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August 19, 2012 8:11:59 AM

Hey guys.

After recently getting my first PC set up after so many years, I am looking at upgrading my motherboard, ram, and CPU as the ones that I have at the moment, are very, very standard. I am wanting to run the PC purely for games, and minimal Internet browsing.

I'm not sure what details you will need since I will have to upgrade all 3 due to the current model of my motherboard, but I can tell you that I have a HD7850 graphics unit in it, and a 550W power supply.

I am preferably wanting to spend around $400, but if there is a significant upgrade, I am willing to spend a bit more. Any help will be greatly appreciated :) 

Thanks in advance.
Matt
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August 19, 2012 9:06:23 AM

Hi there,

So, there is up to $500 to spend on CPU and mobo only?

Or anything else?
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August 19, 2012 12:02:51 PM

And ram, yeah :)  I'm pretty sure that is all I need
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August 19, 2012 12:05:49 PM

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August 19, 2012 12:08:26 PM

U can definitely use this one -> ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 -> ... Latest Z77...

I just build PC with this mobo and I like the BIOS, its looks like this.

Works as expected @ 4.4GHz



That is a great mobo choice for the CPU. It has good power design for OC.

Read the Toms review Seven Sub-$160 Z77 Express Motherboards, Reviewed
@ http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-int...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


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August 19, 2012 12:09:21 PM

$15 gift card with the mobo @ $134.99 + $230 mobo+ $44.99 RAM
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August 19, 2012 12:11:53 PM

I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile. And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler.
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Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.

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August 19, 2012 12:13:31 PM

If u want SSD performance,


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August 19, 2012 12:23:49 PM

Wow thanks a heap man :)  I'll look into it when I get home from work. I'll let you know what I go with when I get payed :D 

Thanks again
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August 19, 2012 12:40:38 PM

No problem : )

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August 19, 2012 12:40:58 PM

SSD is optional,

The CPU is top notch. Mobo is great.

The CPU cooler is only needed when u will overclock.

And u should, since the this CPU does nice and easy overclock with few clicks.

Why not increase the speed for free, by about 30% or so.
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August 19, 2012 11:57:51 PM

Okay, so I have looked into it a little.

I'm looking at these for CPU, motherboard, and ram.

http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=5 - ram
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1... - motherboard
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1... - CPU

I will probably get SSD down the road in a couple of weeks when I get a bit more cash again, and I am looking at the CPU cooler that your recommended :) 

Are these the things that you suggested? Sorry, I am very new to computers. Thanks heaps again for your help though :) 
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August 20, 2012 12:05:06 AM

Hmm I cannot find a working link for the ram.

This is a google link though. https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Corsair+Vengeance+CM...(4x4GB)+1600MHz+DDR3+CL9+Perf&rlz=1C1CHHJ_enAU411AU411&sugexp=chrome,mod=19&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

And is there much difference in performance with those to motherboards?
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August 20, 2012 12:06:19 AM

Whats your CPU cooler? Any?
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August 20, 2012 12:08:13 AM

None at the moment, but I have a couple of case fans hitting the CPU if that does anything
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August 20, 2012 12:15:39 AM

U will run into problem with clerance later, if u will get the CPU cooler.

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August 20, 2012 12:27:26 AM

Ahh okay, I see what you mean. So I'll get the better motherboard, but is there much difference between the ram?
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August 20, 2012 12:30:51 AM

Nope, the RAM chip is about the same.
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August 20, 2012 12:32:05 AM

Alright, sweet :D  Thanks a heap for your help man :)  very much appreciated, and sorry to be a noob :(  hahah
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August 20, 2012 12:35:02 AM

No problem : )
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August 20, 2012 12:36:41 AM

Best answer selected by razar-matt.
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August 20, 2012 12:38:27 AM

Cool : )
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August 20, 2012 2:56:59 AM

Good luck!
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August 20, 2012 2:57:07 AM

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