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September 1, 2012 4:33:00 AM


Non-Overclocking Mid-Range Quality gaming PC (GW2, DOTA2, SC2)


CPU - Intel Core i3 2120 3.3GHz Socket 1155 Box - $163.79

GPU - Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 OC HDMI Dual-DisplayPort 2GB - $351

RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz, CL9 8GB 2X4GB - $91

CASE - Antec Three Hundred Two (Black) - $91

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200RPM 16MB 500GB - $90

CD/DVD Drive - LG GH24NS90 - $30

PSU - Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620M 620W - $119

OR Antec TruePower New Series 550W - $69

SDD- ?


Motherboard between

ASRock B75 Pro3 - $102.59

And

Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H - $126.22

Which one do you suggest?
Many opinions please... and reasons too! Thanks!
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September 1, 2012 4:54:02 AM

Go for a Z77 board?

ASRock Z77 Extreme4.
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September 1, 2012 6:01:30 AM

For a low budget, Non Overclocking PC?

Any opinions please!
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September 1, 2012 7:01:23 AM

The ASRock Z75 Pro3 and H77 Pro4-M seem to be doing well on newegg. I'd have to agree with arzbhatia about going Z77 though. Avoid B75, which offers less features and is missing others (like RAID).

Low budget doesn't have to mean low quality... don't avoid motherboards that offer overclocking just because you won't be using the feature right now. Often those boards are built to higher specs for the added stress of overclocking, so they're more rugged for stock use. Then with a higher-spec motherboard down the road, it'll make inevitable upgrades easier.

Good luck on the build!
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September 1, 2012 7:40:23 AM

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what your budget? so I can Recommend best to u.

I suggest to u>> http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/laptop/3372217/acer-...

If you have in this budget so think about it.

Personally i told you Specially Gaming PC's & Including Graphics Card Pc's range is very high.

If you have any question feel free to ask.

Thanks


I'd say for the Mobo I'm thinking below $150NZD from www.pricespy.co.nz

I was thinking maybe the ASRock H77M or the Gigabyte GA-H77M-3DH
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September 1, 2012 7:47:58 AM

and z75s do not seem to be avaliable here..
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September 1, 2012 7:49:24 AM

tivatar said:
The ASRock Z75 Pro3 and H77 Pro4-M seem to be doing well on newegg. I'd have to agree with arzbhatia about going Z77 though. Avoid B75, which offers less features and is missing others (like RAID).

Low budget doesn't have to mean low quality... don't avoid motherboards that offer overclocking just because you won't be using the feature right now. Often those boards are built to higher specs for the added stress of overclocking, so they're more rugged for stock use. Then with a higher-spec motherboard down the road, it'll make inevitable upgrades easier.

Good luck on the build!


Thanks for the insight. I will remove the B75 from my list.

I was looking at the Gigabyte GA H77M 3DH.

What would you rate this particular motherboard compared to your suggested (I'm not sure if it is the same, one, but this is the only H77s from the ASRock avaliable here) ASRock H77M?

Both are at similar prices; the Gigabyte one being around $20NZD higher (Not worried about the price difference).

I was looking to spend under $150 for the Motherboard as I was hoping to decrease my budget overall.
Upon stating my low budget status, I was told that if I had no plans to overclock, I should get a cheaper Mobo, but I guess I DO need to think about the quality of Motherboards :D 
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September 1, 2012 7:50:49 AM

Go for the Gigabyte... good brand name and the motherboard overall has more value.
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September 1, 2012 8:04:09 AM

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September 1, 2012 8:29:42 AM

tivatar said:
Go for the Gigabyte... good brand name and the motherboard overall has more value.


Just one last question..

The gigabyte mobo in question is a H77M, a Micro-ATX motherboard.
Which is smaller than a normal motherboard right?

Is there anything actually BAD about this difference?

For example, its all good for my build overall? (My Case, Memory, GPU etc...)

In your opinion, do I need these 'extra' features that a bigger Motherboard offers me?
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September 1, 2012 8:44:30 AM

Yeah, the Micro-ATX form factor is smaller than standard ATX and up, but larger than ITX (mini, pico, nano, etc). The most notable loss in the smaller board is expansion slots. You also get fewer USB ports, and less RAM (typically). Plenty of mid-range rigs are built with Micro-ATX boards, so long as you don't expect to add crossfire/SLI + sound card + NIC + RAID controller, etc.

Everything you have will fit.
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