Review on 1600$ Gaming Build [ First Time ]

Approximate Purchase Date: 1st week of May

Budget Range: ~1600$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming , Internet Surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard , Mouse , Monitor , Headset/Speakers , SSD , HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com ( Will just base our country's price on this site )

Country: Philippines

Parts Preferences:

Intel CPU & GPU


Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 atm ( Will upgrade to 1920x1080 in the near future )

Additional Comments: Needs to look good also in the inside , and of course not too noisy .


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So here is my final build , some of the prices of the parts are way high because of taxes ( courtesy of our tax evaders and corrupt politicians ) in our country but Im fine with it . I don't need an SSD atm and I already have an Optical drive , need to save me some bucks first .

Chassis : Cooler Master Storm Trooper - 167$ in our country

Mobo : Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - 169$ in our country ( Should I get Extreme 6? )

CPU : i5-3570k - 243$ in our country

Cooler : Corsair H100 - 128$ in our country

HDD : WD Caviar Black 1 TB - Have it already

RAM : Corsair Vengeance 8GB 2x4gb ddr3 1600 CL9 - 70$ in our country

GPU : Gainward GTX 680 Phantom - 600$ in our country ( Pretty damn expensive , thanks to effing taxes )

PSU : Seasonic 750w M12II-750 80PLUS Bronze (Modular) - 121$ in our country ( Should I get X760 ? Or just save me some bucks ? )

~1500$


Need some opinions
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  1. I had my eyes on that beast for awhile , but it costs like 40$ more in our country atm , hopefully it will go down .
  2. Any thoughts ? Anybody ? I really need help .
  3. Rockdpm said:
    Sabertooth Z77
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821&Tpk=Sabertooth%20Z77


    Also good choice on the trooper. I love mine


    I'm personally not a fan of that design - hated the P67 version, don't like this one either. I'd rather go with something that doesn't have plastic covers blocking access to crucial parts of the system, like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545
  4. I'll think about that one , how about other parts ? PSU , GPU , the cooler ?
  5. PSU: This is usually my go to choice and I have the same one and it's great: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028

    GPU: I usually like EVGA if you're going with a 680: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768

    Cooler: You could probably put a D14 in there but on a $1600 I'm not sure how that would go.

    Here's what I typically recommend:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99 ($15.00 MIR)
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99 ($20.00 MIR)
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $169.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 12 - $69.99
    RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $141.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
    Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

    Total: $1714.89 - $35.00 MIR = $1,679.89
  6. I don't need SSD and HDD , as I said in my first post , I would like to get an i5-3570k , a CM Storm Trooper . I was also thinking of H100 if I would be OCing and Seasonic X760 .
  7. the Noctua beats the H100, unless you want to go for quiet smooth and clean build. the Noctua competes if not beats the h100

    Seasonic is ok but a better name brand would be Corsair or Cooler Master

    And also G-unit. you might not be a fan of the design with Z77 or liggestion with the trooper. But i can only make a suggestion to the poster, not for you. My comments are for your critiquing. its for the Poster (Genesis)
  8. Well , I like my rig clean & neat , so I'll go with the H100
  9. Alright thats cool. The H100 is the best rated closed loop water cooler, its basically the step you take before you go full water kit. So h100 will do nicely!
  10. What non-ref GTX 680 should I get ? In our country , ASUS/MSI Reference GTX 680s costs like 690$ . I was thinking of getting a Gainward GTX 680 Phantom in case I wont be able to handle Asus DCUII TOP's price
  11. Rockdpm said:
    the Noctua beats the H100, unless you want to go for quiet smooth and clean build. the Noctua competes if not beats the h100

    Seasonic is ok but a better name brand would be Corsair or Cooler Master

    And also G-unit. you might not be a fan of the design with Z77 or liggestion with the trooper. But i can only make a suggestion to the poster, not for you. My comments are for your critiquing. its for the Poster (Genesis)


    Seasonic makes great PSUs, Cooler Master does not. In fact a lot of the higher-end Corsair PSUs are based on Seasonic designs.

    The only board I'm really not a fan of is the Asus Sabertooth Z77 with the plastic covers blocking everything. Otherwise I'm thinking of purchasing that same board for my system if I can get a good deal on it.

    Quote:
    What non-ref GTX 680 should I get ? In our country , ASUS/MSI Reference GTX 680s costs like 690$ . I was thinking of getting a Gainward GTX 680 Phantom in case I wont be able to handle Asus DCUII TOP's price


    If you can get EVGA - they're usually the best especially with their "Precision" Oc'ing utility included - if not I don't know Gainward very well (not available in US) but they seem to be good from what I've seen.
  12. You do understand you will be able to take the thermal design off of it right?
  13. GenesisZero said:
    What non-ref GTX 680 should I get ? In our country , ASUS/MSI Reference GTX 680s costs like 690$ . I was thinking of getting a Gainward GTX 680 Phantom in case I wont be able to handle Asus DCUII TOP's price

    The Phenom will be a nice Card, 4GB of Vram will come in handy as well if you ever plan to get multiple monitors
  14. I think the thermal armor makes it look good & cool IMO
  15. Ok cool then. Yea g-unity was just saying he personally doesn't like it. But since your the one buying and the one with control of the money. Were at your mercy!. lol
  16. Well , thanks for the help , I'll post the final info tomorrow .
  17. Alright, cool!
  18. Rockdpm said:
    Ok cool then. Yea g-unity was just saying he personally doesn't like it. But since your the one buying and the one with control of the money. Were at your mercy!. lol


    Yeah I'm just stating my personal preference. It's ultimately up to whatever the OP decides - it's their system, not ours. :lol:
  19. Glad you see it that way:)
  20. Posted some final details , didnt get Sabertooth cause its effing expensive in the country atm like 300$ !? WTF .
  21. Yea its 239 over here. If you want a good board, ASRock Extreme boards are nice and come with similar features
  22. Opinions on final build ? Will the PSU be enough ?
  23. Yes your power supply will be enough. Personally the only thing i can really critique is the brand of the power supply. I prefer a better name brand, seasonic isn't a bad brand at all. I just trust corsair because its what i'm used to. So thats a no, i think you build is ready to be ordered and built!
  24. Rockdpm said:
    Yea its 239 over here. If you want a good board, ASRock Extreme boards are nice and come with similar features


    Yeah I'm heavily considering getting the Z77 Extreme 6 for my system - I'm just waiting for IB i5 CPUs to drop before I make my decision on which upgrade path I'm going.
  25. ASRock's boards looks very cool IMO
  26. You mean drop into market, or drop in price? its gonna be a while for price drops... Also the 2600K is 279 right now at Tiger. Sounds like Sandy Bridge 2700K or Ivy i5 for me!
  27. GenesisZero said:
    ASRock's boards looks very cool IMO

    Yea and the components they use are good. Gold Caps means good power control and a good overclocking board. Tho i doubt you plan to overclock. The Extreme series from ASRock is a good family to live with
  28. I maybe overclocking ( asking for help from friends ) , Im quite young for my age ( 14 ) , so I don't get to mess with OCing that much .
  29. Thats understandable. Never take on something unless your absolutely confident to do it.. Or you know what your doing
  30. Well , I'd be asking them also to teach me how to OC , so in the future , I'd be able to handle it all by myself .
  31. Well once you figure it out... You will catch the hang of it on your own. Its just a simple change of a few settings and done.
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