Need insight on a first time ever build


I will be using it 90% gaming and the rest watching videos, internet etc.
The games I want to be able to play without any 'lags' or framedrops is : Dota 2, Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2 and perhaps other games around this quality.

I'm not toooo worried about the graphic quality of the games (I wouldn't mind playing Starcraft 2 on medium settings, as long as it doesn't have frame drops and is smooth). I think the games i want to require relatively less graphics quality. In other words, I dont need to play games on the highest possible resolution settings, just average quality with complete smoothness is perfectly fine.

Most importantly, I wont be overclocking.

I randomly put together something from looking at articles/posts.
The website I used is
I live in New Zealand.

Here it is below... don't laugh please :cry:

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570 3.4GHz Socket 1155 Box
from $280.50 NZD

Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4
from $226.35 NZD

Case - Antec Three Hundred (Black)
from $77.98 NZD

GPU - Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 OC HDMI Dual-DisplayPort 2GB
from $347.50 NZD

RAM –Kingston ValueRAM DDR3 PC10600/1333MHz CL9 4GB
from $29.92 NZD

PSU - Corsair HX650 650W
from $189.00 NZD

HDD – Western Digital Caviar Blue 16MB 500GB 7200RPM
from $88.95 NZD

SDD- Samsung 830 Series, 64GB
from $89 NZD

DVD Player – LG GH24NS90 CD/DVD Write
from $29.95 NZD

TOTAL $NZD 1359.15, equivalent to around $1100 USD.

Critisize please!

If possible, could you replace any unnecessary parts(?). Hopefully I want to reach the $1200 NZD mark, although it is not essential ,I wanna be as cost-efficient as possible, although quality over cost.

And also, help me on which OS I need to purchase (I'm clueless about computers)

Thank you !!
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  1. There is a forum on pricespy too

    Here are some suggestions though

    An i5 3550 saves you some money and the performance difference will be unnoticeable

    A Z77 board has the best features but since you wont overclock and presumably wont want two graphics cards then an H77 board will give you the exact same performance

    The antec 300 is a great gamer case but lacks modern features . Get the 300 TWO instead since it has much better cable management and front USB 3 ports [ check your mb has a front USB 3 header ]

    Set up the SSD as a cache drive . Your mb manual will tell you how to do this

    RAM should be rated 1.5 volts or less . The kingston 1600 MHz 2 x4 gig kit is a really good price and its higher quality binned memory chips . You can run it at 1333 MHz and low timings or run it at 1866 MHz at 1.5 volts

    The gigabyte gpu cooler is the best of the lot . Good choice .

    You will only need a 500 watt psu to run this build .
  2. Thx for the reply, a few questions

    1.Could you give me some specific H77 Boards that I could choose from? I'm not sure which boards are compatible/good

    2. For the SSD, is it essential for a gaming rig?

    3. The gigabyte gpu cooler you mentioned; is it a separately sold cooler? If so, is it needed for a gaming build of my requirements. And how important is its role?
  3. On pricespy you can filter search results . The H77 chipset doesnt allow you to overclock and doesnt let you add more than one graphics card . its a budget model , but if those features are not important to you then why spend more .
    This would be my choice from a quick look at the options

    SSD's wont improve in game performance , but they will speed boot and game loading times . They make your computer feel much snappier . They are not essential , and if I had the choice of a better graphics card or an SSD Id chose the grapjhics card every time

    The windforce cooler is on the gigabyte graphics card . It works well and is relatively quiet .
    If you look at other model graphics cards you will see other types of coolers used . Some are loud , and some dont work as well . The gigabyte is the best IMO
  4. Think I misread your post before :o

    So that specific motherboard would have similar level of performance, except not having features that are unused for my case?

    ok I will stick with the gigabyte thanks.

    So a 650W PSU is just an overkill/waste of money?
  5. $90.91
    Antec Three Hundred Two (Black) $109.00
    Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520 520W $102.73
    ASRock B75 Pro3 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update $258.50
    Intel Core i5 3470 3.2GHz Socket 1155 Box $396.86
    Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 OC HDMI Dual-DisplayPort 2GB
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