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February 28, 2013 1:58:51 AM

Hi guys
This is not the first time I want to build gaming rig.
This is my current build

CPU: Intel Core I3 2100 @ 3.1 Ghz LGA 1155
Motherboard: Asus P8H61 - M LX
RAM: 2x4gb kingston ddr3 @667mhz (I think I got ripped off with the ram because the casing says 1600? Help please)
GPU: Asus HD6770 1gb
EHD + Case: Stock parts from my HP computer
PSU: This one is a local one, my bad

Since im graduating from college now, im hoping to build my self a new one (no carrying over of parts) by my 4th/5th pay check. Im from the Philippines and from what I see, prices here are atleast 5~8% higher than on newegg. I cant order yet from online sites for the reason that I have no credit/debit card that I can use.

Thank you for your time guys :D 

EDIT: I have had this pc for at least a year and a half now
EDIT2: Budget is 60,000 Php or roughly about $1500


EDIT3: EDIT:

Okay so as a graduation gift my parents gave me this as a present :D 
CPU: core i5 3470
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7970
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4gb 1600 x2
PSU: Thermaltake 700W
Board: P8B75 M-LE

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February 28, 2013 2:06:40 AM

cired02 said:
Hi guys
This is not the first time I want to build gaming rig.
This is my current build

CPU: Intel Core I3 2100 @ 3.1 Ghz LGA 1155
Motherboard: Asus P8H61 - M LX
RAM: 2x4gb kingston ddr3 @667mhz (I think I got ripped off with the ram because the casing says 1600? Help please)
GPU: Asus HD6770 1gb
EHD + Case: Stock parts from my HP computer
PSU: This one is a local one, my bad

Since im graduating from college now, im hoping to build my self a new one (no carrying over of parts) by my 4th/5th pay check. Im from the Philippines and from what I see, prices here are atleast 5~8% higher than on newegg. I cant order yet from online sites for the reason that I have no credit/debit card that I can use.

Thank you for your time guys :D 

EDIT: I have had this pc for at least a year and a half now


You're going to have to give us a bit more information on what you want to do with it. What are your use cases?

As for your RAM, remember that it runs at 667MHz - DDR means it runs at an effective speed of 1333MHz. Though that's not quite 1600MHz - Check your BIOS to see if it's set to run at it's rated speeds or not. EDIT: The i3-2100 will run at a max speed of 1333MHz without XMP. smorizio beat me to it.
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February 28, 2013 2:07:10 AM

with intel mb and ram if xmp profile not turn on ram is going to default to 1066 or 1333 speed.
with buying parts some online sights will take pre paid visa and other credit cards.
to save yourself some cash you may be able to flash the bios of the mb you have and drop in a i5 cpu.
the i3 will be fine for light gaming. i would put in a better ps and newer video card if your low on funs.
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February 28, 2013 2:10:20 AM

xomm said:
You're going to have to give us a bit more information on what you want to do with it. What are your use cases?

As for your RAM, remember that it runs at 667MHz - DDR means it runs at an effective speed of 1333MHz. Though that's not quite 1600MHz - Check your BIOS to see if it's set to run at it's rated speeds or not.



Priority is on gaming
Remember, I am building a new one and not gonna use this pc for gaming as I am giving this to my brother/ sell of the parts

Yes I checked on the BIOS.. it says it has MaxBandwidth of 667Mhz
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February 28, 2013 2:25:23 AM

cired02 said:
Priority is on gaming
Remember, I am building a new one and not gonna use this pc for gaming as I am giving this to my brother/ sell of the parts

Yes I checked on the BIOS.. it says it has MaxBandwidth of 667Mhz


People will be back to give you a build, but as for the ram, you have exactly what the sticker says.

1) DDR stands for double data rate. RAM running at 1600 MHz has a frequency of 800MHz in the BIOS.

2) That i3 can only run RAM at a maximum speed of 1333MHz as xomm wrote - so it down-clocked the RAM to make it work.
February 28, 2013 2:25:27 AM

smorizio said:
with intel mb and ram if xmp profile not turn on ram is going to default to 1066 or 1333 speed.
with buying parts some online sights will take pre paid visa and other credit cards.
to save yourself some cash you may be able to flash the bios of the mb you have and drop in a i5 cpu.
the i3 will be fine for light gaming. i would put in a better ps and newer video card if your low on funs.



I build my current one on a very low budget(like crazy low budget) and the i3 was the only one I could afford.
I cant have any type of bank related cards yet for this very reason, my parents are checking up on what I buy/ spend the money on and they are *** crazy when it comes to buying gadgets/ equipments
February 28, 2013 2:29:06 AM

DarkSable said:
People will be back to give you a build, but as for the ram, you have exactly what the sticker says.

1) DDR stands for double data rate. RAM running at 1600 MHz has a frequency of 800MHz in the BIOS.

2) That i3 can only run RAM at a maximum speed of 1333MHz as xomm wrote - so it down-clocked the RAM to make it work.


That I did not know. So lets say I acquire an i5 it would clock now to 1600?

Yeah sorry about that, I keep on forgetting the different timezones :) )
Thank for the input :D 
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February 28, 2013 2:31:48 AM

cired02 said:
That I did not know. So lets say I acquire an i5 it would clock now to 1600?

Yeah sorry about that, I keep on forgetting the different timezones :) )
Thank for the input :D 


If it's compatible with the motherboard, then yes, it should - you might have to change it manually, but it should run just fine.
February 28, 2013 2:53:00 AM

cired02 said:
Priority is on gaming
Remember, I am building a new one and not gonna use this pc for gaming as I am giving this to my brother/ sell of the parts

Yes I checked on the BIOS.. it says it has MaxBandwidth of 667Mhz


Given your budget, I went ahead and threw together a pretty generic build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1141.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 23:56 EST-0500)

Notes:
I omitted RAM because your current kit should do just fine. (Edit - if you're giving it to your brother, just tack on an extra $50 or so for a 2x4GB DDR3-1866MHz kit)
You can also omit the WD drive if you've already got HDDs you want to use for storage.
The case is mostly personal preference - I threw my current favorite in as a price placeholder.

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February 28, 2013 3:02:19 AM
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At your price range, it it just not enough for crossfire. I suggest this build that has crossfire potential. Re-use ram.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1325.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-28 00:02 EST-0500)
February 28, 2013 3:06:33 AM

Also might want to factor in higher prices for components that PCPartPicker pulled from Micro Center, since OP lives in the Philippines.
February 28, 2013 1:44:25 PM

camohanna said:
At your price range, it it just not enough for crossfire. I suggest this build that has crossfire potential. Re-use ram.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1325.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-28 00:02 EST-0500)


Took note of xomm's point.
After searching local shops for current price, it would still be in my $1500 range maybe lower by the time I can actually afford buying everything listed. At least now I have an idea on what to buy and what to prioritize buying first :D 

You guys are of big help indeed :D 
February 28, 2013 1:55:35 PM

just a question though, what is the other storage for?
February 28, 2013 3:53:36 PM

cired02 said:
just a question though, what is the other storage for?


The SSD is typically used for OS and programs, and the HDD is used for downloads, media, etc.
March 4, 2013 3:50:18 PM

Best answer selected by cired02.
March 4, 2013 3:51:49 PM

Gonna report back here in a month or two on how things are going :D 
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