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January 21, 2013 8:05:43 AM

Hi guys

Im new to the board here.

Im looking to build a gaming / short video editing pc with a $1000 budget.

I'll most likely buy from http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php

I did some research on parts and with the help of a friend this is what i found.
(Im from Australia so the prices here are generally slightly higher than those in the US)


CPU--
Intel Core i5-3570 - $205

Mobo--
Asus P8Z77-V LK - $159

GPU--
Galaxy GTX 660 GC 2GB - $229

HDD--
WD 1TB - $75

Case--
Undecided - > $80

Ram--
Corsair 2x4gb $55

PSU--
Corsair VS650 - $85

That comes to just under $900, i still have $100 to use.

Can i get some opinions on the build more specifically mobo and cpu and possible upgrades within budget.

Thanks

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January 21, 2013 8:12:03 AM

want to overclock? btw buying only from 1 website will limit your option to access better parts for price
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January 21, 2013 8:13:07 AM

looks fine i get the i5-3570k though.
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January 21, 2013 8:16:50 AM

most likely wont be overclocking. not very good with these tech stuff. just putting parts together is a big obstacle ><
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January 21, 2013 8:19:36 AM

here you go

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $985.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:19 EST+1100)
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January 21, 2013 8:20:10 AM

is there any difference between the 3570 and 3570k? people says the k is for overclocking and tuning?
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January 21, 2013 8:21:50 AM

benboo said:
is there any difference between the 3570 and 3570k? people says the k is for overclocking and tuning?
the k is for overclocking
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January 21, 2013 8:23:15 AM

AMD Radeon said:
here you go

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $985.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:19 EST+1100)
+1 this is good for non overclocking ;) 
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January 21, 2013 8:44:11 AM

thank you guys for the fast feed back!


i realise 'AMD Radeons' build downgraded the CPU and mobo and upgradedt the GPU

im at beginner level anything tech, so my questions may sound a little wierd.

im curious if the GTX 670 is overkill for the tasks i'll be doing. the $409 price tag gives me the mid to high tier GPU vibe! i dont play any intense games, mostly MOBA or fps like CS.

with the bigger number > smaller number mentality, i assume the i5 3470 @3.2 ghz is slower than the 3570 @ 3.4ghz /3.8ghz turbo(what does this turbo number mean?) i'll be doing some video editing, does this mean the smaller the ghz the slower the computer will render, transfer files etc?

thanks



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January 21, 2013 8:51:36 AM

oh i didnt know you wouldnt play heavy games :) 
put 660 and add ssd :) 
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January 21, 2013 8:56:26 AM

:p  thank you guys!
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January 21, 2013 8:58:29 AM

maybe you arent familiar with xeon cpu, simple reading will help you understand

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $984.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 22:01 EST+1100)

add xeon, ssd, downgrade to 660
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January 21, 2013 10:20:04 AM

wow all those 5 star feed backs looks like a massive bargain! looks like this will be my new cpu!
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January 21, 2013 10:41:04 AM

*Site not working in Firefox for me (fine in IE9 though):

1) Consider one of the HD7950 models instead of a GTX670 (depending on your budget), such as the Sapphire OC V2 model.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

2) Don't buy a graphics card with a REFERENCE COOLER.

3) XEON CPU's are NOT recommended in a gaming system. I agree with an i5-3570, i5-3470 or i5-3570K ("K" means overclockable).

*An i5-3570 can hit 3.9GHz on Turbo (I think). You can reliably overclock to at least 4.5GHz with a half-decent cooler. That's about 15% overclock, but in most games it probably won't make a huge difference.

For games, it is best to put as much money towards the graphics card (and the one with the best value which MAY be the HD7950 in your case).

4) CPU HSF: Buy a $20 to $30 CPU HSF which has a PWM fan. Almost all new motherboards support PWM fan control. (If you get a 3-pin fan you need VOLTAGE control, but if the motherboard supports PWM only your fan will spin on HIGH at 100% speed, no control).

