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April 5, 2013 10:02:01 AM

So I would just like to say that i am a completely new to this and I will be listing these particular components because it is available in local stores. I am 15 years old and I used some of what little useful techie knowledge I have so please dont attack me or something for doing wrong lol. Anyway, I have the pc build but its still not complete:

PC Build

CPU:
Intel Core i3 3220 (5.k)

MOTHERBOARD:
Gigabyte GA-Z77N w/ Wifi
(5.3k)

GPU:
Radeon HD 7770 1 GB ddr5
[Sapphire] (6k)

RAM:
4GB DDR3 PC1600 Heatsink
w/ Corsair (1.3k)
Or
8GB DDR3 PC1600
Kingston (2.1k)

HDD:
Western Digital 250GB (2.2k) x2

Jsyk, the numbers in parenthesis after the components are just the local prices here. Im still not sure if my mobo choice can support the gpu so i would like an opinion to that. I would also like to know if the 8gb kingston is a good choice. And lastly, I would like to know what kind of case I should get (preferably a good case for under 50$) and what kind of power supply I should get (also under 50$). Like, you could tell me how much watts my rig consumes or something. And if I got any component wrong, Id like suggestions to replace the wrong component.

Thanks in advance guys. Sorry if I sound kind of demanding. :D 

PS Ill be sticking to the core i3 since it fits my budget and also because I couldnt find any good amd counterpart available locally.
April 5, 2013 10:26:40 AM

Ok good choices, what is the main purpose of the system?

For the MOBO you dont need a Z77 get you a H77 and you will save money, the Z77 is for OC.

For memory you want 3 things, speed of the RAM, low CL# and of course how large not to mention price. 4gb of 1600 CL-9 should be good for your system you can always get more of the same speed later.

Hard drive you want 7200 rpm speed and 64 cache, seagate and WD are the most popular and you can find them Under $70 for 1tb.

For a PSU you will need 430w to 500w. Get a 80 plus certified PSU you will see that they say that and that they are bronze, gold, silver, platinum. Your build is around 250w


CPU Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core $114.99
Motherboard ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 $82.55
Memory Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $26.85
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.98
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB $109.98
Case Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower $39.99
Power Supply Corsair 430W ATX12V $30.98
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $15.98

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/rOjOdogg/saved/1qJt

just an ideal for you. Hope this helps

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April 5, 2013 12:41:53 PM

Can you buy online? They're usually cheaper than local shops.
If not, what's the shop you're buying from?
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April 5, 2013 1:28:22 PM

i agree with rojodogg build except in the motherboard , the asrock h77m will make the same and cost like 15$ less
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April 5, 2013 7:46:34 PM

Thanks for the replies. The reason why I picked this motherboard is because it has a wifi adapter. i dont have good wiring at home so wifi is a must for me. I'm actually okay with the price of my mobo choice. I just wanted to know if everything'll fit.

As for the hdd, I'll take your suggestion rojodogg. But wouldnt 2 500 gb sata drives be better (1 drive for windows and 1 drive for the media)? Or would one 1tb sata drive with a partition be just as good?

As for the case, Icouldnt find the exact model but i found the coolermaster elite 431 plus. But then i also came across a bunde (im not sure if its a bundle) coolermaster elite 371 w/ 480 watts P.S. It saves me some money to buy a decent led monitor.

If the bundle isnt good, would a collermaster extreme power 500 watts do the same job? I can't find some of your suggestions in a local store and I cant buy online since I dont have a credit card and my parents wont allow. Im using the money I saved from my piggie bank lol.

I'm buying the components in NUTECH. I dont know if thats an international brand but its one of the best pc dealers here in the philippines. Thanks for the replies guys, really appreciate it.
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April 5, 2013 8:11:35 PM

rojodogg said:
Ok good choices, what is the main purpose of the system?

For the MOBO you dont need a Z77 get you a H77 and you will save money, the Z77 is for OC.

For memory you want 3 things, speed of the RAM, low CL# and of course how large not to mention price. 4gb of 1600 CL-9 should be good for your system you can always get more of the same speed later.

Hard drive you want 7200 rpm speed and 64 cache, seagate and WD are the most popular and you can find them Under $70 for 1tb.

For a PSU you will need 430w to 500w. Get a 80 plus certified PSU you will see that they say that and that they are bronze, gold, silver, platinum. Your build is around 250w


CPU Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core $114.99
Motherboard ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 $82.55
Memory Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $26.85
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.98
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB $109.98
Case Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower $39.99
Power Supply Corsair 430W ATX12V $30.98
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $15.98

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/rOjOdogg/saved/1qJt

just an ideal for you. Hope this helps


What does CL# mean? (sorry lol)
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April 5, 2013 10:09:27 PM

CL means CAS latency. Whenever you see a ram, it will have Cas x-x-x-xx (i.e. Cas 9-9-9-24). The CL# is the first number, so in this example the CL# is 9. Basically, the lower the number the better. Most of the RAM has CL 9, but there are some that are 10/11.
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April 6, 2013 7:23:01 AM

realchaos said:
CL means CAS latency. Whenever you see a ram, it will have Cas x-x-x-xx (i.e. Cas 9-9-9-24). The CL# is the first number, so in this example the CL# is 9. Basically, the lower the number the better. Most of the RAM has CL 9, but there are some that are 10/11.

