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Old 24-02-2017, 12:23 PM   #1
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New DIY PC Advice!

I will be getting my new house soon so I am planning to build a new PC from scratch this time. My current one will be given to my wife to allow her to watch her online Korean dramas and Taiwanese variety shows in the future.



Currently, I find that there are a lot of new hardware parts been introduced on the PC market so I totally lost touch on some of them. Thus, I need some help from you experts here.

My budget is S$1500 at the moment. I don't think I can squeeze a cent more above that budget as I still have house renovation to worry about. That will be a huge bomb for me and my wife later on.

Recommendations:

1) Processor (Preferably Intel)

2) Motherboard (ASRock or MSI)

3) RAM (Normal RAM is OK?)

4) Hard Drive

5) PSU

6) Media Drive

7) OS (Windows 10 - I guess)

8) Graphics Card (MSI...)

9) Casing (Is there one that has fan filters that can be removed for cleaning easily?)

10) Sound Card - Is it still relevant nowadays?

Normally, I will get my parts from Tradepac as I did the same for my past PCs.
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Processor
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz
Mainboard
Gigabyte H61M-HD2
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2GB
Memory
G.Skill ValuRam DDR3 8GB (2 Pieces)
Display
Samsung 22" S22F350 LED
Storage
Hitachi 250GB SATAIII 7200RPM + Toshiba 1TB SATAIII 7200RPM
Optical Storage
LG MoDisc DVD-RAM
Casing
Xigmatek Asgard XP
PSU
Seasonic S12-II Bronze 620W 80+
Audio
Onboard sound!! (RealTek)
OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Old 24-02-2017, 12:26 PM   #2
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I don't need the monitor as I changed it last year. Argh... I didn't update the PC specification on the right.
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Processor
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz
Mainboard
Gigabyte H61M-HD2
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2GB
Memory
G.Skill ValuRam DDR3 8GB (2 Pieces)
Display
Samsung 22" S22F350 LED
Storage
Hitachi 250GB SATAIII 7200RPM + Toshiba 1TB SATAIII 7200RPM
Optical Storage
LG MoDisc DVD-RAM
Casing
Xigmatek Asgard XP
PSU
Seasonic S12-II Bronze 620W 80+
Audio
Onboard sound!! (RealTek)
OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Old 24-02-2017, 12:39 PM   #3
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Ryzen ryzen..

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Old 24-02-2017, 12:53 PM   #4
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1. AMD is catching up. Wait one more week or so then see again. Performance could match Intel and priced cheaper.

2. Normal ram is fine.

4. SSD for OS and softwares. HDD for read and write stuff and storage.

5. Superflower leadex Gold

6. Is it even relevant anymore? Do you use one often? Otherwise get external DVD drive.

8. Why MSI? It's expensive. Consider Palit or Zotac if you're not hardcore user.

9. Fractal Design Define series. NZXT S340 Elite (but you need a 140mm filter for top vent. Doraemon a.k.a. t258jgn got sell. See his carousell page)

10. Not really unless you're audiophile.

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 w/ Wraith Spire LED (3.60GHz @ 1.25V)
Mainboard
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
Optical Storage
In Unicorn Land
Casing
NZXT S340 Elite Matte White (with 4x Corsair SP120 RGB)
PSU
EVGA G3 750W
Audio
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II
OS
Windows 10 Home 64-bit

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Old 24-02-2017, 04:17 PM   #5
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1. AMD is catching up. Wait one more week or so then see again. Performance could match Intel and priced cheaper.

2. Normal ram is fine.

4. SSD for OS and softwares. HDD for read and write stuff and storage.

5. Superflower leadex Gold

6. Is it even relevant anymore? Do you use one often? Otherwise get external DVD drive.

8. Why MSI? It's expensive. Consider Palit or Zotac if you're not hardcore user.

9. Fractal Design Define series. NZXT S340 Elite (but you need a 140mm filter for top vent. Doraemon a.k.a. t258jgn got sell. See his carousell page)

10. Not really unless you're audiophile.
What's the diff between Amd and Intel?
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Old 24-02-2017, 06:18 PM   #6
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Depends on your usage. If you do rendering, streaming and heavy processor workload, AMD higher core counts is more efficient and for the price you pay, it's quite a bit cheaper than Intel's offering.

If just on gaming and you can't be bother with the new AMD Ryzen hype, get Intel lor.

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 w/ Wraith Spire LED (3.60GHz @ 1.25V)
Mainboard
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
Optical Storage
In Unicorn Land
Casing
NZXT S340 Elite Matte White (with 4x Corsair SP120 RGB)
PSU
EVGA G3 750W
Audio
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II
OS
Windows 10 Home 64-bit

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Old 24-02-2017, 06:53 PM   #7
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Depends on your usage. If you do rendering, streaming and heavy processor workload, AMD higher core counts is more efficient and for the price you pay, it's quite a bit cheaper than Intel's offering.

