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August 30, 2012 8:59:00 AM



Hi guys, im just signed up here and i am just starting to learn about hardwares (brands and whatnots). I want to build a new PC and went around PC Stores to ask for quotations with only some parts that i want and the rest are filled up by them. Here is the "best" i got

Core i5 3550
4gb ram ddr3 (planning to get 8,no brand yet)
500gb hdd (no brand yet)
GTX550Ti 1g DDR5
Asus P8H61
ATX Casing

Here is what i have from my last PC:
Huntkey green power 500w
Hyper TX3 Evo

I want a dual monitor pc which will be used mostly for gaming,programming and i do a lot of multitasking. Im not planning YET to OC my cpu but i will in the near future. So can i ask for suggestions on what to change on my list? my budget is about 800$ (including 2nd monitor)
August 30, 2012 9:59:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week

Budget Range: 800$ before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Programming, ,Browsing, Multitasking , VMware

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, CD/DVD rom

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Philippines

Parts Preferences: Intel i5 with new 18.5" LCD Monitor and old Benq Monitor (dont know what size)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 at least

Additional Comments: Dual Monitor, a quiet one

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: CPU Died, my friend said one of the fuse in the board burnt. I said f fixin this im upgrading



Parts I have :
PSU : Huntkey green power 500w -- Not planning to change atm for at least 2months
Cooler : Hyper TX3 Evo -- Not planning to change atm for at least 2months



Parts I got from the quotations:

Processor:
Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116505&Tpk=intel%20core%20i5%203550%20processor

Mobo (motherboard?) :
ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS R2.0 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131859


Graphics Card: Not sure about this one yet, i want to use dual monitor, is this part enough? should i get 1gb or 2gb
ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC TOP/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121434&Tpk=Asus%20ENGTX550%20TI%20DC%20TOP%2fDI%2f1GD5


ATX Casing -- might change this
4gb ram ddr3 -- planning to get 8, no brand yet
500gb HDD -- no brand yet
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August 30, 2012 10:17:30 AM

hm i guess i have to change my website, but im just using it for parts and price approx since i still have to go around and find the parts i want

I'll check if i can trade it but i doubt it. It's been more than a month and it was MORE than enough on my previous build. I'll keep it atm and change it if i see that its really lacking and buy a better one.

Though i have to ask, is that PSU enough for 72hours straight? i always tend to let my pc run that long every weekend

OS : Yes im using win7
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August 30, 2012 10:25:16 AM

So, you can buy from PChub?

As this is a gaming PC, you dont want to skimp on the PSU. Im sure that Huntkey one is very cheap.

72 hours straight.. I guess so, but it will hurt your power bill if the PSU isnt 80+ certified.

Lastly, whats your budget in Php?
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August 30, 2012 10:31:12 AM

Yeah maybe i should really dump that PSU, it seems i got tricked to buying it lol

Around 30kPHP with monitor of 4,300PHP, i can skip the monitor and just use my old monitor to give way for parts
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August 30, 2012 10:39:49 AM

Since your buying from PChub, you want to create an account over at TipidPC. Also, all the prices shown their are CASH only basis. http://www.tipidpc.com/useritems.php?username=PCHub <- product list.

After all of this stuff have been done and when you can purchase in cash, Ill make you a build. :D 
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August 30, 2012 10:44:08 AM

Uh i created an account now, what to do next?
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August 30, 2012 10:51:38 AM

zilentworld said:
Uh i created an account now, what to do next?

Reminder: prices listed in this build is CASH only.

CPU: i5 3450 - P8530
Mobo: Asrock H77M - P3760
GPU: PowerColor HD 7850 2Gb DDR5 - P10620
PSU: Seasonic M12II 520W - P3500
RAM: G.Skill RipJaws X 2x4GB DDR3 1333 - P2150
Case: NZXT Source 220 - P2500

Total: P31060

Re-use your old Hard Drives, which I assume you will lol. If not, just add one.
Optical drive is up to you as what features you want.
This will play games at high - MAX settings at your resolution.

