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August 29, 2013 5:31:20 AM

I've been meaning to upgrade my system for a while now and today was the last straw, something strange happened to my computer overnight and it just wont work properly i.e bluescreens and startup problems. What do you guys think of this build? Its not set in stone yet so feel free to give me afew pointers.

Mobo:Gigabyte [GA-H87M-D3H]
Cpu:  intel i5-4430
Ram: G.Skill RipjawsX [F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL] 2x8gb
Gpu:Sapphire HD 7790 OC 2gb
Primary drive: 120GB Sata3 Kingston V300
Price
700~ au
I'll be reusing my 650w power supply (if its not enough tell me please) and a 1tb secondary drive for storage.

 

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August 29, 2013 5:55:54 AM

If you're to this point, you might just try re-installing the OS? Are you sure your issues are with hardware?

If you've pinned the problem down to a hardware issue...
How do you use your current PC? Gaming? Productivity? Browsing and social networking?
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August 29, 2013 5:56:45 AM

The PSU will be good enough, mobo and CPU are good choices.

You can probably drop down to 2x4GB memory ( 1866 Mhz max, 1600Mhz will do ), while the extra memory is nice if you are money constrained the 8GB total works fine. I would go with Asus 7850 instead of that sapphire card. There is a sizeable performance improvement going to the 7850. For SSD i'd stick with something slightly classier, Samsung 840 EVO to be exact, also in the 120GB range.

That build linked here

And yeah if your PSU is not on the haswell supported list, then can easily go down to ivy bridge.
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August 29, 2013 5:59:20 AM

If this is for gaming then I don't like it. Weak GPU and lots of RAM.

If you want it primarily for editing work then it's ok.
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August 29, 2013 6:07:37 AM

So basicly what the majority of what youbguys are saying is that I should drop the haswell and some ram for a better gpu right?
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August 29, 2013 6:10:10 AM

Fishhyy said:
So basicly what the majority of what youbguys are saying is that I should drop the haswell and some ram for a better gpu right?


Well mainly drop haswell if your PSU doesn't support it. It might always be a good enough unit you'll just have to check. But yes reduce memory to upgrade the graphics. If the PSU is not good enough, get ivy bridge instead, probably save a few bucks in the process and either just save it or spend more on graphics :) 
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August 29, 2013 6:16:52 AM

One last question, is asus much better than the others out there?
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August 29, 2013 6:22:06 AM

Grab a H77 + 3470/3570 and save some money. Also, get 2x4GB RAM. Then spend more on a GPU, the savings should get you at least a 7870 or better.
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August 29, 2013 7:03:12 AM

Fishhyy said:
One last question, is asus much better than the others out there?


Asus is pretty good, especially the cards that use the DirectCU II cooler. It is fantastic.
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September 3, 2013 2:21:24 AM

Sorry for reopening this but what do you guys think about this?
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.00 @ PLE Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.12 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.00 @ PLE Computers)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($249.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $822.12

I found out that my "650" watt psu was actually a 450 watt one and the extra 200 watts were just complete bs.
Is the Asus card worth it over a gigabyte card which is almost exactly the same http://www.iibuy.com.au/gigabyte-gvn660oc2gd-geforce-gt... if its $20 more?
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September 3, 2013 2:55:20 AM

Fishhyy said:
Sorry for reopening this but what do you guys think about this?
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.00 @ PLE Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.12 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.00 @ PLE Computers)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($249.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $822.12

I found out that my "650" watt psu was actually a 450 watt one and the extra 200 watts were just complete bs.
Is the Asus card worth it over a gigabyte card which is almost exactly the same http://www.iibuy.com.au/gigabyte-gvn660oc2gd-geforce-gt... if its $20 more?


Might not really be worth it, however if you can spare it get the Gigabyte 7870 instead at $259.00 it's considerably faster than the 660, here is a test result.
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