If just on gaming and you can't be bother with the new AMD Ryzen hype, get Intel lor.
Gaming looks to be on the Ryzen side now too
Processor
AMD Ryzen 1800X
Mainboard
MSI x370 Titanium
Graphics Card
MSI 1080Ti X Gamer
Memory
32GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 RGB
Display
Dell U3415W
Storage
Samsung 960 Pro M.2
Optical Storage
Who needs one
Casing
NZXT H440
PSU
Seasonic 650W
Audio
Creative Labs X-Fi Platinum
OS
Windows 10 Pro 64

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Old 24-02-2017, 07:02 PM   #8
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Gaming looks to be on the Ryzen side now too
Need more benchmark and gaming demo. Wait official release if not in hurry.

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 w/ Wraith Spire LED (3.60GHz @ 1.25V)
Mainboard
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
Optical Storage
In Unicorn Land
Casing
NZXT S340 Elite Matte White (with 4x Corsair SP120 RGB)
PSU
EVGA G3 750W
Audio
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II
OS
Windows 10 Home 64-bit

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Old 24-02-2017, 08:22 PM   #9
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1. AMD is catching up. Wait one more week or so then see again. Performance could match Intel and priced cheaper.

2. Normal ram is fine.

4. SSD for OS and softwares. HDD for read and write stuff and storage.

5. Superflower leadex Gold

6. Is it even relevant anymore? Do you use one often? Otherwise get external DVD drive.

8. Why MSI? It's expensive. Consider Palit or Zotac if you're not hardcore user.

9. Fractal Design Define series. NZXT S340 Elite (but you need a 140mm filter for top vent. Doraemon a.k.a. t258jgn got sell. See his carousell page)

10. Not really unless you're audiophile.
Thanks for the recommendations. I will research into Palit and Zotac.

Superflower? That's a new brand for PSU?

Which brand of SSD is good/durable? I trust Hitachi's HDD more.
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1) Beware the aliens, the mutants and the heretics!

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Processor
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz
Mainboard
Gigabyte H61M-HD2
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2GB
Memory
G.Skill ValuRam DDR3 8GB (2 Pieces)
Display
Samsung 22" S22F350 LED
Storage
Hitachi 250GB SATAIII 7200RPM + Toshiba 1TB SATAIII 7200RPM
Optical Storage
LG MoDisc DVD-RAM
Casing
Xigmatek Asgard XP
PSU
Seasonic S12-II Bronze 620W 80+
Audio
Onboard sound!! (RealTek)
OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Old 24-02-2017, 08:23 PM   #10
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Depends on your usage. If you do rendering, streaming and heavy processor workload, AMD higher core counts is more efficient and for the price you pay, it's quite a bit cheaper than Intel's offering.

If just on gaming and you can't be bother with the new AMD Ryzen hype, get Intel lor.
I forgot to say. My future PC is for gaming only.

And I regretted buying a cheap sound system.

The sound quality is damn bad.
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1) Beware the aliens, the mutants and the heretics!

2) For the Emperor!
Processor
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz
Mainboard
Gigabyte H61M-HD2
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2GB
Memory
G.Skill ValuRam DDR3 8GB (2 Pieces)
Display
Samsung 22" S22F350 LED
Storage
Hitachi 250GB SATAIII 7200RPM + Toshiba 1TB SATAIII 7200RPM
Optical Storage
LG MoDisc DVD-RAM
Casing
Xigmatek Asgard XP
PSU
Seasonic S12-II Bronze 620W 80+
Audio
Onboard sound!! (RealTek)
OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Old 24-02-2017, 08:49 PM   #11
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Superflower is the standard for psu and what a psu should be. Evga g2 is based on Superflower leadex gold design. So rest assured it's a very good psu.

SSD I prefer Ocz but if not because Toshiba currently facing potential bankruptcy I would have recommend you. Alternatively, Kingston uv400 is pretty good too with 5 years warranty.

Motherboard these days is not bad lar. Unless you're audiophile with good sound system, otherwise don't need sound card. Personally I'm not one, so I need to make a disclaimer that I can't recommend you any good sound card if you needed it.

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 w/ Wraith Spire LED (3.60GHz @ 1.25V)
Mainboard
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
Optical Storage
In Unicorn Land
Casing
NZXT S340 Elite Matte White (with 4x Corsair SP120 RGB)
PSU
EVGA G3 750W
Audio
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II
OS
Windows 10 Home 64-bit

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Old 25-02-2017, 01:06 PM   #12
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Superflower is the standard for psu and what a psu should be. Evga g2 is based on Superflower leadex gold design. So rest assured it's a very good psu.

