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September 28, 2012 4:12:50 PM

hey guys hows it going. i have built a high end gaming Pc recently and it has inspired a friend to want to build one.

he really doesnt have the knowledge that someone needs when building a PC as he only knows the basics of what part does what (i.e he doesnt know many of the specs that he wants from a motherboard).

his request to me was that he wants a 'high end gaming pc'. he has A LOT like a huge amount of movies, games and music. so he is after 4 terrabytes of space. he really isnt in the overclocking scene however he is wanting to learn so i have considered that into my build plane. he runs some light 3D rendering programs so i have incorporated an i7 as well. we currently live in singapore which is expensive for pc parts. he is going to america tomorrow...if anyone knows any shops close to Telegraph Rd LA...i would be thankful. anyway here is the build plan so far:

- gaming is his preference

1. 2X samsung EcoGreen 2Tb
2. corsair ax 850 (for sli if he needs it)
3. vengeance 1600mhz 8gb (black)
4. i7-3770k
5. corsair h60
6. crucial m4 256gb (for OS, photoshop, games, cad etc)
7. asus gtx 670
8. asrock z77 extreme6
9. corsair 600t/nzxt phantom/switch 810

plus the usual optical drive optional LED lights etc.
- he said he had a 4K budget....but he doesnt need too much as he doesnt need that much as he wont be able to understand and utilize the higher end MB/Cooler otpions

so any recomendations or changes?? i am really open to suggestions, thanks!

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September 28, 2012 4:27:23 PM

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if anyone knows any shops close to ---- Telegraph Rd LA...i would be thankful. anyway here is the build plan so far:


You should never post your address but I know the area very well - Newegg's main warehouse is not that far from there.

Don't spend the money on things like LED lights and accessories and junk like that. Don't waste money on the H60 either. On a gaming rig you won't use the 3770K or 16GB of RAM to their full extent so it's not worth spending the money.

I would go for something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($133.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2171.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Then add this for your monitor: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-YAMAKASI-CATLEAP-Q270-SE-27...

And add whatever peripherals you want and you're good to go.
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September 28, 2012 4:38:40 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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... On a gaming rig you won't use the 3770K or 16GB of RAM to their full extent so it's not worth spending the money...
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did you miss the part that says he does light 3D rendering? in that case his original specd parts are better, especially if he added another 8GB memory
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September 28, 2012 4:47:01 PM

dingo07 said:
did you miss the part that says he does light 3D rendering? in that case his original specd parts are better, especially if he added another 8GB memory


OK that makes sense then. I also noticed OP lives in Singapore - there's places to buy PC parts there as well but I don't know how much you get charged for shipping or things like that. Adjust accordingly:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($133.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2476.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I included a motherboard with Thunderbolt support, Windows 7 Pro for extra RAM allotment, 4TB of HD storage, and 2 x 8GB will allow for more expansion as opposed to 4 x 4GB.
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September 28, 2012 5:04:14 PM

Thank-you for the fast reply!...i also edited out the exact address (thanks for the tip).

i will change some of the specs to what you have suggested. i will just confirm with my friend again what his maximum budget would be. i would think that Xfire/Sli would be within his budget, however if this build is too much, i will just drop one of the 7970's...he can add it later when he has the funds anyway. once again thanks for your input, ill pass it by my friends and get back too you.

cheers.
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September 28, 2012 5:30:04 PM

jztwin1 said:
Thank-you for the fast reply!...i also edited out the exact address (thanks for the tip).

i will change some of the specs to what you have suggested. i will just confirm with my friend again what his maximum budget would be. i would think that Xfire/Sli would be within his budget, however if this build is too much, i will just drop one of the 7970's...he can add it later when he has the funds anyway. once again thanks for your input, ill pass it by my friends and get back too you.

cheers.


Yeah if it's too much you can always drop one of the 7970s. If you want to buy local to Singapore though check the link in my signature.
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September 28, 2012 5:54:07 PM

thanks, i got most of my parts from singapore. however it is expensive, when a radeon XFX black edition first came out the 7970 was $1000 or $815 USD. luckily prices have dropped as that was ridiculous. Newegg is opening in malaysia so prices should fall dramatically as the 7970 still costs $600 USD - which is still $150 too high.
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September 28, 2012 6:24:46 PM

jztwin1 said:
thanks, i got most of my parts from singapore. however it is expensive, when a radeon XFX black edition first came out the 7970 was $1000 or $815 USD. luckily prices have dropped as that was ridiculous. Newegg is opening in malaysia so prices should fall dramatically as the 7970 still costs $600 USD - which is still $150 too high.


Interesting - I didn't know Newegg was expanding to Malaysia. I know they have operations in China but that's good to know.

But wow that is crazy expensive. :ouch: 
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September 29, 2012 11:25:53 AM

he said his budget is whatever is necessary. and regarding newegg Malaysia, there is no confirmed opening date yet...however they do have a facebook page dedicated to it.

anyway, would you say that GTX 670 sli would be a better choice, i havnt read up lately on AMD drivers but, from my last knowledge (july-ish)they were still a bit buggy in some cases. i know the ghz 7970 will be faster, however i think that he will prefer to loose a bit of performance to gain some reliability. however, Correct me if i am wrong :)  . i think it should be all set to go otherwise. thankyou for all of your help.....you have been fantastic :D 
cheers!
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