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Advice for gaming rigs

Approximate Purchase Date: after 2-3 months

Budget Range: up to $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming/video editing and making/photoshop

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, OS, speaker, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any that can deliver to my location (Philippines)

Parts Preferences: Intel for processor and Nvidia for graphics

Overclocking: Yes but only slight overclock up to 4-4.5GHz

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
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  1. Wow. Pilipino that needs an 80k computer.

    Sa PChub masmaganda. Wag ka dito tatanong.

    i5-3570k
    Asrock Z77 Extreme4
    660ti
    Seasonic S12II 520w
    16gb G.Skill Ares 2x8gb
    500gb WD Blue
    Samsung 22x
    Case - ikaw na bahala.

    problema lang in 2 - 3 months, magbabago nanaman ung computer scene. Ask again in 2 to 3 months when you are going to buy one.

    Yun binigay kong parts. Yan ang dapat mong bilhin. :)
  2. spend 1200 on a computer

    and buy a decent monitor
  3. 1680 x 1050 is still a decent resolution.
  4. cutebeans said:
    Wow. Pilipino that needs an 80k computer.

    Sa PChub masmaganda. Wag ka dito tatanong.

    i5-3570k
    Asrock Z77 Extreme4
    660ti
    Seasonic S12II 520w
    16gb G.Skill Ares 2x8gb
    500gb WD Blue
    Samsung 22x
    Case - ikaw na bahala.

    problema lang in 2 - 3 months, magbabago nanaman ung computer scene. Ask again in 2 to 3 months when you are going to buy one.

    Yun binigay kong parts. Yan ang dapat mong bilhin. :)


    IMO, PCHub sells a bit more expensive than the the ones in Amazon and NewEgg.

    For the motherboard I was looking over ASRock Z77 OC Formula, is it worth every penny?
    Also wondering if 680 would be better than 660ti?

    The 2-3 months time is just a rough estimate on how long would I be able to save the money.
  5. Obviously, prices in newegg and amazon don't include the after sales tax(states vary) and if you plan on shipping it to the Philippines, the warranty is null and void. So if something goes wrong in less than a year, you are ****ed.
  6. Best answer
    puikim said:
    IMO, PCHub sells a bit more expensive than the the ones in Amazon and NewEgg.

    For the motherboard I was looking over ASRock Z77 OC Formula, is it worth every penny?
    Also wondering if 680 would be better than 660ti?

    The 2-3 months time is just a rough estimate on how long would I be able to save the money.


    Just get a cheap Z77 aSrock Extreme4 since you will only be doing slight overclocks.

    680 is not worth it. 670 is $100 cheaper and performance is only less than 5% different.
  7. asrock extreme 4 is good enough.

    get the 670. you could fit that in your 2000$ budget.

    if you plan on overclocking get the Cooler master evo 212. great cooler and cheap.
  8. cutebeans said:
    Obviously, prices in newegg and amazon don't include the after sales tax(states vary) and if you plan on shipping it to the Philippines, the warranty is null and void. So if something goes wrong in less than a year, you are ****ed.


    cutebeans said:
    Just get a cheap Z77 aSrock Extreme4 since you will only be doing slight overclocks.

    680 is not worth it. 670 is $100 cheaper and performance is only less than 5% different.


    I see. Thanks for pointing those important factors.

    Does ASRock Extreme4 offer a user-friendly overclocking application (new to the whole OC thing).
  9. puikim said:
    I see. Thanks for pointing those important factors.

    Does ASRock Extreme4 offer a user-friendly overclocking application (new to the whole OC thing).


    Yes, there's also OC apps that you can just download and use.

    Please do ask again in a few months or so. Although I'm not sure I'll still be active by then.

    Err so yeah. Good luck. A gaming PC wouldn't cost as much as 80k though.

    Mga 40 to 50 thousand and you're good.

    Good luck
  10. cutebeans said:
    Yes, there's also OC apps that you can just download and use.

    Please do ask again in a few months or so. Although I'm not sure I'll still be active by then.

    Err so yeah. Good luck. A gaming PC wouldn't cost as much as 80k though.

    Mga 40 to 50 thousand and you're good.

    Good luck


    One last thing is: comments on the following parts. Cause I'll probably be upgrading my rig every few years after purchase.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oKpq
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oKpq/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oKpq/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($96.00 @ B&H)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: BitFenix Colossus Venom Edition ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Thermaltake KB-CHU003US Wired Gaming Keyboard ($81.00 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+ Wired Optical Mouse ($41.82 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1373.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 00:52 EST-0500)
  11. It's pretty good but you won't be able to upgrade your CPU anymore after this.

    The next intel CPU are supposed to use new sockets for Haswell(next gen of CPU).

    I would avoid liquid cooling, just get air cooling. LC is only for very high overclocks.

    Hyper 212 Evo.
  12. cutebeans said:
    It's pretty good but you won't be able to upgrade your CPU anymore after this.

    The next intel CPU are supposed to use new sockets for Haswell(next gen of CPU).

    I would avoid liquid cooling, just get air cooling. LC is only for very high overclocks.

    Hyper 212 Evo.


    The reason for the LCS is because the room temperature is kind of hot. So, I don't think that putting an LCS would be that bad.
  13. Don't worry. I doubt it would be very hot. I'm in Manila and my computer has never had a problem with that and it's on stock cooling.

    The Hyper Evo would make it very cool. :)
  14. 660ti? get a 680. you have the budget. spend it.
  15. bangpc said:
    660ti? get a 680. you have the budget. spend it.


    Any particular manufacturer you would recommend?
    Also, do you think LGA1150 is worth waiting for? I'm thinking whether to wait or not.
  16. puikim said:
    Any particular manufacturer you would recommend?
    Also, do you think LGA1150 is worth waiting for? I'm thinking whether to wait or not.


    Don't listen to him, he's just bumping up his post counts haha. The 680 is the worst GPU anyone can recommend to you.
  17. cutebeans said:
    Don't listen to him, he's just bumping up his post counts haha. The 680 is the worst GPU anyone can recommend to you.


    Figured. Since many usually recommends to go for 660ti or 670. Rarely see people recommend 680.
    Is LGA1150 worth the wait? Or LGA1155 is good enough?
  18. It depends. In April, the new procs are supposed to come out.

    If you can wait, then I'd wait. If you can't, then buy it.
  19. They are supposed to be better than 1155 right?
    And 660ti vs 670.. which would be better? Planning to put it to SLI so my GPU won't overwork after I put 3 monitors.
  20. Well, the 670 is better of course but you might want to check out AMD GPUs which have better price performance ratios.

    You would only need 2 7870s.
  21. Best answer selected by puikim.
  22. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pz0U
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pz0U/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pz0U/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($96.00 @ B&H)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Keyboard: ROCCAT ISKU Wired Gaming Keyboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: ROCCAT Kone[+] Wired Laser Mouse ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1030.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 09:07 EST-0500)

    So I'm wondering. What would be a good graphic card (nVidia please) to go with these pc components that can support up to 3 monitors? Also, can anyone suggest 3 monitors? Thanks.

    Side note: If possible the GPU's color would blend with everything. Trying to go for blue and black. :D
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