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March 16, 2013 6:13:39 AM

Hi im looking to build a gaming pc for about $1000, im coming from having a macbook pro and it just does not cut it with even doing simple things like browsing and watching youtube. I am currently living in singapore and was wondering where i should buy my parts (are you able to buy from amazon/newgg and ship anywhere) the places that you can buy parts from locally are quite expensive.

This will be my first build so i think that this will be a pretty good starting point for my first pc.

So far what i have picked is as follows:
intel i5 3570K
asrock ATX Z77 extreme 4
hyper 212 evo (will this be enough to overclock?)
8gb corsair vengence 2x4gb 1600mhz
1TB western digital caviar black

Needed:
GPU: budget $250
PSU: cheapest without skimping on quality
Case: $50-$60
Monitor: 1080p i think the sizes are something like 21.5 or 23 i dont want/need any bigger
Mouse: cheap and quality
Keyboard: cheap and quality
Case fans: i am also looking for some case fans with blue leds

I will be looking to overclock the cpu to about 4.4-4.5ghz and maybe if i can the gpu. I also wanted to know if the cooler will be enough to allow this overclock. I will be playing games such as:
battlefield 3
Black ops 2
guild wars 2
and other fps games

Any input will be appreciated also if you have recommendations for parts that i have already picked.

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March 16, 2013 6:24:37 AM

The cooler is good. You can probably overclock it to 4.4-4.5GHz (I have the 3570K @4.5GHz with the Hyper 212+), but that also depends on ambient temps, case airflow, motherboard and CPU so it's not going to be the same for everyone. However, like I said, 4.4-4.5GHz should be achievable.

The rest of the parts are good. For video card, with that budget, you should look into an HD7870 XT> HD7870 or GTX660.

If you want to replace the stock case fans and want some LEDs, maybe take a look at Bitfenix Spectre fans.

Case, you could probably get a Cooler Master Elite 3xx/4xx, Bitfenix Merc, NZXT Source.
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March 16, 2013 6:29:08 AM

EzioAs said:
The cooler is good. You can probably overclock it to 4.4-4.5GHz (I have the 3570K @4.5GHz with the Hyper 212+), but that also depends on ambient temps, case airflow, motherboard and CPU so it's not going to be the same for everyone. However, like I said, 4.4-4.5GHz should be achievable.

The rest of the parts are good. For video card, with that budget, you should look into an HD7870 XT> HD7870 or GTX660.

If you want to replace the stock case fans and want some LEDs, maybe take a look at Bitfenix Spectre fans.

Case, you could probably get a Cooler Master Elite 3xx/4xx, Bitfenix Merc, NZXT Source.


thanks for the feedback i was wondering if you had any idea about a psu? also i heard that the nvidia cards had better support and drivers although the power of the amd cards is better. Does it really just come down to price and sales that you can get with a graphics card?
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March 16, 2013 6:30:56 AM

Something like the below should be good for your needs. I havent included a mouse or keyboard as they are very much a personal preference item. I wold recommend going into local stores and trying them out before buying to find one you like.

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: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: AOC e2450Swd 60Hz 23.6" Monitor ($149.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1098.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 00:30 EST+1100)
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March 16, 2013 6:33:10 AM

mikerockett said:
Something like the below should be good for your needs. I havent included a mouse or keyboard as they are very much a personal preference item. I wold recommend going into local stores and trying them out before buying to find one you like.

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: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: AOC e2450Swd 60Hz 23.6" Monitor ($149.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1098.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 00:30 EST+1100)


im just concerned about the psu if i am going to overclock the cpu and the gpu is it enough?
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March 16, 2013 6:39:43 AM

jamezz024 said:
mikerockett said:
Something like the below should be good for your needs. I havent included a mouse or keyboard as they are very much a personal preference item. I wold recommend going into local stores and trying them out before buying to find one you like.

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: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: AOC e2450Swd 60Hz 23.6" Monitor ($149.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1098.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 00:30 EST+1100)


im just concerned about the psu if i am going to overclock the cpu and the gpu is it enough?


That PSU will be fine for overclocking both the CPU and GPU. The PSU can reliably provide 480w, the system will draw approximately 380w before OC.
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March 16, 2013 6:43:18 AM

thanks heaps for the help. the thing is i wont be purchasing the parts for quite some time i dont actually know when i will be able to hopefully before half way through this year. with that in consideration is there anything new rumored to come out and do you think prices will change drastically over that time period
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March 16, 2013 6:47:33 AM

The closest thing we'll see is probably Intel's Haswell CPU. I believe it's due out in June, though I could be wrong
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March 16, 2013 6:48:31 AM

Yes, prices will change by that point. Haswell and the 8000 series GPU's have a high chance of release before you make your purchase. I would recommend coming back and posting 2-4 weeks before you actually plan to purchase, 2 weeks would be optimum, that way you can get the latest info and prices.
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March 16, 2013 7:01:54 AM

EzioAs said:
The closest thing we'll see is probably Intel's Haswell CPU. I believe it's due out in June, though I could be wrong


mikerockett said:
Yes, prices will change by that point. Haswell and the 8000 series GPU's have a high chance of release before you make your purchase. I would recommend coming back and posting 2-4 weeks before you actually plan to purchase, 2 weeks would be optimum, that way you can get the latest info and prices.


guess i will just have to wait and see

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March 16, 2013 7:27:27 AM

I believe Amazon and Newegg will ship to singapore!

