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April 18, 2013 7:53:15 AM

Hey there,
I'm building a Gaming PC and I need some advice on the parts etc.
Here are the parts that look good to me:
PSU: www.dabs.ie/products/corsair-700w-gaming-series-gs700-2...
Case: http://www.dabs.ie/products/corsair-carbide-series-400r...
Cooling: http://www.dabs.ie/products/arctic-cooling-freezer-13-c...
Memory: http://www.dabs.ie/products/corsair-8gb--2x4gb--ddr3-16...
Motherboard: http://www.dabs.ie/products/asus-p8z77-v-lx-s1155-intel... (Any advice on motherboards under €110 [£94] is appreciated)
Graphics Card: http://www.dabs.ie/products/asus-amd-radeon-7770-hd-2gb...
Hard Drive: http://www.dabs.ie/products/seagate-1tb-barracuda-sata-...
Optical Drive: Havent decided but I'm guessing under €25

I've got an i5-3570k and I'm really stuck on motherboards. My budget is around €600 (£515) and the motherboard that I like has got good reviews but there are a few posts saying its not reliable. Is this true? I'm looking for around 65-80fps in iRacing, SimCity, rFactor and 50fps for Elder Scrolls Online. Anyway its my first build so I appreciate any advice, tips etc.

Thank you :) 



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April 18, 2013 7:57:34 AM


For a gaming build you are spending too much cash on your *other stuff* and not enough money on your video card.

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April 18, 2013 8:14:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£79.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£247.40 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £522.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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April 18, 2013 8:53:55 AM

Thanks fellas, it doesnt need to a hardcore system. I don't think I need/can afford a 7950 3GB. For the build I put up on the OP do I really need 700 watts and 1TB? Would 500GB be a lot anyway?
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April 18, 2013 10:47:11 AM

Is your budget still £515 without the CPU? I'm aware that the one I posted is £7 more but if that's an issue, I can address it.
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April 18, 2013 12:28:57 PM

The budget without the CPU is £515 but with the parts I've looked into, it is a little higher. Since I live in Ireland and I live very close to a dabs.ie outlet I'm going to them. I've done a bit of research and I'm wondering what you think of this:
PSU: Corsair 600W GS600 Bronze 80+ - €75
Memory: Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) - €65
Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 - €24
Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II - €81
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK - €128
GPU: Asus AMD Radeon 7850 HD 2GB - €194
Hard Drive: WD 500GB 16mb 7200RPM - €53
Optical Drive: Sony 24x DVD-RW - €19
Windows 7 64bit : (€95)

The 7850 should be a lot better than the 7770HD. Hopefully I can run at 1080p and I'll probably use Eyefinity in the near future. 600W seems to be enough. I'm looking to get 70fps + in iRacing on Ultra. A friend told me that the 7850 is running 90+ on his PC for iRacing. I don't plan to overclock but I may consider it. Tell me what you think? Thanks for the help as well.
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April 18, 2013 12:39:34 PM

I have no experience with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13. But if you're not overclocking, it doesn't really matter. No experience with the case either. Other than that, it's fine.
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