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November 8, 2012 2:04:01 AM

Hello Guys,

I'm a noob when it comes to PC build so I'm asking for your help to build one of the best and cheap gaming PC today.

Goal:
- Cheap
- Great Performance
- PC will lasts for years
- Will cater the best games today with max settings

Target Games:
- DotA 2, Assassins'Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, etc

Currently, this is my list:
- Intel Core i5-3470 (3.2G) Processor
- Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard
- KINGSTON 2x4GB DDR3 PC1333 NON ECC
- ASUS GTX660 OC 2GB DDR5 192bit
- SEAGATE 1TB SATA ST1000DM003) HD
- Intel SSD Series 330 120GB
- ASUS 24B5ST 24X SATA BLACK DVDRW
- COOLER MASTER EXTREME 2 635Watts PS
- COOLER MASTER ELITE 372 w/o PSU Casing
- Samsung 23" SA23A/B300 LED Monitor

I know this is not cheap right now that is why I'm asking for your help guys. Actually I'm still deciding whether to go for GTX 650 or 660.

Please share some light guys :( 
November 8, 2012 2:06:43 AM

Get the XFX Core 550W, it's 50 bucks right now and is Seasonic made, making it one of the best PSUs on the market. It would be better than the Cooler Master PSU, Cooler Master makes PSUs that are of lower quality. You won't need more than 550W for one graphics card.

You're REALLY going to want to get better memory. Go for 1600 MHz, as performance stops scaling after that speed. It's like 5-10 bucks more, but well worth it.

Get a cheaper motherboard, like a H77 or a B75, if you're not going to overclock, they have most of the features of the Z77 but arent overclockable. The i5 3470 is not overclockable, so why go for Z77? You'll save like 50 bucks.

Use the saved money on a 660ti, I'd say. That's all that I can think of.
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November 8, 2012 2:36:55 AM

What exactly is your budget? Will you OC? SLI/Crossfire?
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November 8, 2012 3:44:59 AM

excella1221 said:
What exactly is your budget? Will you OC? SLI/Crossfire?


my budget is around $800-$1000 max and I have no idea about OC, SLI/Crossfire... This will be my first ever gaming pc.
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November 8, 2012 3:47:23 AM

I'm having a hard time picking a video card guys. I know that GPU is one of the most important component in gaming PCs so I'm willing to invest for this.
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November 8, 2012 5:24:13 AM

If you have a 800-1000 budget get a i5 3450 189 bucks a AMD 7950 279.99 corsair builder 500 50 bucks decent z77 mobo for like 80 120gb SSD plus 2tb HDD 200 8gb ram 35 antec illusion 300 case 35 that's about 870 plus a monitor a little over 1000 you could go super cheap CPU by getting a pentium g850 and a AMD 7870 that would save you 200 bucks
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November 8, 2012 6:45:37 AM

kuroro202122 said:
my budget is around $800-$1000 max and I have no idea about OC, SLI/Crossfire... This will be my first ever gaming pc.

Okay, you can do much better than the first post.
Where are you from? Any site preferences?
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November 8, 2012 7:17:26 AM

excella1221 said:
Okay, you can do much better than the first post.
Where are you from? Any site preferences?


Hi excella1221!

I'm from the Philippines (ASIA). I will buy these parts in a local store here (PC Express).
You can find the components and price list here: http://pcx.com.ph
The prices are in Peso (1USD = 44 Pesos).
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November 8, 2012 7:23:28 AM

So does that mean you have a maximum budget of P44,000?

Also, that place seems to overprice everything.

This is what we usually suggest for people in the Philippines.
http://www.dynaquestpc.com
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November 8, 2012 2:09:48 PM

excella1221 said:
So does that mean you have a maximum budget of P44,000?

Also, that place seems to overprice everything.

This is what we usually suggest for people in the Philippines.
http://www.dynaquestpc.com


Thanks excella1221! The prices in that site is much lower than the one I'm referring to :)  ...
Unfortunately, the current PSU & GPU that I want is not available in that site..

I've managed to create a new list and would you kindly check this one out please..
If there are things to improve in terms of performance and prices please let me know. Check the link below :) 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mWmB
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November 8, 2012 9:56:39 PM

No point in getting a z77 board if you're not gonna OC and SLI/CF.
Get a B75 or H77 board instead.

The Vertex 4 SSD is a lot better than that Corsair. Possibly even cheaper.

I don't remember XFX being available there. If so, that's nice. They're a good PSU manufacturer.

Optical drive... you can just get the cheapest one you can find. They all work the same.

The 7950 is about the same price as the 660 Ti, and it outperforms it by alot.

Case is okay, you might need to add a few fans for better airflow though.
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November 9, 2012 7:31:29 AM

excella1221 said:
No point in getting a z77 board if you're not gonna OC and SLI/CF.
Get a B75 or H77 board instead.

The Vertex 4 SSD is a lot better than that Corsair. Possibly even cheaper.

I don't remember XFX being available there. If so, that's nice. They're a good PSU manufacturer.

Optical drive... you can just get the cheapest one you can find. They all work the same.

The 7950 is about the same price as the 660 Ti, and it outperforms it by alot.

Case is okay, you might need to add a few fans for better airflow though.



Hi excella, are you sure that the 7950 is about the same price as the 660 Ti ?
According to my previous reference their difference is about $105.
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November 9, 2012 12:48:01 PM

Pretty sure, yeah.

It may depend on the country. Though if there was a difference in pricing, it shouldn't be by a large margin. Where are you from?
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