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May 5, 2012 4:20:43 AM

Hello all you experts. I am a total newbie when it comes to PCs and I have had a Macbook Pro for the past 3 years. I now want to venture into building my own desktop computer not only to have a computer to gradually improve/change instead of dumping a huge amount of money several times (it hurts less ;) ) but also to actually have a desktop that I can work/game on.

My price range is about 1300-1700$. I am from Denmark but I do not mind using American sites.

I have a few configurations that I am pretty set on, however most of them I really just went by the most recommended since my knowledge is minimal. I want a black casing without any crazy stuff going on - should just be plain black. Also, I want the new Ivy Bridge processor. Other than that I could change most of the other stuff.

So far this is what I have come up with (all prices from newegg.com):

Casing:
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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 55$

CPU:
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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz 350$

Motherboard:
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ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 200$

Hard drive:
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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 250$ for 2, 125$ per piece

Ram:
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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 97$

GPU:
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EVGA 03G-P3-1595-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Classified ULTRA 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 550$

PSU:
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CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply 175$

Cooler:
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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 30$


I think the GPU is very, very expensive and would like to know if there are any alternatives worth considering.

What do you think, does it fit together or do I need to change something?

Every help and answer would be highly appreciated :) 

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May 5, 2012 4:30:24 AM

Do you have a link to the Danemark website you will be using?

RAM with low profile heat spreaders, maybe less money for the power supply, you don't need 16GB of RAM and a 3770K unless you plan on doing some heavy photo shop, video editing, CAD, etc... 3570K will work fine if using nothing that takes advantages of hyper threading.

Bigger case. That money could be spent better imo towards a bigger case.
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May 5, 2012 4:40:45 AM

Thank you very much for your answer.

I think I will be using Amazon to ship it or else I will just find several places. The prices are really just for benchmarks.

Do you have any suggestion for low profile heat spreader RAMS? I think I would like to stay with 16 so I do not have to upgrade it later or is that a bad idea?

I will change it to a 3570k since the hardest tasks will be gaming Diablo 3, so that will not be a problem you reckon?

How big should the case be? I like it to look lean and plain.
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May 5, 2012 5:17:03 AM

You want a case with front 3.0 USB ports and decent size and cooling like this one down below.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Towe...
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case (Black)

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <---- another look at that case

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11199-00-20G-HD7870-GD... <----- The 7870 beats the gtx 580 more times than naught, yet it uses far less power and creates less heat. That and it's a new generation card. Z77 board + Ivy Bridge cpu + new generation card (AMD 7xx or Nvidia gtx 6xx series) = PCI-E 3.0 (double the bandwidth). A 750w psu will easily push two of these cards. Look for one with non reference cooling like that Saphire card or the Asus, MSI or Gigabyte 7870.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Professional-Series-HX7...
Corsair Professional Series HX750W - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 - AC 120-240 V - 750 Watt - active PFC - Europe

The heat spreaders are lower than that Corsair RAM you have up there. This is a 2x4GB kit down below.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CML8GX3M2A1600C9-Vengea...
Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 LP Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Memory Module Kit

http://www.amazon.co.uk/G-Skill-Ripjaws-Sandybridge-Pla...
G-Skill 8GBXL Ripjaws X for Intel Sandybridge Platforms DDR3 PC12800 1600MHz 8GB Kit

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40G...
Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)
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May 5, 2012 5:49:47 AM

Thank you so much!!!! Really, really appreciated :)  It's a jungle for me.

I have noted it all in a spreadsheet - what do you think? Do I need to add more stuff or change something?
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May 5, 2012 6:04:12 AM

before you buy the ram look on asus qual list for ram..the new z77 mb are very picky about the ram you use. the ram guild will show you if the board supports only 2/3 or 4 dimms of brand-x. the nvidia 670 cards should be out soon from a lot of the web buzz now that the 690 is out. the 670 should be on par with the older 580. but use less power.
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May 5, 2012 6:15:12 AM

Sweet :D  How does it differ? Just curious.. :) 
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May 5, 2012 6:21:38 AM

didia said:
Sweet :D  How does it differ? Just curious.. :) 

The motherboard is all. I'm going with the Asrock z77 extreme4. Asrock boards are a lot cheaper here in the US than Asus boards. Same video card though, cpu, RAM, etc...

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April 25, 2013 4:42:11 PM

I would swap out the 580 for a 670 or a Radeon 7970. About same/slightly less price for much better performance. Just my two cents.
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