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October 28, 2012 4:30:27 AM

My Build:

Motherboard : Gigabyte Ga-H61M-S2PV

Cpu: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3ghz socket 1155

Ram: Kingston ValueRAM DDR3 pc10600/1333mhz cl9 4gb (KVR1333D3N9/4G)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda St1000DM003 64mb 1TB (6gb/s)

Case: Antec Three Hundred

VideoCard: Asus Geforce ENGTX550 Ti DC/DI/1GD5

Psu: COOLER MASTER 525W Extreme2 Dual +12V Outputs

Optical Drive: Samsung Sh-222bb

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October 28, 2012 4:33:28 AM

Yep, all good.
Would change the PSU though, the low end Coolermaster supply's arent all that reliable.

Guessing this a family or general use PC? If it is its fairly well specced.
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October 28, 2012 5:12:52 AM

manofchalk said:
Yep, all good.
Would change the PSU though, the low end Coolermaster supply's arent all that reliable.

Guessing this a family or general use PC? If it is its fairly well specced.



Was Going for a budget Gaming PC.. lol what'd u think? bad? good? alright?
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October 28, 2012 5:17:06 AM

Whats the budget, at a guess I would say $400-500?

I'l see if I can come up with something better.
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October 28, 2012 5:20:27 AM

manofchalk said:
Whats the budget, at a guess I would say $400-500?

I'l see if I can come up with something better.


Haha yeah. round about $500 budget =P i live in new zealand though prices are like $800 for a $500 build.. thats why it is hard.. BTW changed my psu to an Antec 520W High Current Gamer Power Supply (model: HCG-520) Thanks man, ur being very helpful so far :)  would love to get suggestions for some alterations
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October 28, 2012 5:32:48 AM

Hello from across the Tasman, Aussie here.

Thats a good PSU.
Will you need an OS? Hopefully not as on budget builds they can break the bank.

Are we talking $500 budget in $US or $NZ? Because its looking to be very difficult to build a machine on $500 NZ.
So whats the budget in $NZ?
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October 28, 2012 5:37:37 AM

manofchalk said:
Hello from across the Tasman, Aussie here.

Thats a good PSU.
Will you need an OS? Hopefully not as on budget builds they can break the bank.

Are we talking $500 budget in $US or $NZ? Because its looking to be very difficult to build a machine on $500 NZ.
So whats the budget in $NZ?


My Budget for New Zealand Dollars would be less than $850.. My build right now is near $830. im using alphacity.co.nz to pick parts btw. (only alpha city) thanks for reply (i have windows 7 install disc)
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October 28, 2012 6:18:37 AM

CPU: Core i3 3220. $143
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
Ivy Bridge over Sandy, bit better performance.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H. $187
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
This motherboard is probably overkill for your needs, but will allow easy upgrading later. Will allow Crossfire/SLI (will need a stronger PSU to do that) and can overclock any k series CPU. So if your looking for an upgrade later, drop something like a 3570k in.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $58
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
8GB of CL9 1600Mhz RAM, not that special. Low profile so it wont conflict with any aftermarket heatsinks later.

GPU: Sapphire HD7770. $169
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
Pretty good little card, beats the 550Ti by a fair margin according to Anandtech.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=536

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $88 (its a deal, may have to move quickly).
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...

PSU: Antec High Current 520W, 80+ Bronze. $91
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
Should be good for any single card rig. Just dont try Crossfire/SLi without upgrading first.

Case: Corsair Carbide 300R. $124
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
Could probably change this to something else you like the look of, but its a good case.

Total: $859 NZ.
Bit over budget, but not by much.
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October 28, 2012 6:24:43 AM

manofchalk said:
CPU: Core i3 3220. $143
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
Ivy Bridge over Sandy, bit better performance.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H. $187
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
This motherboard is probably overkill for your needs, but will allow easy upgrading later. Will allow Crossfire/SLI (will need a stronger PSU to do that) and can overclock any k series CPU. So if your looking for an upgrade later, drop something like a 3570k in.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $58
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
8GB of CL9 1600Mhz RAM, not that special. Low profile so it wont conflict with any aftermarket heatsinks later.

GPU: Sapphire HD7770. $169
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
Pretty good little card, beats the 550Ti by a fair margin according to Anandtech.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=536

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $88 (its a deal, may have to move quickly).
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...

PSU: Antec High Current 520W, 80+ Bronze. $91
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
Should be good for any single card rig. Just dont try Crossfire/SLi without upgrading first.

Case: Corsair Carbide 300R. $124
http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_...
Could probably change this to something else you like the look of, but its a good case.

