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Atacama-D

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About to put together a new build and its been a few years. I live in Australia so i am ordering from pccasegear. Using it mostly to play battlefield 3 on a 22" monitor. Not interested in overclocking cos i have no idea about it. The build that is below is pretty much hitting budget, if i could pay less would be better obviously lol. So question is; is this build going to be ok? I'm mostly worried about the psu and maybe i could save a little by getting a H61 mobo instead of the Z77

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 ($195. http://)

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO ($35. http://)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 PRO4-M Motherboard ($99. http://)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 ($72. http://)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB ($59. http://)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB ($239. http://)

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 Black ($49. http://)

Power Supply: Antec VP550P 550W ($67. http://)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM ($22. http://)

Case Fan: Arctic Cooling 120mm F12 Fan ($8. http://)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM ($99)

Total: $944

 

yasserBasha

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How about this ?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master RC-450-KKN1 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $799.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 07:14 EDT-0400)
 
Definitely get the HD7870 XT; tons more graphics power for the same money.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $767.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 22:50 EST+1000)
 
Definitely get the HD7870 XT; tons more graphics power for the same money.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $767.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 22:50 EST+1000)
 

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1-The PSU is crap ... you should get quality psu like corsair and seasonc to ensure your system safety
2- The CPU is weak also comparing to 3570K, also costs more money and difficult to be overclocked unlike the 3570k (which is wicked gaming cpu hands down) either you get the most powerful edition or NOT.
3-the mobo also is junk, and also there is compatibility issue : the junky mobo has internal USB3.0 CONNECTOR but the case doesn't have one at the front
you shouldn't skimp on parts of that importance just for the sake of VGA
 

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1. that PSU is not a CRAP, most of my friends used it and one of them have used it for nearly 3 years and still running fine.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/SilverStone-Strider-ST50F-500-W-Power-Supply-Review/548/10

2. i5-3470 is enough for those who do not intend to overclock their CPU, why spend so much when the main purpose of thread maker is to game on it.

just save up the money and spend the rest of it mainly on GPU, unless the games that you will be playing the most are MMORPGs.

 

yasserBasha

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master RC-450-KKN1 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Total: $744.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 23:49 EST+1000)

this is the converted to Australian currency list .... it's more powerful has more quality AND cheaper
 

Atacama-D

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Cheers for all the replies. Local stores in my area don't have much range to choose from, brands that you would never of heard of and parts are more expensive. Some of the parts listed above aren't available in AUS as well, i could try get them from amazon but with international shipping they become more expensive. I'm considering the 7870, although I've read on the net they have bad drivers? but that was just random comments no real proof
 

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