SSD I prefer Ocz but if not because Toshiba currently facing potential bankruptcy I would have recommend you. Alternatively, Kingston uv400 is pretty good too with 5 years warranty.

Motherboard these days is not bad lar. Unless you're audiophile with good sound system, otherwise don't need sound card. Personally I'm not one, so I need to make a disclaimer that I can't recommend you any good sound card if you needed it.
I see.

I wonder how Creative can survive these days. Hahaha...

It is sad to see the sorry state of Toshiba nowadays.
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1) Beware the aliens, the mutants and the heretics!

2) For the Emperor!
Processor
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz
Mainboard
Gigabyte H61M-HD2
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2GB
Memory
G.Skill ValuRam DDR3 8GB (2 Pieces)
Display
Samsung 22" S22F350 LED
Storage
Hitachi 250GB SATAIII 7200RPM + Toshiba 1TB SATAIII 7200RPM
Optical Storage
LG MoDisc DVD-RAM
Casing
Xigmatek Asgard XP
PSU
Seasonic S12-II Bronze 620W 80+
Audio
Onboard sound!! (RealTek)
OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Old 02-03-2017, 01:20 PM   #13
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1. AMD is catching up. Wait one more week or so then see again. Performance could match Intel and priced cheaper.

2. Normal ram is fine.

4. SSD for OS and softwares. HDD for read and write stuff and storage.

5. Superflower leadex Gold

6. Is it even relevant anymore? Do you use one often? Otherwise get external DVD drive.

8. Why MSI? It's expensive. Consider Palit or Zotac if you're not hardcore user.

9. Fractal Design Define series. NZXT S340 Elite (but you need a 140mm filter for top vent. Doraemon a.k.a. t258jgn got sell. See his carousell page)

10. Not really unless you're audiophile.
So Xigmatek don't have a casing that has complimentary filters? Ok...

What do you recommend on the normal RAM?

I need the media drive as I intend to get a physical copy of Windows 10 (Home Edition).
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1) Beware the aliens, the mutants and the heretics!

2) For the Emperor!
Processor
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz
Mainboard
Gigabyte H61M-HD2
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2GB
Memory
G.Skill ValuRam DDR3 8GB (2 Pieces)
Display
Samsung 22" S22F350 LED
Storage
Hitachi 250GB SATAIII 7200RPM + Toshiba 1TB SATAIII 7200RPM
Optical Storage
LG MoDisc DVD-RAM
Casing
Xigmatek Asgard XP
PSU
Seasonic S12-II Bronze 620W 80+
Audio
Onboard sound!! (RealTek)
OS
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:03 PM   #14
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Cases with removable magnetic dust filters come with a price. Hahaha. Unless you don't mind buying external ones. Doraemon got sell.

Same CAS latency, same speed, same lifetime warranty. Just branding, aesthetic and gaming ones come with heat spreader that don't really do much unless your com got really bad air flow. Most of all, cheaper.

Get or borrow an external drive. Or download Windows 10 and flash it into a thumb drive. Plug to a USB 2.0 when you wanna install. USB 3 often give problem based on experience, but there are times it do works as well. A simple Google will teach you how. Very ez and convenient.

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 w/ Wraith Spire LED (3.60GHz @ 1.25V)
Mainboard
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
Optical Storage
In Unicorn Land
Casing
NZXT S340 Elite Matte White (with 4x Corsair SP120 RGB)
PSU
EVGA G3 750W
Audio
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II
OS
Windows 10 Home 64-bit

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Old 02-03-2017, 02:06 PM   #15
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Cases with removable magnetic dust filters come with a price. Hahaha. Unless you don't mind buying external ones. Doraemon got sell.

Same CAS latency, same speed, same lifetime warranty. Just branding, aesthetic and gaming ones come with heat spreader that don't really do much unless your com got really bad air flow. Most of all, cheaper.

Get or borrow an external drive. Or download Windows 10 and flash it into a thumb drive. Plug to a USB 2.0 when you wanna install. USB 3 often give problem based on experience, but there are times it do works as well. A simple Google will teach you how. Very ez and convenient.
I see. A RAM is just a RAM.

I do need those filters because it will get pretty dusty inside the casing after a few months. Now my current one is quite dusty and I have problems removing the dust.
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1) Beware the aliens, the mutants and the heretics!

2) For the Emperor!
Processor
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz
Mainboard
Gigabyte H61M-HD2
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2GB
Memory
G.Skill ValuRam DDR3 8GB (2 Pieces)
Display
Samsung 22" S22F350 LED
Storage
Hitachi 250GB SATAIII 7200RPM + Toshiba 1TB SATAIII 7200RPM
Optical Storage
LG MoDisc DVD-RAM
Casing
Xigmatek Asgard XP
PSU
Seasonic S12-II Bronze 620W 80+
Audio
Onboard sound!! (RealTek)
OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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