If you can up your budget to Php40000, you can get my rig, which plays Skyrim at Ultra pre-setting, all filters on, and smoothly all at 1080p. (Doesnt get below 40FPS, roughly.)
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August 30, 2012 11:13:26 AM

hm can you give me a less costly one, reduce ram to 4gb (ill buy another one), and less costly GPU 10k is a bit too much for me atm lol (i only started working this year and the pay is not that high). I understand the PSU since it was my stupidness that i bought it
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August 30, 2012 11:20:37 AM

Ill see to it. :D  Just tell me what games you play.
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August 30, 2012 3:27:00 PM

mostly League of legends atm, and i was playing at 20-30fps on my on-board vid card before and it drops to 9fps when certain skills are used. Im planning to play ff14 "soon" or an online game with quite the same requirements (720p+ without all the options). And i think i really need a new HDD, i was using a 250gb unknown rpm ( i get 30mbps using teracopy ) and it fills up very quickly with all the anime and mangas im downloading everyday
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August 31, 2012 2:31:09 AM

powercolor HD 6670 or 6790 will do i think
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August 31, 2012 4:58:01 AM


More Information

An update on what i decided:

PSU: Seasonic S12II 620w
RAM: GSkill 133 ddr3 8gb
PROCESSOR: i5 3450/3570
MOBO: Asrock H77M
GPU: Powercolor HD 6750/6790
CASE: NZXT Source 220
HDD: 1TB no brand yet

Am i ready to go? are this parts compatible? which processor and gpu should i get?
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August 31, 2012 7:39:58 AM

At least HD7850 for modern games. The 3450 is a great CPU.
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August 31, 2012 9:17:19 AM

im quite pressed on the money, will HD7770 do? if yes, powercolor,asus or msi?
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August 31, 2012 12:46:02 PM

If you dont need the computer ASAP, then maybe you could save up more and buy during christmas where theres a bunch of deals available.

Anyways, try a 6870, see if it fits your budget, or a 560Ti.
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August 31, 2012 3:34:25 PM

i need PC ASAP cause im not using anything (im on our laptop which is 6years old or something), but maybe i think i can hold off the GPU and play with on-board since i was playing that way before. I think ill just hold off the GPU + 2nd monitor so i can also buy a table for dual monitor. Btw, what other mobo can you recommend? i was going around the mall on my way home and i cant find h77m, what i found was z77 p77
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August 31, 2012 6:03:41 PM

Lol you want us to keep throwing ideas until we find something that is available to you? Is that really the best way?
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September 1, 2012 12:26:30 AM

@Nw333
Im on my way to check PChub, hope i can find it there

@FinneousPJ
Im clueless about the mobo since its my first time building a pc, i just want to know what other series i can use IF somehow that mobo isnt available here
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September 1, 2012 8:16:19 AM

But why don't you tell us what IS available to you and we go from there?
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September 1, 2012 8:43:29 AM

that's why i was asking z77 series -_-

anyways, i luckily found the mobo nw333 was talking, and it was only at that place, cant find it on other stores.

As for the PSU, ill go for the S12II 620w.

The casing is also not there, so i still have to choose a good one from what they have.

Now about the GPU, i found a powercolor hd 7770 for 5000php (42php = 1$) on another store. Should i get that or buy Asus HD 7770 for 6300php??
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September 1, 2012 9:00:00 AM

Try a 6870. It shouldnt put you over budget. Its just around Php9000-10000.

A GTX560 Ti is also viable. Its also around the Php9000-11000 range.

Prices will depend on the brand ofcourse.

If you asked about the case in PChub, you can ask them to place an order from another PChub branch which has the case and they will bring it to you, and you pick it up. You have to deposit money first though. (This is applied to all products)

If you dont want to do that, you can order online but prices are a bit more.
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September 1, 2012 9:50:02 AM

do i really need that high quality GPU? i mean i mostly play LOL and just multitask so im really considering buying 7770
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September 1, 2012 11:02:02 AM

Its a good idea for future-proofing. Im pretty sure you will play newer and more demanding games sooner or later with this desktop.

If you dont want the 560 or 6870, atleast a 6850. The 6850 is around the Php7000 range and it performs better than the 7770.
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September 1, 2012 11:48:56 AM

If all you really play is League of Legends and multi task, you could save money and get the i3 2100 or 2120? The i3 will still play other titles just fine. My E8500 with 9800 GT played League of Legends with no lag ( also great internet connection)

I agree with nw333 it's a good idea for future-proofing. One day LoL will get old for you and you will move onto other more demanding games. But I will say that I think any of the cards above will perform the way you want. Just a matter of how much money you want to spend.
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September 1, 2012 2:45:37 PM

Hm, so i guess i'll leave the GPU atm, save money for 7850/660 and just use the on-board one in the mean time. Hm yeah i have to consider the upgrades, ill still take the i5. Can my current PSU(huntkey 500w greenpower) run the i5, hdd 1tb (seagate/western most likely), cdr/dvdr, 1case fan, Hyper TX3evo??
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September 1, 2012 4:05:06 PM

If you still have the box with you, can you tell us the specs of the PSU?

