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October 3, 2012 8:16:38 AM

Hi there im new to this, im mervin. Perhaps someone could answer a few of my questions? Would appreciate it cos im from singapore, not much info in forums hahahaha.

1) how long does a gaming desktop/laptop last before i cannot run games like BF3 on ultra?
2) how much money should i invest? Is $2000SGD enough?
3) Which parts would i need to upgrade and which parts can i keep?

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October 3, 2012 8:19:56 AM

1) can't answer that
2) IIRC that would be $1600 ish CAD? That's good and will get you quite the comp
3) depends highly on what you have now
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October 3, 2012 8:36:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Nov/Dec 2012-2013

Budget Range: $2000 SGD, i will buy it locally in singapore :) 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly for gaming and school work

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.cybermind.com.sg/pdf-upload/pricelists/cyber...

Location: Singapore - Sim Lim Square (its singapores place for these kinda stuff)

Parts Preferences: Recommend me?

Overclocking: Yes, but for the graphics card only, processor has a lot of risks?

SLI or Crossfire: i dont know?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments: BF3, Metro 2033, high end games and stuff.
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October 3, 2012 8:51:52 AM

2000SGD is 1622.1920USD as of typing this. That's more than enough imo to get you a decent rig.

Are you sure you don't want a new monitor? Preferably 1080p. Your monitor's resolution is a bit small for your budget and the video card that we'll recommend for it.
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October 3, 2012 8:54:30 AM

Might get one, go ahead and recommend the specs :)  i was looking at the nzxt phantom 410, so nice hahaha, although it is not stated in the price list, it costs $170 sgd
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October 3, 2012 9:21:20 AM

That website you gave is making my head spin..it's not even a site, it's a pdf file. :p 
Any real website where there's a search function?
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October 3, 2012 9:22:31 AM

Sorry nope, how bout using pcpartpicker? I will find the parts by myself in singapore :)  sorry
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October 3, 2012 9:26:22 AM

Hey there! I'm from Singapore too!

(NOTE: Products from Singapore will always be higher than in the U.S (like GTX 660 ti which is USD$300 = SGD $375, costs $500+ in Singaporean shops like Sim Lim.) So if they say $2000 SGD is can get you a good comp, in the U.S maybe, but SG, not so)

I seriously suggest a larger monitor, like 19-21". You can find them from starting at $180 to around $250. They will fit in your budget and you won't need to buy powerful computers to play at full screen (unlike the 23"-32").

Here is the list-

CPU: Intel i5 2500k (sandy bridge, but cheap and powerful, don't go for i7 unless you are video editing) about $250 SGD
Or
Intel i5 3570k (for future proofing, but not really needed) $350

GPU: AMD 7870 (256 bit bus is good for future proofing and cheap) about $350 (ikr, the GTX 660 ti price is outrageous)
Or

GTX 660 (no ti, 192 bit bus maybe small, but plays current games very well (like BF3) and has awesome stuff like PhysX) about S400

OR

if GTX 660ti (good brand, leadtek is crap) can be found below $450, buy it. Though it still has 192 bit bus that can be a problem for games 3-4 years down the road.

Mobo: ASrock Z77 Extreme4 (this can only be found in Sim Lim, not Funan. Excellent motherboard, crossfire and SLI is possible for future) approx $200+

RAM:8 GB $90

HDD: WD 1TB $130 SGD

PSU: 620W Seasonic MI2 II ( good enough for what you want to buy) $130
OR
Any seasonic/ corsair 900W+ PSU (only if you want to SLI/crossfire in the future)approx $250

Case: Your nzxt phantom is good $170

DVD drive: any LG or Samsung $40
Wireless: TP Link $60

Total Price: $1700 SGD

Use the rest to get a good headset ( if you don't have). Or more games!!


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October 3, 2012 9:31:03 AM

Ravyu said:
Hey there! I'm from Singapore too!

