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November 12, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Hello,
I just want others opinion and advice on this new build. If you think I can make a Fantastic Gaming PC cheap please let me know how to cut costs. I want best bang for my buck, something that starts quickly and can play games and be a really nice media computer as well.

CPU: i7 3820 $299
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK LGA1155 Mainboard $245
RAM: G.Skill DDR3-1866 32GB [ARES] F3-1866C10Q-32GAB $189
SSD: OCZ Vertex4 256GB SSD $219
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 900W Power Supply HCG-900 $159
Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon HD7850 DirectCU II 2GB $229
CASE: Aerocool VX9 Pro LE $59
Extra Fans: Bottom Fan 14cm Matching $20
Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 300M PCIe Wireless N Adapter $20
Screen: 23.6" Asus VS247H 5ms 1920*1080 50M:1 DSUB DVI-D HDMI Black $168
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard $99
Mouse: Razer Mamba 4G Dual Sensor Wireless Laser Gaming Mouse $129
Mouse Pad: Razer Kabuto Ultra-thin Microfiber Gaming Mouse Mat $18

Total: $1853

Btw I got all these prices from http://www.cplonline.com.au/.
I live in Australia, in Melbourne. I am happy to buy online if you think I can cut my costs. Also happy to scrap this pc for something else if you think of something.

Best Regards,
Tape78

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a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 7:38:42 AM

For gaming i5 is just as good as the i7. Just get any ivy bridge i5.
32GB ram is overkill, most games today use just 4GB, max you can buy for gaming is 8GB.
You don't really need 900W PSU, even 650W is more than enough. Antec is good manufacturer, also seasonic, corsair.If you plan on overclocking then you're okay to go, BUT
if not, THEN
save some money and get b75 or H77 motherboard
November 12, 2012 7:47:10 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 3.20GHz 6MB Cache Socket 1155 $189
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK LGA1155 Mainboard $149
RAM: DDR3-1600 16GB Dual Channel [RipjawsX] F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL $76
PSU: Antec Strictly VP-650P 650W Power Supply $83.00

So swapping to something like this would save me money without the lose of performance?

Btw I do like high RAM because sometime I do like to play around with Virtual Machine software.
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November 12, 2012 7:50:03 AM
a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 7:51:40 AM

I mean the architecture on the i7 you picked is clearly better, but it is not justified by the huge jump in price and is really not worth it. You would most likely not actually give you better gaming performance.

16GB of RAM is overkill really. I only have it because it was cheap and it helps alot in SolidWorks and CAD work. But not even that much.

I would go with the Antec Earthwatts. Rest looks good.

You can use the saved money to get a Radeon HD7870 or a 7950.

You also don't really need a Z77 motherboard. A H77 should do just fine.
a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 7:54:26 AM

Tape78 said:
CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 3.20GHz 6MB Cache Socket 1155 $189
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK LGA1155 Mainboard $149
RAM: DDR3-1600 16GB Dual Channel [RipjawsX] F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL $76
PSU: Antec Strictly VP-650P 650W Power Supply $83.00

So swapping to something like this would save me money without the lose of performance?

Btw I do like high RAM because sometime I do like to play around with Virtual Machine software.

Yes, gaming performance is the same for i5, and you save some money. Only scenario why you would need an i7 is to run 3D heavy load applications and Adobe programs.


You don't really need this cpu, unless you plan to do overclocking. 3470 is just fine
a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 7:54:56 AM

The build is too wasteful. Most of the parts you picked will not help increase your performance in gaming.
November 12, 2012 8:05:14 AM

cutebeans said:
The build is too wasteful. Most of the parts you picked will not help increase your performance in gaming.


Would love to hear a your opinion if you have the time =)
November 12, 2012 8:10:33 AM

So from what I have read/ learned today here is my thinking.