The i5 has horrible onboard graphics. But, if you can live with it for when you get a new GPU, thats great.
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September 1, 2012 4:48:39 PM

its bad according to the reviews and there are no specs written on the box (really why did i even buy that ***, it was worth 2500!, 800more and i have s12II 620 :|)

Huntkey Green Power LW-6500 500w (Rated 400W / Peak 500W)
• combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of ??? Amps (Huntkey doesn't publish this spec)
• one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector

saw this on a post via google

yeah i can live with it, i was using on-board on an amd processor (i dont know what amd since it was a gift from my father who doesnt know anything about pc) before and playing LoL with fps 20-30 at lowest settings on 1280x720 resolution.

As long i as can play LoL even with lowest settings and still be able to watch my 720p anime vids, i can wait for my gpu


Oh btw, should i use my old HDD (320gd western) as my main HDD and just use the 1TB as the extra one? would there be an increase in transfer speed or it wont be worth it with all the reinstallation/downloading of patches that i need to do?


And thanks a lot nw333, really i mean it. Thanks
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September 2, 2012 1:39:45 AM

Not sure why you wouldn't drop the cpu even to a i3 and buy the GPU. You really don't need a 7850 or a 660 to play LoL or watch 720p anime vids.

If the CPU burned out, I wonder if anything else in that computer might be damaged. The PSU could of damage? I would think about buying a new PSU.

It might be easier if you just do a re-install of OS, games, etc. Some people don't but in my experience I always just go with a fresh install.
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September 2, 2012 4:09:36 AM

Chubbs said:
Not sure why you wouldn't drop the cpu even to a i3 and buy the GPU. You really don't need a 7850 or a 660 to play LoL or watch 720p anime vids.

If the CPU burned out, I wonder if anything else in that computer might be damaged. The PSU could of damage? I would think about buying a new PSU.

It might be easier if you just do a re-install of OS, games, etc. Some people don't but in my experience I always just go with a fresh install.


Futureproofing is a great idea. He also said he will be playing FF14 when it comes out and some online games, that Im SURE will have more demanding requirements.
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September 2, 2012 4:47:09 AM

not when it comes out, but in the near future, but yeah i want a decent one for the games i will want to play. I'll buy the parts next week w/o gpu. Thanks again nw333
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September 2, 2012 9:24:58 AM

Goodluck! Just a reminder though, the i5 has horrible onboard graphics. :D 
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September 2, 2012 11:28:41 AM

as long as it can handle LoL with the lowest setting, im fine with it
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September 3, 2012 8:29:37 AM

oh btw, should i just buy nzxt switch 810 white? damn i love how it looks 8p~~
im planning to build a high-end pc when i get a more stable job (that should happen in a year or so) and i THINK buying this case now will do me more than buying it at a later date
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September 3, 2012 9:53:59 AM

Its a huge case with good airflow, Ill tell you that. :D  Cases are more on personal preference, so Ill leave that decision for you. :) 
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September 4, 2012 2:45:01 AM

Yeah, i like the design of the 810, especially the white one. Ill gladly drop the 1TB HDD (since i still my have 500gb EHD + 320gb HDD) just to buy that case. Most cases last at least 5-7 years anyways so i think that'll be a good buy
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September 5, 2012 5:55:51 AM

well lady luck really hates me. I can't find a NZXT case anywhere lol
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September 5, 2012 9:42:18 AM

You can ask PChub to order from another PChub branch.
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September 11, 2012 1:51:57 AM

Best answer selected by zilentworld.
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September 11, 2012 1:53:54 AM

I went derp mode and bought Strike X Advance White. I still like it anyways.
Here's what i bought - Total Cost ~21000php~

i5 3450
MSI z77-g43
Gskill 1333 CL9 8gb single
Strike X Advance White

Salvaged Parts:
WD 320gb HDD
CD/DVD writer (dunno what brand)
Huntkey 500w Green Power
Hyper Tx3 Evo


My pc is DEAD SILENT rofl. Well i haven't have the chance to play on it anyways and im still monitoring it. Thanks again Nw333
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