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June 12, 2012 7:02:11 AM

Hi,
I want to assemble a list of components for my friends gaming PC and I just had a couple of questions before I did so. I was wondering if the GTX 550 was good enough to play the latest games and if yes how good?? Also would 4gb so gaming be fine or should it be 8gb.

Thanks
June 12, 2012 7:09:51 AM

I assume your mean CPU not GPU?? I'll recommending that he get's an i5 2500k, and whatever PSU he needs at the end of it all.
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June 12, 2012 7:15:11 AM

He hasn't given me a budget (he's useless) he just wants me to give him the best cheap option. I was thinking about the GTX 560 but I wasn't sure about the 550. If he has the money I would go up to 570.
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June 12, 2012 7:17:56 AM

What could you compare it's performance to in a GTX scale, 570, 560, 550??
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June 12, 2012 7:23:56 AM

Thanks what about the 450??
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June 12, 2012 7:37:25 AM

Lol, don't worry. Let's say I want a gaming PC for $700 or less. Can you give me a rough idea of the parts I should use :D 
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June 12, 2012 8:26:06 AM

Thanks heaps for your time :D 
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June 12, 2012 9:13:02 AM

Hey is there a way I could contact you in the future with more questions??
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June 12, 2012 9:40:52 AM

@ Recon: Nice suggestions, I've used some of your suggestions but made a few changes here and there to cut costs a little further without sacrificing performance (Also I wouldn't buy a refurb HDD)

2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT GAMMA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $755 ($30 saving)

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June 13, 2012 4:17:27 AM

Thanks heaps both of you for this advice. I don't have steam Recon but I'll write your naem down somewhere and PM you if I need some advice :D  Thanks Gotham :D 
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June 13, 2012 4:25:33 AM

Question: why does everyone buy the newer cards if the old ones are just as good?? I'm also building a gaming PC and I was either going to get the 570 or 670. Is there a catch with going for a 480 over a 570??
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June 13, 2012 5:06:38 AM

Wow. How does getting 2 video cards work?? Could I get 2 480's. The charts show that would be better than a single 690. But are their any complications to doing this??
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June 13, 2012 5:19:48 AM

I'm not sure I was thinking it would be relatively simple (obviously I'm a complete newby). Could you please tell me more about what's required before I make that decision. :D 
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June 13, 2012 5:26:37 AM

To be honest I have nothing at the moment except a list. But I'm definetly open to changing that (as I've already done over 100 time :D ). Could we continue on a hypothetical basis with the knowledge that I am serious about potentially doing this :D 
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June 13, 2012 5:42:25 AM

I'll take that into consideration thanks.

But would the one I mentioned last post do the job??
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June 13, 2012 5:56:12 AM

I think I'll go with the Z77 :D  Thing is I live in New Zealand and PC prices here are astronomical and so are the shipping prices. I'm going to Australia for a holiday in a few months and that's when I plan on getting the parts. So I am slightly more limited to the selection I would have in the USA. Is your PC good for editing and multitasking or is it a mainly Gaming PC.
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June 13, 2012 6:01:02 AM

That's great to hear because a lot of people were telling me that I should upgrade to an i7 with 16gb of Ram if I wanted to do all that.
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June 13, 2012 6:07:51 AM

What about the all important case, In order to do all this should I be getting a full tower case?? Or would Mid-Tower be ok?? If so what's a good case on a budget :) 
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June 13, 2012 6:27:17 AM

Thanks heaps. That looks like great value for money, is there any other you could recommend?? I have some more options that I would like your opinion on:

Aywun GAME EXTREME Series X01 Black mid tower
SST "Redline series" RL01B-W-USB3 Black
Corsair Carbide 400R Black Mid-Tower Case

Thanks heaps for your time thus far :D 
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June 13, 2012 6:33:14 AM

Are the other two good for this??
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June 13, 2012 6:42:33 AM

This is where I'm getting my parts:

http://expresspcparts.com.au

Could you look at the cases and make a pick on which ones the best for price and airflow, I know you've already done so much for me and I understand if you want to stop helping me at some point, thanks :D 
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June 13, 2012 6:49:30 AM

Hmmmm interesting, I think I'll go with the Carbide 400 because it's the cheapest.

I see you have 1000w of power. Would I need that much or could I get away with 850w, 750w etc... :) 
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June 13, 2012 7:02:52 AM

Best answer selected by GhostComandr.
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June 13, 2012 7:17:02 AM

Looks great, so this is what my build looks like now:
CPU: i5 2500k
GPU: 2X GTX 480's
Ram: 8GB (not sure about brand yet)
Mobo: ASRock Z77
Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
PSU: 850w (brand not decided but I think I'll go with your suggestion)

I know this is missing a few components but I'll get to them at a later date.

Is this a good build??

Thank You so much for you help, you've done so much to help me :D 
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June 13, 2012 7:28:53 AM

I sure will :D 

Do you have any suggestions on HDD. I'm thinking about a 1TB.
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June 13, 2012 7:44:30 AM

Just wondering would you recommend buying some extra fans to help keep the system cool?? I think you did...
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June 13, 2012 7:54:18 AM

Are you saying that the 480's aren't 1080 HD??
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June 13, 2012 7:59:46 AM

Haha, I had a feeling you stuffed up there.... :)  Bearing in mind I'm a noob what fans should I update and should I get EXTRA ones (if you even can).
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June 13, 2012 10:23:18 AM

OK these are my recommendations (not that what recon has recommended is bad) I'm just giving you more choice.

Case: Coolermaster 690 II Advanced (The airflow in this case is phenomenal)

Power Supply: Corsair TX850 or HX850 if you want a partial modular PSU.

Case Fans: Akasa Apache (These shift a **** load of air and are really quiet for the amount of CFM they have)

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
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June 13, 2012 10:26:41 AM

OK I've just noticed that a lot of the stuff I have recommend is not stocked by http://www.expresspcparts.com.au/ :heink: 

However If you can find these in any other Australian shops (I'm not familiar with Australian shops) this is what I would recommend.

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June 14, 2012 6:25:28 AM

Neither am I, I'm from New Zealand. NZ PC Parts are double the price and I have to pay astronomical postage for parts from the USA. I'm having a holiday soon and the prices are good so that's where I'm getting em :) 

Thanks heaps for your suggestions, It's great to have more options. Thanks
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June 14, 2012 6:51:22 AM

Just wondering do I have to get the same cards in order to use two at once. Eg. Could I pair a GTX 480 and a GTX 670??
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June 14, 2012 10:03:04 AM

If I had extra money to spend, what should I upgrade from my list??
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June 14, 2012 10:16:34 AM

Quote:
Throw in a Crucial M4 SSD


This
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June 15, 2012 4:22:42 AM

Yea, how much faster is the windows 7 boot up time if it's loaded onto that SSD??
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June 15, 2012 6:27:13 AM

Also how many slots do I need in my Mother Board for dual GTX 480's. I know I should have a space between them (3 spaces) I was wondering why Recon recomended me a Mobo that had 5 slots?? Thanks, I'm trying to get my head around a lot of stuff atm :D 
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June 15, 2012 11:29:15 AM

5 Slots.... what are the other two for??
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