It is a absolutely wonderful monitor. Looks good, decent sized bezel (about 1.5 cm), and excellent color reproduction. I highly recommend it.
Absolutely gorgeous. Excellent work!
This'll be better, a bit cheaper, and less likely to burst into flames
Very nice for a budget CPU cooler.
Get the 8320; it can overclock to nearly identical frequencies as the 8350. I have the 8320, and I overclocked it up to 4.2 GHz on the stock cooler with AMD's Catalyst OverDrive software. With an aftermarket cooler, you could easily get both CPUs to 4.6 GHz.
Absolutely gorgeous. Well done!
Excellent build my friend. This should serve you well for quite some time.
Asus M5a99fx Pro is the best without paying the premium for stuff you won't need.
SSD's generate almost no heat so there's no need to woryy about the velcro melting, but it may not stay very well if the case gets shaken around, so be careful.
Here's a great build that should cover you that includes a great 23" IPS monitor.
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Also, the 6200 is last generation (Bulldozer Architecture) you'll want an FX 6300 or 6350.
Maybe even Steamroller :D
Not quite time to upgrade the CPU just yet. I'd wait for Steamroller or Broadwell before the gap in performance and power consumption is big enough to necessitate the upgrade. I'd say a new GPU is the best bet. A 7970 is my vote because it's very close behind a 770 and comes with free games you can sell if you don't want them.
There has been some very misleading information posted here. Much of which is not true.
AMD does not use "Old Architecture" and using pins on the CPU is not a bad thing. AMD's latest architecture is from late 2012 and varies in it's goal very widely from Intel and as such, they excel at different things. Intel is excellent in single threaded tasks and per core performance. AMD is superior at price-performance and at multi-threaded tasks. Pins on the CPU has its advantages because it makes AMD sockets easier to line up when inserting the CPU, easier to identify bent pins (Intel has pins on the motherboard's socket) , and a motherboard won't be being rendered useless if a pin gets bent.
Intel i7's don't have twice the advertised cores. They simply have something called HyperThreading which only means each core has 2 threads which do nothing but provide more bandwidth.
Currently, the FX 8350 is a good amount better than the 3570k and very close to a 4670k. If AMD's promises hold true, the next generation will provide some immense upgrades like a much improved CPU scheduler, upped transistor count, higher achievable clock speeds, and lower power consumption. Haswell i5's should be on the look out.
AMD processors do have their advertised core count. Each pair of 2 cores are simply linked by 1 pool of L2 Cache so a 6-core technically has 3 "Physical Cores," but that does mean it's still a 6-core.
The Athlon has no L3 Cache which will hurt in games, and Sim City likes the CPU a lot.
It is temporary as the OP says he wants to go for SLI 760's
Obviously an iGPU isn't going to beat many dedicate graphics cards, but for Sim City, the A10 can keep over 30 FPS at 1080p with 1600 MHz RAM. Bringing it up to 2133-2600 MHz makes a huge difference and is much better than getting a cheaper, weaker CPU (Athlon or Phenom)and a lower end graphics card (7770-7790)
Ivybridge-E is coming out soon, as well as the AMD 9000 series of graphics so you might want to wait a bit.
Getting an AMD APU (A10-6800k) is an excellent choice for very cheap. The APUs are very decent CPUs with absolutely amazing integrated graphics for so cheap.
Very good build. My only gripe is about the CPU cooler, which you could have spent $10 more on to get a 240mm Radiatior which would have given you better temps. Aside from that, everything is fantastic and looks great to boot.
On old games, no. On newer games, absolutely. My rig has an 8320 and 7870 XT and I've seen little difference between what my brother had seen with his 6300 and 7870 XT in older Dx9 games like Skyrim, but in newer ones like Crysis 3, there is a definitive difference.
There are 7950s for £240 as well.
Considering the 4 free games, I beg to differ.
The Logitech G6000 is a nice mouse with lots of buttons; the SteelSeries Sensei Raw is a great one with just a few buttons on the side.
AMD processors do not have "reliability" issues. It is a common misconception due to Intel's popularity.
Decent, but not the best you could get for your money. Costs $30 less than my build did and that includes my monitor, an SSD, the same graphics card, and a nicer power supply.
The AMD fx 8350 performs better than the 3570k in most games and costs less. Since you're overclocking, the 8320 is your best bet because it's even cheaper and can reach nearly the same frequencies.
The Xigmatek Dark Knight II performs almost as good as the H80i for a lot less. You will need to but your own thermal paste though; I recommend Arctic Silver 5.
