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$. I am from Denmark but I do not mind using American sites.
I have a few configurations that I am pretty set on, however most of them I really just went by the most recommended since my knowledge is minimal. I want a black casing without any crazy stuff going on - should just be plain black. Also, I want the new Ivy Bridge processor. Other than that I could change most of the other stuff.
So far this is what I have come up with (all prices from newegg.com):
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 55$
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz 350$
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 200$
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 250$ for 2, 125$ per piece
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 97$
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.
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.
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.