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  1. Mointor: Samsung 23" 1080p FullHD HDTV Monitor 

    Case: NZXT Lexa S
    Fans: 2 x  1Corsair AF 140mm ("Modded" Yellow Rings) + 3 x Corsair AF 120mm ("Modded" Yellow Rings"
    Motherboard: Asus H81m-e

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0ghz (Haswell) Socket LGA1150 Processor
    Ram: 1 x Kingston HyperX Blue DDR3 1600

    GPU: Sapphire R9-270x Toxic

    HDD: 1 x Seagate 1TB + 1 x WD Blue 1TB

    Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
    Keyboard and Mouse: Logitech MK330 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse


    Location: Philippines

  2. This is probably the only thing that I can link online. Other vendors don't have websites.





    Plus, the actual prices in my area are 8% higher than what is stated in the PDF since its prices are based in Manila and that's very far away from where I live.




    Added another site. http://pcx.com.ph/ I'm not going to buy there since it's far away but the prices are the same.

  3. Overpiced as it is, that's the price of those parts here. Not exactly $1200, but around $1140. Still, that's a whole lot more expensive compared to prices in newegg and that's the prices I have to actually put up with. :(


    So, based on the two posts, I should really go with my original plan, which I was actually hoping for since I wanted to save money


    Just a follow-up question, is there a lot of difference between the i5-2500K and the i5-2400? Let's put in a situation wherein the user does not really overclock much or is not an avid fan of overclocking.


    NOTE: If I don't go with the i7-2600K bundle, I don't really intend on going with a SSD. It's too expensive around here.

  4. I plan on ugprading to a Sandy Bridge set-up by march (probably last week, since I plan on buying them using a credit card), and even though that Ivybridge is just right around the corner, I really do not see any reason why I should wait for it nor buy it. For now, I'm eyeing an upgrade that costs more or less about $500 and one that would also last me for many years (two, three, four perhaps?). No GPUs please, I already have a 6950 (Flashed to 6970) which is more than enough for my gaming needs. Also, you can use newegg prices to help me. I'll just add about 10% to the new-egg price since parts here are slightly more expensive.


    I was planning on building something like this:


    Mobo: Asus P8Z68-M PRO

    CPU: i5-2500K

    RAM: 8GB(2x4GB) G.Skill RipjawsX Red DDR3 1600 CL9


    Now, I suppose that is a pretty good build. I was going to go with it. It would cost me less than $500 to go with this build and I would have an extra money to buy other things.


    Then, the other day when I was passing by the ASUS store here, I saw that they were offering a package deal for this build:


    Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z

    Intel Core i7 2600k

    WD 2TB Caviar Black

    Intel 80GB SSD


    It sells for $1200 straight cash and if I were to ask my mom to use her credit card for me and get it on a 12-month Instalment Payment Scheme, I'd be paying about $110 for it or about P4,400 here. Plus, I'd need to spend about $50 more for 8GB worth of ram.


    I am wondering, in the long term, which set-up would last me for about four years at most?


    NOTE: I plan on overclocking once I get the time and money.

  5. AFAIK, 6950s have dropped in price as of late and that's coming from a guy who lives in a country wherein most parts are 5-10% higher compared to prices posted in Newegg. Best bet is to sell those 460s of yours and buy a 6950. It would be better if it could be flashed to 6970. Though, you'd have to be lucky to find one these days.

  6. An I3 paired with the cheapest board and a 6850 should be enough for your friend. AFAIK, it won't put your friend past his budget. Besides, i3 is more than enough for gaming if paired with a 6850 or a higher GPU. Though, if you really want to save some money, you could go with a 4850. If you could find a 500w FSP Supersonic in your area, that would be good as well since it is one of the cheapest 500w PSUs around. Using a 380W PSU with a 6850 would be cutting it close.


    Also, the APU idea is good enough. If you plan on using a 380W PSU, the 6670 and the A8 should be enough to play most games at high settings since the 6670 does not really consume a lot of power. Plus, at load, it could barely hit 300W. At least, that is what I know. Also, the performance should be on par or better than a 6790 and a few FPS below the 6850.

  7. The Extreme 3 Gen 3 is a little bit cheaper and there is not really much difference between the Extreme 3 and 4. So, I say go with the cheaper Extreme 3 Gen 3.


    Though, I'm wondering, why the change of heart Tjj226_Angel? I thought you only recommended Asus? :evilgrin:


    Also, if you want, you can try crossfiring a 6870 instead of going with a 6970. A crossfired 6870 is said to perform better than a 6970 and you would be spending about $30 less for it. Besides, if you think it is not enough, you can always go trifire. Still, it is up to you. I use a flashed 6970 myself, and well, I am very satisfied. :biggrin:

  8. I don't know, I thought maybe it would be in a higher resolution. I can't say, I haven't really seen anyone use that large of a TV to play games nor do I have any idea about that. Still, you're right, a single 6970 should be enough or a 7870, since a 7870 is "said" to be more powerful than the 6970.

  9. I suggest you hold on to the money and wait until May. It's not that good to build computers right now, especially since a lot of new stuff are going to be released every month and you'd want to wait and see what they are capable of. Since you want your computer to last, you'd want to buy it the smart way and that is, to learn from reviews and the mistake of others. With your budget, you could build a good gaming rig that could last you for 3-4 years at most before you begin to feel that it won't be able to run games at max settings.


