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Help me build a new gaming computer (1000-1500 Euros)

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February 29, 2012 9:59:10 AM

Hello smart people of this forum,

I'd like to buy a new gaming/office computer, however, as a complete newbie to building my own computers, I am looking for advice. :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: 1000-1500 Euros

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Sc2, shogun 2, swtor, etc.) and office

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Above link goes to the PC-builder tool of, where I usually get my computer supplies. Tho the website is in Dutch, the tool is easy to use. Just click on any of the parts (CPU, GPU, case, etc.) and select what you like.

Country: The Netherlands

Parts Preferences: Don't really have any preferences.

Overclocking: I have never done overclocking, and will probably not do it.

SLI or Crossfire: No preference.

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments:
My first preference is a computer as quiet as possible.

The second preference is I usually buy a new computer every 2-3 years, so I'd like a rig that can handle games at a reasonable performance for the next 2-3 years.

Here is what I got so far:

SSD: Samsung MZ-7PC0128D/EU (Retail, SATA 600, 830 series, MLC, Desktop-Kit, Zwart)

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 (Retail, RAID, Gb-LAN, Sound, ATX)

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K (Boxed, FC-LGA4, "Sandy Bridge")

RAM: G.Skill DIMM 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (Light-Retail, F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2, Sniper-LV, XMP)

PSU: Antec High Current Pro HCP-850

Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow RT (Retail, PWM-aansluiting)

HDD: Seagate ST2000DM001 (Retail, SATA 600, Barracuda 7200.12)

GPU: Really no idea what to pick as I never tried crossfire. Should I get 2x560ti or a single HD7950..or what :( 

Case: Again clueless. I'd like something as quiet as possible

Optic drive: Samsung SE-506AB (Retail, Zwart)

Any advice or suggestions are most welcome.
a b 4 Gaming
February 29, 2012 10:31:13 AM

A few quiet cases :
Cooler Master Sileo 500 € 66,90
Cooler Master Silencio 550 € 81,90
Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl € 92,90
Buy a single 7950 and in the future you can add another one for Crossfire.
CPU COOLER : Cooler Master Hyper212 Evo € 29,99
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 € 149,90
You can buy this ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 € 117,90
If you don't overclock buy a i5 2400 € 167,90
February 29, 2012 11:28:14 AM

Thanks for the reply!

After reading the similar topics and your reply, my current build looks like this:

Case - Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl
CPU - Intel® Core™ i5-2500K ( I decided that I'd like to keep OC option open.)
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper212 Evo
Mobo - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
GPU - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD7950 OC (11196-02-40G)
RAM - Patriot 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit
PSU - Antec High Current Pro HCP-750
SSD - Crucial 64GB
HDD - Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB
Disc Drive - LiteOn iHES212

Two things that bother me atm,

- I have no idea if that PSU is enough or overkill.

- I'd like more than 1TB but the price difference seems not worth it. Any cheap 2-3TB HDDs with good performance?
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February 29, 2012 3:44:54 PM

Thanks again!

I am pretty much set on my build atm. The only problem remaining is that the store does not have XFX 650W XXX Edition in stock. Any good replacements for it in case they can't get a hold of it fast enough?
a b 4 Gaming
February 29, 2012 4:14:32 PM

You could get the 750W so you're set for crossfire in the future.
February 29, 2012 5:03:13 PM

Thanks both.

They have the models you suggested in stock, so all that's left is ordering it!
a b 4 Gaming
February 29, 2012 5:03:45 PM

Good luck with your build.