thumb.gif

Then for the thermal compound the Arctic MX-4 is better and very easy to apply, I'd go with that.

And the other important part about sound: DON'T go with headsets, they're hella expensive and have very mediocre sound.
Instead I selected an Audio Technica ATH-AD700 which has great soundstage (most popular headphones for gaming uses because of it) and a Zalman clip-on mic which will be FAR better. thumb.gif

See, the build went down from $2639 to $1831 and that is with some equally good and some better parts. thumb.gif

Checkout OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products for more informations but that's it basically.

BTW, checkout the Ergonomic Chair Guide too. thumb.gif
Edited by adridu59 - 2/5/13 at 4:26am
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post #18 of 34
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alright thanks man, that specific Plexor SSD was out of stock so I just went with the one below it (when its in stock ill update it) here is the new updated spec's:

http://imgur.com/8LMBn9m

the only part you can't see is the i5 3570k, but its there, just the screen is too small to fit it all in, thanks again mate almost cut off a $1000, I wanted a 2TB HDD and 2 7970's but I dropped those 7970's to the cheaper one, is this ok, I currently have the MSI R7870 Hawk GPU and its really good thats why I went with the MSI 7970 Lightning, I think the only difference is the MSI 7970 has better cooling?

I also want to order from PC Case Gear since they have all the parts, saves me going around to different stores getting everything and its the only store that I have seen that has all the parts I want, msy may have some but misses others ple might have some and miss others... etc.. I also have to order this online since its PC Case Gear is located in melbourne, not Perth... but I will pay the extra money for shipping.

Any other suggestions? or is this good? I might consider getting a more expensive and better gaming mouse, I currently have the Razer Abyssus Gaming Mouse it was $35 I think, so once I upgrade my system I think I should upgrade the mouse. smile.gif

Thanks again all.
Edited by BrighteousPony - 2/5/13 at 5:03am
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alright thanks man, that specific Plexor SSD was out of stock so I just went with the one below it (when its in stock ill update it) here is the new updated spec's:

http://imgur.com/8LMBn9m

the only part you can't see is the i5 3570k, but its there, just the screen is too small to fit it all in, thanks again mate almost cut off a $1000, I wanted a 2TB HDD and 2 7970's but I dropped those 7970's to the cheaper one, is this ok, I currently have the MSI R7870 Hawk GPU and its really good thats why I went with the MSI 7970 Lightning, I think the only difference is the MSI 7970 has better cooling?

I also want to order from PC Case Gear since they have all the parts, saves me going around to different stores getting everything and its the only store that I have seen that has all the parts I want, msy may have some but misses others ple might have some and miss others... etc.. I also have to order this online since its PC Case Gear is located in melbourne, not Perth... but I will pay the extra money for shipping.

Any other suggestions? or is this good? I might consider getting a more expensive and better gaming mouse, I currently have the Razer Abyssus Gaming Mouse it was $35 I think, so once I upgrade my system I think I should upgrade the mouse. smile.gif

Thanks again all.
I'd Stick with the MSI Lightning if i were you smile.gif and a Razer keyboard like the Lycosa is perfect and for less money than the ducky smile.gif ( go for a razer mouse too they are solid and awesome )
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Yeah, but the Ducky is a quality-made mechanical keyboard, and the Lycosa is just a cheap low-quality toy in comparison.  I know because I upgraded from the Lycosa to a Filco Majestouch, and it makes the Lycosa seem to me like it shouldn't cost any more than about $10.

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