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August 6, 2012 3:27:03 AM

Hello,

This build has taken me around 20 hours hard research, 4 threads and numerous suggestions to finalise. Now that I'm all finished, I'm wondering if it will even be worth it. I'm only building this computer for 3 games specifically: GTA IV, BF3 and Minecraft. I already have GTA and BF3 on console and I think MC will get boring pretty quick. I will obviously use other games on it, though no others at the moment. I am only 15 and this build is going to cost around $900, which is heaps to me. I have never built a computer before, and think it would be great fun to do so, though am not sure I will get back the enjoyment that I payed $900 for. I barely have time to game on my PS3. If anyone has and suggestions please let me know.

Build:

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD7770 1GB GHZ Edition OC
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=20690

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=15892

Processor: Intel Core i3 2120
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=16726

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=19747

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=19482

Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Gaming Keyboard Matte Black
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=19065

Motherboard: ASRock B75M Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=20082

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=15319

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=16509

Monitor: Acer S220HQLBD 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=20799

TOTAL = $842 + $78 shipping
GRAND TOTAL = $920

I have $600 to spend, though could get $900 If i really had to. Is it worth it?

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August 6, 2012 4:16:05 AM

Is there something wrong with the four other open posts you have in this same section asking for final review of the exact same build? You know the ones you've gotten feedback on and actively posted in today?

Forum rules don't allow double posts and you can't have a unified discussion
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August 6, 2012 4:31:55 AM

unksol said:
Is there something wrong with the four other open posts you have in this same section asking for final review of the exact same build? You know the ones you've gotten feedback on and actively posted in today?

Forum rules don't allow double posts and you can't have a unified discussion


The other posts were for hardware suggestions. This thread isn't for asking if the components will work or what components I should get, it's about if it's all worth it. If I knew how to delete the others, I would.
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August 6, 2012 4:33:21 AM

If you don't have time anymore, hold off on building for when you do have the time.
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August 6, 2012 4:42:34 AM

azeem40 said:
If you don't have time anymore, hold off on building for when you do have the time.


Don't think I'm going to have much spare time in the future. After I finish school, I've got 4 years full time uni. I really did want to build it, but it's just not practical. I want to buy a decent car in the next 10 months or so, and spending $900 on a gaming pc that I won't even game on doesn't make sense. Thanks for everyone's help constructing the build, I'm sorry I wasted your time. If anyone knows how, please close all the threads I opened.
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August 6, 2012 4:44:51 AM

To answer your question, no I dont think it is worth building.
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August 6, 2012 4:45:30 AM

You have to request a mod to close them. PM Mousemonkey and ask him to close your topics.

I am also in college and I go to work, and I still have time to play games on my gaming PC. Guess everyone has their own limitation.
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August 6, 2012 4:49:31 AM

azeem40 said:
You have to request a mod to close them. PM Mousemonkey and ask him to close your topics.

I am also in college and I go to work, and I still have time to play games on my gaming PC. Guess everyone has their own limitation.


Thanks, I'll PM him.
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August 6, 2012 5:30:14 AM

you can do better. And you will have plenty of time to game in school.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.74 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Planar PL2210W 22.0" Monitor ($126.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.37 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $892.09
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 01:31 EDT-0400)

this is a more powerful system for your $900 though
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August 6, 2012 5:38:51 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
you can do better. And you will have plenty of time to game in school.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.74 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Planar PL2210W 22.0" Monitor ($126.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.37 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $892.09
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 01:31 EDT-0400)

this is a more powerful system for your $900 though


That looks much better than mine. The only snag is that I need to get everything off pccasegear and I don't think it has all of those parts. I would most certainly build a pc if it was 5-600 instead of 900. This thread may get closed, as I requested it to be, so if it does, please send me a pm. Is there any chance it would be possible to build a rig for 600 including shipping off pccasegear? If you don't want to help, that totally find, I understand.
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August 6, 2012 5:42:38 AM

ah, an Aussie. bit different there :) 

Does it have to be PC Case Gear or will any aussie site do?
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August 6, 2012 5:43:08 AM

Pccasegear usually has the best deals and availability.
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August 6, 2012 5:47:07 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
ah, an Aussie. bit different there :) 
Does it have to be PC Case Gear or will any aussie site do?


It doesn't have to be PCCG, anywhere that has decent prices and postage is fine. Oh, definately not MSY, they have the worst stock and customer service. If 600 isnt enough to work with, i can use my tv as a monitor while i save up for an actual monitor Thanks for helping! = D
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August 6, 2012 5:56:31 AM

umart.com.au is also quite a good one.
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August 6, 2012 5:59:33 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($68.20 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($159.50 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.80 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($145.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $917.50
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 15:53 EST+1000)

a $900ish build



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.80 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $629.80
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 15:59 EST+1000)

a $600ish build
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August 6, 2012 6:16:42 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($68.20 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($159.50 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.80 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($145.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $917.50
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 15:53 EST+1000)

a $900ish build



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.80 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $629.80
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 15:59 EST+1000)

a $600ish build


I do not have words for how thankful I am to you. This build looks VERY similar to my previous one, minus $300! I found everything on PCCG, just to make shipping cheaper. The only thing I couldnt find was the ram and case, but I found this: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... and it looks to be the same. This is the case I found: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Only thing I'm not sure of is the processor. Is an i3 worth the extra 40 bucks or not? THANK YOU SO MUCH for the help!

Oh, with all the parts it comes to $697. The shipping is $60
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August 6, 2012 8:05:57 AM

Yes ^

the extra $40 for an i3 will benefit you alot.
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August 6, 2012 8:20:19 AM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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