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January 18, 2012 8:54:49 PM


Hi there!

Im about to assemble a new pc, and would like any last minute suggestions. Preferably money-saving suggestions :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: 6-7000 NOK (around 850€)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, streaming movies etc. Everyday stuff

Parts Not Required: Dont need a mouse, monitor or any software.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheapest norwegian sites. Using newegg to show parts

Country: Norway

Parts Preferences: Just the CPU.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

These are the parts i have considered:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Force Series 3 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And some keyboard thats cheap :) 

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January 18, 2012 8:56:33 PM

Looks to be a great build, don't forget a data drive though.
January 18, 2012 10:37:26 PM

@NWA ~ you need a bigger PSU a 520W PSU seems too small since you're overclocking, even though you have a CM H212, besides that it looks good. ;) 
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January 18, 2012 11:05:42 PM

Really? I thought 520w would be plenty, but i guess i can look for some thing in the 600w range.
Oh, and i have a 1TB spinpoint f3 so i shouldnt need a mechanical drive ;) 
January 19, 2012 12:14:25 AM

I am not a fan of G.skill memory having had problems with them on an i5 build I did recently having to replace them with some Kingston memory because of compatibility problems. However G.skill memory is cheaper.
I think that 520W PSU should be fine. People often over estimate the size of the required power supply because of problematic cheap Chinese power supplies. As the power supply you are getting is reckoned to be a good one you should be fine.
January 19, 2012 1:43:12 AM

If you are worried about the RAM and PSU, try these two:

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The RAM comes from a rock solid manufacturer and the PSU is a good one as well that future proofs your system a bit.
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