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February 14, 2012 10:59:50 AM

hey guys
Im planning on building a new Hi end Gaming PC in the next 2 or 3 weeks and am wondering if there's any advice concerning parts and componts i wana use.

i wana use the PC for games like metro 2033 and BF 3 so i want it to be able to handle the real hi end graphics.

Thermaltake LitePower 650Watt Power Supply


Gigabyte H61M-DS2: H61 Express Chipset: Socket LGA1155


Gigabyte GeForce Graphics Card GTX 560Ti - 1GB 256Bit GDDR5

2 x Corsair Value Select - 4GB DDR3 1333MHz


SilverStone Precision Series 01 – Black ATX Chassis Windowed

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 1TB - Black


Intel Boxed Core i3 550 Processor - 3.2GHz Dual Core Socket 1156 -

i do already have a 500GB internal so that isnt a problem for now


Any advice or chances as i only have R 7000 . 00 ( + - $950 - $1000 )
Thanks in advance
Zimran

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February 14, 2012 11:21:32 AM

hey guys
im looking to buy / build a new PC system in the next 2 or 3 weeks and id really appreciate some advice on it.
I plan on using the PC for Hi End gaming like metro 2033 and BF 3 However the only factor that's affecting the build is that i only have R7000 ( roughly $950 - $1000) to spend on this pc. I have a screen and keyboard and internal Hard drive so thats all sorted... so here goes

Thermaltake LitePower 650Watt Power Supply

Gigabyte H61M-DS2: H61 Express Chipset: Socket LGA1155

Gigabyte GeForce Graphics Card GTX 560 - 1GB 256Bit GDDR5 - PCI-E

Deep Cool IceEdge Mini FS CPU Cooler

2x Corsair Value Select - 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Corsair Value Select

SilverStone Precision Series 01 – Black ATX Chassis Windowed - No Power

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 1TB - External 3.5 Inch Drive - Black

Intel Boxed Core i3 550 Processor - 3.2GHz Dual Core Socket 1156 -
February 14, 2012 11:21:40 AM

your cpu is not compatible with the motherboard. You can get much more at this price point and we need to know where you are buying the parts
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February 14, 2012 11:23:43 AM

hey... i didnt notice that ( excuse me lol im a noob at this )
Im buying all my stuff from www.takealot.co.za ( a south african site )
February 14, 2012 11:31:24 AM

First, you have an LGA1156 motherboard paired with an LGA1155 CPU. Stick with LGA1155... maybe an i3-2100 if you are looking for a dual core.

PSU - Thermaltake is OK at best. If you can stick with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic. 650w is sized fine for a single GTX 560.

CPU Cooler - No need for an aftermarket cooler if you aren't going to overclock. In order to overclock you will need to upgrade to the i5-2500k or other unlocked CPU.

MEM - As long as it is 1.5v
February 14, 2012 11:34:35 AM

ok a follow up post... im buying al of the components at ww.takealot.co.za
February 14, 2012 11:39:16 AM

I suggest waiting till April the 8th as Intel's new 22nm i5 3570k and z77 motherboards release. Also AMD and Nvidias new GPU's should be released by then. AMD and Nvidia are set to release their 7000 and 600 series. The Nvidia 660 may be much faster than the old 560ti or lower the prices on the old GPU's. the chart suggest the 660 will be as fast as the GTX580. April the 8~12th should be a good time to build a new PC.
http://lenzfire.com/2011/11/22nm-intel-ivy-bridge-cpu-m...


Lastly if you live in USA I suggest newegg.
February 14, 2012 11:39:31 AM

With 7000 rand i think you'd struggle to get a high end gaming computer.

Just tried picking out some parts from that website and a i5 2500k, radeon hd 6850, and asus mobo ate out 6500 rand of the budget.

Either need to consider going for more of a budget/mid gamer or saving up some more cash.
February 14, 2012 11:44:03 AM

As mentioned in my other post you have 'Advice conserning PC?'

With 7000 rand i think you'd struggle to get a high end gaming computer.

Just tried picking out some parts from that website and a i5 2500k, radeon hd 6850, and asus mobo ate out 6500 rand of the budget.

