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1100-1200€ (~1500$) Gaming PC, first build!

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July 1, 2013 6:13:41 AM

Hey all,

Finally getting my own gaming rig!
Now on advise of lot's of people, I will be building it myself :D  (asking a friend to assist though).

Here's my info!!

Approximate Purchase Date: End of July or end of August.

Budget Range: 1100-1200€ (PC only).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming!

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, probably ordering the the VG248QE soon.

Do you need to buy OS: No, got a Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit ready.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: hardwareversand.de, amazon.co.uk, dabs.ie, pixmania.ie.

Location: Dublin, Ireland.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU & NVidia GPU.

Overclocking: Yes, probably. At least I would like to have the ability!

SLI or Crossfire: Probably in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 144hz.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop broke, plus I want a 'future proof' gaming PC to run anything without any issues.

Item|Price
LogiLink USB 2.0 all-in-one Card Reader, für 3,5" Einbauchschacht|€3.32
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - Intel/AMD|€29.52
Intel Core i5-3570K Box, LGA1155|€202.90
Corsair CX Series Modular CX750M, 750W|€83.98
FRACTAL DESIGN Define R4 Arctic White|€93.50
Samsung SH-224BB bare schwarz|€17.19
WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA 3 8,9cm(3,5")|€75.45
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 Windforce 3X OC, 2GB DDR5, 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort|€368.62
ASRock Z77 Extreme3, Sockel 1155, ATX|€109.19
8GB-Kit Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 MHz CL9|€62.63
Shipping|€18.99
Total|€1065.29

Would everything be compatible?
Now I think I've arranged a pretty decent and awesome build here, but then again I am no expert.
Very nice GPU with the new 770 and with a MOBO that supports SLI so I can add another 770 in a year or something.
(That's also why I went for the 750W PSU, to be ready for a SLI).

I think the R4 is a really decent case.

I would like to get some advice as well on if I would want the Asrock Z77 Extreme3 or the Extreme4. It is only 15€ deerer. But what would I get for it? An eSata slot what I probably will never use?

Now I know this build doesn't include an SSD.
I do want an SSD, but it's not a requirement for me to start off. I can buy an SSD maybe two or three months later.
If I want to add an SSD to my build now, it's going to be a ~120GB one, due to budget.
If I add it a little later, it can be a ~250GB one.

How much would I want my SSD to be?
Operating system and my favorite games I suppose.

Oh and also, would you want to get a PCI audio card?

Now there is still some room in the budget.

Any thoughts, concerns and advice is greatly appreciated.

a c 279 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 6:19:53 AM

Get rid of the CX series PSU , it's a low end unit , look for Seasonic , XFX , TX HX or AX series Corsair.
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a c 279 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 8:30:47 AM

Get THE SEASONIC.
a c 279 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 8:34:35 AM

Don't forget to choose a Best Solution when opening a question thread , the forum members will appreciate that

Thanks for posting!


a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 8:38:12 AM

Better go for Haswell i5 4670K and hence the Z87 motherboard. That would be more future proof. I don't see why anyone would put so much money on a dead LGA 1155 socket. Haswell is the way to go buddy. There is no point in going for Ivy Bridge.
July 1, 2013 9:23:31 AM

I'll go for the Extreme4 then Blackbird. It is only ~15€ more than the Extreme3 one, so I should be able to fit that in.

Any other thoughts on what Sangeet just said?
Ivy Bridge is dead, so I should go for Haswell.

The thing I did read somewhere is that there are no real benefits (yet?) for gaming coming from a Haswell in relation to the Ivy Bridge.
Haswell not for gamers

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a c 279 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 9:27:02 AM
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I build what I want to build , not what others think I should build.

Build your's , it's a nice setup.
a c 246 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 9:44:27 AM

It'd be way better to buy locally than from a store in Germany. Try this website: http://www.dabs.ie.

You will save money on shipping costs and import fees.

Try this:

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 - €94.77
PSU: XFX Core Edition 650W - €92.40
Motherboard: Asrock Z87 Extreme 4 - €178.96
CPU: 3.4Ghz Intel Core i5-4670K - €178.96
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - €31.21
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 MHz 1.5V - €64.19
HD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue - €59.76
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - €15.74
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 770 - €422.54

Total: €1,191.55

- All links are to a store based in Ireland (saves on shipping among other things)
- Upgraded CPU to Haswell
- Case remains the same but swapped PSU to something much better
- Went with Z87 motherboard and EVGA GPU
July 1, 2013 12:33:01 PM

Thanks for your concerns G-unit, but we don't actually have to pay duties.
I checked Duty calculator
''No duty and VAT charges because you are shipping between two EU countries''.

So we can go all out on hardwareversand :)  Which is cheaper than dabs.
Shipping is only 18.99€ for the complete order.

Why would you recommand hasswell over ivy?

As of now, I would have:

Item|Price
LogiLink USB 2.0 all-in-one Card Reader, für 3,5" Einbauchschacht|€3.32
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - Intel/AMD|€29.52
Intel Core i5-3570K Box, LGA1155|€202.90
FRACTAL DESIGN Define R4 Arctic White|€93.50
Samsung SH-224BB bare schwarz|€17.19
WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA 3 8,9cm(3,5")|€75.45
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 Windforce 3X OC, 2GB DDR5, 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort|€368.62
8GB-Kit Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 MHz CL9|€62.63
ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Sockel 1155, ATX|€121.79
Seasonic M12II-750, 750 Watt, 80PLUS Bronze|€105.92
Shipping|€18.99
Total|€1099.83
a c 246 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 12:42:30 PM

keimps said:
Thanks for your concerns G-unit, but we don't actually have to pay duties.
I checked Duty calculator
''No duty and VAT charges because you are shipping between two EU countries''.

So we can go all out on hardwareversand :)  Which is cheaper than dabs.
Shipping is only 18.99€ for the complete order.

Why would you recommand hasswell over ivy?


That website is very interesting, I'll have to keep it bookmarked.

I almost always recommend the most current hardware you can get. Ivy is pretty much the end of the line for socket LGA 1155, socket LGA 1150 will have longer lifespan - maybe 2 - 3 years at the most.
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