Advice, Compatibility Check on ~$1,000 First Time Build Please.

Greetings Everyone!
First of all, thanks for all the wonderful information and advice I've been able to gather just by browsing these forums.

I live in Japan so the availability and price of some components vary a bit compared to the U.S.. (Particularly, of low end items it would seem) But if you can give me advice as it regards to the U.S. (or anywhere else), I can figure out if it's available here, etc..


Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow/This Week

Budget Range: ~1000$USD (Actually, 100,000 Yen). At most $50 (Y5,000) over that.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: The word 'important' throws me for a loop, but typical loads might be: (A) Games (current at full settings, future games at lower settings); (B)~10 instances of Visual Studio, Eclipse, Photoshop, Word, Excel, OneNote, ~50 webpages in Firefox, several large PDFs; (C) HD Video Playback and Occasional Editing

(Currently I do (B) on three 8-10 year old computers simultaneously)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not especially. kakaku.com (Japanese; a pricegrabber-type site) is primarily what I've been using looking at prices. Along with: Yahoo! Auction (Japan) and coneco.net (another pricegrabber-type site).

Location: Japan.

Parts Preferences: Intel / nVidia. I also want to avoid anything that fits the derogatory meaning of 'Cheap'.

Overclocking: I'm interested, but not the highest priority.

Your Monitor Resolution: At first, 1x 1920x1080; though I would really like to do multiple screens in the near future. Probably 2x or 3x 1920x1080 (though primarily for programming/various multitasking rather than gaming).

SLI or Crossfire: I'm about 78% No at the moment. Although, I am very interested in getting several monitors set up, so maybe 6 months down the road if I happen to fall in love with playing games in Surround or something.

Additional Comments: As it's going to be in my living room, I would like it to be quite quiet (and not stick out too much). I'm not too picky about game settings and FPS and such, but I would like to use this system for some time to come and I would like to see some of the current stuff in all their glory.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: All of the computers in my home are embarrassingly old.


If you could give me any feedback (Negative, Positive, Constructive or None of the above) on what I have here, and alert me if any of these parts are not compatible, I would be very grateful!!

Despite my efforts grasp the concepts, I'm particularly blind about the Motherboard and the PSU.

Thank you in advance!
Chris from Japan


Proposed System
(Approx. US Dollars on the right, Actual Price in Japanese Yen on the left)
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Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Pro3 ($90 US Dollars <- Y8,980 Japanese Yen)

Processor: Intel i5-3570K ($216 <- Y21,634)

Memory: CFD "Elixir" PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 4gbx2 ($53 <- Y5,254)

Storage: Crucial M4 128gb SSD ($108 <- Y10,810)
*I have quite a bit of external storage

Video Card: Asus GTX670-DC2OG-2GD5 ($360 <- Y35,980)
Apparently newly released cards tend to come with an additional 20~30% markup here in Japan, so the 700 series is out of my price range.

Power Supply: Corsair TX650 CP-9020038-JP ($86 <- Y8,580)

Case: Corsair Carbide 500r ($100 <- Y10,181)

Total: $1,013 US Dollars (Y101,419 Japanese Yen)
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  1. This psu looks very very good, its from antec and platinum
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000325512/?lid=ksearch_kakakuitem_image

    This case also very good
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000398787/?lid=ksearch_kakakuitem_image


    The asus hd 7950 is also very good, cheaper then gtx670 but only very slightly less performance, but the OC potential is way larger, so it would be faster then the gtx670 and also cheaper
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000409912/?lid=ksearch_kakakuitem_image

    This motherboard
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000360186/
    Or
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000470304/
  2. Hi Marcopolo! Thank you so much for the reply!

    Case: I checked out that case as well, but aesthetically I prefer the 500r.

    PSU: The PSU looks very nice. The reviews there on kakaku praise the low temperatures (which is important as summer is very muggy here so summer overheating is often a problem).

    Motherboard: I also looked at both of these boards briefly but with my limited knowledge, I couldn't justify the extra $40. What is the essential difference between these motherboards (and other boards in this price range) and the one I've chosen at $90?

    Video Card: With a limited time frame I haven't looked deeply into AMD cards. At that price difference for similar performance it certainly warrants more research (although I am short on time). I would appreciate if you could give me some insight as to what the trade offs are?

    Thank you so much,
    Chris
  3. Gigabyte z77 ud3h ,very high quality, overclocking on it is very good...
    Asrock z77 pro3 is also good,
    But i prefer gigabyte/asus more... I always read that they are generally better.

    The hd 7950 is about 5% slower then a gtx 670.

    Oh and i found a msi hd 7870 twin frozer for only 220$, when overclocked its as fast as a hd 7950...
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000353688/?lid=ksearch_kakakuitem_image
  4. You may consider buying an FX-8350 if you want to be doing all that multitasking. If you are truly a super die hard Intel fan, i cant stop you, but the i5 costs more and is limited to the 4 cores.
    Just something to think about. The i5 can multitask great, but the octacore will definitely be beneficial.
  5. Thank you guys both for your help! Your comments have me very interested in AMD, however, after comparing benchmarks, reviews, etc., I believe I'm going to stick with the Intel / nVidia scheme for this round.

    Looking more at PSUs, Is this PSU compatible/sufficient with the parts in my original post? (Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 650W Jp/Kr Edition GZ-EMS65A-C1 @ $58)
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000399304/

    Thanks!
  6. It is compatible, but i recommend against it.
    Try and get an antec, corsair, seasonic, or XFX PSU.
    Seasonic > XFX > Corsair > Antec
    But any of those 4 brands will do!
    You dont want to damage your system with a bad psu
  7. luckystrikejp said:
    Thank you guys both for your help! Your comments have me very interested in AMD, however, after comparing benchmarks, reviews, etc., I believe I'm going to stick with the Intel / nVidia scheme for this round.

    Looking more at PSUs, Is this PSU compatible/sufficient with the parts in my original post? (Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 650W Jp/Kr Edition GZ-EMS65A-C1 @ $58)
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000399304/

    Thanks!



    Its good
  8. Sorry for the late reply! Thank you guys!

    I've ordered most parts now, however I'm wondering if this motherboard is a compatible substitute for the Asrock Pro3?

    GIGABYTE GA-Z77-HD3
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00B1AWAAQ/ref=asc_df_B00B1AWAAQ791690/?tag=coneco-parts-22&creative=9311&creativeASIN=B00B1AWAAQ&linkCode=asn&me=AN1VRQENFRJN5#productDetails
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