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February 20, 2012 6:17:18 PM

Hello everyone!
A friend of mine recently recommended me to this site when I told him I'm looking to build a PC without knowing much about which parts go together and which suit my budget. He didn't hesitate long to direct me to you people because apparently you answer fast and "never fail him". Here's to hoping he's right! ;) 


Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend or the days after

Budget Range: 1000-13€ after rebates. Prefer closer to 1300€ than closer to 1000€. If needed, prices can go a bit over 1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: About 95% gaming and some drawing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers and a monitor. I already have those

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't know many for Belgium - only one I do know is

Country: Belgium

Parts Preferences: Intel processor. Prefer Nvidia for GFX cards, but if another option proves just as good I won't mind too much. Would like at least 2TB of HDD space excluding my already-owned SSD if possible. Going to go for a W7 OS

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Would like a computer that'll be able to run games on high setting and will be able to stay for a fair amount of years.

Parts already in possession: 120GB SSD:

Thanks in advance for the help! I hope the template's filled detailed enough to be of good use.

Tim

EDIT: fixed a few thingies (already-owned parts and parts preferences)

More about : 1000 1300 gaming

February 20, 2012 7:09:18 PM

Hi there! welcome to the forums.

A recommendation, eh? We won't leave you wanting ;) 

Can you fix your links? remove the URL tags, the site does it automatically.
First, thank you for filling out the form. Saves me a lot of hassle. However as a
native of the USA, I need you to do a little work for me. Could you research some websites and find some different options? I'll do some digging also, might come up with something. I know a few, just not off the top of my head.

So until we can get a definite parts list, I'll give you some generics.
-CPU: i5-2500k without a doubt. Low cost, high power. Runs on motherboards with P67 and Z68 chipsets.
-GPU: Hard to say. This will vary on what you have money for/where we are buying from. A GTX 560 Ti 448 Core would be excellent, maxing every game out there for your monitor.
-Grab a good P67 or Z68 motherboard with Gen3 PCI-E slots. This will allow for expandability in the future.
-Case: Something with good airflow and sexy looks. Can't have an ugly case, now can we?
PSU; I'd suggest something around ~750 watts. This will allow you to use two high powered video cards. THE PSU MUST BE 80+! Anything that is not 80+ certified is most likely crap. Oftentimes PSU manufacturers make crappy power supplies and sell them as high wattage ones, when really they can only supply half the rated wattage. Look for brand name (Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Silverstone Enermax among others), high ratings and 80+ bronze.
-2TB is going to be expensive, due to the Thailand floods. You might have to settle for a little less, although I'll do the best I can.

Last thing I'll say is you might consider a monitor upgrade in the future. 1080p is reallllly nice and not too expensive! 1600x900 is fine though.

Well, Sorry to be almost no help at all. Once we get some sites nailed down I'll go in depth with you and piece together a build.

Good luck!
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February 20, 2012 7:19:58 PM

Alright, put some stuff together from that site. Lemme know what you think!
Sidenote: For simplicity, $=€ for now. Okay?

CPU: i5-2500k $200 http://www.alternate.nl/html/pcbuilder/productDetail.ht...
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $120
http://www.alternate.nl/html/pcbuilder/productDetail.ht...
GPU: XFX 6950 2GB $242 (Lifetime warranty!) (maybe two)
http://www.alternate.nl/html/pcbuilder/productDetail.ht...
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 2x4GB $40
http://www.alternate.nl/html/pcbuilder/productDetail.ht...
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO $30
http://www.alternate.nl/html/pcbuilder/productDetail.ht...
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB $110 (Great price!)
http://www.alternate.nl/html/pcbuilder/productDetail.ht...
PSU: OCZ ZT750w $96
http://www.alternate.nl/html/pcbuilder/productDetail.ht...
You pick the case.

That should be well within your budget, even if you decide to get multiple cards. If you know of any other sites, I can look around for prices. However this build is pretty damn good.
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February 20, 2012 7:52:41 PM

Hey striker410, good choices. What you picked out looks very similar to what others helped me pick out when I asked for advice. I was the friend who recommended him to post on this site since this has been a very helpful place for me. One thing I'd like to add to your build is getting a 2 GB GTX 560 TI. Battlefield 3 requires 1.5 GB of RAM to run full ultra, and I'd imagine for future applications having that extra GB of VRAM would be beneficial.
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February 20, 2012 8:04:06 PM

inner universe said:
Hey striker410, good choices. What you picked out looks very similar to what others helped me pick out when I asked for advice. I was the friend who recommended him to post on this site since this has been a very helpful place for me. One thing I'd like to add to your build is getting a 2 GB GTX 560 TI. Battlefield 3 requires 1.5 GB of RAM to run full ultra, and I'd imagine for future applications having that extra GB of VRAM would be beneficial.

That's at 1080p. Since he's running at 1600x900, he isn't going to come close to the 1GB ceiling. BF3 has a very good memory management system, it'll utilize 2GB or 512MB. I think 1GB is fine for his res. If he'd like to step up to 1080p, a 6950 2GB might be in order.
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February 20, 2012 8:36:12 PM

Whoa, didn't expect such a detailed reply so fast. My friend was right!
Thank you a million times for bothering with this. I appreciate it very much.