(NOTE: Products from Singapore will always be higher than in the U.S (like GTX 660 ti which is USD$300 = SGD $375, costs $500+ in Singaporean shops like Sim Lim.) So if they say $2000 SGD is can get you a good comp, in the U.S maybe, but SG, not so)

I seriously suggest a larger monitor, like 19-21". You can find them from starting at $180 to around $250. They will fit in your budget and you won't need to buy powerful computers to play at full screen (unlike the 23"-32").

Here is the list-

CPU: Intel i5 2500k (sandy bridge, but cheap and powerful, don't go for i7 unless you are video editing) about $350 SGD
Or
Intel i5 3570k (for future proofing, but not really needed)

GPU: AMD 7870 (256 bit bus is good for future proofing and cheap) about $350 (ikr, the GTX 660 ti price is outrageous)
Or

GTX 660 (no ti, 192 bit bus maybe small, but plays current games very well (like BF3) and has awesome stuff like PhysX) about S400

OR

if GTX 660ti can be found below $450, buy it. Though it still has 192 bit bus that can be a problem for games 3-4 years down the road.

Mobo: ASrock Z77 Extreme4 (this can only be found in Sim Lim, not Funan. Excellent motherboard, crossfire and SLI is possible for future) approx $200+

RAM:8 GB $90

PSU: 620W Seasonic MI2 II ( good enough for what you want to buy) $130
OR
Any seasonic/ corsair 900W+ PSU (only if you want to SLI/crossfire in the future)approx $250

Case: Your nzxt phantom is good $170

DVD drive: any LG or Samsung $40
Wireless: TP Link $60

Total Price: $1700 SGD

Use the rest to get a good headset ( if you don't have). Or more games!!


Yea man i know right, all the tax and gst makes it all so expensive! How bout shipping in from usa? Hahaha, im like sec 2 this year, and not so much money keep upgrading consoles lar lol, xbox 360 gonna die liao hahaha.
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October 3, 2012 9:37:32 AM

tomyummmm said:
Yea man i know right, all the tax and gst makes it all so expensive! How bout shipping in from usa? Hahaha, im like sec 2 this year, and not so much money keep upgrading consoles lar lol, xbox 360 gonna die liao hahaha.

LOL I'm sec 1 and I understand too. U.S shipping is not worth it cos if you total it up it will cost more :sweat:  . Oh and BTW, which school?? (If its not personal)
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October 3, 2012 9:42:41 AM

Ravyu said:
LOL I'm sec 1 and I understand too. U.S shipping is not worth it cos if you total it up it will cost more :sweat:  . Oh and BTW, which school?? (If its not personal)


River Valley High School, beside jurong point :)  but i too busy with exams and *** going on hahaha
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October 3, 2012 9:46:25 AM

Okay, here you go. This should serve you well for a long time, and max out games even BF3 on 1920x1080/1200. Be sure to make use of the 'boost' AMD released for the card!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($321.25 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1279.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I didn't go near your budget since stuff will be more expensive there 'cause of the tax, so converting these to your prices should be just right.

The monitor I chose for you has a refresh rate of 120Hz. Make sure to get this exact model.

The Vertex 4 SSD is where you will install your OS, games, and most used softwares. The 1 TB HDD is where you will store large files.
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October 3, 2012 9:48:48 AM

I guess we're both caught red handed. Better go back and study. Hope you have an amazing build!
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October 3, 2012 9:53:42 AM

Ravyu said:
I guess we're both caught red handed. Better go back and study. Hope you have an amazing build!


Thank you, hahaha have a great time, and study well then score high marks then play hard all day liao mwuahahaha
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October 3, 2012 9:55:29 AM

Best answer selected by tomyummmm.
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October 3, 2012 9:56:26 AM

excella1221 said:
Okay, here you go. This should serve you well for a long time, and max out games even BF3 on 1920x1080/1200. Be sure to make use of the 'boost' AMD released for the card!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($321.25 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1279.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I didn't go near your budget since stuff will be more expensive there 'cause of the tax, so converting these to your prices should be just right.

The monitor I chose for you has a refresh rate of 120Hz. Make sure to get this exact model.

The Vertex 4 SSD is where you will install your OS, games, and most used softwares. The 1 TB HDD is where you will store large files.


Wow, thank you so much for your time and effort, really appreciate it! ^^
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