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a b B Homebuilt system
December 27, 2012 11:54:46 PM

Will a SSD boost my systems performance by lots for the $150NZD price tag. I have a very tight budget and am only spending $1300 on my system. Is it worth downgrading the GPU to have a SSD?

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December 28, 2012 12:05:45 AM

Whats the system specs?
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December 28, 2012 12:07:39 AM

try a different swap, a better GPU will play games better, an SSD with make everything else more "responsive" but in terms of game will just make it load faster then no difference.
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December 28, 2012 12:07:46 AM

What is the main purpose of this PC? An SSD can dramaticaly increase speed of boot as well as opening and running programs and reading and writing data. What are your system specs?
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December 28, 2012 12:08:38 AM

SSD won't make your games have higher FPS... Loads are faster but that's it. knocking that much off your gpu may not be worth it. Depends on your games and res you play at to decide if you can downgrade the gpu without killing gameplay...

Having said that, I wouldn't build a new machine without one!
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2012 12:49:53 AM

i5 3570
H77 Mobo
Mushkin 2x4GB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Seasonic G-650
Windows 7 64 Bit
Asus DVD Drive
Sapphire HD 7870 GHz
(Intel 330 120Gb SSD)
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December 28, 2012 12:56:27 AM

If you're a gamer, prioritize GPU first, and then CPU and RAM, preferably all balanced to avoid bottlenecks. HDD speed is not that important once the game is loaded, unless it streams a lot of data off the disk during play.
If you're a graphic artist or scientist etc - RAM and CPU then SSD.
If for office use or general internet usage - CPU and SSD.
If it's a 24/7 type machine, an SSD won't be very useful unless you tend to open and close a lot of different programs during use. Once something has been loaded by the SSD there are no further benefits from it for that particular program.

Edit: Try and get the i5 3570K model, to allow overclocking headroom in case you need it. The price difference is only ~$20AU here.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2012 1:15:37 AM

I think for my first initial build, i will not get the ssd. Later down the track, i will upgrade and get a 256GB SSD and put my os and games etc. on it. Will that be a better idea?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2012 1:38:23 AM

abbadon_34 said:
Sound good.


I an getting a OEM win 7. Can i just reinstall windows and put it on my SSD instead of HDD?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2012 1:45:23 AM

Khalan said:
If you're a gamer, prioritize GPU first, and then CPU and RAM, preferably all balanced to avoid bottlenecks. HDD speed is not that important once the game is loaded, unless it streams a lot of data off the disk during play.
If you're a graphic artist or scientist etc - RAM and CPU then SSD.
If for office use or general internet usage - CPU and SSD.
If it's a 24/7 type machine, an SSD won't be very useful unless you tend to open and close a lot of different programs during use. Once something has been loaded by the SSD there are no further benefits from it for that particular program.

Edit: Try and get the i5 3570K model, to allow overclocking headroom in case you need it. The price difference is only ~$20AU here.


That mean that i need to upgrade to a Z77 Mobo, get aftermarket cooler. Total of $150 extra...
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2012 1:46:53 AM

Upgradable System-

PPCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/uyLP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/uyLP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/uyLP/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($315.00 @ Computer Lounge)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($56.35 @ PB Technologies)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.00 @ PC Force)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($274.84 @ Ascent Technology)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($279.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($35.21 @ Aquila Technology)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($151.00 @ Ascent Technology)
Total: $1673.40
-$50.00 for CL special http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/co [...] rtid=17990
Total: $1623.40

Gaming Right Now System

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/uyL5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/uyL5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/uyL5/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($284.00 @ PC Force)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($126.50 @ Aquila Technology)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($389.85 @ PC Force)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.00 @ PC Force)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($35.21 @ Aquila Technology)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($151.00 @ Ascent Technology)
Total: $1607.56

These are the two systems i have built. I am probably going to get the Upgradable system.. Opinions?

Edit: If i have to cut out something from either, i will cut out the SSD. This means for the upgradable rig, i can get a bigger one (250GB) and i can just install windows onto that.
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December 28, 2012 8:48:03 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($263.00 @ PC Force)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($126.50 @ Aquila Technology)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($171.35 @ PB Technologies)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.00 @ PC Force)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($399.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.00 @ PC Force)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($35.21 @ Aquila Technology)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($151.00 @ Ascent Technology)
Total: $1578.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-28 23:47 NZDT+1300)
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2012 9:03:18 AM

Thats the exact build that im building for my friend, bar the SSD lol..
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2013 11:01:40 PM

Best answer selected by camohanna.
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