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March 18, 2014 5:39:30 AM

As it stands, these are the parts I've chosen:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/charmandork/saved/45IJ

Since being in Australia (higher prices) and the place I'm building it through, it already sits at $1500 AUD and I really can't afford to go any higher. So just a few questions:

1) Overall is the build good for a gaming PC?
2) Is the PSU acceptable for the build?
3) Should I go with 120GB SSD & 1TB HHD, or 60GB SSD & 2TB HHD?
4) Is there anything I can downgrade?

Thanks!

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March 18, 2014 5:51:29 AM

It's a fine build, the PSU will do great since you are probably not going to be using more than about 300 watts at any given point in time even if you try to push everything.

The 120/60 1TB/2TB is really a personal thing. I would go with the 60GB and 2 separate 1TB drives so the 60GB could use SRT on the primary usage drive and the second drive is just to keep extra copies of important information on or used as a temporary storage drive (for recording videos or something).

As for a downgrade, not really, but you should switch to a 2x4GB kit of RAM instead of a single stick. The single stick will not let your machine run in dual channel memory mode, reducing your performance.

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March 18, 2014 5:53:00 AM

1)This is a fine gaming pc, Don't expect to run Battlefield 4 70 fps but it will run well and is quite good.
2)Yes, your PSU is great, most of the time (especially with Intel builds) it only required a 350- 450W but your going safe with the 520.
3)This depends on what your going to be using the SSD for, if you're like me and its only going to be for your OS and a few select games than go for the 60gb SSD and 2tb HHD but If you plan on using it for the majority of your games or files, then you might want to go for the larger SSD. Remember that if you throw your OS on your SSD then it will take about 30gb+ away and therefore you will be limited on space right away.
4)I would say no, but out of preference I would personally "downgrade" to Windows 7 ultimate edition. I personally do not thing Windows 8 is a good OS especially for gaming. But if you like it you should have no problems.
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March 18, 2014 5:53:33 AM

The PSU is great, good choice.

It's a good build, and will do great at 1080p :) 

About the storage, it depends on how much raw storage you need, and how many game you plan on having. A 128GB and 1TB is plenty for me.

You should get a 2x4GB set of RAM instead of a single 8GB stick.
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March 18, 2014 5:57:25 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
The PSU is great, good choice.

It's a good build, and will do great at 1080p :) 

About the storage, it depends on how much raw storage you need, and how many game you plan on having. A 128GB and 1TB is plenty for me.

You should get a 2x4GB set of RAM instead of a single 8GB stick.


It actually is the 2x4gb version of that but every time I build it on pcpicker I get the wrong one haha
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March 18, 2014 5:59:07 AM

Jellybellie said:
1)This is a fine gaming pc, Don't expect to run Battlefield 4 70 fps but it will run well and is quite good.
2)Yes, your PSU is great, most of the time (especially with Intel builds) it only required a 350- 450W but your going safe with the 520.
3)This depends on what your going to be using the SSD for, if you're like me and its only going to be for your OS and a few select games than go for the 60gb SSD and 2tb HHD but If you plan on using it for the majority of your games or files, then you might want to go for the larger SSD. Remember that if you throw your OS on your SSD then it will take about 30gb+ away and therefore you will be limited on space right away.
4)I would say no, but out of preference I would personally "downgrade" to Windows 7 ultimate edition. I personally do not thing Windows 8 is a good OS especially for gaming. But if you like it you should have no problems.


What do you mean it won't run BF4 70fps? Do you mean on ultra? Also install OS on SSD or HHD?
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March 18, 2014 6:03:43 AM

Yeah, you'll get around 50 fps on Ultra, and 60+ easily on High. He meant you won't me maxing it out at 70+.
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March 18, 2014 6:04:32 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
Yeah, you'll get around 50 fps on Ultra, and 60+ easily on High. He meant you won't me maxing it out at 70+.


Oh great, thank you!
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