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New computer build. Advice needed. Max: €650/$800

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June 6, 2012 9:03:31 PM

Hello everyone,

Planning on ordering a new gaming pc in the near future (in about 1 week).
As mentioned my budget will be approximately €650.
I live in the Netherlands so I would prefer you to search parts on or wouldn't be a pain in the ass either; I can search the parts on Dutch sites.

The parts I already selected are:

Intel Core i5 3450 Boxed

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC

Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K2/8G

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo

I was first looking at the AsRock Z77 Pro 3, but I read some bad reviews about it and it lacks SLI. Would be great to have it, so I can upgrade my system with another GTX 560 Ti and double performance; a great way to invest in the future, right?

Would my PSU be powerfull enough for both the normal and SLI setting?

I am not experienced in overclocking, but I might actually perform it with this new system. At last my screen resolution is 1280x1024, but it will be 1920x1080 by christmas.

Parts that are not needed are: hard drives, dvd drive, sound card, all plug-in devices and computer case (using a modded old tower case)

Thanks in advance and greets,

June 7, 2012 9:40:33 AM

Changed RAM to Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - . And motherboard seems good, with good reviews so that would be the one I am going for: AsRock z77 extreme 4 - . I'm keeping the tx3 since the reviews on that one are better than on the hyper 212 and the cooling capacity isn't that much higher.

About the PSU, I am wondering why I should pick a 750W PSU, since several PSU calculating sites give an outcome of approximately 450W (includes overclock), making 500W enough, right?

So any remarks on this build?:

Asrock Z77 Extreme4
Intel Core i5 3750k Boxed
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo


June 7, 2012 8:02:29 PM

Ah okay, now I understand. Well, if I would do SLI, I'd probably do that in like 2 years from now, so I guess I'll save the money for a more expensive PSU now and pay that extra when I actually do SLI in 2 years.

I made up my mind about the intel i5 3750k. I will go with the i5 3450 after all, because it can be overclocked in the turbo boost technology, up to like 4 ghz. So it will not be a massive overclock, but it will help a bit and I cannot spend more than that €650.


June 7, 2012 8:03:43 PM

Edit: I will go with the i5 3550*