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Can someone help me choosing the right parts for an gaming PC?

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May 30, 2013 12:37:45 PM

Soon I am gonna buy an gaming pc and I gonna build it myself for the first time! But I am a real noob in building and choosing parts. I wanna have an pc that can run next BF4 at 720p and other games. My budget is 700 euros. Any tips are welcome too!

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May 30, 2013 12:42:12 PM

Get a core i3 or i5 non-K.

8GB of 1600Mhz RAM (2x4 sticks = 8GB)

a 500GB or 1TB HDD.

a GTX 660 (if you can afford it)

a 500W powersupply (PSU) which is 80+ bronze certified

a mid tower case.

Do you need a screen/keyboard/mouse and OS (windows etc.) ?
May 30, 2013 12:46:44 PM

Thanks for replying, but I actually wanna go for AMD CPU. And I don't need a screen and that stuff! ;)  700 euros for only the pc.
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May 30, 2013 12:53:43 PM

This one I believe would be a killer (may be a bit of a overkill) for games at 720p. You can also plug in a 1080p, this will do great. BTW please do wait if you can for Haswell to hit the market.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.20 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.06 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£220.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£43.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: HP 447326-B21 DVD/CD Drive (£28.64 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £693.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 20:52 BST+0100)

If you choose to go with AMD, you can swap the processor for a FX 8350.
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX8350-Edition-Processor-4-...)
And the motherboard for a Asrock 970 Extreme 4.
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asrock-Socket-970-Extreme4-Moth...)

Though I strongly recommend you to go for Intel as it'll perform quite superior than a AMD.
May 30, 2013 12:54:27 PM

CPU - http://www.amazon.de/AMD-Hexa-Core-Prozessor-Socket-Cac... - 109E
CPU COOLER - http://www.amazon.de/CoolerMaster-Hyper212-Evo-Prozesso... - 33E
MB - http://www.amazon.de/970-Extreme4-Mainboard-Prozessor-S... - 87E
RAM - http://www.amazon.de/G-E-I-L-PC3-12800-Arbeitsspeicher-... - 61E
GPU - http://www.amazon.de/Sapphire-11200-07-20G-Grafikkarte-... - 184E
PSU - http://www.amazon.de/Enermax-ERV550AWT-G-Revolution87-8... - 113E
HDD - http://www.amazon.de/Seagate-ST1000DM003-interne-Festpl... - 62E
CASE - http://www.amazon.de/CoolerMaster-Silencio-Midi-tower-P... - 77E

TOTAL (without OS) - 726E

You could get a cheaper PSU and probably push for the radeon 7950, but you will go close to 750E, or get a 26E cheaper PSU (but not lower than 500W) for exactly 700E :D 

I linked from amazon.de for Euro prices :) 
May 30, 2013 1:02:21 PM

sifatraquib said:
This one I believe would be a killer (may be a bit of a overkill) for games at 720p. You can also plug in a 1080p, this will do great. BTW please do wait if you can for Haswell to hit the market.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.20 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.06 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£220.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£43.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: HP 447326-B21 DVD/CD Drive (£28.64 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £693.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 20:52 BST+0100)

If you choose to go with AMD, you can swap the processor for a FX 8350.
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX8350-Edition-Processor-4-...)
And the motherboard for a Asrock 970 Extreme 4.
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asrock-Socket-970-Extreme4-Moth...)

Though I strongly recommend you to go for Intel as it'll perform quite superior than a AMD.

that is just over 800E, and 4GB ram its just a bit to low nowdays, and a 500W PSU for the 7950...its a bit to low. I got the 7850 and the manufacturer recomends a minimum of 500W foor it...so, for the 7950 the req is higher
May 30, 2013 1:07:00 PM

I honestly think you will get better performance out of an Intel build, but I'll post both options. Are you planning to overclock?

