$1500 gaming platform / Australia


Nov 28, 2012
Hello all! I am plannning to change my PC in some days time but I'm really new to this :sarcastic: :sarcastic: Help me to get the best combination for best gaming experience

Approximate Purchase Date: until Next week

Budget Range: ~$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing and video playing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MSY.com.au or anywhere cheaper

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Australia Sydney

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe, I really don't know much in this :(

SLI or Crossfire: Same here. I don't know what these do

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want the case to be well ventilated since the room is quite stuffy and hot :??:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The old computer is getting rumbling every day, so I decided to buy a good computer for gaming.

I've looked some up:

Coolermaster 922XM - $128

Asrock z77 Extreme 4 Motherboard - $135

CPU: Intel 1155pin IVY Bridge i5-3570K - $227

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $34

2G GTX 660 Gigabyte N660OC-2G - $237

G. Skill Trident-X 8G kit 2400 - $79

Antec Earthwwatts Platinum 650 - $119

SAMSUNG 830 series SATA3 256G - $195

Asus PCI-E-N15 300M wireless-N network adapter - $34

Don't need the input devices.:)

I wish to run battlefield 3 at high settings. Would these be enough? I can sacrifice other parts for the sake of CPU and GPU. Please help!


Aug 23, 2012
I don't understand why people skip the part asking if you need an OS, so I'll just assume you don't need one. :lol:

Here's a build centered in 2 shops. You can get the OS from PCCaseGear, dunno why the site isn't registering it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ 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: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($469.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($158.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Samsung S22B300B 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1502.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 19:05 EST+1100)

I know you said you preferred nVIDIA, but the 7970GHz outperforms both the 670 and the 680 with a price tag cheaper than the 680 and only like 60$~ more than the 670.

If you really want nVIDIA though, get the 670. The 680 is too overpriced.


Nov 28, 2012
So sorry. I do need the OS :sweat:
I will be buying 64bit windows 7 from the msy.com.au. it is $92 from there

For Nvidia, I heard many games are Geforce friendly so that's why. But if Radeon is more price efficient, i will get it :D

Thank you so much for that. Now i can compare Prices :na:

Ahh, another Aussie who also keeps late hours (its seriously midnight man!).

Excella's build is pretty good, wouldn't change anything except maybe the Vertex 4 to a Samsung 830.
Very surprisingly its cheaper than current US prices.

See if you can get the case locally, as that will make up the bulk of your shipping costs.

If you intend to get the OS from MSY (I assume the OEM version), you also need to buy the motherboard and CPU from them as well. Due to OEM licensing it can only be sold with a motherboard+CPU in tow.

I'v had good experiences with PC Case Gear, their customer support is awesome and the guys behind the pickup desk are pretty good.
MSY is more like your stereotypical computer shop, overflowing with components in a barely organized chaos, but they do offer the cheapest prices on what they do stock and have had no issues with them so far.