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post #1 of 5
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Hi there,

I've got a fairly good idea of what I want my PC to have, but any advice would be appreciated.

http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/p/VAbh

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k
Cooling: Corsair H80i
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 - 1600MHz CL10
SSD: SanDisk Extreme 120GB w/ 550read & 510write
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192KHz
Case: NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case
PSU: Seasonic S12II 620W
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray Combo
Operating System: Windows 8 64-bit (Most people don't like it, but I do)
Monitor: AOC i2367Fh 23"
Keyboard: Logitech G710+ (K60 on link)

Cheers
post #2 of 5
Any particular reason you've gone for 16gb of RAM? If you're just gaming you could save yourself a few bucks and get 8gb, you don't really need more than 8gb for gaming, rest of the build seems fine to be honest, although I'd rather have a Samsung 840 pro for the SSD smile.gif
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post #3 of 5
Stay away from the gigabyte 7970. It's voltage locked and that is not your best option when it comes to gpu choice.

Either get msi or his. These are voltage unlocked. The sapphire has a voltage limit of 1.25v so it's fairly high. While the gigabyte is locked at 1 . 170 v


The power supply is an overkill. You could save a little buy going the m12ii520. Unless you plan to get another gpu later.

If only gaming get a only 8gb ram.

Finally ditch that ssd and get samsung 840 pro ssd.



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Corsair Vengeance 8GB seagate barracuda 7200 RPM 1 TB PNY 120GB SSD PNY 240GB SSD 
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ek supermacy full nickel Mayhem Pastel white  Mayhem blue non stain dye ek FC r9 290x 
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ek fc r9 290x  swiftech mcp655 Koolance COV-RP450  EK-CoolStream RAD XT 240mm 
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post #4 of 5
I have used the Asus Xonar, and to be honest it is just ok. I don't usually see any reason to ditch onboard audio unless it goes out on me. I always have a difficult time finding settings that actually improve the sound or that don't change it in odd ways. Other than that this rig could be the posterboy forr "Good gamer without spending a ton of money." I wouldn't consider that power supply overkill, it is just leaving you a decent amount of headroom for expandability. The full tower case may be bigger than you realize, your parts will be swimming in all of the room. Not that I don't want one myself, its just that unless you plan on doing a lot of modding and cramming in watercooling gear, it is a bit of a waste of space. Of course everyone has their preferences, so have fun with it!
Edited by petriedish81 - 5/7/13 at 2:49pm
post #5 of 5
Ahh, your new zealand prices are worse then here in canada.

http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/p/XgGv

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.00 @ Computer Lounge)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($179.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($249.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($116.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.00 @ PC Force)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($665.00 @ PC Force)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($91.08 @ Aquila Technology)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($274.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($109.02 @ Aquila Technology)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($195.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($157.29 @ Ascent Technology)
Monitor: AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($242.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K60 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($172.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Total: $3054.39

I changed a few things. First dropped you down to 8GB of ram and picked G.Skill Ares due to the nice small heatsink. Had to upgrade the GPU to a Sapphire, had too. Also your case you picked was garbage. Terrible airflow, bad cable management and quite ugly, picked out a nice Corsair 650D which is modeled after the 800D (or other way around). Also Windows 7, just dont question it.
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