5) A 120GB SSD is about $100. Yes, Windows will boot faster and opening/closing programs will be slightly faster but in a $1000 gaming system that money would be better put towards the graphics card. It's your system though, so balance it how you wish.

6) Windows:
I recommend Windows 8 64-bit OEM, as well as the $5 program Start8 from Stardock. Many people will say "don't get Windows 8", however Start8 v1.1 now eliminates the StartScreen environment that annoys most people.
*Windows 8 is superior to Windows 7 in terms of security, stability, boot times, Windows Explorer, SSD support and some minor other things. The PROS outweigh the CONS once Start8 is running.

7) CASE FANS:
- if the case has no FRONT case fan, buy one. A gaming system should have a front case fan for INTAKE of air. (buy an inexpensive, 12cm, low-noise fan. If possible a PWM version if your motherboard can control PWM System Fans.)

8) Case and USB3:
*Make sure the case you get has FRONT USB3 outputs if your motherboard supports this (many have USB2 only).
"Antec ONE"
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

9) Case:
- full ATX (not micro)
- Asus, Gigabyte or Asrock
- 1155/Z77
*MY RECOMMEND: ASUS P8Z77-V LX or the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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January 21, 2013 11:11:52 AM

*Make sure the GRAPHICS CARD length will fit your CASE. Many of the cases won't fit with the longer graphics cards.

I'm pretty sure the "ANTEC ONE" will NOT fit with the Sapphire HD7950 I recommended. This card is 280cm or 11". The Antec ONE is limited to 10.5" max.

1 inch = 2.54cm
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January 21, 2013 11:25:19 AM

photonboy said:
*Site not working in Firefox for me (fine in IE9 though):

1) Consider one of the HD7950 models instead of a GTX670 (depending on your budget), such as the Sapphire OC V2 model.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

2) Don't buy a graphics card with a REFERENCE COOLER.

3) XEON CPU's are NOT recommended in a gaming system. I agree with an i5-3570, i5-3470 or i5-3570K ("K" means overclockable).

*An i5-3570 can hit 3.9GHz on Turbo (I think). You can reliably overclock to at least 4.5GHz with a half-decent cooler. That's about 15% overclock, but in most games it probably won't make a huge difference.

For games, it is best to put as much money towards the graphics card (and the one with the best value which MAY be the HD7950 in your case).

4) CPU HSF: Buy a $20 to $30 CPU HSF which has a PWM fan. Almost all new motherboards support PWM fan control. (If you get a 3-pin fan you need VOLTAGE control, but if the motherboard supports PWM only your fan will spin on HIGH at 100% speed, no control).

5) A 120GB SSD is about $100. Yes, Windows will boot faster and opening/closing programs will be slightly faster but in a $1000 gaming system that money would be better put towards the graphics card. It's your system though, so balance it how you wish.

6) Windows:
I recommend Windows 8 64-bit OEM, as well as the $5 program Start8 from Stardock. Many people will say "don't get Windows 8", however Start8 v1.1 now eliminates the StartScreen environment that annoys most people.
*Windows 8 is superior to Windows 7 in terms of security, stability, boot times, Windows Explorer, SSD support and some minor other things. The PROS outweigh the CONS once Start8 is running.

7) CASE FANS:
- if the case has no FRONT case fan, buy one. A gaming system should have a front case fan for INTAKE of air. (buy an inexpensive, 12cm, low-noise fan. If possible a PWM version if your motherboard can control PWM System Fans.)

8) Case and USB3:
*Make sure the case you get has FRONT USB3 outputs if your motherboard supports this (many have USB2 only).
"Antec ONE"
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

9) Case:
- full ATX (not micro)
- Asus, Gigabyte or Asrock
- 1155/Z77
*MY RECOMMEND: ASUS P8Z77-V LX or the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...



thank you for the input!
i think the hd7950 or the gtx670 will be a bit overkill as i only play mobas or less intensive fps like cs, also a bit pricey!

i did some further reading and comparing between the Xeon E3, i5 3570 and the 3570k . ive read some good very good feedbacks of the xeon being compared to i7s, but also a lot of good feedbacks for overclocked i5 i3570k for gaming although the stock cooling is very bad apparently, is overclocking very hard? from what ive read, i shouldnt attempt overclocking.


