Monday, August 20, 2012

Looking for a gaming rig? Look here! [Updated: 6th April 2013]




The peeps over at Lowyat Hardware QnA forum asked me to help contribute on rig suggestions for various budgets, mostly for gaming since this is what most of the requests are usually for. So, this is my personal opinion. So don't need to flame me yeah! CnC is also welcomed!

Mostly gaming rigs, that is prioritizing graphics card over other components first, then only the other parts =)

And ohhh, some might be asking, is 500W really enough? Answer is YES. Modern graphics cards nowadays (2011/2012) uses a lot less power compared to years before, usually in the range of 200-250W at maximum. With the other components, total system consumption is usually less than 400W. So a 500W PSU is sufficiently enough for a single GPU setup. Would be good to have a good 150-200W 'headroom' as  it's better to not have PSU to have high load all the time

However if you're into stuff like overclocking your CPU to the max, it may not be enough.

Credits to Tomshardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-15.html







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Processor: Intel i3-2100 RM339
Motherboard: Gigabyte H61M-S2P B3 RM189
Graphics card: Sapphire HD7770 GHz RM425
Ram: Kingston Value Ram 4GB RM64
Storage/HDD: WD Blue 500GB HDD RM199
Power Supply Unit: FSP Hexa 500W RM149
Casing: Cooler Master K380 RM140
Any DVD rom/writer RM60

Total: RM1565

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-Better mobo for USB 3.0 support
-Better, cooler graphics card

Processor: Intel I3-2100 RM339
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 RM224
Graphics card: Sapphire HD7870 XT 2GB RM789
Ram: Kingston Value Ram 4GB RM84
Storage/HDD: WD Blue 1TB HDD RM199
Power Supply Unit: FSP Hexa 500W RM149
Casing: Corsair Carbide 200R RM199
Any DVD rom/writer RM60

Total: RM2033

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-Better processor
-MUCH better graphics card

Processor: Intel i5-3470 RM579
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 RM224
Graphics card: Leadtek GTX670 [reference] RM1120 
Ram: Kingston Value Ram 4GB  RM84
Storage/HDD: WD Blue 1TB HDD RM199 
Power Supply Unit: Seasonic S12 II 620W RM285
Casing: Corsair Carbide 200R RM199
Any DVD rom/writer RM60

Total: RM2752

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-Better motherboard
-Better and cooler graphics card
-More ram [or feel free to add this on the other setup since it's cheap]

Processor: Intel i5-3570 RM639
Motherboard: Gigabyte H77M-D3H RM319
Graphics card: Palit Leadtek GTX670 RM1299
Ram: Kingston Value Ram 8GB 1600 RM148
Storage/HDD: WD Blue 1TB HDD RM199
Power Supply Unit: Seasonic S12 II 620W RM285
Casing: Corsair 300R/CM 690 Advanced/HAF 912 Advanced RM300
Any DVD rom/writer RM60

Total: RM3248


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-K processor CPU for overclocking
-CPU cooler
-Better mobo and OC ready
-Better graphics card, awesome OC capability
-Better PSU for headroom for overclocking

Processor: Intel i5-3570K RM699
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M RM339
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO RM109
Graphics card: MSI GTX670 Power Edition RM1439 
Ram: Kingston Value Ram 8gb RM148
HDD: WD Blue 1TB HDD RM199
SSD: Intel 355 series 240GB SSD RM569
Power Supply Unit: Seasonic S-series 620W RM299
Casing: Corsair 300R/CM 690 Advanced/HAF 912 Advanced RM300
Any DVD rom/writer RM60

Total: RM4161


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-GTX670 SLI
-Higher powered PSU for SLI

Processor: Intel i5-3570K RM699
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 RM489
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO RM109
Graphics card: Leadtek GTX670 SLI RM2240
Ram: Kingston Value Ram 4GBX2 RM128
Storage/HDD: WD Blue 1TB HDD RM254
Power Supply Unit: Corsair TX750M RM439
Casing: Corsair 300R/CM 690 Advanced/HAF 912 Advanced RM300
Any DVD rom/writer RM60

Total: RM4718

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- Graphics card similar performance to GTX670 SLI but it doesn't have disadvantages of a SLI setup which includes game's incompatibility with SLI performance, other issues with SLI generally.

Processor: Intel i5-3570K RM699
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 RM489
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO RM109
Graphics card: MSI GTX690 RM3499 
Ram: Kingston Value Ram 4GBX2 RM148
HDD: WD Blue 1TB HDD RM254
SSD: Intel 335 series 240GB SSD RM569
Power Supply Unit: Seasonic X-760 760W Gold RM589
Casing: Corsair 300R/CM 690 Advanced/HAF 912  RM300
Any DVD rom/writer RM60

Total: RM6667

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