Total: $859 NZ.
Bit over budget, but not by much.


Really appreciate ur consideration. But what if i keep my build and change my gpu to that 1 ? (hd7770) will it be okay?
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October 28, 2012 6:26:47 AM

Don't see any reason why you couldn't swap the 550Ti and 7770.
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October 28, 2012 6:35:10 AM

manofchalk said:
Don't see any reason why you couldn't swap the 550Ti and 7770.


KK so my new build will be:

Motherboard : Gigabyte Ga-H61M-S2PV

Cpu: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3ghz socket 1155

Ram: Kingston ValueRAM DDR3 pc10600/1333mhz cl9 4gb (KVR1333D3N9/4G)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda St1000DM003 64mb 1TB (6gb/s)

Case: Antec Three Hundred

VideoCard: Sapphire Radeon HD7770 GHZ edition

Psu: COOLER MASTER 525W Extreme2 Dual +12V Outputs

Optical Drive: Samsung Sh-222bb

My only concerns are: Will my hard drive connect with my motherboard (coz my motherboard is 3gb/s)? and will my optical drive work when connecting? Like in general, will everything be compatible and work? coz im really worried that might buy something and it doesnt work THANKS MAN!! UR AWESOME!


-EDIT: Will the graphics card be compatible aswell? nt sure if my mbo can support PCE 3.0
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October 28, 2012 6:39:16 AM

That PSU.

SATAIII (6gb/s) and SATAII (3gb/s) and even SATA (1.5gb/s) are backward compatible with each other. Doesnt matter what configuration it is, they will work.
However, when dealing with SSD's, definitely plug them into the 6gb/s port if possible. Unlike HDD's they can use the increased bandwidth.

PCI-3, 2 and 1.1 are all backward compatible as well.

Also is there any reason why your not going with my build? Not insulted or anything, just wondering why.
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October 28, 2012 6:53:03 AM

manofchalk said:
That PSU.

SATAIII (6gb/s) and SATAII (3gb/s) and even SATA (1.5gb/s) are backward compatible with each other. Doesnt matter what configuration it is, they will work.
However, when dealing with SSD's, definitely plug them into the 6gb/s port if possible. Unlike HDD's they can use the increased bandwidth.

PCI-3, 2 and 1.1 are all backward compatible as well.

Also is there any reason why your not going with my build? Not insulted or anything, just wondering why.


uuhmmm might, its coz the case is abit too expensive and the motherboard is as u said 'overkill'. coz im not really planning in upgrading my system unless it like breaks or something. oh and ye. im changing the psu, just forgot to put it in >.< could u check this http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/products/product-page.aspx?pi... thanks man. just to be 100% sure
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October 28, 2012 6:58:19 AM

All I'm see is a fairly typical M-ATX motherboard. Nothing overtly wrong with it.
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October 28, 2012 7:14:21 AM

manofchalk said:
All I'm see is a fairly typical M-ATX motherboard. Nothing overtly wrong with it.


So everythings allgood? coz i notice it says PCIe gen 3, so does that mean my graphics card (hd7770) will be allgood with my mbo? thaanks man!! last 1 haha soz if im annoying u but wt bout the optical drive? everything is fully compat? THANKS MAN gonna feel more confident buying now
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October 28, 2012 7:18:37 AM

Your optical will plug into any SATA port on the mobo.
All the PCI gens (1.1,2 and 3) work with each other. Your Gen 3 card will work in a Gen 2 slot just fine.
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October 28, 2012 7:26:00 AM

manofchalk said:
Your optical will plug into any SATA port on the mobo.
All the PCI gens (1.1,2 and 3) work with each other. Your Gen 3 card will work in a Gen 2 slot just fine.


thanks man! u've been very helpful. hoping for the best xD i noticed the hd 7770 only has dvi port and i only hav vga monitor. what can i do? does the graphics card come with dvi to vga adapter or something? and will that be helpful>?
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October 28, 2012 7:29:03 AM

Most cards come with a DVI-VGA adaptor, though you might want to look up on exactly what is inside the box to make sure.
If it doesn't, adapters are fairly inexpensive.
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October 28, 2012 7:32:46 AM

manofchalk said:
Most cards come with a DVI-VGA adaptor, though you might want to look up on exactly what is inside the box to make sure.
If it doesn't, adapters are fairly inexpensive.


at alphacity it says in the specification accessory: DVI to VGA adapter. buut yeah hopefully. THANKS MAN been very helpful
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November 7, 2012 1:21:43 AM

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