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Anonymous
April 14, 2013 1:07:34 PM

Hi you all :) ! Im building a new computer that i will use for gaming/storage and i need recommendations for the Motherboard, Processor and Cooling system because i dont really know what to buy at the best price, my budget for this is $1,400 US, what i already have:

- Mouse and Keypad
- Monitor
- Videocard
- 2 hardrives of 1TB
- 1 hardrive of 3 TB (so i will need a motherboard tha supports 3TB hardrives)
- Power supply
- Case (i still dont buy it but i know wich one i will be getting)

pleas help me to get the best choice :D  i dont know a lot about computers :o 

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a b V Motherboard
April 14, 2013 1:39:30 PM

You say you already have those parts?

I'll put a build together for you happily, but let me know exactly what monitor, video card, power supply, and case you'll be using, please. :) 

Without knowing, I can't make sure everything is compatible, and I want to make sure that you have reliable parts there. (A poor power supply can explode, catch on fire, or fry the entire computer by providing voltage surges. You don't want that.)
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Anonymous
April 14, 2013 2:54:22 PM

DarkSable said:
You say you already have those parts?

I'll put a build together for you happily, but let me know exactly what monitor, video card, power supply, and case you'll be using, please. :) 

Without knowing, I can't make sure everything is compatible, and I want to make sure that you have reliable parts there. (A poor power supply can explode, catch on fire, or fry the entire computer by providing voltage surges. You don't want that.)


yeah i already have all this parts, but sure, here is what i already purchased:
Monitor: HP 2310m Full HD LCD Monitor
Videocard: ATI Radeon HD 6770
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 W
Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 or Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case (still have not purchased it so im deciding wich one, i like both lols)
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

well let me know if you need anything else, and thanks!!
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a b V Motherboard
April 14, 2013 3:03:20 PM

Okay, monitor is good. Graphics card... could easily be upgraded with your budget.
Case is up to you - I just wanted to make sure you weren't eyeing, say an mATX case which would cause you to be annoyed when my ATX motherboard recommendation didn't fit. :p 
Cooling is great, and as for the power supply, if you don't have it already, don't get it. If you have it already, it's up to you whether you want to use it or not - it's not the greatest of PSUs, but then again, you already have it, so...

Here's a build that factors in the monitor, has no case, upgrades the graphics and PSU, and will use your cooler:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1029.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-14 18:03 EDT-0400)
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Anonymous
April 14, 2013 3:25:38 PM

oh, forgot to say that i already have optical drive dvd/cs writer lols power supply i already have the cooler master 700W wich ill be using and for storage i have 3 HD and 1 of them is the one that u recommended to me the Western Digital WD10EZEX u dont think with that money $176.95 will be better if they go to an intel core i7? plus some extra memory lets say 16GB ? :p  ?
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a b V Motherboard
April 14, 2013 3:30:34 PM

For gaming? God no.

The only difference between an i7-3770k and an i5-3570k is that the i7 has hyperthreading. Games don't use hyperthreading (the ones that claim to actually run faster with it disabled.) That means that the i7 is an absolute waste of $100 that could be better spent elsewhere.

As for the extra RAM, 8GB is enough to simultaneously run battlefield 3, photoshop, AND 30 tabs in chrome. If you weren't multitasking at all, 4GB would be plenty.

What I'd do is get the SSD anyways, to put windows and programs on. I'd get a new power supply, since the one you have right now isn't of the best quality and the PSU is the most important thing in yoru computer.

And then I would consider a custom water cooling loop. If you decide it's not worth it, then pocket $400 and be happy.
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Anonymous
April 14, 2013 3:31:11 PM

DarkSable said:
Okay, monitor is good. Graphics card... could easily be upgraded with your budget.
Case is up to you - I just wanted to make sure you weren't eyeing, say an mATX case which would cause you to be annoyed when my ATX motherboard recommendation didn't fit. :p 
Cooling is great, and as for the power supply, if you don't have it already, don't get it. If you have it already, it's up to you whether you want to use it or not - it's not the greatest of PSUs, but then again, you already have it, so...

Here's a build that factors in the monitor, has no case, upgrades the graphics and PSU, and will use your cooler:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1029.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-14 18:03 EDT-0400)


with te system that i see you have can you play bf3, crysis3, bioshcok infinity and all that stuff with no problems at max?
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Anonymous
April 14, 2013 3:34:20 PM

DarkSable said:
For gaming? God no.

The only difference between an i7-3770k and an i5-3570k is that the i7 has hyperthreading. Games don't use hyperthreading (the ones that claim to actually run faster with it disabled.) That means that the i7 is an absolute waste of $100 that could be better spent elsewhere.

As for the extra RAM, 8GB is enough to simultaneously run battlefield 3, photoshop, AND 30 tabs in chrome. If you weren't multitasking at all, 4GB would be plenty.

What I'd do is get the SSD anyways, to put windows and programs on. I'd get a new power supply, since the one you have right now isn't of the best quality and the PSU is the most important thing in yoru computer.

And then I would consider a custom water cooling loop. If you decide it's not worth it, then pocket $400 and be happy.


lols, u saving me a lot of money dude, if i will get your recommendations and gift you a free league of legends skin hahahaha XD! thanks dude!
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a b V Motherboard
April 14, 2013 3:35:13 PM

Keep in mind that I have a 120Hz monitor. That means I turn down settings on BF3 and Crysis 3 to be able to achieve a minimum framerate of 120FPS.

However, there are only two games I can't max at 60fps and 1080p that I've run into - Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3. However, in both of those, it's very easy to turn down a couple settings that have no noticeable impact on the visuals whatsoever in order to achieve 60fps.

And of course - I'm here to help. (Don't worry about giving me anything though, except possibly best answer. XP )
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Anonymous
April 14, 2013 3:40:06 PM

DarkSable said:
Keep in mind that I have a 120Hz monitor. That means I turn down settings on BF3 and Crysis 3 to be able to achieve a minimum framerate of 120FPS.

However, there are only two games I can't max at 60fps and 1080p that I've run into - Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3. However, in both of those, it's very easy to turn down a couple settings that have no noticeable impact on the visuals whatsoever in order to achieve 60fps.

And of course - I'm here to help. (Don't worry about giving me anything though, except possibly best answer. XP )


u got it bro thanks a lot! :D 
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a b V Motherboard
April 14, 2013 3:47:30 PM

Anonymous said:
u got it bro thanks a lot! :D 


Of course! If you have any other questions, just let me know.

(Oh, and as for maxxing games... I just realized I have another point of comparison. I occasionally use SoftXPand to play games on my 120Hz monitor while a friend plays with me on a virtualized account on my 60Hz, 1080p monitor. Most games don't require me to turn down any settings.)

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