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January 27, 2012 2:31:48 PM

I'm having a hard time deciding on what to buy, and what is good and cheap. My Budget price is about 600-660 Euros. If you find other parts that I could get, don't include keyboard, speakers, mouse or screen :)  I have already found these parts:

Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Pro3 Sockel 1155 Mainboard (ATX, Intel Z68, 4x DDR3, 2x USB 3.0)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K, 3,3GHz, 6MB Cache, 1155 Sockel
Video Card: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX560Ti
PSU: LC-Power PSU 600W
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz 8 Gigs
Case: MS-Tech CA-0280 Longhorn w/ 3 120mm fans
DVD Rom: not needed, already have
Total on amazon: 646 Euros
Total, buying some parts on eBay: 613 Euros

I included the ebay part cause I'm trying to get as cheap as possible.

Questions:

Is the motherboard/mainboard any good, does Z68 affect in anything?
There is quite a price difference between the GTX 560 and GTX 560ti. Is it worth it?
Is there any better pieces that I could get for the price?

Oh and this is my first time building a PC :) 

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January 27, 2012 2:37:38 PM

hallowatcher said:
I'm having a hard time deciding on what to buy, and what is good and cheap. My Budget price is about 600-660 Euros. If you find other parts that I could get, don't include keyboard, speakers, mouse or screen :)  I have already found these parts:

Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Pro3 Sockel 1155 Mainboard (ATX, Intel Z68, 4x DDR3, 2x USB 3.0)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K, 3,3GHz, 6MB Cache, 1155 Sockel
Video Card: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX560Ti
PSU: LC-Power PSU 600W
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz 8 Gigs
Case: MS-Tech CA-0280 Longhorn w/ 3 120mm fans
DVD Rom: not needed, already have
Total on amazon: 646 Euros
Total, buying some parts on eBay: 613 Euros

I included the ebay part cause I'm trying to get as cheap as possible.

Questions:

Is the motherboard/mainboard any good, does Z68 affect in anything?
There is quite a price difference between the GTX 560 and GTX 560ti. Is it worth it?
Is there any better pieces that I could get for the price?

Oh and this is my first time building a PC :) 

a z68 is probably best, but you could use a p67, though without either of those you wouldn't be able to oc your cpu.
the 560ti is definitely worth it, since a 560 is essentially an oc'd 460
i don't know how reliable the psu manufacturer is, but i'd recommend something from corsair, seasonic, or antec. get 750w if you plan to sli in the future.
January 27, 2012 2:40:51 PM

z68 is going to be good for now and well into the future, you cant really go wrong there and +1 to the PSU, corsair, seasonic or antec is your best bet for reliability, you dont want to skimp out on that
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January 27, 2012 2:47:47 PM

For obvious reasons I would go with 6950 not 560Ti. Costs less and has more horse power. Why do you even consider 560Ti is beyond my understanding.
January 27, 2012 2:50:58 PM

I suggest a Cooler Master hyper 212 if you plan to OC. Change your power supply for sure to a quality brand. I caution you on the RAM as some have a tall heat spreaders which can impact your CPU's heat sink.
January 27, 2012 3:18:05 PM

maxinexus said:
For obvious reasons I would go with 6950 not 560Ti. Costs less and has more horse power. Why do you even consider 560Ti is beyond my understanding.


The 6950 is about the same price as a 560ti, and just a bit better.



To all: I'll find a better PSU in a moment.

Edit: Hows this
Antec High Current Gamer 620 Watts, ATX

It's not that cheap but Corsair and others are way more expensive.
January 27, 2012 3:45:29 PM

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The 6950 is about the same price as a 560ti, and just a bit better.


Agreed. I used to have 2x6950s and the performance of one was very similar to the 560Ti. My 6950s actually ran like crap because I was having some sort of driver issues and they just couldn't be solved with simple uninstall/reinstalls so I switched over to a 560Ti (problems were bad enough that 1x560Ti > 2x6950s).

Also some games tend to favor Nvidia since the developers code for Nvidia software rather than AMD's (the opposite is also true but not to the same degree).


Quote:
To all: I'll find a better PSU in a moment.

Edit: Hows this
Antec High Current Gamer 620 Watts, ATX

It's not that cheap but Corsair and others are way more expensive


The Antecs are pretty good. If you're not doing any massive OCs that require large voltage increases you should be fine on a 650W.
January 27, 2012 5:17:06 PM

Yeah, I'm not an Overclocking freak. Only thing I know is the program used is MSI afterburner. So overclocking won't get in my way on the near future.
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