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First build - Parts picked out, are they suitable?

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month.


Budget Range: New Zealand, approx. $2,000. $2,500 max. (after shipping)


System Usage: Gaming, surfing the net.


Are you buying a monitor: Not yet.


Do you need to buy OS: No, have Windows 7 64-bit


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.ascent.co.nz/category.aspx


Location: Central Wellington, New Zealand


Parts Preferences:
I am looking to get an Ivy-Bridge CPU, but probably don't need a high-end one.

For a video card, I want to get one at least the level of a GTX 660 Ti or Radeon HD 7870

For a case, I want one that is easy to build in, has a good default air cooling set up, and is very good at dealing with dust (e.g easily cleanable dust filters)


Overclocking: No


SLI/Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, but planning to upgrade to 1920x1080 in the near future.


These are the parts I have picked out so far. I am looking to build a system that should me keep playing at 1920x1080 with decent graphics settings in games for a couple of years. Do you think these parts should do the job? Can you think of better alternatives? Am I going overboard with some parts, or spending too little on some other parts?


i5-3570 3.4 GHz, Ivy Bridge CPU
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=406738


HIS 7870 IceQ X, Radeon HD 7870 Video Card
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403508


Gigabyte GA-H77-D3H Motherboard
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403782


Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, CPU Cooler
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=401605


A-Data 1x8GB, DDR3-1600, PC3-12800, CL9
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=406100


FSP Aurum CM 750, 750W ATX PSU
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=399195


Silverstone Raven RV02 Evolution USB3.0 Full Tower Case
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403195


Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Hard Drive, 1000GB, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache, SATA 6 Gb/s
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=401027


A-Data Premier Pro SP900 Solid State Drive, 128GB, SATA 6 Gb/s, 2.5"
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=405601


LG GH24NS90 DVD Writer
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403311


Any advice anyone could give me would be much appreciated, thanks!
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  1. Best answer
    get 2x 4gb ram otherwise your halving your memory bandwidth
    the ravens nice but massive, overkill for your setup maybe corsair carbide 300r http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=408570
    psu is overkill 550-600w is heaps maybe antec hcg 620 http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=391406
    if you know anyone in australia or coming over here for a holiday get them to buy the stuff here im on the gold coast try msy.com.au after adjusting price for exchange rate you'll still save close to 25%
    au prices
    3570 $208
    7870 $250
    h77-d3h $123
    212evo $36
    corsair 300r $105
    gskill 1600 2x4gb $44
    antec hcg620 $93
    raven $199
    seagate 1tb $79
    samsung 830 128gb $105
    dvdrw $21
    total aud$1223 adjust approx nzd$1528
    your price nzd$1972
    my prices save approx $444nzd

    ps the corsair 300r will be $100aud cheaper than the raven too, the ram is way better than that bargain basement adata rubbish and if you want a reliable boot drive i wouldnt get a sandforce based one go intel or samsung controllers
  2. uncalibrate said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month.


    Budget Range: New Zealand, approx. $2,000. $2,500 max. (after shipping)


    System Usage: Gaming, surfing the net.


    Are you buying a monitor: Not yet.


    Do you need to buy OS: No, have Windows 7 64-bit


    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.ascent.co.nz/category.aspx


    Location: Central Wellington, New Zealand


    Parts Preferences:
    I am looking to get an Ivy-Bridge CPU, but probably don't need a high-end one.

    For a video card, I want to get one at least the level of a GTX 660 Ti or Radeon HD 7870

    For a case, I want one that is easy to build in, has a good default air cooling set up, and is very good at dealing with dust (e.g easily cleanable dust filters)


    Overclocking: No


    SLI/Crossfire: No


    Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, but planning to upgrade to 1920x1080 in the near future.


    These are the parts I have picked out so far. I am looking to build a system that should me keep playing at 1920x1080 with decent graphics settings in games for a couple of years. Do you think these parts should do the job? Can you think of better alternatives? Am I going overboard with some parts, or spending too little on some other parts?


    i5-3570 3.4 GHz, Ivy Bridge CPU
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=406738


    HIS 7870 IceQ X, Radeon HD 7870 Video Card
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403508


    Gigabyte GA-H77-D3H Motherboard
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403782


    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, CPU Cooler
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=401605


    A-Data 1x8GB, DDR3-1600, PC3-12800, CL9
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=406100


    FSP Aurum CM 750, 750W ATX PSU
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=399195


    Silverstone Raven RV02 Evolution USB3.0 Full Tower Case
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403195


    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Hard Drive, 1000GB, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache, SATA 6 Gb/s
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=401027


    A-Data Premier Pro SP900 Solid State Drive, 128GB, SATA 6 Gb/s, 2.5"
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=405601


    LG GH24NS90 DVD Writer
    http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403311


    Any advice anyone could give me would be much appreciated, thanks!


