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Advice on €625 (-ish) medium gaming system

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March 28, 2011 7:38:51 PM

I almost feel reluctant to ask, since I've done so earlier, but times have changed making all the earlier advice more or less obsolete.
Using the template, here's some basic info:

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 6 weeks
Budget Range: €625 (no rebates where I buy)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (flightsimulators, fps), modest video editing, internet and office stuff
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
Preferred Website for Parts: (it's dutch, but I'm sure you'll make do)
Country of Origin: The Netherlands
Parts Preferences: thinking of sandy bridge i5 and nvidia GTX460 1Gb. Not bound to the latter tough, maybe radeon 5770 will do the job just as well.
Overclocking: Maybe, but probably not. Reluctance to do so caused by lack of knowledge. I'm no risk-taker.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but probably not. Simply because it will put too much of a dent in my budget
Monitor Resolution: Preferably 1920x1080, monitor not yet bought, but inclining to 23" HD.
Additional Comments: I like basic, but appreciate decent quality.

Selected parts as a starting point, I’d appreciate advice on smarter buys or on ways to keep some money in my pocket while not sacrificing on quality/performance too much. Dutch translation of english part-name included. So Motherboard (moederbord) etc. Should help a bit on the website. Current selection brings me to €650, but there's room in memory and case selection to lower that. PSU is hardest to choose.

GPU (grafische kaarten)

Intel® Core™ i5-2400

PSU (Voeding)
be quiet! Pure Power BQT L7 530W

Case (behuizing)
Antec Three Hundred

Mobo (moederbord)
Gigabyte GA-PH67-UD3-B (rev. 1.1)

HD (harddisks)
Western Digital WD5000AAKX

RAM (geheugen)
Kingston HyperX 4 GB DDR3-1333 Kit
March 29, 2011 9:00:37 AM


I realize that at full HD I might have to lower detail. I'm fine with that.
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March 31, 2011 2:39:54 AM

The build looks solid although Iv'e never heard of that psu, but it could be they don't sell it over here on this side of the pond. . I'm not sure, but FX takes advantage of hyper threading yes ?
March 31, 2011 6:05:12 AM

FSX does, but I don't fly civil sims :) .

I fly old falcon af (which likes high Ghz and lot's of RAM and doesn't care much about dual or quad core) and DCS A-10 which is more demanding om gpu and better at multithreading.

If I were to cut down a bit on prices, what would be the smartest move? i3? Or small bits here and there on case and memory etc?