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August 26, 2013 3:17:02 PM

Hi, I'm moving out of the US soon, and planning to buy components to build a new PC, possibly reusing some old parts. Here's what I'm looking at so far:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or so

Budget Range: ~$800, but less is better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and a bit of basic coding

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (see below)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter.com, amazon.com

Location: Currently Boston, MA, USA; moving to Vietnam

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: Maybe, but only some minor OC

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Vietnam is a hot country, so cooling is important; quiet is preferable.

Why Are You Upgrading: Upgrading my 5-year-old PC, squeezing maximum gaming performance.



To save money, I plan to reuse my 5-year-old PSU (which has been working perfectly on my old set-up):


Case, optical drive, monitor, keyboard/mouse I will get abroad, although I plan to use a 1080p 24-inch screen for gaming, and a possible smaller second screen. I don't plan to do Crossfire, and plan to do minimal overclocking for the CPU (maybe up to 4.0-4.2GHz or so).

Will I have any issues with this set-up? I think the H60 cooler fits the motherboard and Haswell CPU, even though the newegg page hasn't updated its socket compatibility specs. My main concerns are compatibility between my old PSU with the newer components - does anyone see a possible problem? Also, I've never used an HIS graphics card, so I'm worried about durability since I won't be in the US to claim replacements, etc.

Any comments or concerns are very welcome!

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August 29, 2013 4:02:36 PM

Should be OK with the PSU, would change the mobo though, I won't toch MSI for builds, too many DOA and 30-60 day failures, take a look at the comparable Asus or Rock mobos
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August 29, 2013 4:45:13 PM

Take out the H60, it has just as much performance as a hyper 212 evo while the evo is half its price(or change to a mid-high end air cooler)

Switch the motherboard for a Gigabyte or ASUS one(they should be on sale at microcenter too i suggest a GB Z87 ud3h)

CPU cooler: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu9bse2
very good and silent

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1...
great ram on sale

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-vt...
a very expensive and strong SSD on sale

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($52.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($218.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: i5+Mobo ($255.00)
Total: $656.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-29 19:43 EDT-0400)

7950 is the stronger one and best price to performance right now(IMO)
It can run a tad hot so i got one with an aftermarket cooler

Extra money i suggest spending on an HDD for storage if you do not have one yet
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August 31, 2013 12:53:45 AM

Thanks for the replies, but alas I hadn't received any response in the first few days so I decided to proceed with my purchases.

I stuck with the MSI mobo because of the great deal on Microcenter; I stuck with the H60 cooler upon the recommendation of a friend. I previously saw the OCZ SSD on sale, but newegg reviews seemed ...questionable at best, so I decided I'd better stay safe with the well-reviewed Kingston SSD. For RAM, by the time I decided to make my purchases, the DDR3 1600 I previously chose had gone up in price, so I opted for the higher-speed G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1866 for $59.

As for the all-important VGA, my friend had an extra Nvidia GTX 570 he wasn't using, and although it might not be as energy-efficient or future-proof as the PCI-Express 3.0 7850 (or similar newer cards), the free card was an offer I couldn't refuse. With the ~$150 saved, maybe I can upgrade to a better graphic card a few years from now! :) 

Anyway, thanks again for the responses!
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August 31, 2013 1:49:46 AM

khaidoba said:
Thanks for the replies, but alas I hadn't received any response in the first few days so I decided to proceed with my purchases.

I stuck with the MSI mobo because of the great deal on Microcenter; I stuck with the H60 cooler upon the recommendation of a friend. I previously saw the OCZ SSD on sale, but newegg reviews seemed ...questionable at best, so I decided I'd better stay safe with the well-reviewed Kingston SSD. For RAM, by the time I decided to make my purchases, the DDR3 1600 I previously chose had gone up in price, so I opted for the higher-speed G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1866 for $59.

As for the all-important VGA, my friend had an extra Nvidia GTX 570 he wasn't using, and although it might not be as energy-efficient or future-proof as the PCI-Express 3.0 7850 (or similar newer cards), the free card was an offer I couldn't refuse. With the ~$150 saved, maybe I can upgrade to a better graphic card a few years from now! :) 

Anyway, thanks again for the responses!


Oh on, the 570 should be just as good as a 7850 in gaming performance
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