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June 3, 2013 11:12:38 AM

Hey everyone,

I'm buying a new Pc which I'll mainly use for gaming, and I recently came across this pc, for €750 (Officially $980, but since stuff costs way more here in Europe, it's more like $750-800) with the following specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550P 3.1GHz
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz
GPU: GeForce GTX 660 1.5 GB
Harddisk: 64 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
OS: Windows 8 64 Bit

The store itself is trustworthy (http://www.medion.com/nl/prod/MEDION+AKOYA+PC+P5333+F/4...), but I had a question about the PC itself: is this a decent gaming pc for the price (I want to play games like Planetside 2, BF4 and Watch_Dogs, if not: do you have some tips?)? Is it worth paying €150 more just to get a i7 3770?
Btw, this is a pre-built PC, so I can't really make changes.

If any of you has a better build for max €1000 inlcuding Windows 7 or 8 (I live in the Netherlands, so only shops that deliver to the NL please), feel free to post a link. Oh, and one last thing: I'm a complete noob when it comes to building PC's, so I want a complete PC, not a list of parts.

Thanks in advance.

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June 3, 2013 11:53:36 AM

The PC looks decent for the price. Personally, I wouldn't pay more for the 3770 since in games the difference is imperceptible. It will run Planetside but no one knows how BF4 will run, so I can't tell you.

2 years ago I was total noob too. Building a computer was much easier than I expected. I say don't buy it just yet, read more about how to build one yourself and save money. Pre-built computers usually come with low-low-end motherboards and power supplies which are soooo important components. A bad power supply can kill your CPU, literally.

I encourage you to build one, but if you're too attached to the idea that you can't or don't want to do it, buy it.
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June 3, 2013 12:11:04 PM

songorocosongo said:
The PC looks decent for the price. Personally, I wouldn't pay more for the 3770 since in games the difference is imperceptible. It will run Planetside but no one knows how BF4 will run, so I can't tell you.

2 years ago I was total noob too. Building a computer was much easier than I expected. I say don't buy it just yet, read more about how to build one yourself and save money. Pre-built computers usually come with low-low-end motherboards and power supplies which are soooo important components. A bad power supply can kill your CPU, literally.

I encourage you to build one, but if you're too attached to the idea that you can't or don't want to do it, buy it.


Thanks for the answer! Do you think the fact that it's a 1.5 GB GPU instead of a 2 GB make a big difference? If it's really not that hard, I might consider building one as you said, so do you think the prices of the GTX 600 series will drop since Nvidia have released the 700 series? I know, I've got many questions, but I really want to know something about it before buying/building one.
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June 3, 2013 12:30:40 PM

Goldcobra said:

Thanks for the answer! Do you think the fact that it's a 1.5 GB GPU instead of a 2 GB make a big difference? If it's really not that hard, I might consider building one as you said, so do you think the prices of the GTX 600 series will drop since Nvidia have released the 700 series? I know, I've got many questions, but I really want to know something about it before buying/building one.


1.5GB is good. Only a few games use more that 1GB. You only need more vram when yo try to play at larger resolutions. The prices of the GTX600 will drop soon, when the 700 equivalents arrive wait a couple of weeks. Right now only the 770 and the 780 have been announced, and the price of the 660 dropped recently, so to get the 660 even cheaper you would have to wait for the 760 and the 750ti to come. That should be this month.
Find a trustworthy website in your country and I(or anyone here) can suggest a build in your price range that will suit your needs.
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June 3, 2013 12:31:19 PM

The 1.5gb for the gpu is plenty if you're not gonna do multiple monitor or anything higher than 1080p. Can i suggest that u go with an amd 7000 series instead of the 660. Relative price points, better performance plus i believe they still offer some A+++ titles for free with purchase.

This one for example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other guy is right building computers has become easier and easier over the years, i think i might take his (and my own) advice and just build my own next one. Watch a lot of videos, subscribe to youtube channels and READ REVIEWS / RESEARCH (very important)
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June 3, 2013 12:43:55 PM

songorocosongo said:
Goldcobra said:

Thanks for the answer! Do you think the fact that it's a 1.5 GB GPU instead of a 2 GB make a big difference? If it's really not that hard, I might consider building one as you said, so do you think the prices of the GTX 600 series will drop since Nvidia have released the 700 series? I know, I've got many questions, but I really want to know something about it before buying/building one.


1.5GB is good. Only a few games use more that 1GB. You only need more vram when yo try to play at larger resolutions. The prices of the GTX600 will drop soon, when the 700 equivalents arrive wait a couple of weeks. Right now only the 770 and the 780 have been announced, and the price of the 660 dropped recently, so to get the 660 even cheaper you would have to wait for the 760 and the 750ti to come. That should be this month.
Find a trustworthy website in your country and I(or anyone here) can suggest a build in your price range that will suit your needs.


Thanks for your advise :D  I think I'll have a closer look at building pc's etc, and wait to see how the prices flow (if that's correct English). I've got some patience, since all the ''big games'' come out mid-autumn and I haven't got that much money at the moment, so I'll probably wait untill October begins
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June 3, 2013 12:46:28 PM

Lexxor said:
The 1.5gb for the gpu is plenty if you're not gonna do multiple monitor or anything higher than 1080p. Can i suggest that u go with an amd 7000 series instead of the 660. Relative price points, better performance plus i believe they still offer some A+++ titles for free with purchase.

This one for example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other guy is right building computers has become easier and easier over the years, i think i might take his (and my own) advice and just build my own next one. Watch a lot of videos, subscribe to youtube channels and READ REVIEWS / RESEARCH (very important)


Thanks for helping. I'll reconsider building one myself then. Oh and btw, do you perhaps know what AMD card(s) are/is comparable to the GTX 660, 660 TI and 670?
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June 3, 2013 12:48:54 PM

7870, 7870 xt, 7950, maybe the 7970
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June 3, 2013 1:19:01 PM

I have the his 7970 ghz personally, it's a very nice card but I'm considering the 770 lightning instead, just depends on your personal preference. Many people will argue that nvidia is better if your only interested in gaming because of cuda and physx. But it's all debatable. 660 ti = 7870, 670 = 7950, 680 = 7970. (relative +/- of course)
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June 3, 2013 1:38:37 PM

Thanks both of you!
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