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EchoSx

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Hello everyone, Any help on completing/changing the build will be much appreciated :)

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: <$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web surfing, watching movies/videos...

Parts Not Required: OS, Monitor, Keyboard/Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com

Country: Australia, Most parts will be bought here and cost 10-30$ more

Parts Preferences: Gigabyte

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Parts Considering:

CPU: i5 3570k

GPU: Gigabyte Windforce OC 670

RAM: Corsair/G.skil/Kingston 16GB (1600?)

Motherboard: z77 (which model/brand?)

HDD: 1TB

SSD: 120 or 128 GB

Case: Plenty of room so no limits on case size.

Additional Comments: Would I be better sticking with the Gigabyte gtx 670 or would a 7970 Ghz be a better option. I mainly play RTS and RPG games. I live in Australia therefore most parts cost upwards of 10$ over the US price. I would like to avoid upgrade for at least 1 year.
 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($101.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($469.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.00 @ Scorptec)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($158.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1453.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

How's that? Feel free to change the case if you don't like the looks.
 
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EchoSx

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Will a CPU cooler actually be necessary? What benefits will it provide? Also for the extra 30$ (roughly) for the 7970 GHz is it worth it considering the difference between Nvidia and AMD (driver updates and what not), the cards themselves and what I will be playing primarily (RPG/RTS). Lastly the case looks ok but what others options do I have around that price point?
 
The cooler is a good idea if you plan to OC. The stock cooler is fine, but your chip will overheat if you try to OC it at all. Other option is something cheaper eg CM Hyper212 Evo, but that is louder and less effective.

The 7970 GHz outperforms the 680 currently, and AMD drivers are fine.

Take a look through Tom's review of 15 gaming cases recently.
 

JJ1217

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I've heard and actually seen the 7970 Windforce 3 actually sagging the PCIe slot, and I once held it. Its actually quite a heavy card, and the cooler is quite loud. I recommend the 7970 GHZ, but not that particular one.
 

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I know you said you didn't want SLI or Crossfire but since your budget allows it and you will be overclocking, then this PC is just a much better choice than the ones listed above.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($341.60 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($341.60 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($121.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1538.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
 

EchoSx

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I would rather stick with a single card for the time being. Also I am not strict on the GPU brand I just read the windforce cooler is quite a good cooler. Any other recommendations on GPU would be much appreciated.
 

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Also when I overclock it will likely be quite minimal due to it being my first time. With that in mind will I need: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
 

EchoSx

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Considering the overall amount I am spending (the budget isn't strict) would I be better spashing on the Sapphire 7970 GHz over the Gigabyte 670 Windforce OC. Would the 7970 GHz be better for future-proofing?
 

Kamen_BG

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Yes.As you can see from the recent review's on AMD's updated driver there is still a lot of room for improvement in the HD 7970.If the cost is similar you should pick a HD 7970 over a GTX 670 (IMO).
And about the HD 7970 Windorce being heavy... well yes i've heard the same but spending so much money on a marginally better cooler just isn't worth it in my opinion.

And if you really don't want to go with a dual GPU build then ill just build you a killer future proof PC.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($415.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: OCZ ZX 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($161.50 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1496.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

 

EchoSx

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If it was between the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card and the Gigabyte 670 windforce OC I would rather go for the 670 however I was curious as to whether the Sapphire 7970 Ghz 3gb would be worth it over the Gigabyte 670 windforce OC for an extra $70-$90.
 
Going for the 3820 is pretty pointless, as you can get a 3770K that OCs. Or a 3570K that will perform the same in most games and also OCs.

LGA2011 mobos are expensive too, and you want quad-channel RAM to take full advantage of it.

My build (up top) beats it in terms of gaming, and can do CF/SLI as well. If you aren't doing dual-GPUs then get a 600W PSU.

EDIT: It's probably not worth it unless you wanted to run 5760x1080 or 2560x1440. A 670 will max out anything at 1080p.
 
If I had a 1080p or 1200p monitor I would buy a 670 to future proof. You'd get benefits from a 7970 but I believe the benefits are really based on monitor resolution or if you have multiple monitors. Most gamers or heavy users upgrade every 2-3years, so you'd want something new down the road anyways. Maybe a new monitor. In the meantime, the 670 is a beast.
 

EchoSx

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Ok, Here is the revised build

GPU: Gigabyte 670 Windforce 3 OC
CPU: i5-3570k
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
RAM: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
CASE: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

I might try SLI at some point and will lightly Overclock the processor, What PSU would you recommend? Also that case looks damn nice, thanks for showing it to me :)
 
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