Is a good price and does pretty much the same as the i7
CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 3.20GHz 6MB Cache Socket 1155 $189

Cheap and will get the job done
Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-M Motherboard $92

I like having lots of RAM due to VM ware
RAM: DDR3-1600 16GB Dual Channel [RipjawsX] F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL $76

Should be enough
PSU: Antec Strictly VP-650P 650W Power Supply $83

Heard really good reviews on this one
SSD: OCZ Vertex4 256GB SSD $219

Great card for $$$
Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon HD7850 DirectCU II 2GB $229

A cheap case I liked the look of
CASE: Aerocool VX9 Pro LE $59
Extra Fans: Bottom Fan 14cm Matching $20

Need a Wireless
Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 300M PCIe Wireless N Adapter $20

Looks good
Screen: 23.6" Asus VS247H 5ms 1920*1080 50M:1 DSUB DVI-D HDMI Black $168

Looks good
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard $99

Looks Good
Mouse: Razer Mamba 4G Dual Sensor Wireless Laser Gaming Mouse $129

Mouse Pad: Razer Kabuto Ultra-thin Microfiber Gaming Mouse Mat $18

Still using http://www.cplonline.com.au/
Anonymous
November 12, 2012 8:14:04 AM

Tape78 said:
Would love to hear a your opinion if you have the time =)

6gb is the sweet spot for gaming after that you get nothing in return. i5 is the best for gaming after that you can spend a ton of money and not get any real gaming performance out of it. with that motherboard you wont be able to utilize all the features so you would be wasting $100 for things you will never use, your build after an i5 will only eat up about 350-375 watts too much after that and you will eat it with your power bill, 450w is perfect for your build and 80+ gold takes that efficiency to a new level. after all that money saved you can put more money into your graphics card which at the end of the day is the only bottleneck on your build so i would recommend a gtx 670, gtx 680 or a 7970 as they can handle full res without a hitch
a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 8:15:34 AM

I wouldn't get any Razer products. You have to register their products online before you use it.

Anyway, it looks good except the OCZ SSD. If the shop stocks on Samsung or Crucial SSDs it would be better to get.

You can also get away with only 500w
Anonymous
November 12, 2012 8:21:21 AM

cutebeans said:
I wouldn't get any Razer products. You have to register their products online before you use it.

Anyway, it looks good except the OCZ SSD. If the shop stocks on Samsung or Crucial SSDs it would be better to get.

You can also get away with only 500w

i agree, ditch the razer, $130 for a mouse, seriously? get something around the $50 mark and put the rest into your graphics card
November 12, 2012 8:24:24 AM

I heard really good things about the OCZ SSD, but I will look at these others =)

vanwazltoff
I would really like to hear what motherboard you would recommend. Btw I would like to have the possibility to use 32g, kinda working on VM ware alot and I just chew though it. Would Like to test something.
a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 8:34:07 AM

Get a Samsung 830 SSD, the best in the market right now.
November 12, 2012 8:46:47 AM

So relooking at my build I am thinking of

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 3.20GHz 6MB Cache Socket 1155 $189
Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-M Motherboard $92
RAM: DDR3-1600 16GB Dual Channel [RipjawsX] F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL $76
PSU: Thermaltake 500W TR2 Bronze TR-500P $67.00
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD $205
Mouse: Random Wireless Mouse $50
Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon HD7850 DirectCU II 2GB $229
CASE: Aerocool VX9 Pro LE $59
Extra Fans: Bottom Fan 14cm Matching $20
Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 300M PCIe Wireless N Adapter $20 (Couldnt find another one on CPL)
Screen: 23.6" Asus VS247H 5ms 1920*1080 50M:1 DSUB DVI-D HDMI Black $168
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard $99
Mouse Pad: Razer Kabuto Ultra-thin Microfiber Gaming Mouse Mat $18

Unless I have missed something?
Also I am happy to buy from newegg but do you think I will get much of a saving agasnt CPL
a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 8:46:58 AM

cutebeans said:
I wouldn't get any Razer products. You have to register their products online before you use it.

Anyway, it looks good except the OCZ SSD. If the shop stocks on Samsung or Crucial SSDs it would be better to get.

