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July 22, 2012 7:27:49 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within the next 2 weeks.

Budget Range: S$1000 - S$2000 Which is about US$1600-1700 ish

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, Im actually going to go out and find it separately. So not included in total price.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: googoo.com.sg

Location: Singapore

Overclocking: Maybe, wont know till I actually have the rig.

SLI or Crossfire: No, dont think I can afford it.

Your Monitor Resolution: Im happy with 1440 x 900

Additional Comments: Im actually doing a 3D animation course. But I'm not really keen on getting a Quadro card as I still want to be able to play some video games from med - high settings with at least a solid 60 fps.

So far, this is what I've got from the website.


CPU - Intel Core i5 3570 3.4GHz

Mobo - Gigabyte Z77-D3H

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA3 WD10EALX

RAM - Kingston DDR3 1333 CL 9 KVR1333D3N9/4G

GPU - MSI HD7850 2GB R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC

Case - Corsair Carbide 400R

PSU - Seasonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W

This costs me around S$1400 ish. Which includes the OS. And most of the parts are actually the *recommended* parts.

Please advise.

Was going to get an AMD FX-8150 but I cant really find it anywhere here in Singapore. :( 

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July 22, 2012 8:06:57 AM

The i5 is superior to the fx8150 for gaming.

If you are.going to overclock get a K CPU and cooler like the CM hyper 212.

get 8GB of memory.

better monitor. 1920x1080. More work space and looks better in game. Price difference isn't much and a 7850 can handle it on high

If you have money left maybe a 7950 (totally unecessary if your sticking with 1440x900,.a 7850 will destroy at a low res like that and is really good at 1080p) or SSD if you play games with lots of load time
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July 22, 2012 8:16:26 AM

unksol said:
The i5 is superior to the fx8150 for gaming.

If you are.going to overclock get a K CPU and cooler like the CM hyper 212.

get 8GB of memory.

better monitor. 1920x1080.

If you have money left maybe a 7950 (totally unecessary if your sticking with 1440x900,.a 7850 will destroy at a low res like that and is really good at 1080p) or SSD if you play games with lots of load time


Would a K CPU mean I get the Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz? Also, would you care to explain what the K actually means? Im fairly new to this.

Is 8GB necessary? I've heard from many people that 4GB is enough for most games out there now. Unless its for my 3D animation work?

Alright, will look into a 1920 x 1080 monitor. After seeing how much cash I have left.
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July 22, 2012 8:29:00 AM

Xyphler said:
Would a K CPU mean I get the Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz? Also, would you care to explain what the K actually means? Im fairly new to this.

Is 8GB necessary? I've heard from many people that 4GB is enough for most games out there now. Unless its for my 3D animation work?

Alright, will look into a 1920 x 1080 monitor. After seeing how much cash I have left.


Yes the 3570K. The K means the multiplier is unlocked which makes them easier to overclock, and they can go higher because of the unlocked multiplier and binning. If you don't want to overclock and the other is cheaper don't worry about it.

4GB is enough for gaming, but here memory is dirt.cheap and 8 GB is enough to keep you from using the page file at all, which means you can alt tab in and out of games/programs with no lag, while having background programs running. Everything open can stay in memory. totally worth the $20 to me and it's future proof. Not sure what programs you'll be using for the 3D stuff but same basic logic.
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July 22, 2012 8:42:17 AM

Alright, it's about $1600 now. Thanks! Now I hope I can afford a decent monitor. And brands I should avoid?
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July 22, 2012 8:43:06 AM

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July 22, 2012 9:31:08 AM

Xyphler said:
Alright, it's about $1600 now. Thanks! Now I hope I can afford a decent monitor. And brands I should avoid?


Here Acers are good and cheap 1080p displays. Pricing plays a big part though. I love my Asus. You might open a topic in the display section if you need more opinions. I do a lot of review reading/googling when selecting one
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