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Advice on a Gaming PC

Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by benmytot, Apr 16, 2013

  1. Nov 19, 2010
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    Hey guys!.. So I'm looking to build my own gaming pc and I was wondering whether you guys can share some feedback about the part I've chosen..
    I'm not really going for a EXPENSIVE gaming PC.. but more like a budget($1000 below) gaming pc.
    So this are the parts I've chosen for my build:
    Intel Core i5-3470 Processor

    MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
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    XFX Radeon HD 7870 Graphics Card
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    8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM

    1TB Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive

    NZXT Source 220 Case
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    500W Corsair CX500 Power Supply

    Windows 7.. Not sure which though..

    ALL in TOTAL is about $800
  2. Apr 12, 2012
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    Some thoughts:

    - you may want to consider bumping your PSU up to 600W or 650W. If you choose to get a second graphics card, more hard drives, etc, it is nice to be on the safe side. Otherwise, you have to swap power supplies, which, while not hard, is rather tedious and boring.
    - look into a cheap SSD for you operating system drive
    - Windows 7 Home Standard/Basic or whatever its called will do just fine
  3. Nov 19, 2010
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    Like this?
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    • Dec 6, 2011
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      Wattage doesn't determine the exact PSU, you need to look @ the +12V rail to see how many AMPs are on it.

      @benmytot under $1,000 does still get you a damn good PC, so I'm going to suggest a couple crucial upgrades and changes:

      Intel i5 3570k CPU: $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

      Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler: $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-099&Tpk=35-103-099

      ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard: $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

      HIS IceQ 7870 GHz Edition 2GB: $240 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

      G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 2 x4GB RAM: $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

      Rosewill Challenger Case: $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

      (buy two 120mm fans for side intake on the case) $10 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200048

      Seasonic X750 Gold PSU: $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087 The reason why I go with a more expensive PSU, is because of reliability. Cooler Master may have a reliable name, but in the PSU world, that all goes out the window because they're all re-branded. Seasonic makes Seasonic PSUs, while Cooler Master's PSUs are re-branded and made by less reputable companies. Although Cooler Master is still linked to their designs of the PSUs, they are not the direct producers of any of them. Proof: Seasonic: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-9.html vs. Cooler Master: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-5.html

      Western Digital WD Blue 1TB HDD: $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

      Total comes out to $950, considering you purchase all suggested products above, along with the two 120mm fans for the case and the CPU Cooler for the 3570k.

      Although you're going to need an SSD for your OS and possibly some games as well, so I'd suggest putting in another $200 for a Corsair Force Series GS 240GB SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-312&ParentOnly=1&IsVirtualParent=1 It's one of the cheapest SSDs at that size, the fastest, the most reliable, and you will completely forgot what a loading screen looks like. The reason I don't suggest a 120GB SSD, is because it'll only have room for your OS + crucial programs, and only 1-2 games max.

      So your total would come out to about $1150 with everything suggested.

      This will pretty much last you for quite a while, and you wouldn't need to upgrade for 3+ years. The reason being is that the 3570k is powerful enough to be quite future-proof, and last some time. After 2 years, you can overclock it and add on a better CPU cooler for only ~$50 (something like a closed watercooling loop), this'll last another good 3+ years after that. The reason for a better motherboard is because #1, the one you choose has limited slots for everything, one PCI-e x16 slot, one SATA III port (meaning only one good drive @ top speed). With the ASRock I recommended, you can add on a 2nd 7870 a year from now when they're only $100 or so, and you can almost double your GPU power without having to go for a pricey upgrade. RAM will also be a measily $30-50 to upgrade in a year or two, getting you 16GB of memory. Maybe another SSD down the road when they're twice as cheap for double the size too (there's space for 4 SSDs with the 4 SATA III ports on the ASRock motherboard. So in the end, your build will be good for 5+ years if you maintain regular maintenance with small upgrades and keep it in tip-top shape.


      Also just found a sale on the same PSU but in 850W for only $130 + a $20 rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...041613-Index-_-PowerSupplies-_-17151102-L010B
      Brett, Apr 16, 2013 Last edited by Brett, Apr 16, 2013
    • Nov 19, 2010
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      I've been looking at those you've suggested.. And I must say that I love that The Price in total is still around my budget.. As this is my 1st time buying and building my own pc, I'm not too sure about good parts and all thats why I need help =D. Thank you for ur suggestion.. I'll make sure to look into those parts more =D
    • Dec 6, 2011
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      Let me know before you make a final decision, as I'd like to help you out and give you any advice on building.
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      • Jul 8, 2012
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        Brett helps you all the way through set up too if you ask nicely. :smile:
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        • Dec 6, 2011
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          My offer is, if it stops you from buying an overpriced, pre-built PC, I'll even sit on a webcam with you and help you build it part by part. This offer is forever-standing.
        • Nov 19, 2010
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          I'll tell you once I've made the decision and hopefully you can help me build it X__X Cos i can tell you.. I'm gonna break something :frown:
        • Dec 6, 2011
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          Only thing you need to be careful with is the CPU, and being that it's an Intel, and not an AMD, it won't be as diffucult (AMD has pins that can EASILY bend and potentially ruin the entire CPU). Another thing you need to be precise with is applying the thermal paste on your CPU. Which I also suggest adding this to your list: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007 It'll work a lot better than the stuff you get with the CPU cooler/Intel CPU, and it'll reduce temperatures by a lot. You just need to be sure you apply it perfectly.
        • Nov 19, 2010
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          Another thing I'm not sure about is the Wireless Internet Adapter or chip.. As my computer will be in the room and the router is in the hall.. I won't be able to use Wired LAN.. So do I need to get some sort of wireless thingy?
        • Dec 6, 2011
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        • Nov 19, 2010
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        • Nov 19, 2010
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          Oh my god.. NewEgg doesn't deliver to Singapore :frown: Ball sack.. Anyone know any trustable and good sites that ships out internationally?
        • Aug 2, 2010
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          I can help you build your computer as well. I'll even sit naked on a webcam and traumatize you in many different ways.

          This offer is forever-standing.... like another part of my anatomy.
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          • Jul 8, 2012
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            Sold :clown:

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