Thoughts on new PC gear + compatability

By ScruFFy_1000
Mar 24, 2013
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  1. I'm looking to get into PC gaming and have gone to PC Case Gear for my choices
    I don't know barely anything about computers but
    this is what I have chosen:

    - Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000D M001 $99
    - Sandisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120gb $115
    - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $35
    - ASUS P8Z77-M PRO Motherboard $129
    - Corsair Vengenace CMZ8 GX3M2A 1600C8R 8GB (2x4gb) DDR3 $79
    - OCZ Fatal1ty Series 550W Modular $75
    - Intel Core i5 3570K $239
    - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB OC $319
    - Sharkoon T28 Green Case USB 3.0 $75

    TOTAL = $1,1165

    what are your views on this list ? Is there anything I am forgetting besides keyboards, mouse, monitors and OS ?
    thanks help is much appreciated :)

    full list pc possibilities.JPG
  2. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 414   +112

    There are some good choices there, but there are a few things I would change.

    Get a full sized ATX motherboard, no point getting a small form factor one with that case. Something Like the ASUS P8Z77-V or an Asrock Extreme 4.

    Do not get that power supply, the only power supplies to be trusted are from Corsair, Seasonic and XFX. Although the Corsair TX-650W is more expensive, it will give you more connectors and more headroom if you want to upgrade later, and also the piece of mind that you're feeding your PC good power.

    I probably wouldn't get that SSD either, I'd be looking at a Samsung 840 PRO or a Crucial M4.

    Otherwise I'm really liking the build :)

    I'll also suggest taking a look at www.mwave.com.au, as they tend to have a bigger range and are a little cheaper on shipping costs (I've brought from them many times).
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  3. ScruFFy_1000

    ScruFFy_1000 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks mate ill have a look at some more stuff and post back soon as am pretty busy at the moment haha. thanks for your help and any more suggestions would be appreciated :)
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,714   +873

    LukeDJ Nice suggestions, but I will sum it up below with some minor adjustments of mine.
    ScruFFy_1000
    Here is the components I would buy. You can get some components cheaper at newegg:
    1) RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233240 It is $64.99 and it is 1866 MHz. I always run into this problem buddy, and I havent built an example my self, but I would play it safe with the low profile RAM. 1) The large heat spreaders on the ones you chose are not needed @ 1600MHz
    2) The main issue I have been reading about sometimes online is that the large heat spreaders interfere with the heat sink fan of the hyper 212 plus/evo. So I would play it safe since I do not have an answer. Maybe the 2 sticks will leave 1 DIMM slot open, and that is all the clearance it needs, but I dont know buddy.


    2) SSD: 840 Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192 I would go with either the Samsung 840 Series or the OCZ Vector, I will disagree with Luke there since the Crucial M4 is slow and plays in a different league from the 840 Pro and OCZ Vector. OCZ Vector: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-915&ParentOnly=1&IsVirtualParent=1

    3) HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339&Tpk=wd blue&IsVirtualParent=1 I dont trust Seagate, numerous drives I have tried have failed within days. Also, 1TB is enough if all what you need it for is games and backups.

    4) GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125440 It is $270 after a $20 rebate.

    5) PSU: Since you have OC'ed components, along with an unlocked CPU, I would recommend a 750W since it leaves room for another 660Ti in the future and provides tons of head way in terms of OCing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 Also as Luke said, only Seasonic, Corsair, and XFX can be trusted.

    6) Motherboard: Like Luke said, the P8Z77 is a better choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

    Just a question, do you have a Micro Center near you? They offer really sick deals on motherboards and CPUs combos. More importantly, you can get a i5 3570K for $189.99 in store only. Micro Center is my favorite store lol. Good luck on your build and remember, never install drivers from the CDs, always go to the manufacturers site to download drivers. Would you like me to state the links to the most crucial drivers?
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    I like the Rosewil Capstone 650w and the Thermalright Truespirit 120 but those are tougher to find for the $30 price.
    If you're not considering any upgrading the Seasonic 550w is a great choice.
  6. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,714   +873

    For a thousand dollar build, I wouldnt trust Rosewill personally.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    I realize that in the past rosewill has been subpar, in fact one of the worst power supply manufacturers but they've really improved their quality as of lately.
    Their Capstone series is a Superflower based design and fairly decent and very well priced.
    Try looking at some reviews:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5698/rosewill-capstone-450w-and-650w-80plus-gold
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=266
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-CAPSTONE-550M-Power-Supply-Review/1584
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Rosewill/CAPSTONE-750-M/10.html
  8. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,714   +873

    Interesting, regardless though, I still only trust Seasonic, Corsair, and XFX.
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    Technically XFX and lots of Corsairs are essentially Seasonic :). XFX and Corsair rebrands will be cheaper sometimes though.
  10. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,714   +873

    Even XFX! Wow I thought only Corsair. I didn't think XFX made their own haha.
  11. ScruFFy_1000

    ScruFFy_1000 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks guys for alll the tips so far keep them coming :)
    stuff from newegg is good but cant get since am from Australia so will start to have a better look for price comparison but yeah keep suggestions coming hahaha :)
    post some more ideas sooon but am busy with some work and stuff so might be a couple of days tops hopefully
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,714   +873

    Alright sounds good my friend. Does Amazon ship to Australia?
  13. ScruFFy_1000

    ScruFFy_1000 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yes amazon do deliver to Australia and some of these parts are cheaper there so will check it out :)
    and here is another go at parts lists. may be better may be worse but it kinda is getting a bit outta price range. Also would it maybe better to hold off for a bit for the new generation of games and stuff ? and how long would this system last for running current gen + future gen before needing to upgrade. Thanks again guys for your help hears a new list haha
    had another look at parts.JPG
    (which RAM to choose you reckon ?)
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    I would chose the low profile RAM.
    You could probably save some money by using DDR3 1600 or 1866.
  15. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,714   +873

    1) I would get this PSU: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Profe...=1364225597&sr=8-2&keywords=corsair gold 750w
    2) I would get this SSD instead because the Corsair one you chose, uses a less consistant Sandforce chip, this Samsung one uses a custom Samsung chip which are very reliable: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Elect...225713&sr=1-3&keywords=samsung 840 series 120
    3) GPU: This uses a standard 660ti cooler: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-...TF8&qid=1364225814&sr=1-10&keywords=660ti 3gb
    OR
    This one uses a custom PCB and fan, similar to the 670: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-...&ie=UTF8&qid=1364225800&sr=1-6&keywords=660ti
    The 660ti 3GB Superclocked will get you equal performance to the stock GPU you chose.
    4) +1 to hellokitty's suggestion. Play it safe, I do not know if the high heat spreaders will clear the Hyper 212.
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    I also really like Samsung 840/840 pro SSDs.
    Corsair AX650 or TX650 v2 is also great and maybe cheaper.
  17. ScruFFy_1000

    ScruFFy_1000 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ok hows this ?
    regrtgr.JPG
    I know I can get them cheaper on Amazon and stuff which should bring the price down by a 100 or 2. Also would it be better to go for an 850w version of the Corsair as found it for $20 more on amazon. PLus 250gb SSD for an extra $20 or $40 on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-MZ-7T...id=1364274642&sr=1-4&keywords=samsung 840 pro

    this is looking pretty good I think haha just gotta get some more funds :)
    thanks


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