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January 21, 2013 11:53:05 AM

benboo said:
thank you for the input!
i think the hd7950 or the gtx670 will be a bit overkill as i only play mobas or less intensive fps like cs, also a bit pricey!

i did some further reading and comparing between the Xeon E3, i5 3570 and the 3570k . ive read some good very good feedbacks of the xeon being compared to i7s, but also a lot of good feedbacks for overclocked i5 i3570k for gaming although the stock cooling is very bad apparently, is overclocking very hard? from what ive read, i shouldnt attempt overclocking.


Hi,
- again XEON is not optimized for gaming. I couldn't even find comparison benchmarks because in general gamers don't buy them.
- Is overclocking hard? Not really, you can find lots of information on this. My Asus motherboard actually overclocks slightly (4.1GHz on i7-3770K in Turbo) while maintaining full Power Management, or you can sacrifice some power managment and overclock to about 4.6GHz (maximum) with good cooling.

- also, make sure to update your BIOS and enable the "XMP" profile for your RAM. After selecting the profile, verify that your RAM now shows the proper frequency and Timings (i.e. 1600MHz @ 7-8-7-24 or whatever.)

- stock cooling sucks on all CPU's. There are great, inexpensive CPU HSF's around. You may find THIS useful:
http://www.overclocking-tv.com/content/reviews/13393/co...

- CASE update-> I really like this one (lots of room for a graphics card, USB3 and USB2 front slots. Clean looking..): http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
*Note: I'd recommend adding a bottom-front compatible case fan (low-noise, possibly PWM and control via motherboard).

- Graphics Cards:
It sounds like an HD7850/70 2GB card would be better for you then. How about THIS one?:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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January 21, 2013 12:03:13 PM

@boy ahaha good luck :)  tldr

something fishy...

you copy paste those suggestions without even reading the OP's posts?
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January 21, 2013 12:48:13 PM

photonboy said:
Hi,
- again XEON is not optimized for gaming. I couldn't even find comparison benchmarks because in general gamers don't buy them.
- Is overclocking hard? Not really, you can find lots of information on this. My Asus motherboard actually overclocks slightly (4.1GHz on i7-3770K in Turbo) while maintaining full Power Management.

- stock cooling sucks on all CPU's. There are great, inexpensive CPU HSF's around. You may find THIS useful:
http://www.overclocking-tv.com/content/reviews/13393/co...

- CASE update-> I really like this one (lots of room for a graphics card, USB3 and USB2 front slots. Clean looking..): http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
*Note: I'd recommend adding a bottom-front compatible case fan (low-noise, possibly PWM and control via motherboard).

- Graphics Cards:
It sounds like an HD7850/70 2GB card would be better for you then. How about THIS one?:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Yeah i think i'll spend a little more and go with the i5 3570k for now perhaps one day ill master overclocking.

i like that case too! its simple and got the dust filters i was after :p 

and regarding the gpu ill probably spend a little more and get the gigabyte 7870 oc and cut back on the ssd for now.
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January 21, 2013 2:14:26 PM

Here it is guys


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $937.00+ $39 CPU cooler
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 03:11 EST+1100)







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January 21, 2013 5:44:02 PM

AMD Radeon said:
here you go

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $985.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:19 EST+1100)


Very nice sub $1000 build. I would go with this.
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January 24, 2013 9:48:36 PM

AMD Radeon said:
@boy ahaha good luck :)  tldr

something fishy...

you copy paste those suggestions without even reading the OP's posts?


Are you talking to me?

If so:
a) I don't understand your "ahaha good luck smiley tldr" statement, and
b) I was THANKED for my input so I'm not sure why you'd even say I didn't read the post.

*Did anyone else have difficulty reading the AU STORE SITE that was linked? (worked for me in IE9 but not Firefox)
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