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$1500/Rs.80000 build - Need advice!

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September 25, 2012 3:36:24 PM

Hey. I'll be building a new gaming rig to replace my faithful Inspiron 530. I'd like some advice on the compatibility of the components listed, and some help on what monitor to purchase and whether I can get cheaper alternatives to any of the given components.
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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 6 months, purchase of parts and assembly.
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Budget Range: ~ $1500 (Rs.80000), Including Rebates, No Shipping Charge (Go Flipkart!)
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System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music/Movies/Browsing/Research
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Are you buying a monitor: Yes (Badly Need Advice on This)
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Parts to Upgrade:
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Motherboard (ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard)
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http://www.flipkart.com/asus-p8z77-v-pro-motherboard/p/...


Processor (Intel 3.3 GHz FCLGA1155 Core i5 3550 Processor)
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http://www.flipkart.com/intel-3-3-ghz-fclga1155-core-i5...


Graphics Card (Asus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1 GB GDDR5)
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https://www.flipkart.com/asus-nvidia-geforce-gtx-550-ti...


Cabinet (Cooler Master Enforcer Mid Tower Cabinet)
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https://www.flipkart.com/cooler-master-enforcer-mid-tow...


Primary SSD (OCZ Vertex 3 60 GB Internal Hard Drive)
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https://www.flipkart.com/ocz-vertex-3-60-gb-internal-ha...


Secondary Data HDD (WD Caviar Green 2 TB Internal Hard Drive)
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https://www.flipkart.com/wd-caviar-green-2-tb-internal-...


Power Supply (Seasonic S12II 520 Watts PSU)
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https://www.flipkart.com/seasonic-s12ii-520-watts-psu/p...


RAM (Corsair Vengeance 4GB x 2 Sticks)
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https://www.flipkart.com/corsair-vengeance-4-gb-ram-cmz...


Internal Optical Drive (Asus DRW-24B5ST Internal Optical Drive)
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https://www.flipkart.com/asus-drw-24b5st-internal-optic...


Cooling System
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CPU Heatsink (Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO Cooler)
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https://www.flipkart.com/cooler-master-hyper-tx3-evo/p/...

120mm Cabinet Ceiling Fan (Cooler Master XtraFlo Cooler x 2)
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https://www.flipkart.com/cooler-master-xtraflo/p/itmd5x...


Mouse (SteelSeries KINZU Optical Mouse - Unnecessarily Overpriced)
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https://www.flipkart.com/steelseries-kinzu-optical-mous...


Keyboard (Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard - Unnecessarily Overpriced)
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https://www.flipkart.com/razer-arctosa-gaming-keyboard/...


Do you need to buy OS: Nope, Already have a unused Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Package
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Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Only one available (Flipkart.in), need Cash on Delivery service, and the free hipping is AWESOME
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Location: Chandigarh, Haryana, India (No, I don't have a weird nasal accent; don't you watch Russel Peters?)
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Parts Preferences: Nvidia and Intel, I'm sticking with both.
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Overclocking: BIG Maybe (= Unlikely)
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SLI or Crossfire: BIGGER Maybe (= Plausible, the Motherboard DOES have integrated)
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Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (This is the resolution I'd prefer, 1680 x 1080 would work)
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Additional Comments: As I said, I'm building a gaming rig, which I will also be using through college, so it needs to have gaming first, and then everything else. I need advice on (a) compatibility, and (b) a Monitor. (Check the to sum up down below)
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Why Are You Upgrading: My Inspiron 530 is starting to choke on newer games, it's motherboard can't be upgraded, and I need my own system for college. Family will still use the 530 as a living room computer, of course (I'm not made of money, you know!).
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TO SUM UP:

Need advice on
(a) Compatibility
(b) Monitor
(c) Improvements, Cheaper Replacements/Substitutes
(d) Speakers (Want 2.1, please!)

In that order, please! Any CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is welcome, of course. Thanks!

And now, my head is burning from all the typing and copy pasting. BRB! :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable: 
September 25, 2012 4:00:20 PM

everything looks fine, except the 550 ti, which is weak for gaming. the GTX 650 should be similaly priced and is a bit of a step up
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September 25, 2012 4:05:43 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
everything looks fine, except the 550 ti, which is weak for gaming. the GTX 650 should be similaly priced and is a bit of a step up

It's only Rs.1000 ($20) more then the card I had selected; thanks a TON!
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September 25, 2012 4:14:06 PM

excella1221 said:
You can get the ASRock z77 Extreme6 instead.
You need to be sure if you'll OC or not, since your chosen motherboard is not unlocked.
The 550Ti is a pretty bad choose for your budget. Get the ASUS GTX 670.
Upgrade the SSD to OCZ Vertex 4 128gb.
Let's get your PSU at least at 600w to give headroom. Corsair CMPSU-600GUK 600 Watts PSU.

And there we go. If I'm not mistaken, you'll still have a few money left.


Thanks for the reply. The motherboard looks EXCELLENT; you just saved my a good $120, so thanks a ton. The GTX 670 is out of my price range, since I still need to find a monitor, so I'll go with the GTX 650 instead. The 128 GB SSD looks good; its definitely got bang per buck, but considering I only have an OS, 3 gigs MAX of applications, and more then 20 gigs for a game, is it neccesary? I only have one or two installed at a time, and I'll still have the 2TB WB, anyway.