So would you say that my first choice of RAM was good for my system?

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April 6, 2013 10:17:01 AM

Column Address Strobe (CAS) latency, or CL, is the delay time between the moment a memory controller tells the memory module to access a particular memory column on a RAM module, and the moment the data from the given array location is available on the module's output pins. In general, the lower the CAS latency, the better.

The lowest CL on DDR3 you can buy is CL-7, You should never get anything higher than CL-9, because CL-10 and 11 are the slowest and they negate your speed. Just look for RAM that is CL-9 or lower and if you can 1600 mhz of speed.

Case choice is all about personal choice, get what you like. If you buy a monitor check the MS #, 2ms is a great number good is 5ms, that is the responce time. Response time is the amount of time a pixel in an LCD monitor takes to go from one value to another and back again. It is measured in milliseconds (ms). Lower numbers mean faster transitions and therefore fewer visible image artifacts.

Older monitors with long response times would create a smear or blur pattern around moving objects, making them unacceptable for moving video. Long response times can be annoying to a viewer depending on the type of data being displayed and how rapidly the image is changing or moving. Current LCD monitor models (such as those with 120Hz or 240Hz refresh rates) have improved to the point that this is only seen with extreme contrasts. For causes of motion blur, see Display motion blur.

For an LCD display, typical response times are 8 to 16 ms for black-white-black, or 2 to 6ms for grey-to-grey. The response time was traditionally recorded at the full black > white transition, which became the ISO standard for this specification on LCDs.

See isn't learning fun.

CCPU i3 3220 $4,950
MOBO GA Z77N $5,300
Ram Corsair 4gb 1600 $1,250
DVD writer ASUS 24x $800
PSU Thermaltake 500w $1,800 or Corsair 500W $2,100 or Silverstone 500w $2,800 read the box to see if any are 80 plus.
Case Coolermaster 431 plus $2,150 or CM storm scout II $2,500
Hard Drive WD Blue 500gb $2,300 or WD Blue 1Tb $3,050
all prices from Nu Tech Componant Price List.

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April 6, 2013 10:38:18 PM

rojodogg said:
Column Address Strobe (CAS) latency, or CL, is the delay time between the moment a memory controller tells the memory module to access a particular memory column on a RAM module, and the moment the data from the given array location is available on the module's output pins. In general, the lower the CAS latency, the better.

The lowest CL on DDR3 you can buy is CL-7, You should never get anything higher than CL-9, because CL-10 and 11 are the slowest and they negate your speed. Just look for RAM that is CL-9 or lower and if you can 1600 mhz of speed.

Case choice is all about personal choice, get what you like. If you buy a monitor check the MS #, 2ms is a great number good is 5ms, that is the responce time. Response time is the amount of time a pixel in an LCD monitor takes to go from one value to another and back again. It is measured in milliseconds (ms). Lower numbers mean faster transitions and therefore fewer visible image artifacts.

Older monitors with long response times would create a smear or blur pattern around moving objects, making them unacceptable for moving video. Long response times can be annoying to a viewer depending on the type of data being displayed and how rapidly the image is changing or moving. Current LCD monitor models (such as those with 120Hz or 240Hz refresh rates) have improved to the point that this is only seen with extreme contrasts. For causes of motion blur, see Display motion blur.

For an LCD display, typical response times are 8 to 16 ms for black-white-black, or 2 to 6ms for grey-to-grey. The response time was traditionally recorded at the full black > white transition, which became the ISO standard for this specification on LCDs.

See isn't learning fun.

CCPU i3 3220 $4,950
MOBO GA Z77N $5,300
Ram Corsair 4gb 1600 $1,250
DVD writer ASUS 24x $800
PSU Thermaltake 500w $1,800 or Corsair 500W $2,100 or Silverstone 500w $2,800 read the box to see if any are 80 plus.
Case Coolermaster 431 plus $2,150 or CM storm scout II $2,500
Hard Drive WD Blue 500gb $2,300 or WD Blue 1Tb $3,050
all prices from Nu Tech Componant Price List.



Oh god. Thanks man. Im pretty sure you were looking at what I was looking at when I was choosing the components. Thanks a bunch. You just made things a lot easier.

P.S. I hope those $ actually mean philippines pesos. xD
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