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August 15, 2014 3:39:24 AM

I am completely new to pc building and this is my first attempt at a build, I'm going to be using it pretty much only for gaming, I would obviously like to run new games at max settings at 1080p and all that.
I have no clue as to whether this is any good or complete dog sh*t so it would be great if you guys could give me some advice.
Oh and by the way the case I was thinking about is the Nanoxia claw mid tower ATX case which is not on pcpartpicker so i couldn't include it there. Thanks in advance for your help.

Here is the link to the build on pcpartpicker.
http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/gNV26h

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August 15, 2014 3:48:46 AM

You should change the motherboard to a h97 so that you won't have to do complicated BIOS updates and maybe get a better psu as that one isn't very good but the rest is okay, maybe add a ssd and change the hdd to a wd blue
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August 15, 2014 3:49:59 AM

Heres a similar build but without the Corsair CX Series PSU as many of us wouldn't like the quality of it. But other Corsair PSU are excellent.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1176.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 20:49 EST+1000
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August 15, 2014 3:56:57 AM

legend001523 said:
You should change the motherboard to a h97 so that you won't have to do complicated BIOS updates and maybe get a better psu as that one isn't very good but the rest is okay, maybe add a ssd and change the hdd to a wd blue


what psu would you recommend? do you mean upping the wattage or just a better brand or something? also I dont know if an ssd is necessary considering I'm just doing gaming and I have been told they dont really affect game performance? I may be completely wrong though :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 3:58:34 AM

better brand. no, they don't affect fps but makes loading up your os and game maps a bit quicker, but if you can't afford one, you won't die :p 
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August 15, 2014 4:02:21 AM

Sembwag said:
legend001523 said:
You should change the motherboard to a h97 so that you won't have to do complicated BIOS updates and maybe get a better psu as that one isn't very good but the rest is okay, maybe add a ssd and change the hdd to a wd blue


what psu would you recommend? do you mean upping the wattage or just a better brand or something? also I dont know if an ssd is necessary considering I'm just doing gaming and I have been told they dont really affect game performance? I may be completely wrong though :p 


Any PSU is good. I recommend Antec, Corsair, EVGA, Thermaltake, Seasonic to name a few.

Well an SSD crates a significant increase in performance than an HDD especially when gaming.

So what does it do? It may store your operating system to increase boot time. Or store some games to increase the loading times in maps.

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August 15, 2014 4:03:51 AM

Joeteoh99 said:
Heres a similar build but without the Corsair CX Series PSU as many of us wouldn't like the quality of it. But other Corsair PSU are excellent.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1176.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 20:49 EST+1000


Thanks for the reply, I'm kinda worried about working with a micro-atx because of size and it being my first build. also I don't suppose the case makes much difference because if it doesnt i kinda like the look of the nanoxia one even if it costs me $20 more. Also will upgrade the psu.
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August 15, 2014 4:06:02 AM

Sembwag said:
Joeteoh99 said:
Heres a similar build but without the Corsair CX Series PSU as many of us wouldn't like the quality of it. But other Corsair PSU are excellent.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1176.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 20:49 EST+1000


Thanks for the reply, I'm kinda worried about working with a micro-atx because of size and it being my first build. also I don't suppose the case makes much difference because if it doesnt i kinda like the look of the nanoxia one even if it costs me $20 more. Also will upgrade the psu.


No worries I'll change the mobo. And bring back the same case, I don't blame you I am picky as well. Would you like an SSD?
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August 15, 2014 4:06:48 AM

Joeteoh99 said:
Sembwag said:
legend001523 said:
You should change the motherboard to a h97 so that you won't have to do complicated BIOS updates and maybe get a better psu as that one isn't very good but the rest is okay, maybe add a ssd and change the hdd to a wd blue


what psu would you recommend? do you mean upping the wattage or just a better brand or something? also I dont know if an ssd is necessary considering I'm just doing gaming and I have been told they dont really affect game performance? I may be completely wrong though :p 


Any PSU is good. I recommend Antec, Corsair, EVGA, Thermaltake, Seasonic to name a few.

Well an SSD crates a significant increase in performance than an HDD especially when gaming.

So what does it do? It may store your operating system to increase boot time. Or store some games to increase the loading times in maps.



