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Advice Need on System and Cooling for First Gaming PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bf825, Oct 7, 2014.

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  1. bf825

    bf825 Thread Starter

    Aug 27, 2014
    So I've made the decision to move from console to PC and currently I am looking at getting one from Hardwired PC's as they are an Australian company my friend has suggested and living in Sydney I wouldn't need to worry about shipping or anything like that.

    My budget is around about $2000 AUS dollars for the actual PC not including peripherals (of which i need a keyboard and mouse, and a monitor). I'd use this PC for 3d rendering and gaming meaning that I'd probably be using 95% of my CPU and GPU at times. The custom build I have been thinking about on HardWired PC is their Reaper Junior model and their are a couple questions I've got and I'd really if someone could answer them for me. I'll list the specs, then the questions.


    Case = Corsair 300r with window

    Case Fans = Corsair Airflow Series - SP120 High Performance

    CPU Fan = Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

    Fan Controller = BitFenix Recon Touchscreen fan controller

    CPU = Intel Core i7 4790K 4.0GHz Quad Core LGA1150

    Motherboard = Asus Z97-K Socket 1150

    Memory = Corsair 16GB Vengeance 1866Mhz DDDR3

    GPU = Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 4 GB GDDR5

    Hard Drive = Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue

    Power Supply = Corsair RM750 750W Silent 80 Plus Gold Efficiency

    Optical Drive = LG Blue Ray Combo Drive

    Audio = Onboard Audio

    Wireless Network Card = TP Link TL-WDN4800 Wireless PCIE Adaptor

    Operating System = Windows 8.1 64bit

    Monitor = Asus VE248H 24 Inch Widescreen Full HD 2ms LED

    Total cost = $2429
    I am aware that this is over my original budget however, i am happy with this build as it fulfils everything i want and considering that minus the monitor and possibly the fan controller its only about $200 over.


    1. The case used by HardWired PC (Corsair 300r) only has two fans - one intake and one rear exhaust. Due to this I have chosen to opt for the SP120 High Performance fans. For this reason I have chosen to get a Fan Controller just so that I can turn down the fan rpm and reduce noise during less demanding tasks. Are these ridiculously noisy and are the necessary, or are the stock fans sufficient for cooling my system?

    2. Should I get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Cpu fan or is it unnecessary or insufficient?

    3. Do I need to (or should I) spend more money on my motherboard or is it good enough as it stands> If so what motherboard should I get?

    4. Is the Hard Drive I have chosen a good choice or should I opt for a different one?

    5. Any comments on the Wireless network card. I haven't found too much information on it

    6. Any thoughts on the monitor, Good or Bad?

    So thats it, any help is appreciated as I'm completely new to this and for any other people living in Australia other recommendations for other PC companies in Australia are welcome as well. I Think I've covered everything.Feel free to ask me any more questions. Thanks for any help.
  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Yes. If you intend to game and or overclock, the stock intel hsf is marginal at best. The coolermaster 212 does a very good job of cooling AND it is not all that expensive.

    It is a mid-level board. If you do not intend to overclock, then it should be ok. If you do intend to overclock, I would go with an asus pro board. You get better VRs, better northbridge cooling, etc with the higher end asus boards.

    No. The blue drives are low end. If you want a mech hard rather than a ssd, then go with a black series drive OR a raptor drive. Both have dual motor supports and dual processors; much better quality than a blue series drive. Just look at the warranty on each one; blue drive 2yr warranty, black or raptor drive 5yr warranty. That alone should tell you about quality. FWIW I have never had a raptor drive fail [I have had numerous other drives fail]

    One other thought. Why do you need a fan controller? An asus board has all of the fan control you need built in to the mb.
  3. prunejuice


    Apr 2, 2002
    Also, have a look at the "hybrid" drives that use SSD-like features, especially for buffer.
    I have a 1TB Seagate hybrid drive and it's a nice trade-off between price and performance.
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