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August 1, 2012 9:59:58 AM

Hello, I am new to these forums so please don't be so harsh on me. I am a beginner at these sorts of stuff so I will need some help. I tried to ask on yahoo answers but nobody has answered, so I came here. So I will paste my question here.

I plan on getting a PC built by myself, but the biggest trouble is picking the parts. So please tell me if these parts are good, compatible with the motherboard and if there are any better parts that I could swap out.

'Intel i5 2500k @3.3ghz OC 4ghz
Asus P8P67-M-V3 Intel mainboard (B3 Stepping) LGA 1155
Corsair Vengeance 8GB ram
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB
Western Digital Caviar 1TB
Samsung 22x Black Internal DVD
CM Storm Trooper'


I wish to overclock my i5, so I will need a suggestion as to what fans to use etc. I have a budget of $1400. You can go over slightly but I would prefer it to be under, currently I am at $1392. Also please recommend me any parts superior to the ones I have listed, and please tell me if these parts are compatible with the motherboard.

Thank you in advance to answers :D 


WHUP, I just saw that there is a format to asking these things.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: A few months, because my birthday is soon and I'm waiting on the birthday money to have enough, and parents have agreed to pay some of it

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Around $1400, I'm not sure what rebates is, maybe an american thing :p 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, not hardcore, but would like Medium - high settings

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: centrecom.com.au

Location: Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire:D afaq? Please explain :D 

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:My computer is around 7 years old, and can't even run runescape on medium settings

More about : good gaming computer

August 1, 2012 10:06:35 AM

Could you fill out this form? It will give us the best idea of how to help you.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...

Beat me to it.

Initial advice is to get the i5-3570k. Its newer technology and performs better.
Z77, not P61 motherboard. P61 is quite old now and doesn't support many features of modern motherboards and CPU's.
Dont get factory overclocked cards. Its just an extra $10 when you could do the same thing in 10min. When I got my card, I just looked at the overclocked version of it and bumped its speeds to those, then kept going up.
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August 1, 2012 10:32:21 AM

Centrecom is not a very good store. The likes of PC Case Gear, MSY and Umart beat it on price and (from my experience) service.

Rebates are added incentives to purchase a particular item, kind of like a mini redeemable refund on the purchase. Its pretty much limited to America.

SLI/Crossfire is when you make two graphics cards work in tandem. Crossfire is AMD, SLI is Nvidia.

CPU: i5-3570k. $230
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Its the Ivy Bridge equivalent of the 2500k. Bit better performance, better energy efficiency. Supports PCI-3.

Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Very good budget (not so much here in Aus) board, you dont have to go far to find praise for it.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...

RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Low Profile kit of fairly standard RAM.

GPU: MSI Radeon HD7850 OC. $255
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
While I may seem a bit hypocritical by suggesting a factory OC'ed card, there wernt any 7850's that wernt. This MSI card was the cheapest (of those worth looking at), despite that MSI is arguably the best card manufacturer out there.

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $36
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
The go-to budget cooler, I wouldn't be surprised if half the forum used these. Keeps my 3570k under 55C at full load with ambient temp being the usual miserable Melbourne winter.

HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM. $92
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Its a HDD, and a good value one. This HDD can be found for less at MSY.

SSD: Samsung 830 series 128GB. $125
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Great SSD.

PSU: Silverstone Strider 600W, 80+ Bronze fully modular. $115
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Great power supply, have had no problems with my 750W version.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM. $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case choice is largely depending on your tastes, so I'l give you a couple of good case options with varying aesthetics.
Coolermaster HAF 912 Advanced. $105
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Corsair Carbide 400R. $118
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

NZXT Phantom of various colours (gun-metal seems to be the popular one). $129
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa...

Total: $1295 (if you pick the Phantom case).
Make sure to price check against MSY and Umart. Between those two and PC Case Gear, you will find the cheapest prices in Melbourne (you can also pick up from all the stores, so no postage costs).