The parts you have picked will be great and yes the cooler will handle the o.c !
With that said I will go ahead and complete the build below including the parts already picked

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30 after rebate
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $135
Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220
Psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75 after rebate
Mem: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor... $55
Sys.Dr: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-171-... $120
Hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100
Gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $300 two free games
cd/dvd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16
monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $120
keyb&ms: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $15

The total build comes to $1186 but you still need an op. sys.! The case comes with 1 blue fan and the psu has another... you can add more later.
I added an ssd for a system drive which will make your system much more responsive. You don't have to have it, but if it came down to finances, imo, I would get the ssd and build the pc and then add a hdd later!
I also added a bit to your gpu budget because with your budget you were stuck in the 7850 or gtx 660 range. The one I picked for you is a good 7950 and comes with two great games!!!
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March 16, 2013 7:32:11 AM

rmiiirusty said:
I believe Amazon and Newegg will ship to singapore!

The parts you have picked will be great and yes the cooler will handle the o.c !
With that said I will go ahead and complete the build below including the parts already picked

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30 after rebate
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $135
Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220
Psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75 after rebate
Mem: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor... $55
Sys.Dr: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-171-... $120
Hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100
Gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $300 two free games
cd/dvd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16
monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $120
keyb&ms: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $15

The total build comes to $1186 but you still need an op. sys.! The case comes with 1 blue fan and the psu has another... you can add more later.
I added an ssd for a system drive which will make your system much more responsive. You don't have to have it, but if it came down to finances, imo, I would get the ssd and build the pc and then add a hdd later!
I also added a bit to your gpu budget because with your budget you were stuck in the 7850 or gtx 660 range. The one I picked for you is a good 7950 and comes with two great games!!!


really appreciate the effort you went into with this however i will not be purchasing the build until hopefully mid this year or if i am lucky in a month so the prices will most likely change but thanks for the info.

If my main game that i wanted to play was to be say battlefield 3 would i benefit more from a nvidia card?
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March 16, 2013 7:37:54 AM

jamezz024 said:
rmiiirusty said:
I believe Amazon and Newegg will ship to singapore!

The parts you have picked will be great and yes the cooler will handle the o.c !
With that said I will go ahead and complete the build below including the parts already picked

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30 after rebate
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $135
Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220
Psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75 after rebate
Mem: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor... $55
Sys.Dr: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-171-... $120
Hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100
Gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $300 two free games
cd/dvd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16
monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $120
keyb&ms: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $15

The total build comes to $1186 but you still need an op. sys.! The case comes with 1 blue fan and the psu has another... you can add more later.
I added an ssd for a system drive which will make your system much more responsive. You don't have to have it, but if it came down to finances, imo, I would get the ssd and build the pc and then add a hdd later!
I also added a bit to your gpu budget because with your budget you were stuck in the 7850 or gtx 660 range. The one I picked for you is a good 7950 and comes with two great games!!!


really appreciate the effort you went into with this however i will not be purchasing the build until hopefully mid this year or if i am lucky in a month so the prices will most likely change but thanks for the info.

If my main game that i wanted to play was to be say battlefield 3 would i benefit more from a nvidia card?


I would personnally always choose nvidea over amd! The cards just run so much smoother, and amd's software can be a real beach to deal with sometimes!
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March 16, 2013 7:39:46 AM

rmiiirusty said:
jamezz024 said:
rmiiirusty said:
I believe Amazon and Newegg will ship to singapore!

The parts you have picked will be great and yes the cooler will handle the o.c !
With that said I will go ahead and complete the build below including the parts already picked

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30 after rebate
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $135
Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220
Psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75 after rebate
Mem: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor... $55
Sys.Dr: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-171-... $120
Hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100
Gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $300 two free games
cd/dvd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16
monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $120
keyb&ms: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $15

The total build comes to $1186 but you still need an op. sys.! The case comes with 1 blue fan and the psu has another... you can add more later.
I added an ssd for a system drive which will make your system much more responsive. You don't have to have it, but if it came down to finances, imo, I would get the ssd and build the pc and then add a hdd later!
I also added a bit to your gpu budget because with your budget you were stuck in the 7850 or gtx 660 range. The one I picked for you is a good 7950 and comes with two great games!!!


really appreciate the effort you went into with this however i will not be purchasing the build until hopefully mid this year or if i am lucky in a month so the prices will most likely change but thanks for the info.

If my main game that i wanted to play was to be say battlefield 3 would i benefit more from a nvidia card?


I would personnally always choose nvidea over amd! The cards just run so much smoother, and amd's software can be a real beach to deal with sometimes!


do you think it would be viable to drop the ssd and grab a gtx670 hopefully when i buy my rig they will be on special
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March 16, 2013 8:18:30 AM

I think the 670 is the best bang for your buck on th market today. nvidea is much smoother than amd and any larger nvidea card isnot worth the extra cost/performance
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