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Gaming Desktop €800 - €1000

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May 4, 2012 1:59:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP.

Budget Range: Between €800 - €1000 (preferably as low as possible).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing & Rendering, light Photoshop and Programming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm going to use Hardwareversand.de (It's the best place for me to order from).

Country: Ordering from Germany but reside in Ireland.

Parts Preferences: Honestly no preference, but I would like opinions on what the better brands for each part are.

Overclocking: I've never done it before but I am interested.

SLI or Crossfire:Probably not with my budget now but maybe in the future.

Monitor Resolution: Mine is 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I will actually need a wireless card but have no idea what I am looking for.

Here is what I had in mind so far:

CPU: Either the Intel Core i5-3550 Box, LGA1155 or
Intel Core i5-3570k Box, LGA1155.
It all depends whether the price difference is worth it and if I'll overclock (looking for opinions on that).

GPU: Sapphire HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express
Not so sure who the best brand for GFX cards are but I heard Sapphire are good.

That is pretty much all I got at the moment. All I have at the moment is a keyboard, mouse and monitor so I will be pretty much needing every other needed part.

Looking for advice on brand parts and mostly I just want value for money. I don't really need the best if it's like €100 extra for only a 10% upgrade. Thanks for taking the time to read this and helping me!
May 4, 2012 2:08:31 PM

Nobody got any advice? :( 
May 4, 2012 3:29:13 PM

Unless you're really needing to pinch the pennies after choosing all the other parts then you should go with the i5-3750K.

There are actually a fair few Z77 motherboards which have built in WiFi, which is the case with the Asus P8Z77-V. TBH I don't know what to look for in wireless connectivity either.

Intel i5-3570K €213
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=56...

Asus P8Z77-V €153
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=57...

G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.5V €44
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=56...

Bitfenix Shinobi USB3 €47
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=58...

XFX Radeon HD 7850 DD €238
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=57...

XFX Pro 650W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze €73
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=39...

Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM €66
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=49...

Asus DRW-24BST €18
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=42...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit English €84
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=29...

If you want a CPU cooler to help with overclocking:
Thermalright True Spirit 120 €24
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=52...

Total: €960

To gauge the amount of stock that an item has on hardwareversand there are four coloured bars, if they are green the item is in stock, if they're yellow they only have one, if it's red then they don't have it in stock.
Looks like you might have to buy Windows 7 from somewhere else, unless you don't mind the German version.

So the Sapphire cards are not available atm, that is why I have chosen the XFX graphics card. You could also chose the Asus 7850 DirectCU II:
http://www1.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=57...
The other options either have worse coolers or are much more expensive.
May 4, 2012 11:35:17 PM

Thanks for the help Silvune! Yeah I wasn't too pushed about ordering stuff that wasn't in stock since they usually get it pretty quick.

I know this sounds like a nooby question but how can I tell the difference between different sticks of RAM and Motherboards? Is there a FAQ explaining these things or anyone care to humor me?

Apologies if this stuff has already been answered before.
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