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

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.
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  1. 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?
  2. If you don't Crossfire you don't need 750W buy XFX 650W XXX Edition € 86,90
    My advice is to buy a 1T HDD at 7200 RPM. The 2-3T HDD have 5900 RPM and is not good to keep the OS on them because they are a little slower.
    Western Digital WD1002FAEX
  3. 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?
  4. You could get the 750W so you're set for crossfire in the future.
  5. Thanks both.

    They have the models you suggested in stock, so all that's left is ordering it!
  6. Good luck with your build.
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