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February 6, 2013 2:19:33 AM

Hi all, this is my first ever computer build so could you check compatibility etc

This computer is purely for gaming by the way

CPU: i5-3570k
CPU Cooler: ThermalRight HR-02 Macho Rev.A
Case: Fractal Design R4 Mid-Tower case (adding one extra fan)
GPU: Friends old gtx 460 (happy to use this until next gen of cards comes out)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H-MVP
Memory: 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz low profile
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM
PSU: Corsair GS600 600W

Should I add a SSD as a boot drive or should I add it in later because this will be purely for gaming I'm not sure if I will care much about start up times of Windows.

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February 6, 2013 2:23:20 AM

In my opinion you should get the atx motherboard from that chipset and brand, if it's not too much expensive.
If you can afford a ssd, get it, but a one with 120-128GB.
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February 6, 2013 2:29:39 AM

Getting an SSD would push my budget out by about 12% (I'm talking percentage because I don't use USA currency therefore % might be easier to understand) do you think it would be really worth it, I can stretch the budget but it is a little tight. Also is there any actual difference between mATX and ATX apart from size?
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February 6, 2013 2:36:55 AM

More space between the pcie slots, i don't think you're going to add another card, it has more space to work for, but you're fine with a matx one, like i said, only if it was at the same price or cheaper.
If you're in a tight budget, then forget about the ssd, it's expendable.
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February 6, 2013 2:43:57 AM

Ok thanks, the full ATX board is about $230 compared to the mATX I listed which is $160 here in NZ. I'll see if I can afford an SSD when I buy all the parts but I think I will withhold myself from buying one at the moment and buy one a few months down the line along with a new graphics card (given that the next gen is out)
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February 6, 2013 2:53:55 AM

Are you buying the R$ because you are concerned about noise, or do you just like the look?

If its noise then consider swapping out the cpu cooler for the scythe Ninja 3 . It has a speed controller and is completely silent below about 1000 rpm in my Antec P280 case
EDIT : just reading the review of your cooler linked from pricespy.co.nz and its also very good


Make sure the RAM is 1 kit of 2 x4 gig and not a single 8 gig stick
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February 6, 2013 3:08:14 AM

I am semi concerned about noise, I like the features the R4 offers and the good reviews I have heard about it. Is the Scythe a good cooler if I plan to overclock semi-highly?
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February 6, 2013 3:12:34 AM

The fractal design R4 is a good choice for that.
Look also for the noctua coolers, very silent ones and with high performance.
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February 6, 2013 3:21:40 AM

By the way, there won't be any clearance issues with the RAM and CPU cooler will there? because I have low profile RAM
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February 6, 2013 3:22:13 AM

Might be worth looking at the asrock boards z77 extreme4/6.
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February 6, 2013 3:26:09 AM

No, you have lp ram, no problems with any large cooler.
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February 6, 2013 3:40:38 AM

Ok thanks, I think I will go with the Scythe Ninja 3 for CPU cooling as it is slightly cheaper and is supposedly quieter and all round better. Think I might go for the asrock z77 extreme 4 because its not much more expensive and I think it'll make it easier having a full ATX board when fitting parts like the CPU cooler (especially since it's my first time building). Thanks all, any other things I could consider changing?

Edit: Changed my mind back to original cooler :) 
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February 6, 2013 3:45:17 AM

Oh also, will the power supply be fine for anything I throw at it with overclocking the CPU and presumably the GPU, apart from crossfire/SLI? I'm pretty sure it's fine but just checking
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February 6, 2013 3:48:58 AM

DelightfulDucklings said:
I am semi concerned about noise, I like the features the R4 offers and the good reviews I have heard about it. Is the Scythe a good cooler if I plan to overclock semi-highly?


The scythe is awesome as a cooler . You can run it at low fan speeds for silence , or turn the fans up and OC well.
But your thermalright is a little cheaper and the reviews were also good . Probably the performance is close enough to the ninja .
The noctua air coolers are a really crazy price in NZ . You can buy a corsair H100i for less so they are not worth considering .

