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October 11, 2012 11:13:14 AM

So first of all, this is my first time building a PC, so any tips will be appreciated :D 

Here goes,
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $1000 (41000Php. Exchange rate as of this post: $1 = 41Php)

System Usage from Most to Least important: Gaming, school work, maybe some editing here and there

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything. :D  (I already have a hard drive though)

Do you need to buy an OS: Yes, but not included in budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.tipidpc.com/useritems.php?username=PCHub (You guys can use Newegg, but Id appreciate it if you got the items directly from here because some items may not be available.)

Location: Manila, Philippines

Parts Preferences: I know almost nothing about hardware, so no. :D 

Overclocking: If it adds a significant boost in performance, then yes. Otherwise no.

SLI or Crossfire: Same as Overclocking.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want the PC to be as quiet as can be. :D 

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is starting to show its age. (Its like 6 years old)

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October 11, 2012 11:30:04 AM

That site is a bit of a mess to navigate. Here's my advice, and feel free to change bits if there's something cheaper, or they're unavailable:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $725.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I left quite a bit of padding as I expect things are a bit more expensive there, plus I've left the case up to you as it's mainly a matter of personal choice.
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October 11, 2012 11:35:01 AM

The site is quite hard to navigate, since it lists all the parts. (Basically they have a prefix before the item for you to know what kind of part it is eg. atx = case, vga = video card, etc.) I was confused the first time too lol. :D 

Sadly, the memory is not available here, same with the motherboard. :(  Ill definitely keep your build in mind though. Things arent that much more expensive here, maybe $5 more or so.

Thanks for your help! :D 
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October 11, 2012 11:43:09 AM

Find any memory that is 1.5V, DDR3-1600, CL9, and preferably has low-profile heat spreaders.

If you have spare money, try getting a 3570K and something like a Z77-Extreme4 (not Extreme4-M), GA-Z77X-D3H, or P8Z77-V LK. Those will let you OC the CPU and run SLI/CrossFire. Should cost about $150 extra.

You could also get about a 600W PSU from Corsair, Antec, Enermax, PCP&C, SeaSonic, OCZ, or XFX. Drop down to a 7870 if necessary; there isn't a massive performance difference.
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October 11, 2012 11:46:37 AM

Ill keep that in mind while I research on these parts. :D  Ill be back soon.
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October 11, 2012 12:34:36 PM

Ive increased my budget by $100 more. :D 

How will this build do? Will it play BF3 on Ultra?

CPU: i5 3450
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro 3
Video Card: Asus HD7950 DirectCUII TOP 3GB/384-bit
Memory: G.Skill Ares 4GBx2 1600 (is this memory good?)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb (already have)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB SSD (will this perform similarly to the Samsung you suggested? Samsung isnt available here too :/ )
Power Supply: Seasonic M12II 620W
Case: Corsair 300R (will this case have enough space for the build?)
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October 11, 2012 12:43:08 PM

Memory great; would have been second choice after the mushkin and only because of about $1 of price. M4 is fine though not quite as fast. 300R is big enough. As you can't SLI and CF is crippled you could get the 520w version of that PSU. Should play BF3 on ultra @1080p. Will look at benchmarks. (Graphics card is one of the best 7950s out there FYI)

EDIT: From the 660Ti launch review two months ago, so fairly recent drivers:

From http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

EDIT 2: Your 7950 is factory OCed so will perform better than that 7950. It also will have newer drivers, so even better. You can also turn down the settings a little.

I don't suggest the 660Ti as it can't be OCed as far, and usually performs worse than the 7950 with BF3 being one of the few exceptions.
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October 11, 2012 1:12:17 PM

Well, I dont plan on overclocking the GPU unless I see a significant performance boost.

I see that there is little difference between the 7950 and 7870. Would it still be worth it buying the 7950?
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October 12, 2012 8:43:53 AM

Bump? Anyone?

I need this PC asap guys, Im only using an iPhone here. :( 
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October 12, 2012 9:47:40 AM

If you can I'd get the 7950. That's only one benchmark and you should base your opinion on it. You should also overclock within reason; overclocking the GPU will add most gaming value to your system.
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October 12, 2012 3:06:32 PM

What should I do when I overclock the GPU? Is it in the BIOs or are there programs for that? (Sorry for all the questions, I just wanna get the best parts for my money. :D )
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October 12, 2012 3:37:08 PM

It's software.
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October 13, 2012 12:54:52 AM

Ah. That solves everything, I guess. Thanks for your help! :D 
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October 13, 2012 12:55:15 AM

Best answer selected by ImAFK.
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