I just don't know whether an ssd is worth the extra cash when I'm honestly not that worried if the pc takes a bit longer to boot or load maps and stuff.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 4:08:58 AM

I hope you like this mate.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($130.00 @ Centre Com)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1180.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 21:08 EST+1000
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August 15, 2014 4:09:35 AM

Joeteoh99 said:
Sembwag said:
Joeteoh99 said:
Heres a similar build but without the Corsair CX Series PSU as many of us wouldn't like the quality of it. But other Corsair PSU are excellent.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1176.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 20:49 EST+1000


Thanks for the reply, I'm kinda worried about working with a micro-atx because of size and it being my first build. also I don't suppose the case makes much difference because if it doesnt i kinda like the look of the nanoxia one even if it costs me $20 more. Also will upgrade the psu.


No worries I'll change the mobo. And bring back the same case, I don't blame you I am picky as well. Would you like an SSD?


I dont suppose I could easily put an ssd in in say a few months time when I have a bit of spare cash or is it too hard?
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August 15, 2014 4:13:17 AM

Joeteoh99 said:
I hope you like this mate.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($130.00 @ Centre Com)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1180.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 21:08 EST+1000


looks ok to me. I have around $1300 for the pc including shipping so I can probably put an ssd in with the build you have there.
If no one else says anything to change about that one I might just give it a go.
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August 15, 2014 4:14:10 AM

Sembwag said:
Joeteoh99 said:
Sembwag said:
Joeteoh99 said:
Heres a similar build but without the Corsair CX Series PSU as many of us wouldn't like the quality of it. But other Corsair PSU are excellent.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1176.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 20:49 EST+1000


Thanks for the reply, I'm kinda worried about working with a micro-atx because of size and it being my first build. also I don't suppose the case makes much difference because if it doesnt i kinda like the look of the nanoxia one even if it costs me $20 more. Also will upgrade the psu.


No worries I'll change the mobo. And bring back the same case, I don't blame you I am picky as well. Would you like an SSD?


I dont suppose I could easily put an ssd in in say a few months time when I have a bit of spare cash or is it too hard?


It is not hard and uncommon to upgrade in the way you go. But I posted the new build just now but not sure if you saw it as it has an SSD. AND STILL BELOW YOUR BUDGET.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 4:14:11 AM

^looks fine
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August 15, 2014 4:15:01 AM

Anyway I might leave it till tomorrow and come back then and have a think about it. Thanks for all your help guys.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 4:15:58 AM

Sembwag said:
Joeteoh99 said:
I hope you like this mate.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($130.00 @ Centre Com)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1180.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 21:08 EST+1000


looks ok to me. I have around $1300 for the pc including shipping so I can probably put an ssd in with the build you have there.
If no one else says anything to change about that one I might just give it a go.



Why I recommend Seagate for the extra dollar than a WD? It is highly recommended by many people on the forum who are gamer? I always though WD were the best but turns out Seagate has better warranty and customer support. So worth the extra dollar. :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 4:16:50 AM

Sembwag said:
Anyway I might leave it till tomorrow and come back then and have a think about it. Thanks for all your help guys.


No worries. It's pretty late now it is a bit late now in Aus. Anyways good to be polite and say good night. :) 
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August 15, 2014 6:14:50 PM

Joeteoh99 said:
Sembwag said:
Joeteoh99 said:
I hope you like this mate.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($130.00 @ Centre Com)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($103.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.00 @ Centre Com)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.21 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1180.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 21:08 EST+1000


looks ok to me. I have around $1300 for the pc including shipping so I can probably put an ssd in with the build you have there.
If no one else says anything to change about that one I might just give it a go.



Why I recommend Seagate for the extra dollar than a WD? It is highly recommended by many people on the forum who are gamer? I always though WD were the best but turns out Seagate has better warranty and customer support. So worth the extra dollar. :) 


I'm gonna use that build you recommended I think. Gonna order the parts within the next few days.
Oh and by the way, I dont suppose there is anything else I would need to buy for putting it together or can I do it with everything that comes with the parts and also would love any recommendations for good gaming keyboards as I am looking for a new one at the moment.

Thanks for all your help guys.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 6:18:55 PM

I'll PM you the rest of the stuff you need. :) 

Don't mind picking the solution.
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