The vengeance lp profile RAM will fit under any ATX spec cooler . Its good enough RAM but it wont OC well if thats important

Where are you buying from?
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February 6, 2013 3:54:12 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The scythe is awesome as a cooler . You can run it at low fan speeds for silence , or turn the fans up and OC well.
But your thermalright is a little cheaper and the reviews were also good . Probably the performance is close enough to the ninja .
The noctua air coolers are a really crazy price in NZ . You can buy a corsair H100i for less so they are not worth considering .

The vengeance lp profile RAM will fit under any ATX spec cooler . Its good enough RAM but it wont OC well if thats important

Where are you buying from?


I will be buying from www.playtech.co.nz by the way thanks for actually looking at prices in my country, a lot of people seem to just link me to US sites etc :) 

I'm not worried about OCing RAM, I don't see any real benefit compared to CPU/GPU overclocks. Yeah the prices are a bit weird here, I will be negotiating a discount with the store I put in the link because if they make me pay full price I'm better off importing basically everything except the case from USA or somewhere :??: 
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February 6, 2013 3:57:48 AM

djangoringo said:
Yes, it's fine.
If it matters anything you can check here for parts : http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/


I've tried that website but it just doesn't have all the parts that are actually available in NZ so I have sort of decided not to use it, thanks anyway
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February 6, 2013 4:09:43 AM

DelightfulDucklings said:
I will be buying from www.playtech.co.nz by the way thanks for actually looking at prices in my country, a lot of people seem to just link me to US sites etc :) 

I'm not worried about OCing RAM, I don't see any real benefit compared to CPU/GPU overclocks. Yeah the prices are a bit weird here, I will be negotiating a discount with the store I put in the link because if they make me pay full price I'm better off importing basically everything except the case from USA or somewhere :??: 


The playtech store is pretty well stocked . Last time I was in there I kept wishing my credit card wasnt maxxed out LOL !

There delivery times through the country are good too .
I bought a hard drive from them a week ago and they made it to rural SI in 2 days .

Use the pricespy site to compare prices . Chances are playtech will be willing to match especially if you are picking up from the store
www.pricespy.co.nz

In Auckland Computerlounge is great too
So is Paradigm who I get a lot of my parts from
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February 6, 2013 4:17:40 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The playtech store is pretty well stocked . Last time I was in there I kept wishing my credit card wasnt maxxed out LOL !

There delivery times through the country are good too .
I bought a hard drive from them a week ago and they made it to rural SI in 2 days .

Use the pricespy site to compare prices . Chances are playtech will be willing to match especially if you are picking up from the store
www.pricespy.co.nz

In Auckland Computerlounge is great too
So is Paradigm who I get a lot of my parts from


Ah, good to see someone on here from NZ too :D 

Me and my friends were all going to buy our computers as one big purchase (something like $5k) at one store and we are hoping for a 15-20% discount, do you think this sounds reasonable or am I dreaming :pt1cable:  ?
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February 6, 2013 4:24:38 AM

DelightfulDucklings said:
Ah, good to see someone on here from NZ too :D 

Me and my friends were all going to buy our computers as one big purchase (something like $5k) at one store and we are hoping for a 15-20% discount, do you think this sounds reasonable or am I dreaming :pt1cable:  ?



I'd definitely ask for the discount .

I wouldnt even hesitate to give someone 10% if they were buying that much of the things I make , but tech retailers might be different . Some will have very thin margins and dont hold any stock .
Playtech do so you could be in luck .

But try Computerlounge too . Its not far to manukau
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February 6, 2013 4:29:07 AM

Outlander_04 said:
I'd definitely ask for the discount .

I wouldnt even hesitate to give someone 10% if they were buying that much of the things I make , but tech retailers might be different . Some will have very thin margins and dont hold any stock .
Playtech do so you could be in luck .

But try Computerlounge too . Its not far to manukau


Ok thanks a lot for the help, will try at a few places before deciding where to finally buy even though it is a hassle to rebuild multiple computers because each place stocks different parts but it's worth it. Thanks again, guess I'll close the thread now, got all the help I should need :) 
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February 6, 2013 4:29:30 AM

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