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Hey folks,

This is my first thread/post on the overclock.net forums so bear with me smile.gif

I am currently shopping for parts to build a custom gaming rig for not much cash. I have just moved to a new city and the cost of living is a bit expensive so my rig is going to have to be *fairly* cheap. Although I NEED low budget, I also WANT high spec as my last PC was pretty nice to use smile.gif

So I am going to list the parts I am looking at so far and I would really appreciate if you guys could provide me with feedback, recommendations, and advice regarding the build. Feel free to tell me if a part I am looking at is completely crap and if possible offer a better alternative.

My main uses for the PC are going to be programming, surfing, Fraps recording & gaming (Not too hard-core, things like League of Legends, Command & Conquer, Age of Empires, DoTA & COD), because of this, I am not looking for some beastly bf3 or skyrim machine that costs an arm and a leg.

So here we go:

MOBO:
ASROCK 970 EXTREEME3 MOTHERBOARD
(Can get this in a bundle with the CPU for $275 US. Since I am an Aussie that is cheaper biggrin.gif )

CPU:
AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8120
AM3+ Socket, 3.1Ghz clock speed with a 4Ghz Turbo-Boost

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB)
1600Mhz, DDR3 Dual Channel

GFX:
AMD Radeon HD 5770
(I ama noob in the GFX Department and was after something good but not OTT)

PSU:
God knows, I am sure I can find something, Will update this list tomorrow

CASE:
Can someone direct me to a case with good cooling, preferably with Red LED Fans and a perspex side pannel. (I can mod the case and put in my own side-panel/fans if I have to. I want something that looks nice and has a HDD bay on the outside.)

HDD:
Not sure just yet, might get a small SSD for OS/Programs aswell as an HDD

COOLING:
I want red liquid cooling. (I am going for a black/red setup if you couldnt already tell)

DVD/BLU RAY:
These are cheap, I can pick up a standard for like ~$20

SO guys,

Any advice and feedback is appreciated, really need help on some items here namely, PSU, Case & Cooling.

Cheers
post #2 of 32
What is your budget? In my opinion, I would put the money you had in liquid cooling towards some better components.

I would go with a better gpu and go with Amd's latest gen processors, as they have around a 20% increase in speed over the previous gen.
Edited by IBooNI - 3/22/13 at 2:39am
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I'd recommend spending more money on the GPU, a 7870 is a great choice if you want to go higher a 7950 or a 7970.. all 3 are great cards.

As IBooNI said we need your budget thumb.gif
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I would steer away from the Bulldozer CPUs ... Either spend a bit more and get a Piledriver or save yourself some money and get a Phenom II 965 or 1050t/1100t. You'll be much happier with the performance I promise you that. I think most experienced AMD users will agree with me on this. I still have my Phenom II 965 Black Edition laying around. It can handle anything you throw at it, minus hardcore designing programs. I only upgraded to the 8350 because I have compulsive buying issues.

I have an HD 5770 laying around here somewhere. It was a great GPU and will allow you to pretty much play anything out today, maybe not ay max settings but still. I have owned the 7870 and now have a 7970. Right now, you won't notice a difference in either one. In a year or two as games catch up you might.

As far as PSUs are concerned I recommend XFX brand.
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post #5 of 32
I have an FX-8120. I'm looking at liquid cooling because that thing is hot as hell. Don't get one unless you have a good motherboard and after market cooling to overclock it and keep it cool. Stock they're not so great unfortunately.
post #6 of 32
Cooling costs money. Money that's not being used for real performance. CPU is old bulldozer generation. Better:

Intel i5-3470 ($195)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20894

Gigabyte B75 matx mobo ($62)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1183&products_id=21138

Cooling: Intel stock cooler ($0)

Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 450c ($65)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_535&products_id=22634
Note: for overclocking an fx-8xxx chip, you will want more wattage. This is a recommendation for a relatively power-sipping Intel setup. Saves a few bucks though, which is nice.

Case: look around to see if you can find an Zalman z11 plus hf1. Most Zalman glowy cases are blue, but the hf1 is red. Dunno if you can find 'em in Australia. Otherwise I think Sharkoon or Aerocool might have something you find appealing.
    
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I can't argue that. Though I'm an AMD fan, Intel makes a great CPU that often outperforms AMD.

But isn't this the AMD section of the forum? Lol
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post #8 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies, such a great forum!!

Which Piledriver CPU is most cost effective and will handle decent level gaming?

I am thinking about what you said regarding the Phenom, I am not after too serious processing capabilities, but still not crap so to speak.

I am not big on the Phenom Series, I was told that Bulldozer chips are better but hey I am no hardware expert, I am a programmer lol.

What is the price difference like when changing to a different GPU? I was looking at the HD 5770 because it was cheap but looks like it still performs.

I will post something soon, am going to look around at some ideas.

Once again, thanks for the help folks!

PS. I am an AMD fan, I know intel make nice performance CPUs but I want a pure AMD rig, sorry smile.gif Thanks thought.
post #9 of 32
Hey mate do you live in Aus??
The Thermaltake Commander MS-II or MS-III is a cheap case here @ $58 and I've seen them with red lights/fans. I don't know much about the case so double check the dimensions etc before you commit tongue.gif
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Cooling costs money. Money that's not being used for real performance. CPU is old bulldozer generation. Better:

Intel i5-3470 ($195)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20894

Gigabyte B75 matx mobo ($62)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1183&products_id=21138

Cooling: Intel stock cooler ($0)

This is a good point if you're not looking to overclock (then the liquid cooling comes into play) and is one of the cheaper options.
These prices are identical to those at MSY: http://www.msy.com.au/
Look around as there are plenty of options.
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PS. I am an AMD fan, I know intel make nice performance CPUs but I want a pure AMD rig, sorry smile.gif Thanks thought.

Whoops just saw that after I made my post.
In that case u cant really go wrong with any of the FX-8xxx CPU's but you should try to go as high as possible since the price difference is small (smaller than Intel at least lol)
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