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June 27, 2012 9:58:08 AM

Ok, so i'm going to be building a new budget gaming pc and i've selected all my parts, now i just need to make sure that they are all compatible. I tried using a checking site but it doesn't really work so i was hoping you guys at tomshardware could help me out. Here are a list of the parts i'm going to buy, they are all in AUD because i live in Australia and i'm buying it all at pc case gear.

CPU:Intel Core i5 3550 $219.00
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB OC $265.00
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H $79.00
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $95.00
RAM:G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 $49
Case: Sharkoon T28 Blue Case $69.00
PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520C 520W $69
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (already owned)
Optical drive: reuse from current pc

If not too sure about getting that motherboard though, anyway if there is anything i'm missing or you have any recommendations then feel free to tell me.

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June 27, 2012 10:33:38 AM
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metro cop said:
Ok, so i'm going to be building a new budget gaming pc and i've selected all my parts, now i just need to make sure that they are all compatible. I tried using a checking site but it doesn't really work so i was hoping you guys at tomshardware could help me out. Here are a list of the parts i'm going to buy, they are all in AUD because i live in Australia and i'm buying it all at pc case gear.

CPU:Intel Core i5 3550 $219.00
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB OC $265.00
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H $79.00
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $95.00
RAM:G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 $49
Case: Sharkoon T28 Blue Case $69.00
PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520C 520W $69
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (already owned)
Optical drive: reuse from current pc

If not too sure about getting that motherboard though, anyway if there is anything i'm missing or you have any recommendations then feel free to tell me.



Hi Metro Cop,

As for the RAM, you should get the 8GB Kit from G.Skill running at 1600MHz speed which is the fastest and officially supported RAM frequency for the processor you're buying. It will not boost the performance significantly but why not get the fastest one when it is available for less price!

G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 1600MHz RAM Kit (4GB x 2)---$47---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rest of your build seems fine. Your PC will be amazing! All of your components are pretty good and will let you game smoothly.

Regards,
SmartGeek
June 27, 2012 10:54:16 AM

you should use a 2 x4 gig RAM kit

That will double the bandwidth of the cpu <-> RAM pipeline and increase over all system performance by 6 - 10%
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July 3, 2012 12:54:32 PM

ok, i've made some changes to try and lower the price, how is it now:
Case: Sharkoon T28 Blue Case USB 3.0 $69.00
Psu: Antec VP550P 550W Power Supply $65.00
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 $49.00
Cpu: Intel Core i5 3550 $219.00
Gpu: Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 2GB OC $269.00
Hdd: currently have trouble choosing between Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB WD5000AAKX $79 or Seagate Barracuda 500GB ST500DM002 $75
Mobos: ASRock B75M Motherboard $69.00
Total: $815.00
I'm still indecisive about the ram, i've heard the performance increase in using dual channel is almost unnoticeable and if that's true then i'd rather just stick one with stick as it's cheaper and it uses less power.
July 3, 2012 2:56:31 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
July 3, 2012 4:11:54 PM

Metro, go with two 4GB sticks of RAM over one 8GB.
July 3, 2012 11:15:00 PM

ok, i'm going with G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 for $58
July 11, 2012 3:52:00 AM

Best answer selected by metro cop.
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