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October 27, 2012 11:41:56 AM

I'm totally new to this. I've read a lot of posts about new budget build but i wanted some advice personally, so here goes.
What i have in mind is

Approx purchase date : next week
Budget Range : Strictly $520-$550
System Usage (Most->Least imp) : Gaming, Programming(c,c++,java,android), watching movies/series,internet surfing
Monitor : Already have one, old ACER 19", will upgrade later
OS: I had a SONY VAIO laptop who's HDD i plan to use, it has orignal Windows 7 Home Premium(need help with this too)
Preffered buyer : As i live in Pakistan, we dont have etailers, i'll buy from a shop directly, prices will be max $10 above the prices stated on newegg considering import tax bla bla (dont care about it)
Part Preffrences : Motherboard= ASUS/Gigabyte, CPU = Intel, RAM = Corsair, GPU = Nvidia, PSU = Corsair
OC : Maybe in the future
Monitor Res : 1400x900 ACER 19"

Parts already selected :

Motherboard : Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
Processor : Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234
RAM : Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
GPU : Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125447
PSU : Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
I already have a LCD Monitor, mouse keyboard, speakers, and all other peripherals.
Dont want use AMD stuff, just personal reasons. I have chosen an i5-3470 because i want upgrade it to Haswell as soon as it releases. I want to upragde my HDD, RAM, GPU over the years as well. But what i am looking at right now is a rig that can play all the new games coming this Fall, and next Spring e.g. Assasins Creed 3, Hawken, Medal of Honour Warfighter, Dishonoured, Borderland 2, Diablo 3. I would be grateful for any kind of help.

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October 27, 2012 11:51:32 AM

Haswell is releasing on a new socket. 1155 is a dead socket.
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October 27, 2012 12:02:53 PM

Yes, 1155 is dead. i5-3470 is still very powerful and won't bottleneck a rig for years, but a 3570K is better (plus it can be OCed). Or you could get a pentium and get a 3570K in another few months.

I'd be looking at a Z77 Extreme4 or GA-Z77X-D3H; there's no point in anything more expensive. If you are in the US newegg will toss in 8GB free RAM with the Extreme4.

The 650Ti is gutless, and I would pick an AMD GPU in most price points currently.
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October 27, 2012 12:25:47 PM

That's only an "Honorable Mention", as they said that the 7850 was too close price wise. There is quite a large price gap between the 7770 and 7850 though.

There's no benefit to an i7 over an i5 for gaming, and I'd probably go for an i3-3220 and better GPU, as the i3 won't bottleneck any single GPU currently.

EDIT: If you aren't doing SLI/CF or OCing then get the cheapest B75/H77 board you can.
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October 27, 2012 12:37:05 PM

Someone Somewhere, i want to upgradestuff on my Mobo later on. Probably get an unlocked core i7, i'll definitely OC in future so i'll need the X77 chipset. But which one? Should be max $120-$150 range.
I am going with GTX 650Ti because it has all the new Nvidia Kepler stuff, but if you guys know any other GPU better in the same price range please reply.
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October 27, 2012 12:40:58 PM

There is absolutely no point in an i7. The i5 performs EXACTLY the same in any game and spending $100 more on GPU will give you far better performance.

If you want to CF/SLI later or OC then the Extreme4 and GA-Z77X-D3H is still my recommendation. You'll need a larger PSU for CF/SLI, and an aftermarket cooler to OC without frying your chip.
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October 27, 2012 12:59:38 PM

Could you recommend an ASUS mobo in the same specs and price of the GA-Z77X-D3H because Gigabyte has a supply issue where i live.
For the GPU i should go for the AMD 7770 1GB or AMD 7850 1GB(if i am left with any spare cash)?
For CPU i'll go with i5.
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October 27, 2012 1:07:29 PM

ASUS mobos are generally overpriced. If you can get an ASRock board the Z77 Extreme4 is pretty good. If you aren't OCing or doing SLI/CF just get the cheapest B75/H77 you can.

Go for the 7850 1GB, or something better if possible. I wouldn't pick an nVidia GPU currently, as the AMD ones are priced much cheaper.

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October 27, 2012 1:31:16 PM

cpu --> good choice.
mobo --> go with z77x-d3h.
ram --> Good choice.
gpu --> i dont really like the choice but there is no any gpu near to its price tp whoop the 650ti ass. ( maybe Gtx 560 might eat it )

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October 27, 2012 2:00:23 PM

hasnain_95 said:
Someone Somewhere, i want to upgradestuff on my Mobo later on. Probably get an unlocked core i7, i'll definitely OC in future so i'll need the X77 chipset. But which one? Should be max $120-$150 range.
I am going with GTX 650Ti because it has all the new Nvidia Kepler stuff, but if you guys know any other GPU better in the same price range please reply.


I would recommend the OC version of HD7770 or if you need nvidia Physix then have a look at 660 non Ti. If you can save some cash elsewher then maybe the HD 7850 is the right pick.
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October 27, 2012 2:15:58 PM

OS is tied to the motherboard, not the hard drive, so you will need to do some work to make it work.
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October 27, 2012 2:36:34 PM

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO (you get ram with this mobo): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here you have the best rig for your money. You can upgrade to an i5 3570k later if you want to and overclock it (z77 mobo), also you can do crossfire / sli. If you can use 600$ you will be able to fit in a 7870 which would be even better.
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October 27, 2012 5:32:59 PM

Guys i'm really sorry about this but my plans have changed. It is good news because i just got a $2000 project, which i will be able to complete by the end of December,2012. I plan to buy a laptop then with the best specs i can get. I really prefer laptops(the reason is kinda outta scope).
I want a desktop that'll be able to play current and upcoming games, and something i can use to program(C,C++,Java,Android). I dont want the ultimate specs just enough to last me 6 months, then i'll switch to laptop as primary and desktop and secondary. Please, does anyone have suggestions??

Edit: Same budget $550, i wont be needing the over clocking so any motherboard, H77, or B75, u guys suggest. A good CPU, and if i save on my mobo by getting a h77 or b75 then a v.good GPU.
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October 27, 2012 6:16:54 PM

650 ti actually does better than the 7770 suprisingly.
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October 27, 2012 6:35:24 PM

Okay, i've researched some stuff and wanted it to discuss it with u guys:
CPU : Core i3 3225, 3.3Ghz Dual-Core
Motherboard : ASUS/ASRock/Gigabyte H77/B75
RAM : Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz(4x2)
HDD: Seagate/WD 7200RPM 640 GB
PSU : Corsair 500W
GPU : AMD HD 7850 or 7870 1 GB.
I want to know if the motherboard,cpu,RAM or anything else will cause a bottleneck.
I want to play games line Assassins Creed3, BattleField 3 at mid-high settings. Please help!
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October 27, 2012 7:25:01 PM

the i3 3220 and h77 will never bottleneck anything specially the GPU , actually the 3220 performs quite well but you may run out of fps only if you are in ultra settings on a big maps with the 64 players in bf3.
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October 27, 2012 10:44:04 PM

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