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January 13, 2013 9:13:35 PM

Hello, would appreciate thoughts on the following build. I'm on a budget. Will use for gaming and some video editing (but nothing major).

Budget is NZ$1,000.
Cost for this build is NZ$974.

CPU - i5 3570 [$284]
RAM - 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B) [$85]
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H [$119]
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 64MB 3TB 7200RPM [$192]
SSD - Transcend TS128GSSD320 128GB [$164]
GPU - Onboard Graphics (will get a GPU later)
PSU - 500W (comes with case)
CASE - Raidmax Super Comet USB 3.0 [$90]
Cooling - Stock CPU cooler
ODD - DVD writer [$40]

Not sure if RAM is compatible. Corsair don't have the mobo on their list so can't check. From what I can gather it is. If someone could tell me that would be great.

Prices are from


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January 13, 2013 9:26:37 PM

Lol definetely don't use a PSU made by Raidmax unless you wanna blow up your system. Corsair or SeaSonic PSU's are what your gonna want. Don't pay $85 for 8gb ram lol.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($144.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $994.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 18:26 EST-0500)
January 13, 2013 9:33:09 PM

^ this one. But toshiba? come on! get at least hitachi or WesternDigital
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January 13, 2013 9:35:19 PM

7200 rpm drives are almost all the same. Really doesn't matter. If you want a good warranty then go for western digital. No 7200 rpm drives have a bigger failure rate then any other 7200 rpm drive.
January 14, 2013 6:36:25 AM

Hi Blake1243. Thanks for your reply.

Okay, should've mentioned that I'm not in the US. My budget when converted into US$ is around $600-$700 but with price differences between there and where I am it is probably not of much use.

Was hoping to get by with the case and PSU option but from what you have said not a good idea. I guess I'll need to buy a PSU separately then. Do you think any Bronze 80 Plus PSU will do? What about an Aywun A1-450-Pro 450W? It is cheaper than what I can get the Corsair for by about $30. Will 450W be adequate for my build?

Unfortunately in my country, I'm paying a lot more than what you have costed for the items you have recommended - sometimes more than double the price. The GPU for instance is upwards of $500 here and the mobo is no less than $157. <sigh> I think I will add a PSU and a new case then have a cry and then cry some more before manning up and probably sticking with my build unless there are compatibility issues (can anyone let me know if there are). Or I drop the SSD and get a smaller HDD & try and work things that way.

Thanks again for your help, much appreciated.

January 14, 2013 8:56:27 AM

What country? Canada? Uk? i can make get you parts from any country if you just tell me what country.
January 14, 2013 9:07:38 AM

The i5 3570 offers a negligible performance increase over the 3470...Go with the latter if possible, it's cheaper.