Either need to consider going for more of a budget/mid gamer or saving up some more cash.
February 14, 2012 11:44:07 AM

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Intel DH67BLB3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $991.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-02-14 08:42 EST-0500)

For the games you've mentioned, and gaming in general gpu > cpu. The i3s are more than capable gamers and instead of dropping another $100+ on a 2500K, you'll get more performance by adding that budget to your gpu.

Here's a sub-1000 build that has everything a system today should and will push pretty much everything thrown at it at 60+ fps @ 1920x1080.
February 14, 2012 11:50:11 AM

If it's near $1000 build, you can probably squeeze a bit better parts

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400(A quad core is a better choice for most newer games)
RAM: 8GB(4GB is also enough for gaming)
Motherboard: Any H61 to z68 board from Asus, Gigabyte or MSI
PSU: Corsair GS600W(Any 500W and above from corsair, Seasonic or Antec)
Video Card: GTX560ti (or 570 if you can)
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB
Case: Anything you prefer within the budget

I haven't tried to open the link you gave but how about you try with these parts and see if it fits your budget. This is quite optimal for gaming at 1080p.
February 14, 2012 12:02:27 PM

a4mula said:
Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Intel DH67BLB3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $991.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-02-14 08:42 EST-0500)

For the games you've mentioned, and gaming in general gpu > cpu. The i3s are more than capable gamers and instead of dropping another $100+ on a 2500K, you'll get more performance by adding that budget to your gpu.

Here's a sub-1000 build that has everything a system today should and will push pretty much everything thrown at it at 60+ fps @ 1920x1080.


CPU/micro atx would be a good choice for you. Im not sure on currency difference, but I'd assume getting a i5 2500k would be tough. (but my suggestions may be able to save you that extra cash you need)

He's on a budget...drop the SSD at least...and drop the 7950 video card...once nvidia releases cards this will drop the price significantly...If you cannot wait 3-4 weeks then drop lesser card or go ahead and pay the extra fee for a new card.

I'd also suggest a different harddrive...Hitachi is selling a cheap 500-750gb hd that has 7200rpms for about 70-80 bucks...I'm not a seagate fan/worried about their drives since they were flooded.

Get a case under $100...You easily find one w/ all the bell's and whistles you could ever want.
February 14, 2012 12:11:03 PM

Make sure your 500GB is SATA as almost no motherboards have the older PATA connectors. The same goes if you have an old DVD burner. If you use the wide gray ribbon on either drive you will need a new SATA drive.


That case is high priced and your RAM is more important. I suggest a CM elite 310 and 8GB RAM kit.
http://www.takealot.com/electronics/cooler-master-elite...
http://www.takealot.com/electronics/corsair-vengeance-8...

Here are a few items I suggest.
http://www.takealot.com/electronics/intel-boxed-core-i5... As EzioAs suggest i5 2400
http://www.takealot.com/electronics/gigabyte-h61m-ds2-h... None of their motherboards under 1000 supports SATA3 so this I guess is your best choice.
http://www.takealot.com/electronics/asus-p8h67-m-lx-soc... If you get some more cash I suggest this motherboard.

http://www.takealot.com/electronics/gigabyte-geforce-gr... I suggest the 560 or wait for a Nvidia 660.


Lastly I suggest not buying the freeagent as ATM any HD price is a rip off. That Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex was half the price around August last year.
February 14, 2012 12:14:01 PM

Guys, you must bear in mind that he is purchasing this in a different country and price points do not exactly line up with what you can get in the US.

For a start the HD 7950 you suggested isnt even sold there, no 7xxx series at all. And for comparison a HD 6970 is 3/4 of his budget.
February 14, 2012 12:15:21 PM

heys guys
All the feed back really helped alot ( and thanx for pointing out the CPU / mobo compatibility . dunno how i missed that )

Ive revised the CPU and MOBO but im gan stick with the GTX 560.

Will a Core I3 2100 with a Gigabyte H61M-DS2: H61 motherboard be ok for my gaming needs ? plus im gan go for the 2 x 4gb ram.
February 14, 2012 12:20:53 PM

Just keep in mind that H61 has no native SATA 6Gb/s support. If you ever want to upgrade to a SSD you'd be best served looking at H67.
February 14, 2012 12:34:56 PM

i dont think so... SSD's are darn expenseive in south africa so i think we'l leave that for xmas
February 14, 2012 12:37:06 PM

yep its a SATA 2 hetachai drive that ive had for # months so its still relatively new
February 14, 2012 7:50:08 PM

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