With the extra $100 you could go up to a HD7870 or get a different case, or splurge it on a mountain of ice cream in celebration your new PC.
14 x Cadbury Triple Choc 2L. $7 each, ~$100 total
http://www2.woolworthsonline.com.au/#url=/Shop/ProductD...
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August 1, 2012 10:50:05 AM

Hey Have you looked into the Gtx 660 ti its out on the 16th and Preforms much better than similar cards such as the 580 and is cheaper. I am pretty sure that It is also Much better benchmark tests atm than the GPU that you plan to buy.

The 660 ti should cost around the same price as your one atm, But to be sure you should read this, but IMO it would be much better.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gt...
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August 1, 2012 10:58:31 AM

What manofchalk said, STEALING MY GOD DAMN BEST ANSWER!!?!??
With the extra cash yoi could buy chocolate, not ice cream.
Or a 240gb ssd, or a 7870, or (:o ) an i7.
Or some chocolate.
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August 1, 2012 11:10:39 AM

XavierTobin said:
What manofchalk said, STEALING MY GOD DAMN BEST ANSWER!!?!??
With the extra cash yoi could buy chocolate, not ice cream.
Or a 240gb ssd, or a 7870, or (:o ) an i7.
Or some chocolate.


I steal all the best answers (why is there no devil smiley!).
Chocolate is also a reasonable alternative.
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August 2, 2012 7:24:47 AM

Best answer selected by 99 Tnaig Eci.
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August 2, 2012 7:25:33 AM

manofchalk said:
Centrecom is not a very good store. The likes of PC Case Gear, MSY and Umart beat it on price and (from my experience) service.

Rebates are added incentives to purchase a particular item, kind of like a mini redeemable refund on the purchase. Its pretty much limited to America.

SLI/Crossfire is when you make two graphics cards work in tandem. Crossfire is AMD, SLI is Nvidia.

CPU: i5-3570k. $230
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Its the Ivy Bridge equivalent of the 2500k. Bit better performance, better energy efficiency. Supports PCI-3.

Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Very good budget (not so much here in Aus) board, you dont have to go far to find praise for it.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...

RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Low Profile kit of fairly standard RAM.

GPU: MSI Radeon HD7850 OC. $255
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
While I may seem a bit hypocritical by suggesting a factory OC'ed card, there wernt any 7850's that wernt. This MSI card was the cheapest (of those worth looking at), despite that MSI is arguably the best card manufacturer out there.

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $36
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
The go-to budget cooler, I wouldn't be surprised if half the forum used these. Keeps my 3570k under 55C at full load with ambient temp being the usual miserable Melbourne winter.

HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM. $92
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Its a HDD, and a good value one. This HDD can be found for less at MSY.

SSD: Samsung 830 series 128GB. $125
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Great SSD.

PSU: Silverstone Strider 600W, 80+ Bronze fully modular. $115
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Great power supply, have had no problems with my 750W version.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM. $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case choice is largely depending on your tastes, so I'l give you a couple of good case options with varying aesthetics.
Coolermaster HAF 912 Advanced. $105
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Corsair Carbide 400R. $118
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

NZXT Phantom of various colours (gun-metal seems to be the popular one). $129
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa...

Total: $1295 (if you pick the Phantom case).
Make sure to price check against MSY and Umart. Between those two and PC Case Gear, you will find the cheapest prices in Melbourne (you can also pick up from all the stores, so no postage costs).

With the extra $100 you could go up to a HD7870 or get a different case, or splurge it on a mountain of ice cream in celebration your new PC.
14 x Cadbury Triple Choc 2L. $7 each, ~$100 total
http://www2.woolworthsonline.com.au/#url=/Shop/ProductD...

Thank you very much for your help. Not only did you help me, but you gave me a build that was actually cheaper. Thank you very much again. The chocolate idea was also ossum :D 
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