1500 EURO first build need advice! thanks

Approximate Purchase Date: 6 weeks from now.

Budget Range: 1500 euro AFTER rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Development/Design/Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Overclockers.co.uk / Dabs.ie (Dabs better as I'm in Ireland)

Country of Origin: Ireland

Parts Preferences: Up to you. Either 24 or 27 inch moniter prefferable.

Overclocking: No but open to it in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Whatever you think.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Would like to get the biggest bang for my buck and possibly have the machine be flexible to upgrades in the future. Thanks.


Hey guys. First time builder here. I'm a student learning web development so Ive decided to get a nice PC for myself. It will be used mainly for programming/coding/design work but also would like to play some games on it. Ive been waiting years for Skyrim to come out so would be a big plus if I can max skyrim out as well.

All help greatly appreciated.
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  1. Ok so what do you think about this?

    CoolerMaster HAF-X Full Tower (Extended ATX) Black



    Corsair Memory TX750 V2 750W ATX Enthusiast Series


    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler



    Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) HyperX DDR3 1600MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 XMP




    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB


    Asus P8Z68-V PRO LGA1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX (USB 3.0)



    ASUS VE248H - LCD display - TFT - LED backlight - 24" - widescreen - 1920 x 1080




    LiteOn 22x DVD-RW IDE Black Bare Drive + Software


    Crucial 64GB m4 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (FOR OS)



    Windows 7 Home Premium 64b



    Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA-600 7200RPM 32MB


    EVGA GeForce GTX 580 797MHz 1536MB PCI-Express HDMI



    Total Cost = 1560 euro including delivery.

    What do you guys think?
  2. I'd like to get a full tower because I'll be upgrading this again in a year or so and a case like that will surely last me a long time.

    Once the new gen of Nvidia GPUs come out I'll probably thow in another 580 when the prices are down.

    I put in the SSD for the operating system and photoshop. Don't really need it for anything else and I'd like the speed increase as I'm 12+hours on the computer.
  3. nice choices there.
    If you don't care about gen3 get the gigabyte z68xp-ud3. If you do then the asrock extreme3(or extreme 4 for more usb3, sata3 and 40 more euros) gen3.
    The cooler you picked ain't gonna cut it. I like the Corsair A70(all rounder), the Xigmatek Aegir (Pricey but silent and very good)
    If you are going to stay with 1 card your psu will do nicely even if you overclock cpu and card. If you are going to sli along the road i would propose you get a 850watt psu.
    580 sounds great. Also i like the prospect of a 6950 or a 570 now and another one later on :p The thing is, if work is very important on the comp the single card sounds more reasonable than the two which are purely game oriented. If you are thinking of sli the 580s though we gotta go even higher on the psu... close to 1000watt. If you won't sli though you just wasted a good amount of money sitting in the back of your rig.
    I would get 128giga ssd
  4. Out of interest what do you think is better a 27" or a 24" moniter?

    Ive heard that a 27" moniter at 1920 x 1080p is worse than a 24" at the same resolution? Is that true?
  5. Well i find my samsung 24" to be plentiful. I don't know if i would ever want more than that.
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