Now, back onto the matter of PC-building.
I checked out the config with 2 GPUs instead of 1 because I still had some budget left. Apparently, the given power supply could not support this because it needs 2 seperate 12V circruits. Which other power supply would you recommend for this situation (if it's not asking much of course)?

Thanks again! I'll definitely remember this site to recommend it to friends as well.

@The replies: well, as I said, it's a system I'm planning to use for quite a while, so there's a fair chance that I will eventually switch to 1080p in the future, so I wouldn't mind stocking up for it already :) 

Tim
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February 20, 2012 8:36:35 PM

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Cool... £58.79 inc. VAT
Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer Black Midi Tower Windowed Chassis w/ USB3.0

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... £62.39 inc. VAT FREE DELIVERY
750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboa... £115.99 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/processor... £165.98 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 2500K 3.30GHz Socket LGA1155 - Retail.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cooling/c... £29.99 inc vat
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/memory-pc... £40.99 inc vat
G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrive... £89.99 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6GB/s 8.5ms 7200rpm - OEM

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrive... £104.99 inc vat inc vat FREE DELIVERY
OCZ Petrol 3 SATA III 2.5" 128GB Solid State Hard Drive

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/opticaldr... £14.48 inc vat
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/atiradeon... £369.98 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7950 OC 3072MB GDDR5

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/MICR... £69.54 inc. VAT
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/monitors/22inchmonit... £99.98 inc vat FREE DELIVERY
Acer S220HQLBrbd 21.5 inch Ultra-Thin Widescreen Full HD LED Monitor

Total: £1,223.09 inc. VAT
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February 20, 2012 8:41:59 PM

Munith said:
Whoa, didn't expect such a detailed reply so fast. My friend was right!
Thank you a million times for bothering with this. I appreciate it very much.

Now, back onto the matter of PC-building.
I checked out the config with 2 GPUs instead of 1 because I still had some budget left. Apparently, the given power supply could not support this because it needs 2 seperate 12V circruits. Which other power supply would you recommend for this situation (if it's not asking much of course)?

Thanks again! I'll definitely remember this site to recommend it to friends as well.

@The replies: well, as I said, it's a system I'm planning to use for quite a while, so there's a fair chance that I will eventually switch to 1080p in the future, so I wouldn't mind stocking up for it already :) 

Tim

The PSU I linked does indeed support a pair of GTX 560 Ti's. Not sure where you got the multi-rail idea, it's actually better to have a single 12v line so it can distribute the power as needed.

I think 1GB is fine. If you'd like to step up to 2GB, your money would be better spent grabbing a pair of 6950's, which are AMD. 2GB versions of the GTX 560 Ti are somewhat overpriced.

The other option is to grab a 7950 like Why_Me linked below, however it is also AMD.
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February 20, 2012 8:42:48 PM

Hello Why_Me and also thank you for your reply!

One thing that fusses me about it, though, is that the sites you linked were all British ones, which means the prices go up by ~20% (GBP -> EUR), which'd put the setup above my budget without counting delivery costs (not all products are delivered for free). On top of that, it includes a monitor while I still have one that I'll stay with for now :-/ The gain, compared to Striker's setup, is only 1GB DDR5 memory as far as I know, which doesn't sound worth the trouble.

Thanks though! I appreciate the effort.
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February 20, 2012 9:01:12 PM

striker410 said:
The PSU I linked does indeed support a pair of GTX 560 Ti's. Not sure where you got the multi-rail idea, it's actually better to have a single 12v line so it can distribute the power as needed.

I think 1GB is fine. If you'd like to step up to 2GB, your money would be better spent grabbing a pair of 6950's, which are AMD. 2GB versions of the GTX 560 Ti are somewhat overpriced.

The other option is to grab a 7950 like Why_Me linked below, however it is also AMD.

Oh. When I selected an additional GPU, the site immediately gave me a warning that the power supply did not support the GPUs.
A setup with the 3GB DDR5 memory Why_Me linked seems to work just fine. It's fine if it's AMD - GPU is something I'm not too picky about.
Think I might just go with what I have now. Ended up with a total cost of 1165 euros which is just about perfect!

Loads of thanks,
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February 20, 2012 9:06:23 PM

Munith said:
Oh. When I selected an additional GPU, the site immediately gave me a warning that the power supply did not support the GPUs.
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It should work... I'll swap the PSU in my recommendations above. Same with GPUs.

What case did you get?
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February 20, 2012 9:17:18 PM

striker410 said:
It should work... I'll swap the PSU in my recommendations above. Same with GPUs.

What case did you get?

Got the Aerocool XPredator Evil Green one, loved the looks on it :3 But for no other particular reason.
Next reply won't be there before tomorrow morning (in ~10h from now), but I'll make sure to (try to) reply to everything that gets posted.

Laters!
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February 20, 2012 9:19:11 PM

striker410 said:
It should work... I'll swap the PSU in my recommendations above. Same with GPUs.

What case did you get?


Munith said:
Got the Aerocool XPredator Evil Green one, loved the looks on it :3 But for no other particular reason.
Next reply won't be there before tomorrow morning (in ~10h from now), but I'll make sure to (try to) reply to everything that gets posted.

Laters!

Very sexy. Good choice!

Let me know if you have any questions ;) 
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