You can also get away with only 500w


I've never heard this. My Razer works fine, yet still it was a gift. Personally, I would not buy one. I was fine with my optical HP mouse.
November 12, 2012 8:55:04 AM

Asus GeForce GTX670 2G for $449
or
Asus AMD Radeon HD7970 3GB EAH7970-3GD5
$459.00

also
Windows 7
or
Windows 8
Anonymous
November 12, 2012 9:08:55 AM

Tape78 said:
Asus GeForce GTX670 2G for $449
or
Asus AMD Radeon HD7970 3GB EAH7970-3GD5
$459.00

also
Windows 7
or
Windows 8

the 670, and get window 7, i wouldnt get windows 8 until they release service pack 1 plus windows 7 is much better for gamers
Anonymous
November 12, 2012 9:12:10 AM

Tape78 said:
I heard really good things about the OCZ SSD, but I will look at these others =)

vanwazltoff
I would really like to hear what motherboard you would recommend. Btw I would like to have the possibility to use 32g, kinda working on VM ware alot and I just chew though it. Would Like to test something.

read my very first comment i gave a link to pretty much the best parts on the market for there respected prices, you can get a 2x8gb kit so you will have 16gb of ram and you can expand to 32gb if you want as there would be an extra 2 dimm slots
Anonymous
November 12, 2012 9:13:25 AM

cutebeans said:
Get a Samsung 830 SSD, the best in the market right now.

i second this. though sandisk also makes a really good ssd
Anonymous
November 12, 2012 9:53:16 AM


ive heard about this all over the net, its a really dumb idea. no internet no preferred settings. i like how steelseries used to do it, where the mouse itself remembers your settings and its plug and play. personally i have a cyborg rat5 and i couldnt be happier with my mouse, i wish i had got the 7 for the adjustable thumbpad but other than that its been a super durable mouse, had it for 1 1/2 years now
November 12, 2012 11:32:10 AM

So now I am thinking:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $219.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99
RAM: G.SKILL Value 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-16GNT $64.99
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE $59.99
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 256GB SATA III $188.99

Graphics Card: ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $419.99
CASE: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans $69
Wireless: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 for Desktop IEEE $34.99
Total: $1,183.92

from Newegg

or

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 3.20GHz 6MB Cache Socket 1155 $189
Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-M Motherboard $92
RAM: DDR3-1600 16GB Dual Channel [RipjawsX] F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL $76
PSU: Thermaltake 500W TR2 Bronze TR-500P $67.00
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD $205
Graphics Card: Asus GeForce GTX670 2G $449.00
CASE: Aerocool VX9 Pro LE $59
Extra Fans: Bottom Fan 14cm Matching $20

from CPL

Also can you recommend a Screen, keyboard and Wireless Mouse?
I was thinking
Screen: 23.6" Asus VS247H 5ms 1920*1080 50M:1 DSUB DVI-D HDMI Black $168
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard $99
Mouse Pad: Razer Kabuto Ultra-thin Microfiber Gaming Mouse Mat $18
Mouse: Maboo $129

from CPL
Anonymous
November 12, 2012 12:56:57 PM

Tape78 said:
So now I am thinking:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $219.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99
RAM: G.SKILL Value 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-16GNT $64.99
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE $59.99
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 256GB SATA III $188.99

Graphics Card: ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $419.99
CASE: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans $69
Wireless: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 for Desktop IEEE $34.99
Total: $1,183.92

from Newegg

or

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 3.20GHz 6MB Cache Socket 1155 $189
Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-M Motherboard $92
RAM: DDR3-1600 16GB Dual Channel [RipjawsX] F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL $76
PSU: Thermaltake 500W TR2 Bronze TR-500P $67.00
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD $205
Graphics Card: Asus GeForce GTX670 2G $449.00
CASE: Aerocool VX9 Pro LE $59
Extra Fans: Bottom Fan 14cm Matching $20

from CPL

Also can you recommend a Screen, keyboard and Wireless Mouse?
I was thinking
Screen: 23.6" Asus VS247H 5ms 1920*1080 50M:1 DSUB DVI-D HDMI Black $168
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard $99
Mouse Pad: Razer Kabuto Ultra-thin Microfiber Gaming Mouse Mat $18
Mouse: Maboo $129

from CPL

id go with the first build.

asus vs series is awesome, very clear bright and beautiful picture

for mouse i would recommend a logitech g9x, mionix naos 3200, or a roccat kova
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