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Old 03-01-2018, 08:04 AM   #16
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Yeah I think I will be going down to Sim Lim walk a bit.

What brands would you guys recommend? ASUS vs MSI vs GIGABYTE vs ASROCK?

And also what are some of the trustworthy shops in SLS?
All 4 brands are generally fine, pretty much depend on luck and how well u maintain pc

Not sure about troubleshooting but if u going down to buy parts, most shops okay if u know what parts u want and dont get influenced into changing. Tradepac is known for trying to get u to buy parts they wanna clear stock. But if u know what u want their prices are usually cheap

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Old 03-01-2018, 10:10 AM   #17
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Have always been using Asrock and so far so good. It's the most value for money then and probably now as well.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:21 AM   #18
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was told that the part that spoils usually are the motherboard, psu and ram. Processors hardly spoils. thats y u see old processors are often being sold. dk if its true will be glad if any1 can correct me?
CPUs will last a long time unless you put too much voltage into it. Never had a RAM failure before either but then I take good care of my stuff. I used to run my RAM under-volted so it was in excellent condition when I eventually sold it.
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Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 1050 Ti
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Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR4-2800
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Acer Predator Z35
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Sandisk 480GB Extreme Pro + Zotac 240GB + 2X4TB HGST NAS
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:42 AM   #19
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Siao liao man. I think 3rd gen all up lorry alr.
Can't find any replacement.

I have been looking on Lazada, please let me know whether this is viable.

Ripclaws DDR4 8 GB ($170)
i3-8100 ($180)
Asrock Z370 Pro4 ($220)

My case quite big so I don't wanna go for mini/micro.
Only need 1 monitor to beat aeroplane and diamond league gaming.

That setup good to go? Coupled with my previous GPU, GTX 650.
Then I can save up for a bigger monitor liao I think. 19 inch & VGA like takboleh ah.
Processor
i5-3470
Mainboard
ASUS B75M-Plus
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
Storage
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
Casing
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
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Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:08 PM   #20
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Siao liao man. I think 3rd gen all up lorry alr.
Can't find any replacement.
from this guy

http://forums.vrzone.com/motherboard...pu-cooler.html
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Intel i7-8700K Kopi Lake
Mainboard
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 1050 Ti
Memory
Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR4-2800
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Acer Predator Z35
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Sandisk 480GB Extreme Pro + Zotac 240GB + 2X4TB HGST NAS
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:16 PM   #21
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Swee. Thanks man!



Not bad leh. Only i3-8100 same price as local.

You guys think this is a worth buy?
Or should I just hoot a $70 replacement motherboard and wait until the other price all comes lower?
Processor
i5-3470
Mainboard
ASUS B75M-Plus
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
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Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
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NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
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Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:50 PM   #22
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To me, is hoot 2nd hand mobo and dong until ram/ssd price drop. This year should start dropping at H2 as Samsung rev up their production for ddr4 ram this year.

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Asus Strix X370-F Gaming (BIOS v3401)
Graphics Card
Asus Strix GTX 1080 OC Edition (OC-ed to 2.0GHz)
Memory
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3600MHz C16 (3200MHz @ C14) 16GB Kit (2x8GB)
Display
Aftershock Prism+ Z270 (1440p, 60Hz, 5ms GTG, VA Panel)
Storage
Crucial MX300 750GB
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In Unicorn Land
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NZXT S340 Elite Matte White (with 4x Corsair SP120 RGB)
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Old 04-01-2018, 02:52 PM   #23
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Got these from mixture of Amazon Prime (For free delivery) & Newegg:

Newegg:
MSI B350M Pro-VD Plus AM4 Motherboard ~$82
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 2400 ~ $122
Delivery ~ $38


Amazon Prime:
AMD Ryzen 3 1200X 3.4GHz ~ $149

Total: ~$371 (with -$20 newegg promo code)

You still have $129 for Graphics Card.

I got the Asus Radeon RX 550 4GB DDR5 @ $135.60 on Amazon Prime (offer).

Yesterday I saw they are selling RX 560 @ $155 on Lazada.

My strategy is to get a single piece ram and sit out and wait for the dd4 prices to go down and get the 2nd piece for dual channel.