A Radeon HD 7950 is better than a 660 Ti, barely costs more, and comes with 4 free games. You can sell any of the ones you don't want and bring the cost down quite a bit.
Make these changes and you get a better gaming system for $50 less.
Very nice build for under $500. Definitely a good console killer :)
For your purposes, an A6 would have been plenty, and would have saved you quite a bit of money. Your system is still pretty good regardless.
Get a Radeon HD 7770 over a 650. They are more or less identical and the 7770 costs $40 less.
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75 Hz monitors are not going to hurt you in any way. The standard for most monitors is 60 Hz, which looks perfectly smooth and there is very little noticable difference between 60 FPS or 120/144 FPS.
As far as bringing the price down, there are a few things you can do.
The AMD fx 8350 is not going to give you much of a difference in gaming than the 4670k. It can be found for $180 at Microcenter. If you want to overclock, the fx 8320 can reach nearly identical frequencies as the 8350 and it costs less. Also, 990FX motherboards cost substantially less than Z87 boards.
The Cooler Master HAF line of cases are grievously overpriced. The NZXT Tempest 410 has more features (Like USB 3.0) and still looks nice for $30 less.
This last tip is only relevant if the $100 "Brown Switch Keyboard" has not been purchased yet. You can get a nice, no frills mechanical keyboard for $80.
All these changes add up to bring the cost down just under $1550
It should have some pre applied.
230 is a pretty good price for it.
Very nice, I've been planning on grabbing a Kaveri APU when they come out and putting together a nice mITX machine. If the 6800k can get up to 5 GHz, I can't wait to see how its 28nm successor fairs at overclocking.
Done any overclocking on it yet? I've been curious to see how the 6800k overclocks.
That's pretty bad if you ask me, I'm not sure what monitor you are refering to as that Newegg link is broken, but I can say my Acer IPS monitor has had nothing resembling that problem. I'd definitely try and get another monitor.
Agree to disagree, DirectCU II is a very nice looking cooler IMO.
Yea, if you already have an external hard drive, a 120 GB SSD is a great choice. I have one as my boot drive in my system, and the 8 second Windows 8 boot times are fantastic. If you want to push your system even closer to your budget limit, a GTX 760 or HD 7950 are both great graphics cards that should fit in your budget.
Thanks for the link! I was looking at the Dark Knight as well, but couldn't decide which. Helped a lot :)
Ok, let's get you up to speed on what makes a good gaming PC.
An i7 is NOT a good choice for gaming. An i7 is essentially just an i5 with something called "HyperThreading" which is not used by modern games, rendering the extra $100 on an i7 useless. As far as the CPU goes, I recommend the AMD fx 8350; it is very similar to the CPUs used in the Xbox One and Playstation 4, which most AAA gaming titles will be optimized for.
16 GB of RAM is NOT necessary for a gaming computer. 8 GB is plenty and any more will just sit unused.
The graphics card is the most important part of any gaming system. Though you do not need a very powerful card to play the low-graphics MMO's you had listed, if you're spending $1000, you should definitely have the freedom to be able to play graphically intensive games like Crysis, Bioshock, etc.
DO NOT EVER PURCHASE A PREBUILT GAMING SYSTEM. They are 99.9% of the time they are overpriced, cut corners on very important core components, and are highly unbalanced.
That should cover the basics, now on to getting the best build for you.
If your goal is to get the absolute best system for your $1000 AUD budget, then this is what I would recommend.
If you wish to build a system that can handle the three MMO's you play (with ease) for a lot less, this is the system for you.
If you want to bring the price down, I suggest switching out to an AMD fx 8350 CPU, and a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, that'll save about $70.
Those benchmarks (from anandtech) are not reliable as they do not have any validation of equal test environments or a date of testing (benchmarks change with new drivers etc). True the 7850 is quite a bit better than a 7770, but make sure to provide reliable references.
Gigabyte has an 8-phase power design and a quieter, more effective cooling solution. The only thing EVGA has going for it is a better warranty and much more visually appealing shroud. I'd go with an Asus DirectCU II or Gigabyte Windforce 760.
I'd suggest you swap that Athlon out for a Phenom II. The Phenom has L3 cache which will help quite a bit in gaming. You can get a mATX AM3+ for around $55 which gives you some extra cash to grab a much nicer graphics card.
They're about the same really, but the 760 is a little bit ahead. I'd personally go for a 7970 and sell the free games. Ir would end up costing about the same as the 760 or 7950.
I'd say this is the best for your money. You'll have a spare HDD to record to, have a nice 8-core for recording and editing, and have plenty of graphics power for the games you play.