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

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:

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  1. 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-fdcaarcminir2blw

    Here is couple good cpu coolers to make your build more silent.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler-macho120
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc12dxbk
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu12s
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Thanks for advices. Sorry, did not figure there is such diffference, will change to euro:D
  5. 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?
  6. Best answer
    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.

    Quote:
    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+E3-1230+v3+%40+3.30GHz

    Where are you ordering parts?

    You can save on mobo. Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H is cheap option with non OC use.
  7. 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..
  8. 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-760-2gb-ddr5-256-bit-hdmi-dvi-box-p-153419.html
    788.00Lt

    Samsung SSD 840 120GB SATA3 Evo Basic, 540/410MBs, 7mm
    https://www.skytech.lt/mz7te120bw-ssd-samsung-840-evo-basic-120gb-sata3-540410mbs-7mm-p-156750.html
    284.00Lt

    PC casing without PSU Cooler Master Silencio 352 Black
    https://www.skytech.lt/sil352mkkn1-korpusas-psu-cooler-master-silencio-352-juodas-p-155917.html
    166.00Lt

    The inner disk WD Blue 1TB 3.5'' SATA3 7200RPM 64MB
    https://www.skytech.lt/wd10ezex-vidinis-diskas-blue-1tb-sata3-7200rpm-64mb-p-125133.html
    182.00Lt

    DDR3 Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 1.5V
    http://www.skytech.lt/bls2cp4g3d1609ds1s00ceu-ddr3-crucial-ballistix-8gb-2x4gb-1600mhz-cl9-15v-p-108585.html
    256.00Lt

    Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H, B85, DualDDR3-1600, SATA3, HDMI, GBLAN, ATX
    https://www.skytech.lt/gab85md3h-gigabyte-gab85md3h-b85-dualddr31600-sata3-hdmi-gblan-matx-p-150273.html
    215.00Lt

    PSU Seasonic M12II-620 620W 80 Plus Bronze retail
    https://www.skytech.lt/m12ii620-psu-seasonic-m12ii620-620w-plus-bronze-retail-p-71701.html
    280.00Lt

    Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 3.3 GHz 8MB Cache LGA1150 Boxed
    https://www.skytech.lt/bx80646e31230v3-intel-xeon-e31230v3-33ghz-lga1150-8mb-cache-boxed-p-150540.html
    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-wide16919201080250cdm25msh178v17850m1vga-hdmi-ve-p-143712.html
    590.00Lt

    Grand Total 3550 LTL = 1028 EUR

    Would this build perform well?:)
  9. 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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