Intel Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (€165.49 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (€88.10 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Memory: GeIL EVO Leggara Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (€49.90 @ Caseking)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€49.63 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (€176.85 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (€11.90 @ Caseking)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (€54.90 @ Caseking)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (€16.00 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (€87.90 @ Caseking)
Total: €700.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 22:18 CEST+0200)

AMD Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (€139.90 @ Caseking)
CPU Cooler: SilenX EFZ-80HA3 36.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler (€18.50 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard (€96.85 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (€63.89 @ Pixmania DE)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€49.63 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (€160.38 @ Hardwareversand)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (€11.90 @ Caseking)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (€54.90 @ Caseking)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (€16.00 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (€87.90 @ Caseking)
Total: €699.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 22:29 CEST+0200)


I don't see any reason to go for AMD if you are intending not to overclock as there isn't really much competition between the two at stock speeds, so I had to include an after market CPU Cooler in the AMD build. This lead to a need to drop the graphics card down a notch to keep the price below your ceiling. AMD CPUs also require faster RAM to maximize performance. You could drop the RAM on the AMD build down to the same 1600MHz set in the Intel Build and then be able to jump back up the the nVidia 660 series GPU.
May 30, 2013 1:09:34 PM

Isaiah4110 said:
Scratch that, need to edit lists to reflect prices in Euros.

yup, 700pounds is 800 E...
May 30, 2013 1:10:03 PM

Thanks for replying everyone, but I actualy live in the EU, so you only have to say the parts, I can search myself for the parts on the web. lol:) 
May 30, 2013 1:15:38 PM

crisan_tiberiu said:
Isaiah4110 said:
Scratch that, need to edit lists to reflect prices in Euros.

yup, 700pounds is 800 E...


Is it actually very hard building a pc? Never did it before so...
May 30, 2013 1:16:58 PM

DarknessNacho said:
Thanks for replying everyone, but I actualy live in the EU, so you only have to say the parts, I can search myself for the parts on the web. lol:) 


Here is the catch, the cheapest quad core from intel its arround 80E more than the AMD FX6300 (witch is a hexa core), witch performs similar. If you are on a tight budget and go for the i5 then you have to cut 80E down from the other parts.
Yes intel is more powerfull / core, but you wont feel the difference in a normal use of the PC (gaming/web/etc)

May 30, 2013 1:22:12 PM

crisan_tiberiu said:
DarknessNacho said:
Thanks for replying everyone, but I actualy live in the EU, so you only have to say the parts, I can search myself for the parts on the web. lol:) 


Here is the catch, the cheapest quad core from intel its arround 80E more than the AMD FX6300 (witch is a hexa core), witch performs similar. If you are on a tight budget and go for the i5 then you have to cut 80E down from the other parts.
Yes intel is more powerfull / core, but you wont feel the difference in a normal use of the PC (gaming/web/etc)



Maybe a cheaper Case? I will only play at 720p so an 7950 is maybe too overkill for that. Gtx is also welcome btw I just want smooth frames at 720p lol :] and I wanna play games like bf3 not crysis.
May 30, 2013 1:25:11 PM

500 gb hdd is enough too.
May 30, 2013 1:28:36 PM

I also need a Operating system ( windows 7 ). :(  So an 7950 is over my budget with that OS. :( ( XD
May 30, 2013 1:36:18 PM

crisan_tiberiu said:
DarknessNacho said:
Thanks for replying everyone, but I actualy live in the EU, so you only have to say the parts, I can search myself for the parts on the web. lol:) 


Here is the catch, the cheapest quad core from intel its arround 80E more than the AMD FX6300 (witch is a hexa core), witch performs similar. If you are on a tight budget and go for the i5 then you have to cut 80E down from the other parts.
Yes intel is more powerfull / core, but you wont feel the difference in a normal use of the PC (gaming/web/etc)



I agree on the CPU price differences, but you then have to bump up the cost of the motherboard and add on an after-market cooling solution for the CPU to overclock it. Any of the IvyBridge i5 CPUs will match or exceed the performance of an FX CPU at stock speeds. I say this as an entirely neutral party who simply looks for the best bang for buck in PC builds, not trying to start a flame war or anything. Of the 3 PCs I have built for myself 2 have used AMD CPUs and only one has had an Intel CPU. I go with whatever gives me the best price/performance ration at the time.
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