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Silent gaming/photo editing PC (mATX) under €800

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February 5, 2014 12:40:44 AM

Hi,

I'm building new desktop after long time with laptop and was reserching for a while now.
Requirements for this build:

  • Silent.
  • Overclocking is not priority
  • Preferably smallish (mATX) case (will sit on desk)
  • Would well play modern games
  • Have rather good performance for lag-free photo editing (Lightroom/Photoshop)
  • USB3 for external HDDs
  • PC would be connected to nearby monitor and TV in other room

  • Country: Lithuania (Europe)
    This what I came up with:

    PC ~€800 + Monitor ~€170. Would like to shave price a bit if possible.
    Note - this would be ~700$ for PC in USA prices

    CPU: i5-4440 (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz) €167
    GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit) €228
    MB: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H, B85, DualDDR3-1600, SATA3, HDMI, GBLAN, mATX €62
    RAM: DDR3 Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 1.5V (low profile for possible aftermarket cpu cooler) €76
    SSD: SSD Samsung 840 Evo Basic 120GB SATA3, 540/410MBs €82
    HDD: WD Blue 3.5'' 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB €52
    PSU: Seasonic M12II-620 620W 80 Plus Bronze (modular) €81
    CASE: Cooler Master Silencio 352 Black €48

    MONITOR: AOC D2367PH 23" (3D, integrated speakers as backup sound source) €170


    This would later be upgraded to 16GB/32GB RAM if needed and with faster i7 CPU after year or two.
    I'd liked to have AMD CPU, however, AM3+ mATX boards that are accessable for me are rather crap.

    Does this setup make sense, is there room for improvement price-wise?
    Thanks!





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    a b 4 Gaming
    February 5, 2014 1:42:37 AM

    If you plan upgtade in a year or two nuy now xeon 1230V2 and then you do not need upgrade cpu.

    Rosewill cappstone is better psu. 550w is enough.

    So I think better build is something like this.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.30 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($122.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($152.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card ($265.66 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1013.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-05 04:40 EST-0500)

    And Id look silverstone case. Fractal ARC is awesome mATX case.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcaar...

    Here is couple good cpu coolers to make your build more silent.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler-ma...
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc12...
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu12s

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    February 5, 2014 2:23:31 AM

    Unfortunately I live in Europe so AxlFone build would cost way more than my budget. Low prices and international shipping at Newegg or SuperBiiz are not available for me...

    For referance, suggested PC build alone would cost about 1500$ from local e-shop.. So I guess I'm looking at 700$ PC build by USA prices
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    a b 4 Gaming
    February 5, 2014 2:38:42 AM

    So why did you post $ price at first place? If you use € price use it :D 

    Then order parts from mindfactory. PSU you can maybe find under super flower name in EU / UK.

    Look price from mindfactory and HW versand.
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    February 5, 2014 2:41:22 AM

    Thanks for advices. Sorry, did not figure there is such diffference, will change to euro:D 
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    February 5, 2014 4:41:52 AM

    That is really over my budget (cart shows 900€ without case and shipping for me).
    Ideally I would want to go about 700€ if possible, but 800€ is really top for me.

    Are default CPU coolers very noisy compared to aftermarket one when not overclocking? Or could this be later upgrade?
    Strange that ZotaC GeForce GTX 760 is more expensive than GigaByte locally. Does ZotaC 760 have any advantages over GigaByte 760?
    I also see that Intel Xeon E3-1230v3 is similar in performance to 4440, but has more threads, is that main advantage?
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    a b 4 Gaming
    February 5, 2014 5:05:35 AM

    Quote:
    Are default CPU coolers very noisy compared to aftermarket one when not overclocking? Or could this be later upgrade?


    Sure you can upgrade cpu cooler later.

    Quote:
    Strange that ZotaC GeForce GTX 760 is more expensive than GigaByte locally. Does ZotaC 760 have any advantages over GigaByte 760?

    Zotac do have 2+3 year warranty.

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    I also see that Intel Xeon E3-1230v3 is similar in performance to 4440, but has more threads, is that main advantage?


    Xeon 1230V3 is same cpu as the 4770 but no iGPU and it do have HT + 8 treads. So it is like i7 for a price i5
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1...

    Where are you ordering parts?

    You can save on mobo. Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H is cheap option with non OC use.
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    February 5, 2014 6:18:40 AM

    http://www.skytech.lt/ ussually have pretty good deals here. I dont know if its worth the hassle of ordering parts ouside LT (shipping, warranty, time), never done for such big order though.

    I also figured Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H would be best option.
    Xeon 1230V3 seems pretty good, its only 20€ more expensive in skytech. Though its then overbudget, but maybe worth in a long run..
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    February 6, 2014 1:00:49 AM

    So I think I'll go with this (changed CPU to XEON if it will be available):

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit), HDMI, DP, DVI, BOX
    https://www.skytech.lt/gvn760oc2gd-gigabyte-geforce-gtx...
    788.00Lt

    Samsung SSD 840 120GB SATA3 Evo Basic, 540/410MBs, 7mm
    https://www.skytech.lt/mz7te120bw-ssd-samsung-840-evo-b...
    284.00Lt

    PC casing without PSU Cooler Master Silencio 352 Black
    https://www.skytech.lt/sil352mkkn1-korpusas-psu-cooler-...
    166.00Lt

    The inner disk WD Blue 1TB 3.5'' SATA3 7200RPM 64MB
    https://www.skytech.lt/wd10ezex-vidinis-diskas-blue-1tb...
    182.00Lt

    DDR3 Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 1.5V
    http://www.skytech.lt/bls2cp4g3d1609ds1s00ceu-ddr3-cruc...
    256.00Lt

    Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H, B85, DualDDR3-1600, SATA3, HDMI, GBLAN, ATX
    https://www.skytech.lt/gab85md3h-gigabyte-gab85md3h-b85...
    215.00Lt

    PSU Seasonic M12II-620 620W 80 Plus Bronze retail
    https://www.skytech.lt/m12ii620-psu-seasonic-m12ii620-6...
    280.00Lt

    Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 3.3 GHz 8MB Cache LGA1150 Boxed
    https://www.skytech.lt/bx80646e31230v3-intel-xeon-e3123...
    778.00Lt


    PC Total 2,961 LTL = 857 EUR (LTL rate is fixed at 3.45:1 EUR)

    + Monitor

    D2367PH AOC 23 "LED monitor Wide/16: 9/1920: 1080/250cd/m2/5ms/H-178, V-178/50M: 1/VGA, HDMI, Vesa / D-Sub, Tilt / Speakers / Black Silver
    https://www.skytech.lt/d2367ph-aoc-d2367ph-led-monitor-...
    590.00Lt

    Grand Total 3550 LTL = 1028 EUR

    Would this build perform well?:) 
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    a b 4 Gaming
    February 6, 2014 1:20:40 AM

    Quote:
    Would this build perform well?

    Yes. It must perform extremely well. :)  Best performance with your budget.
    Good luck with your build :) 
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