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July 4, 2013 10:04:07 PM

So, I'm trying to build a pc and so far the specs I got are the following:

- i5 3470 3.2ghz;
- gigabyte gtx 650 ti 2gb;
- corsair 8gb ram;
- asus p8z77-v motherboard;
- corsair builder series 500W modular;

(Case and DVD Drive not included).

Everything combined gave me a total of 706 euros. I'm here to ask you guys which components would you downgrade to make the pack cheaper? I'm in a budget of 600/625 euros max, and I want a machine that won't need upgrading soon. I can either go with an i3 3220 or i5 3470, gtx 650 ti or hd 7770, and 4/8gb of ram.
I'm buying these parts from amazon (newegg doesn't ship to Portugal). Is amazon a good place to do so? Thanks.

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July 4, 2013 10:43:24 PM

Try a different board maybe msi or biostar and cut your ram to 4 gigs 2x2 and upgrade later if needed make sure the board you pick has 4 memory slots to do so.


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July 4, 2013 10:56:54 PM

No point in a Z77 board if using a non-OCable chip. Go for a cheap H77/B75 board, ideally from Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte, or MSI. You can't CF/SLI on that PSU.

Probably drop to an i3; they're still pretty fast.
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July 5, 2013 9:50:19 AM

Thanks for the help. I downgraded the motherboard to a ASUS P8H77-V

I won't be overclocking and won't SLI or Crossfire, and I'll stick with that graphics card for a long time. Is this motherboard good enough for my needs? It's cheap right now and the price cuts down to 645 euros, which is affordable to me. Does this board have a good quality build?

July 5, 2013 4:46:07 PM

I think I'll stay with the ASUS P8H77-V. I actually upgraded the CPU and now the pc config is this:

- i5 3550 quad core 3.3 ghz;
- gigabyte gtx 650 ti oc 2gb;
- corsair 8gb ram (2x4);
- asus p8h77-v;
- Corsair Builder Series CXM 500W Modular 80 Plus Bronze PFC;
- Seagate barracuda 500GB 7200RPM;

I downgraded the hard drive to a 500gb one, and it reduced to 632 euros, and then I used those 10 euros to go for a better i5 processor. Does this config look good to you?
July 5, 2013 5:40:45 PM

Looks good, though if the main purpose is gaming a 650Ti Boost and an i3 might be better.
July 5, 2013 6:23:32 PM

I understand that the GPU would be more powerful, but I want this rig to stand as much time as possible, and with the upcoming games I don't think i3's dual core will be enough. I'm fine with that graphics card anyways, it can run bf3 on ultra no problem, even more when my resolution of monitor is only 1360x768. Thanks for the support, it really helped me out!