Need Advice in PC Hardware

Approximate Purchase Date: ~2WEEKS

Budget Range: 900EUR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, school work (microsoft office), surfing internet.

Parts Not Required: mouse, os, keyboard, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: digitec.ch

Country: Switzerland

Parts Preferences: Intel (CPU), OCZ Vertex 3 (SSD)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: No monitor yet. (Might get this one: Asus VS228H, 22")

Additional Comments: I like windows and lights on pc cases ;)
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  1. Any particular reason you want to go for the Vertex 3 SSD? I wouldn't be too tempted by the numbers because they're really not that important. They seem to be very unreliable.

    Before going for the Vertex 3, I would at least give this a read:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/sata-6gbps-performance-sata-3gbps,review-32370-8.html

    I would also take a look at some reviews of the Crucial M4, Intel 520 and Samsung 830. (And the Vertex 3 of course.)

    EDIT: I'm having trouble navigating that site but I would aim for something like this:

    i5-2400
    8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM
    H67 ATX motherboard
    HD 7850 or HD 7870
    500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
    64GB or 128GB Crucial M4 or Samsung 830
    500-550W PSU (Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, Antec are some good brands)
    Coolermaster Elite 430, Storm Scout or HAF 912
    DVD Burner
  2. jmsellars1 said:
    Any particular reason you want to go for the Vertex 3 SSD? I wouldn't be too tempted by the numbers because they're really not that important. They seem to be very unreliable.

    Before going for the Vertex 3, I would at least give this a read:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/sata-6gbps-performance-sata-3gbps,review-32370-8.html

    I would also take a look at some reviews of the Crucial M4, Intel 520 and Samsung 830. (And the Vertex 3 of course.)

    EDIT: I'm having trouble navigating that site but I would aim for something like this:

    i5-2400
    8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM
    H67 ATX motherboard
    HD 7850 or HD 7870
    500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
    64GB or 128GB Crucial M4 or Samsung 830
    500-550W PSU (Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, Antec are some good brands)
    Coolermaster Elite 430, Storm Scout or HAF 912
    DVD Burner


    I wanted to go for this mobo: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3, Z68, LGA1155, PCI-E 3.0, SLI/CFX
    And on the site, you must click on the pc hardware you wanna search, tick/click on the options and then click on the "display" button. (to show all products)
  3. One question, for the GPU: HD 7950 3GB Dual Fan, will a PSU of 550W be enough?
  4. You shouldn't need a Z68 board if you don't plan to overclock, unless there's some other feature you were looking for?

    A quality 550W unit would be more than fine. The HD 7950 is around 200W max, the CPU is 95W, the rest of the system would pull maybe 100W more (at 100% load). Realistically your max load will be around 350-400W, 500W+ is recommended.
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