    hey there im from nz too

    i recomened using this site instead www.alphacity.co.nz they have great prices and costumer service they are very trustworthy and the shipping is pretty quick

    here is my build that i have made using this site:

    cpu: i5 3570k-$316.19
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=104680

    gpu: Gigabyte hd 7950-$477.79
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=108482

    mobo: asrock z77 Extreme4-$202.8
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=108527

    cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo-$49.63
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=98359

    ram: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL8 Unbuffered Venge Memory-$92.32
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=86946

    psu: fsp aurum series 600w gold certified psu -$122.79
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=93_98&products_id=89946

    case: Corsair Obsidian 650D-$271.94
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=84_88&products_id=84749

    hdd: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1000GB (1TB) SATA3 642MB Cache 7200RPM-$106.94
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_386_42&products_id=108731

    ssd: OCZ Agility4 128G-$139.56
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_46&products_id=106592

    optical drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBS 22x SATA DVD-Writer BULK O-$34.73
    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=49_50&products_id=93803


    altogether thats:$1814.69

    becareful when browsing the site all the prices are listed without included gst but the price i made is including gst any way you end up saving a tonne of money and getting a faster system
  3. Here you go,

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($316.24 @ PB Technologies)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($56.35 @ PB Technologies)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($215.00 @ PC Force)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.68 @ Ascent Technology)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.00 @ Computer Lounge)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($517.39 @ Aquila Technology)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($199.00 @ Computer Lounge)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($218.31 @ Ascent Technology)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($35.42 @ Aquila Technology)
    Total: $1747.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You can add another card for Crossfire whenever you want and you won't need to upgrade PSU with this setup.
  4. Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 AM3+: $217 inc GST

    AMD FX-8120: $224 inc GST

    Gigabyte HD 7950: $484 inc GST

    Make sure that HD7950 will fit in your case!
  5. excella1221 said:
    Here you go,

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($316.24 @ PB Technologies)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($56.35 @ PB Technologies)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($215.00 @ PC Force)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.68 @ Ascent Technology)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.00 @ Computer Lounge)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($517.39 @ Aquila Technology)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($199.00 @ Computer Lounge)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($218.31 @ Ascent Technology)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($35.42 @ Aquila Technology)
    Total: $1747.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You can add another card for Crossfire whenever you want and you won't need to upgrade PSU with this setup.


    you forgot the ssd and all the prices i listed is cheaper and i wouldnt trust some of those places pb tech is ok but i dont know about the others
  6. Yes, apparently I forgot the SSD. Will add one later when I get home.

    "all" is such a strong word. Please take another look since I'm not the one who suggested a more expensive RAM, an overpriced mid tower, and an SSD that doesn't have very good performance.

    I'd also like to point out that it's either the -K version of the 3570, or not the 3570 at all since the only point of getting it is for the unlocked multiplier and you're better off with a 3450 or a 3470 instead of paying alot of dollars for 0.1GHz.

    Regarding the stores, I doubt pcpartpicker would recommend unworthy retailers. And even so, I included a link with a price breakdown if he wanted a single merchant.
  7. @jasonnt78: Thanks for that, was wondering about the ram and whether I should get 2x4GB instead of 1x8GB, nice to know for sure now. Same with the PSU, good to know I don't need too much grunt. I used to live on the Gold Coast, so I know what you mean about the prices, they are way better over there.

    @jrunv: Thanks for the recommendation about Alpha City. I know someone who mentioned them also, but was going to go with Ascent as they are just around the corner from where I work, but on the other hand that's not really that big a deal, cheaper prices sound good!

    @excella1221: Thanks for the link to PC Part Picker, looks like a VERY useful website, can't wait to check it out properly.

    @Wisecracker: Thanks for the recommendations. I'm pretty keen on an Ivy Bridge, so I think i'll skip on the FX-8120, though my Phenom II 945 has served me well.


    A few more things I wanted to know if someone can help me:

    - FSP, does anyone know if they are a quality PSU brand? Or am I probably better off going for a more expensive, but well known brand?

    - What are the best RAM brands? I've heard corsair are pretty decent, what others are good?

    - Same as the above with SSDs? Which are the brands that are the best?


    Thanks everyone for your advice!
  8. I don't actually know FSP, nor have I seen anyone else recommend it save this thread. The FSP is actually overpriced as well, Corsair has a 600w that goes for $85, Antec has a 650w for $90. So yes, you can do better, but I won't recommend a 600-650w PSU since they are overkill for your current build, and will be insufficient if you add another GPU since a 750w will be in order by then.

    Best RAMs IMO will either be from Corsair or G.Skill.

    For SSDs, there's Samsung, OCZ, Sandisk.
  9. actualy the fsp aurum series psus are a lot cheaper in nz than the us and there gold certified which means they are really efficent and my friend has a 600w one and he says its pretty good
  10. Ah, alright then. If your friend is really sure, then I guess FSP can be considered.

    Btw, the Antec and Corsair prices I gave were actually NZD.
    Bronze certifications are all you need, the difference to Gold aren't that big compared to the price they charge for it.
  11. Best answer selected by uncalibrate.
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