OT:
I also got a PNY SSD 120GB from Amazon Prime for ~ $65
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ATI Radeon Palit 4850 Sonic 512MB GDDR3 - OC to 750/1050
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4 x 1GB OCZ PC8500 DDR2 1066 MHz NVIDIA SLI Edition @ 5-5-5-15 2.1V
Display
Dell 17" + Razer CopperHead Tempest Blue + Razer Mantis Mousepad Speed Edition
Storage
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black 32MB Cache
Optical Storage
HP 1270i SATA 24X DVDRW with Lightscribe
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CM 690 (non-window) + 5 Fans
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CoolerMaster Real Power 450W
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Old 04-01-2018, 03:44 PM   #24
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Anyone tried getting z77 series mobo from taobao before can pm me
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Intel i7 4790
Mainboard
Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5
Graphics Card
ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 970
Memory
Kingston HyperX FURY DDR3 16Gb
Display
Dell S2340L 23 Inch
Storage
HDD WD 1TB 64MB Caviar Blue + Samsung 840 120GB SSD SATA3
Optical Storage
Samsung 24x DvD-Writer SATA
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Old 13-01-2018, 04:36 PM   #25
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Thanks a lot for the replies man.
I will just be upgrading my GPU while waiting for more Z370 boards and for the bloody rams to drop first.
I know I will be getting i3-8100 for sure. *salivating*

I made a comparison list of the existing GPUs and prices across Carousell, Shopee and Lazada.

ZOTAC GTX 1050 4GB Ti $246
ZOTAC GTX 1050 2GB Low Profile $199
MSI GTX 1050 4GB Ti OC $229
MSI GTX 1050 2GB AERO ITX OC $195
MSI GTX 1050 2GB Low Profile $219
MSI GTX 1050 4GB Low Profile $259
GALAX GTX 1050 4GB Ti EXOC $239
GALAX GTX 1050 2GB OC $179
Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB $205
Gigabyte GTX 1050 4GB Ti $280
Palit Storm X GTX 1050 2GB $180
Palit Storm X GTX 1050 4GB Ti $225
ASUS GTX 1050 2GB $215 / $185
ASUS GTX 1050 4GB Ti OC $259
My mobo is as follows:

i5-3470
ASUS B75M-Plus
EVGA GTX 650 1024 MB
Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB
Thermaltake 500W/550W
NZXT Guardian 921 RB Mid Tower Case

Would it be possible for a GTX 1050 to fit in this mobo? I hope it can be a simple plug and play. Been so long since I dabbled in all these.

P.S What is low profile btw? I am tentatively looking at GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. Any recommendations for brand wise?

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Processor
i5-3470
Mainboard
ASUS B75M-Plus
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
Storage
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
Casing
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU
Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
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Old 13-01-2018, 04:54 PM   #26
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Thanks a lot for the replies man.
I will just be upgrading my GPU while waiting for more Z370 boards and for the bloody rams to drop first.
I know I will be getting i3-8100 for sure. *salivating*

I made a comparison list of the existing GPUs and prices across Carousell, Shopee and Lazada.



My mobo is as follows:

i5-3470
ASUS B75M-Plus
EVGA GTX 650 1024 MB
Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB
Thermaltake 500W/550W
NZXT Guardian 921 RB Mid Tower Case

Would it be possible for a GTX 1050 to fit in this mobo? I hope it can be a simple plug and play. Been so long since I dabbled in all these.

P.S What is low profile btw? I am tentatively looking at GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. Any recommendations for brand wise?
Just as an FYI

The longer you take to decide, the more expensive the GPUs become
Regardless of where you wish to compare, just click on the buy now button, if you see a GPU with prices you can accept

For the current climate
GPU is like a Stock Market Bullrun
1050 earlier on was $189 before discounts
1050TI $219 before discounts
Now, your selections limited to the " Premium " Stuff but then again, there's only so much performance you can squeeze out of the 1050 series coz the price of a premium 1050TI coul have gotten a 1060 2gb

If buying on Laqzada, you will be takinhg a chance of an " Out of Stock" scenario when voucher windows open so do bear that in mind.

If buying from Carousell: Confirm with the Seller first on stock availability, then " MAKE OFFER " to confirm stock, coz prices can hike with the span of a morning..
Unless the seller has Stock on Hand, they may advertise prices, but later " Have no stock "

If buying from SLS, call to reserve stock before heading down. Saw lots of lost sould today walking around SLS wondering why 1060 hard to find.
SO unless you have good connections, be prepared to either aim low, or aim high...

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Processor
Intel Core i7-4790
Mainboard
Asus G20AJ
Graphics Card
Nvidia GTX1060
Memory
16GB DDR3 Ram
Display
Samsung U28D590D S27D590P
Storage
1x 256gb, 2TB HDD
Optical Storage
Blu-Ray COmbo ODD
Casing
Asus G20AJ
PSU
Asus G20AJ PSU
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Built-In
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Old 13-01-2018, 05:40 PM   #27
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I feel that this one is a long-term investment, like finding our significant other, take some time nvm one. My rig lasted for 6 years already and still going strong because of the extensive research I did. But thanks for the heads up man.
Processor
i5-3470
Mainboard
ASUS B75M-Plus
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
Storage
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
Casing
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU
Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
OS
Windows 10

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