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Author:   Vitriolicism
Date:   Jan 31, 13 at 12:48am (PST)
Subject:   Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Hey guys, I'm new to the PC computer building game and was wondering if I may have a little help with it. Below, I've listed the parts I'm looking at the moment. I've done a lot of research, but I'm still a touch uncertain.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
Video Card: GeForce GTX 680 4GB
RAM: 16GB
HDD: 2TB 7200RPM
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

The other components I have either completely forgotten about (in which case please remind me of any other crucial components), or I didn't think them relavent (case, monitor, keyboard....)

This is where you come in:
Pretty pretty please give me some advice as to specific products that match the criteria above.
Also, I don't know how much power I will need, so please give me any idea of what PSU to get.
I'm looking for a network card that allows for ethernet connection, as well as wireless later on down the track (like my laptop), any ideas or solutions for that?
Any ideas for a sound card?

So this computer is going to be predominantly a gaming PC. I'd love for it to last as well, so if you can think of any improvements that will help the longevity of this computer, please don't hold back.

I live in Australia! Which is a huge problem, please don't suggest Newegg unless it's really the very best place (in which case I will send it to some American friends, who will repost it to me).
My budget is loosely based around $1500 AUD.

I apologise for the length, and unprofessionality of this post, I'm pretty new to this all. Please don't hesitate to ask further questioned, especially if I haven't included any criteria you need.

Thanks a million guys!


V



Author:   magsasaka
Date:   Jan 31, 13 at 8:38am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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according to nvidia's website, the video card you want requires a minimum of 550W
http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-680/specifications
so i guess 650-700w would suffice

the cpu is compatible with the motherboard so that's alright
make sure you get ddr3 ram sticks

i recently built my pc and the wireless card connects via pci express-1 slot
ur board has it, it's the smallest pci slot and it conveniently sits just below the rear ports
installing it is pretty straight forward, just stick it in and install the drivers.
you'd also want a card that says "supports 802.11 b, g, n"
about the speed of the card, i'm not sure about effective throughput but just get a fast one something like 300mbps
obvioudsly, it will only use bandwidth as much as ur wireless router supports



Author:   aaron6581230
Date:   Jan 31, 13 at 11:20am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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I suggest picking up an SSD for your build. Will speed things up significantly.

As for power supply, a good quality 650W should be more than enough, assuming you won't be going SLI



Author:   Vitriolicism
Date:   Jan 31, 13 at 1:00pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Alright, thanks so much guys!

If I do intend to SLI later, should I PSU proof it now and go about 800W?
Also, any advice as to where I should buy all these parts?
I've recently thought of cooling as well, what do I need for that outside of the CPU cooler?

Thank you very very much for your time, it really is helping me out a lot!

V



Author:   Vitriolicism
Date:   Jan 31, 13 at 9:30pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Also, will this RAM do the trick?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231609

Thanks :-)



Author:   Nagare
Date:   Feb 03, 13 at 1:13pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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That RAM should be fine. As for the SLI, you shouldn't need it for awhile, but if you go with at least 750W and a good brand for the power supply there should be no issues.

For your wireless idea, it is good to have just in case, but remember that a wired connection should always be much better.



Author:   Vitriolicism
Date:   Feb 08, 13 at 2:08am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Alright, thanks.

Bit of silly question, but I can't really find an answer:
Will a full tower support an e-atx z77 motherboard?
Thanks so much!

V



Author:   Nagare
Date:   Feb 08, 13 at 7:22am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Probably not, but I'd say check with the specific case you're looking at. What reason are you looking at e-ATX boards? The UD5H you mentioned is a regular ATX board which should be more than fine for your build.



Author:   Vitriolicism
Date:   Feb 08, 13 at 2:22pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Oh okay, great!

I read somewhere that the UD5H was extended. Must have been wrong.

Which CD-DVD/Blu-ray drive should I get? Can anyone recommend a drive that will read and write to CD-DVD? Also, if there is one that can read and write to CD-DVD and Blu-ray, that would be cool.

Thanks!

V



Author:   Vitriolicism
Date:   Feb 08, 13 at 4:56pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Oh, also:

Which would you all recommend more?

1) Thermaltake Contac 30 CPU Cooler
OR
2) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler

Thanks!

V



Author:   Nagare
Date:   Feb 08, 13 at 8:16pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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For the Blu-Ray burner/player, this is the highest rated one on Newegg and should burn to CD/DVDs as well. The only problem with BluRay burners is that they don't usually come with the proper software for reading them like playing a BRD movie on your PC.

I've never heard of the Contac, but a brief search suggests that it isn't the best and people recommend the 212 over it. As a note, the CPU cooler was the hardest part of my entire build process.



Author:   Vitriolicism
Date:   Feb 09, 13 at 12:27am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Right, so which CPU cooler did you go with? And for what socket?



Author:   Nagare
Date:   Feb 09, 13 at 4:26am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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I used a Hyper 212 Evolution which supports quite a variety of sockets including LGA 2011, but since my 3770k is 1155, that's what I used.



Author:   CMNealTan
Date:   Feb 10, 13 at 7:46am (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Hi Vitriolicism! Logical Increments (www.logicalincrements.com) is a great site that offers specific pc builds for specific budgets. Since you're from Australia, just change the country in the drop-down list. Currently, msy and ijk are the e-stores referenced there.



Author:   Vitriolicism
Date:   Feb 10, 13 at 12:45pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Building a Custom PC, Need Help!
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Thank you!!!!
I've been looking for stores to buy from, because the one I'm using at the moment: macotechnology.com.au
seems a bit overpriced when I compre it. Any other suggestions, fire!

V


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