I used a website called http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp to calculate my power supply, and it came up to 420 V BEFORE any changes. I'm already giving it a generous 100V header, but seeing as that will eventually decrease, a larger header seems smart. Thanks again!
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September 25, 2012 4:25:04 PM

If you're on that GPU price range, best get the HD 7770. It outperforms the GTX 650.
It's your call on the SSD, but Windows 7 itself will probably take more than 20gb of the memory, and it might grow bigger.
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September 25, 2012 5:19:27 PM

excella1221 said:
If you're on that GPU price range, best get the HD 7770. It outperforms the GTX 650.
It's your call on the SSD, but Windows 7 itself will probably take more than 20gb of the memory, and it might grow bigger.


Encountered a problem; 650 is lower in terms of sheer power in comparison to the 560 Ti, so I'm going for the 560 Ti. Dunno about the AMD, honestly because I've become very accustomed to my Nvidia cards; when things go wrong, I know what to fix. And, they're fun to tweak. So I'm going to stick with my original GTX 560Ti.

On question; the Motherboard you offered; is it a proper H77 chipset? It's features say it supports SLI, and that it's a Z77 motherboard, and yet it has a H77 chipset? Bit confused, but I think that means it won't support overclocking (not a problem), but will support Crossfire, or for me, SLI? (yay!).
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September 25, 2012 5:27:55 PM

That must be a typo on your website's part. The chipset is North Bridge Z77.
It supports overclocking and Crossfire and SLI. :p 

The 7850 is a wayy better card than the 560 Ti right now at the same(if not cheaper) price. |: But if there's no stopping you, go ahead. The 560 Ti has its ups anyway. :]
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September 25, 2012 5:54:53 PM

Confirmed it; the 560 Ti and the 650 are (drumroll please) the EXACT SAME in terms of processing. However, the 650 take 56 V while the 560 Ti takes over double that, and the 650 JUST BARELY pulls out ahead. FINALLY; going for the 650.

By the way, I still need a monitor!
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September 25, 2012 6:06:50 PM

Sorry, only just read your last post (need to refresh more often). Thanks for the clarity, that was confusing me a ton. Just one tiny thing; This is literally the first time I'm hearing about this company; have you ever purchased one of their products, or do you know if they are reputable? I know Asus is, cause I've bought several Asus products for my Inspiron. And, a friend bought the same motherboard I was going to, the P8Z77 V PRO. The only dif. I see between them is the Asus has more cables. What is justifying the $120 price difference?
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September 26, 2012 4:16:48 AM

ASRock used to be a sub-branch/spin-off of ASUS back 10yrs-ish ago. A few years ago, they separated from ASUS. They are also currently the world's top 3 motherboard brand, just behind ASUS and Gigabyte.
They're known for having more features for cheaper prices, yet still retaining quality.
Theoretically speaking, they'll probably be Top 2 in a few years or so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASRock

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September 26, 2012 4:23:28 AM

Click and see for yourself.
There are some stuff missing on the ASUS that are present on the ASRock.
On the other hand, the ASUS has a little bit more USB slots, and an extra PCI-E x1.
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September 26, 2012 9:43:37 AM

excella1221 said:
Click and see for yourself.
There are some stuff missing on the ASUS that are present on the ASRock.
On the other hand, the ASUS has a little bit more USB slots, and an extra PCI-E x1.


Bloody excellent. You definitely get the best answer award. And I'm going for the ASRock.

Just one last thing, O Mighty Component Finder; what monitor should I go for, preferably with 1980 x 1080, 22" to 27"?
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September 26, 2012 10:09:57 AM

1920x1080 would be great. Either 23" or 24" is big enough for me.
Whether you want an IPS or TN panel though, is your call.

I'm personally getting either of these two soon:

ASUS VH236H Black 23" <- (can't find it on flipkart)
or
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6"
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September 26, 2012 11:12:44 AM

Thanks you SO much. If you don't mind, I'll PM you if I have any more questions. Thanks a ton!
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September 26, 2012 11:13:09 AM

Best answer selected by zanedragonknight.
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September 26, 2012 11:15:06 AM

Sure. Feel free to do so.
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September 26, 2012 11:38:07 AM

The other one is LED, which is generally better for being lighter and more energy friendly. The price difference between the two is surprisingly negligible, I highly suggest getting the LED.
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September 26, 2012 2:33:00 PM

Soon as its available.. i.e. never. I'm going to have to do a major shopping trip. Shazbot.
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September 26, 2012 2:40:29 PM

I'm a bit confused. The flipkart link you gave says it's available. :o 
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September 26, 2012 2:45:05 PM

I quote "In select areas".

Evil websites have fine print too.
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September 26, 2012 2:46:21 PM

Also, I'm also surprised that a LCD and a LED of the same caliber are so closely priced. Maybe the LCD is overpriced cause of the speakers? Someone screwed that one up...
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September 26, 2012 2:59:16 PM

Ah, didn't notice that. :p 
And yes, the speakers are the only logical explanation I can think of.
Though it's a $15 difference on Newegg.
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September 26, 2012 3:05:40 PM

Crud, ANOTHER question (I swear they will never end); should I get this i5 3750k

http://www.flipkart.com/intel-3-4-ghz-fclga1155-core-i5...

And then get the graphics cards in a while, after a price drop? October is Diwali, which in India means EVERYTHING you can imagine will be on sale. So, I can delay getting a graphics cards and use the on board Intel 4000 (which, sadly, is still better then my current graphics card).

However, it is a $35-ish price difference, which would be better spent on my second RAM stick (need to save SOME money).
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September 26, 2012 3:27:40 PM

That CPU is what is generally recommended for gaming builds, if you're open to overclocking or you simply can spare the extra cash. The 'K' in the name means it has an unlocked multiplier.
If you're dead sure that you won't be overclocking, the i5-3550 would be just as good. :) 
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September 26, 2012 5:40:57 PM

Thank you, O Mighty Component Finder.
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