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August 16, 2012 3:45:45 PM


So first of all I've never build a PC before, I do however know most the stuff, and suppose the manual should be sufficient.

Right so my criterias are mainly:
-Some what small, I go to LAN like 5'ish times a year, maybe more.
-SSD obviously.
-Not too noisy.
-No need for super OC abilities(Small case and no too noisy kinda counters that).
-Most bang for the buck
-Currently just playing games such as SC2, so not that demanding, I do however play games such as BF3 and wanna be futureproof too.

So I've researeched like a looot, and got this current build in mind:
CPU 2500k 220$:
CPU fan CM 212+ 35$:
CPU fan Noctua D14 85$:
GPU GTX 670 400$:
Mobo Z77 V pro 215$:
RAM Corsair veng 8gb 54$:
SSD Crucial M4 220$:
Case Fractal Mini 100$:

TOTAL: 1354$ (1600$ in my currency, keep that in mind)

I've considered GTX 560 TI instead of GTX 670, which is around 200$ cheaper in my country.
I really do like the Fractal Mini case since it's somewhat cheap and seems really nice. Now my choice of CPU is 2500k instead of 3570k - basically how big a difference is there between base performance of those two? - I don't think I'll OC right away(maybe in 1 year), but I'm going to buy a good fan instead of the stock waste, either 212+ or D14(It can fit the case).
Got no clue regarding PSU, I'm open for anything there. SSD is pretty certain, cheapest of the best ones as far I've researched in my country.

So it's my first build and I'm super open for suggestions, please help me get the most bang for tha bucks :) 

Cheers and Thanks a lot for any help.

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August 16, 2012 4:30:30 PM

You should get a 650w power supply unless you think you'll do SLI in the future. Good brands are Antec, Corsair, and Seasonic. Make sure that you get a PSU that is at least 80 plus certified. 80 plus Bronze/Silver/Gold/Platinum are all even better (more efficient) but will also cost more.

Get the i5-3750 unless it's a lot more expensive.

Have you thought about going with a mATX board? It will be smaller and will allow you to get an even smaller case like the Silverstone Temjin. Just make sure that you don't need a lot of PCI-e slots or anything other features that are only offered on an ATX motherboard.

The Nocturna cooler will be quieter than the 212, but perhaps not worth the extra cost. At stock speeds, you really don't need a cooler like this.

August 16, 2012 4:48:02 PM

Cheers for the answer :) 

3770k is around 120$ more expensive and I am already @ 1600$ and would like to keep closer to 1500. Basically I just wondered if the 2500k OC'ed to for example 4.5(heard i can run stable at that ghz) will be better than a 3570k @ 4.2ghz?

The size should be fine as it is not, currently I've one which is 50centimeters high rather than 40(as this case is) and it's alright, I just dont want a mid tower which is like 52 and 10 centimeters wider than my current case.

I'll OC for sure in the future, so I'm going need a good fan, however i read that the 212 is quite equal to Nocturna, however if Nocturna is quite better, then I'll definitely get that.
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August 16, 2012 6:30:47 PM

Right so I researched further and understand that the case fan(Noctua 12) is 3pin and therefore can't be controlled by the mobo(which I'd prefer).

So any other suggestions?

And any opinions on the 2500k vs 3570k? - I heard you can OC 3570k to 4.2k by simply increasing the multiplier(no need to increase voltage @ that ghz) and therefore still making it very stable, because that would defintely be more ideal than 2500k @ 4.8ghz I think.
August 16, 2012 6:54:18 PM

The hyper 212 evo is extremely good, especially for the price. Those fans are good, cougars are good, Scythe slipstreams are extremely good if you can find them.
August 16, 2012 7:42:23 PM

What country do you live in?
Preferred websites?

I'll try to put together a complete build for you.

Also, fill out the form in this post.
August 16, 2012 8:10:51 PM

My thoughts:

1. ASRock z77 extreme 4 is approx $135
2. I5-3570k
3. Case: HAF 912 might be too big for you, but it's $50
4. CM 212 is silent (unless you have Spock ears )
5. Crucial M4, Samsung 830 & Intel 330 all great SSD's. Buy the cheapest, but don't go below 120 GB
Website above shows benchmark and cost of many GPU's. May help you find one.
You did not mention dual gpu's (SLI/CF). A 600 watt PSU would be fine (more than enought) for single GPU. Good brands: Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, and PC Power and Cooling.

Good Luck !!
August 16, 2012 8:16:16 PM

Cheers for posts. Sadly can not find any scythe slipstreams in my country, gonna try search for the others.

Hey Nafoni, that sounds cool - here goes:

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: In around 2 weeks, not more.

Budget Range: 1500$ dollars in total or around 9500 Danske kroner.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Well gaming, then study - however I wont be using any seriously program for that any time soon - so just gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New Computer, got keyboard n mouse ofc.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Well Danish websites are very very much preferred. is probably the best one and it has most the components and cheapest. You can search pretty easy if you google translate it:

Location: Odense @ Denmark

Parts Preferences: Well no preferences as long as it's most bang for the buck, though I always used intel and nvidia and somehow like those more anyway.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920*1200, might get another screen @ same resolution some day, doubtfully for gaming though, just as 2nd screen while gaming, eg. chat word etc.

Additional Comments: Somewhat small, so it's easy to bring to lans, I'd prefer a "mini tower" or whatever those are called. Within the 20*40*50 ish range. Do not need any sort of LEDs and all that and also prefer not to be too noisy, though I've tinnitus, so I do not mind some noise at all.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Got a 4 year old PC with Q9400 n 280gtx, I suppose it's decent, but just got issues running SC2 and those sort of light games @ high soo cba witht that anymore.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.
Well you see my list at the top of the post :) 

Budget is 9500 danske kroner in case you use

Cheers again for putting effort into this post :) 
August 17, 2012 10:11:19 AM

The total was 9586DKK btw. Couldn't get it into the screenshot :) 
August 17, 2012 10:12:10 AM

What do you think of this?
I've based the build around an ATX motherboard and a CM HAF 912 case since it's very close to the size you mentioned.