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UPDATE - 23 September 2014 - Not much change, got more RAM some months ago.

UPDATE - 24 April 2014 - Using Windows 8.1 Pro with StartIsBack on a laptop hard drive as can't bother overwrite the SSD. The Corsair headset was in pretty bad shape without EQing the highs.

UPDATE - 15 March 2014 - I got a new keyboard, the Logitech G710+. Great for the price! I also am ordering the Corsair 1400 soon.

CPU: I chose the Intel i5 4570 because it was a very good mid-range CPU and I didn't feel like paying the extra to get an unlocked processor to OC because I'd need to spend even more money on a Z87M motherboard.

Cooler: I chose the CM TPC 812 because it was an absolute steal at the price and it's quite decent cooling performance but is intended to be a placeholder before I get a CM Seidon 120 or Corsair H60 and run a push/pull setup as prices are lowering month by month :)

Motherboard: I chose the ASUS H87m-PRO because it was the most feature packed H87, having everything I wanted and nothing I didn't. I chose the H87 chipset because it basically is a Z87 without OC, which I didn't need.

EDIT: You can do a non-z OC with K-series chips, didn't know this until a few weeks ago. Should have gotten a 4670k... Link: http://www.asus.com/News/jLaOehAeS7oh3NYi

Memory: I basically got the cheapest low profile 8GB 1600MHz RAM i could get. In the future I'd like to get another 8GB of ram because in normal use (having Chrome, iTunes and skype open) uses 3GB of ram and on top of that I set the Intel HD Graphics to have 512MB of VRAM while my 270x's order is being processed ATM... And with Samsung's SSD Magician, I can run R.A.P.I.D mode without worrying about RAM issues. Now have 16GB RAM so I'm happy :D

SSD: I chose the Samsung 840 EVO because it is the most popular SSD at the moment and has really good performance

HDD 1: I chose the WD Caviar Black because it was recommended to me and I prefer WD as to Seagate. 2TB is a good size for people that have loads of games and records them uncompressed.

HDD 2: The Scorpio Blue is my Windows 8 Drive. Don't use anymore.

HDD 3: That's my OS X Mavericks drive. Don't use anymore.

GPU: I wanted the Gigabyte 760 Rev.2 but all of my mates were like no get a 280x but I didn't have the money so I got the 270x which only has a few less FPS in general compared to the 760 while being waaay cheaper.

I have got the card now and it is really good, delivering 60 fps on PS2 and around 50 for Assetto Corsa (car game) which is fine for me. I forgot to say I got a free copy of BF4 with it which is always good :D

Optical Drive: My dad said get a Blu-Ray drive so I just got one. And yes I do use the Blu Ray for ripping hired BDs, shh :)

PSU: I chose the CM V650S because it was an absolute deal for a 650W 80+ Gold PSU! Semi modular too, helps with dem cables :D

Case: I chose the Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 because I got a mATX motherboard so I might as well just get a mATX case, airflow is great with the 3 included fans and it is silent as hell! I originally wanted to go the Corsair side because the 2 other PC's in the house use the 600R and the 500R respectively but the specs and reviews pointed out the 200R and the 230T wouldn't fit my TPC 812 so I went with the Fractal.

Perifs:

Monitor: Got it before I built it, needed a monitor because I kinda raged at my laptop and destroyed the display... Then got a replacement and it didn't work >:( Picture quality is good, good...

Keyboard: It's a really good general purpose keyboard but it'd be nice to get something like a Raptor K30 or something. Next purchase for the PC probably will be a keyboard or headphones (Sennheiser HD 449/558).

Mouse: Got it because it was cheaper (sale) than my other choice, the Logitech M950/Performance Mouse MX and had a higher DPI. It is really ergonomic and the 6 side buttons are the perfect amount (for FPS games) so yeah. Looks nice too :)

Speakers: Wanted a 5.1 and this was the best sound/price ratio at the time of purchase. They sound great, punchy but not overpowering bass, warm mids and crisp and clear highs without being tinny.

Headphones: Just wanted some good cheapies, got them half price because of a 2 for 1 deal so me and my mate got the other one. My next step up will be either the Sennheiser HD 449s or the HD 558s, I'm a bit iffy on open backs so I'll have to try them out :)

Thanks for reading my build!

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

Im also your age and I love building computers.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Great to see a fellow New Zealander on here! I have got to agree about the prices in NZ, rediculous compared to the US. Not much component choice available here in NZ either haha. Great build though! Also where did you get your ram?? Is it second hand or a local shop or something? I love the ares ram and would love it even more at that price!

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

PB Tech on their Black Friday sale! Cheapest price is $108 ATM: http://119.47.125.81/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=105452

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

Huh, I'm 13 and my build is very similar to yours, although I haven't built it yet. My advice regarding the graphics chip, see if you can cancel the 270X order, and get an hd 7870. They're literally the same card, although the 270 is slightly overclocked, but the 7870 is 50 dollars cheaper, at least it is in the US.

  • 66 months ago
  • 0 points

The R9 270X supports GCN.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

So does the 7870. They're literally the same card.

  • 68 months ago
  • -1 points

How did you get $1600? I'm almost 15 and I barely have a grand! Also, you spent too much on a couple of your parts.

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

New Zealand mate, $1600 NZD is around $1325 USD...

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

same with aus pricing its pretty steep :/

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

Yah, that disc drive is way too much. Same with the aftermarket heatsink. It's bigger and better than my Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and my CPU is overclocked to 4.5 ghz. If you don't plan on crazy video editing you shouldn't require 16gb of RAM. Just get your SSD and allocate it for virtual RAM or something. Idunno, but 8gb is enough RAM for pretty much everyone. I run dual GTX 460's, i5 2500k, 8gb ram, 1tb Seagate HDD 32mb cache 7200 rpm, 700w psu, $20 disc drive, MSI P67A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 mobo, 23" LG LCD 1080p monitor and get 45 fps on Hitman Absolution on ultra.

Anyway, if you put less money towards an uber 1337 disc drive, case, and mobo you could have purchased an R9 280x or a GTX 760.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, I planned of getting another and running crossfire if i couldn't play future games on ultra so that's why.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

But instead of spending $325 on an outdated card, you could spend $375 on a new one. Maybe $425 depending on your currency. Anyway, you should buy some Litecoins right now seeing as their price is pretty stable at the moment. Just saying.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nevermind the previous estimate of $425, a R9 280x is $530 from a local NZ retailer. just wow. It's weird that it is only $410 even though the two countries are so close together. Gotta love tariffs and planned obsolescence gais

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

Tl;dr I have a kind of old system but still get by pretty decently. And disc drives that cost over $35 aren't worth it for the 5 times you'll use it

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I have a PS3 but I only use it for Grand Turismo :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

did u go and delete my post?

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Stop spamming that

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

its was all in good humor

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

dafaq?

  • 68 months ago
  • -3 points

just do it

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

show what light...