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March 9, 2012 6:26:49 PM

Hello,

I wanted to build a gaming pc for under €1000 and have come up with these components (I mainly priced these from ebay and Amazon). I wanted to know if these components would be compatible with eachother and also how powerful a computer it would be. I am wary of bottlenecking so any advice would be very helpful. Thanks in advance for any replies!

These are the components I have selected:

CPU/Processor: Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 1155 DDR3 USB 3.0 HDMI Onboard Graphics Motherboard

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB Memory Kit (2x4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 DIMM

Power Supply: Rosewill RG630-S12 630-Watt Green Series 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail Power Supply (Compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5)

Video Card: EVGA GEFORCE GTX 550 Ti 1GB DDR5 PCI-E Graphics Video Card GTX550TI

Storage:Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

Disc Drive: Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST

CPU Fan: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
SP1 64bit

Think that all but knowing me I've probably forgotten something! I priced all these at around €910 is that good value for this spec machine? Again thanks in advance.

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March 9, 2012 7:10:20 PM

That looks pretty good. I'd only make a couple of suggestions:

1. Do not get a 550TI - in the ~$150 range there's far better GPUs out there, the Radeon 6870 is one of the best of the best right now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alternately you could drop the i5-2500K to the i5-2400 and invest the difference in upgrading to a 560TI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. I'm not a fan of Thermaltake by any means - at that price this would be a far better case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Switch your cooler out with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Watch the tall heat sinks if you get the Vengeance RAM - this would be a better bet if you do:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 10, 2012 8:32:30 AM

Thanks for the advice and quick reply. I will definitely change the Video Card, Case, Cooler and RAM. Just wanted to know more about if I do downgrade the processor and upgrade the video card. What kind of difference would I see? Or would I be better to just change the video card to the Radeon 6870? It's a great help to get this advice from someone experienced! Really appreciate it!
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