    Don't worry, people here will be more than willing enough to help you get the most out of your money. :thumbsup:


    P.S - With that large TV of yours, It's safe to say that majority of your budget will go directly to buying a powerful GPU and a very good power supply. :D

  10. Welcome To OCC ! :cheers:


    I know how to put a computer together, I just don't know about specs and such. I've had a brief read of some guides here and whilst they help I can't help but feel lost in the technical jargon etc. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction; will overclocking benefit a gaming PC? Is it important to have one very good component ie. a very good processor then standard graphics card etc, or is it better to have the best of everything? I want to get into building my own computers and I have the base knowledge but I don't want to buy loads of components only to find out they don't work together etc..


    Thanks Guys,



    Just to help you with the latter part of your post. I don't know much about overclocking in terms of trying it out myself, considering that I have only read about them. Though, I do plan on trying to overclock myself. That aside, when it comes to gaming, you'll want to get the best graphics card or GPU that your money can buy, as well as a nice PSU to go along with that power hungry card of yours. In choosing a processor, you'd want something that won't bottle-neck your system but still, would give you the best performance out there for your budget. Basically, in terms of gaming, you'll want a well-rounded set-up that won't bottle-neck your GPU and have a little room for upgrades in the near future without having to drastically change most parts of your build. Also, keep in mind that motherboards aren't just POS. They're useful and they have features and a good motherboard could help you get the best overclock out of your processor.


    Also, if you're planning to build the system by April or May, I'd recommend going for the AMD 7xxx series or Nvidia 6xx series and getting an Ivybridge processor.

  11. The A8 should be able to run most games fine at medium settings. So, yeah, it should be more than enough for your friend. There's also the option of getting a 6670 down the road if you choose to go for the A8 build.

  12. I can attest to the fact that in terms of gaming, there's not much difference between an i3 and i5. Unless, though, the i5 is a i5-2500k overclocked, and there could be a difference of between 10-15 fps, which still isn't much if you have a good GPU and since it's a budget build, your money would best be invested in a better GPU. Also, don't go with a 6850, go with a 6870. If you're lucky enough to find a 6950 that can be flashed to a 6970, that would be a good deal as well.


    As for your PSU, you might want to spend a little bit more money on it. Not to discriminate, but, OCZ PSUs aren't really that good.

  13. Maybe it's just me being a fan of water cooling and wanting to have one. Still, given that you said that was possible, I might as well try and pull of a 5 GHZ i5-2500K myself. Though, if it was me, I'd take the risk of going with the i3 now and i5-2500k later when I have enough money to actually try and pull out off a 5 GHZ overclock.


    Off Topic:


    I'm choosing between the Revision 3 of Asrock, Gigabyte and Asus Z68 boards, which of the three would you recommend?

  14. Hello and welcome to OCC.


    Bet the "real" girlfriend isn't to chuffed about being number two! ;)


    It kinda helps if both girlfriends are friends. :evilgrin:


    Welcome to OCC :cheers:




    Welcome to OCC!




    Welcome to OCC :D



  15. I think a much better way of saving money would be to go with an i3 now and go for the i5-2500k later on when prices decrease and when the OP has enough money for a decent water cooling kit for overclocking.


    I've never been too much of a fan of new things anyway and theoretically, Ivybridge should be able to lower the price of the Sandybridge processors just by a little bit. Then, I could be wrong. Still, it's worth a try. All I'm saying is, if you're not going to try overclocking, then, the OP might as well go with the i3 and spend the cash on a 6950/6970. I checked the site, the price difference is huge between the i3 and i5-2500K, enough to add for a better PSU that he can still use later when he plans going SLI or crossfire.


    What I propose would be to tweak your planned build to replacing your i5-2500k with an i3-2100 and going with this PSU.




    Quite surprisingly, I find it interesting that the 6950 and 560 Ti are sold at almost identical prices in your area. Either way, it's a win-win situation for you. Give or take a few months or probably by June, you should have enough money to go with a crossfire or SLI, depending on the GPU you choose and upgrade to the i5-2500k and a decent water cooling kit.


    P.S - I've heard a lot about OCZ and most of the computer stores here in my area don't sell them since there's been a lot of complaints about them before. It's not that I'm saying that they're not good. It's just that, for the same amount, you could have something better or if you go for the one I suggested above, that could do wonders for you.




    Edited the link for his PSU. The former was on sale and a refurbished one.

  16. I just found out about this sub-forum, and well, I went on to introduce myself.


    I currently have this rig (See my Signature) and I call it, the Girlfriend! Because, it's always nice having two girlfriends. :evilgrin:


    I plan on upgrading to a I5-2500K, especially if their prices go down when Ivybridge comes around. Though, for the next month, I'm going with a temporary i3-2100 and a Asus P8Z68-M PRO and well, something nice that would fit my budget.


    Anyway, that's it. HI OCC! :thumbsup:

  17. What's your monitor's resolution? A 6870 should be able to play most games at high-ultra settings smoothly. Though, looking at your card, it should be more than enough. I should know, I'm using it's Radeon rival, a 6950 flashed to 6970. :thumbsup:


    Also, considering that you don't have any plans on overclocking, you might want to skip on the I5-2500k and wait for it's Ivybridge version. Buy an i3-2100 for now and you'll be able to save at least $50-$80. There's not much difference between a stock i3 and a stock i5, especially when it comes to gaming.

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