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Seeking advice on $ Gaming/Multimedia PC

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December 8, 2012 8:57:32 AM

Hi guys,

Rather new in this forum. Would really appreciate it if you guys could help me out. Just spend a little time reading what I have prepared and I hope to learn more from everyone. Thank you in advance!


Approximate Purchase Date: January 2013

Budget Range: $1200 - $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Movies/Music/Light use of photoshop/Daily use

Parts Not Required: I already have these

Keyboard - Logitech K800 Black USB RF Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard

Mouse - RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse

Speakers - Creative GigaWorks T3 2.1 Speakers

Monitor - Dell UltraSharp U2713HM

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None. Preferably with international shipping or compatible with package forwarding service

Country: Singapore

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None

Overclocking: Probably (very unfamiliar with this)

SLI or Crossfire: No? Not sure about the benefits of this with a single monitor

Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1440

Additional Comments: Would prefer a quiet and cool PC. Games I play are the usual FPS (BF3, Crysis etc) and I would like to run them at near max settings if possible. I don't mind a more budget component as long as performance is not vastly compromised. I can afford up to about $1400 but would really like to keep cost down as much as possible.

These are the parts I've looked at so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB
(Any advice if this is suitable or should I look at a GTX670?)

Sound card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX
(Any advice if this is an overkill for my set of 2.1 speakers? Should I look at an alternative sound card that is cheaper?)

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Series 120gb

HDD: WD Black 1TB 7200RPM
(I actually have a rather new 3TB Seagate external HD. Was wondering if I am able to use this as an internal HD and if there will be any complications or implications on performance? This is the model:

MOBO: ASRock X79 Extreme4
(No idea how to choose a motherboard at all. Got this after reading through the forums. Any advice?)

PSU: TOTALLY NO IDEA! Sorry I'm not even sure regarding how much power I need to power up this rig. Please help me out!

Case: Have not decided. Probably something simple that is generally aesthetically pleasing and not too pricey. Keeping the rig cool is key, anything else is a bonus.


Wireless card: ASUS PCE-N53
(I'll be using an ethernet cable for now but I'll be shifting in the middle of 2013 and the access point may not be as conveniently located hence I thought I'll get one of these)

OS: Windows 8? Any comments?


Thanks again everyone!

December 8, 2012 9:36:52 AM

Here are some case recommendations Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan

Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case

Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Stryker SGC-5000W-KWN1 Black and White Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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December 9, 2012 1:45:23 AM

bigcyco1 said:
I suggest this card the one you picked my friend bought it had coil whine not saying all do but why risk it besides this card is among the best of the best and fastest single cards you can buy

Thanks for all the suggestions. Any idea what's the primary difference between the two cards? Why is there such a price hike?
December 9, 2012 3:11:22 PM

Also, will the parts I choose fit into a MID Tower? or will I need a FULL Tower?
December 9, 2012 3:24:55 PM

ltng said:
Thanks for all the suggestions. Any idea what's the primary difference between the two cards? Why is there such a price hike?
Because it's a non reference card.Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.It built using higher quality parts.This card is highly factory overclocked and features a custom PCB and GPU cooler!The top of the black fan shroud has a Sapphire logo on it that lights up with white LED's when the card is running, so it would look sharp in a case with a window. The Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X uses Vapor Chamber Technology to keep everything nice and cool. The Vapor-X cooler utilizes four heatpipes (two 8mm & two 6mm) to help transfer the heat from the GPU to the aluminum cooling fins. Above the cooling fins are a pair of 90mm fans that have aerofoil blades and dust repelling bearings. The Vapor-X cooler should easily handle the heat generated from the AMD Radeon HD 7950 GPU even under extreme load conditions.

This card features an 8-phase power design and uses a CHiL CHL8228G controller to keep the voltages in order. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory is made up of Hynix memory chips that are rated to run at 1250MHz or 5000MHz effective. Basically it's a beast and will out preform most other model 7950's. ;) 

December 9, 2012 4:02:01 PM

ltng said:
Also, will the parts I choose fit into a MID Tower? or will I need a FULL Tower?
There are plenty of suitable compatible mid towers it's up to you.Here are a few recommendations Case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Case: Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply

Case:Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Case:Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock

Case:Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
December 9, 2012 4:08:55 PM

The motherboard you listed is not compatible with the cpu here are compatible motherboards :GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard <--- review w/benchmarks <--- review w/benchmarks

mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard <--- review w/benchmarks <--- review w/benchmarks