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April 12, 2012 6:27:45 PM

I've been out of the PC-building-loop for quite some years, so I created an account here so I could seek advice from the experts :)  I'm from Norway, but I'll use to present links to the products I'm considering. Too many great games the last couple of years + the upcoming Guild Wars 2 :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon. Before Guild Wars 2

Budget Range: About 7000 NOK (Really doesn't transfer well to USD, so don't bother. Budget class)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games (Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, Total War), Workstation (AutoCAD and such)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: & (Norwegian sites). I'm using here.

Country: Norway

Parts Preferences: None, though Intel CPU seems the best for gaming.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Stable PC for current and upcoming games.

So, over to the parts I'm considering! In Norwegian kroner this is an affordable budget gaming PC. Guess it is in dollars too :) 


CPU (boxed with fan):
Intel® Core i5-2500K

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 8GB CL9

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda® 500GB

Silver Power SP-SS500 500W (not on

Video Card:
Gainward GeForce GTX 560Ti 1024MB GDDR5 (not on

Fractal Design Define R3

I'm open for any input whether it is better suited parts or errors I made planning. Or if this is a good build. Or anything else :)  Just remember the keyword "budget" :) 


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April 12, 2012 6:37:37 PM

System looks good for a budget $1200 ish USD system. 2500k's are great for overclocking. If your not going to OC I'd go AMD 8 core, Cheaper in the overall and good performance.
April 12, 2012 6:42:12 PM

killermoats said:
System looks good for a budget $1200 ish USD system. 2500k's are great for overclocking. If your not going to OC I'd go AMD 8 core, Cheaper in the overall and good performance.

I wouldn't go with AM3 this gen. There isn't a very bright upgrade path for AM3 honestly, stick with the 2500k it's a great gaming CPU, probably the best budget CPU there is (aside from the discontinued 1090t). That's a really good "budget" rig you have and it will run all the games you listed no problem. 8 cores is also useless for gaming, which is his primary goal, and AMD's 8 cores is more like 4 with hyperthreading honestly.
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April 12, 2012 6:43:13 PM

the i5-2400 would suit you just as well as the 2500k, since you're not planning on overclocking. Keep in mind that your graphics card is certainly the limiting factor in your build. If you got say an i3, and a new 7870, you'd be better off.
April 12, 2012 7:39:26 PM

Thanks for the quick replies! On where I plan to order my parts there's only a 5ish dollar difference between the 2500k and the 2400 due to a "permanent sale" on the 2500k. Lucky us Norwegians :p  And it's nice to have the option of overclocking, even if I'm not planning on it.
I know my limiting factor is the graphics card. I was wondering about upgrading it, but that would easily make it really expensive. And I guess I can upgrade it later when prices drop, to balance cpu and gpu more. Or downgrade the cpu now. Hmmm... decisions!
Thanks for the input, it's good to know my build isn't all that bad :) 
April 13, 2012 12:00:04 AM

So, when I was browsing they decided to launch a 1-day "Friday 13." sale, wich included my mobo and gpu! Traded the case for a on-sale Corsair Carbide 400R (, got a sudden impulse to press "order", did it, and had a small nerdgasm. Fingers crossed this will make a nice rig! :D  Thanks guys