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Gaming PC for CHF 1'200-1'500 (USD 1'100-1'400)

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August 28, 2012 12:38:38 PM

Hi everyone,

I built a computer a decade ago and was looking to build a new one but I realize my computer knowledge of the hardware found is rather limited. I have read some forums and have tried to put together a PC but I find my final price remains fairly high and I think this is because I am afraid of choosing cheaper components which may not optimize the PC. Here is an idea of what I am looking to build and I would really appreciate your comments on what I could substitute to make things a little cheaper. This entire system is built on components found on my local computer hardware store which is www.prodimex.ch.

Approximate Purchase Date: Looking to purchase in the next three months

Budget Range: CHF 1’200 – 1’500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Looking to stitch pictures together and edit them (have a Canon 600D) and do a little video editing (videos taken with the same camera) and play some games. Very interested in the Total War series. Looking forward to the new Total War Rome II and would like to play at the highest possible resolution. I'll also use the computer to play some Blue ray movies.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I will play this on my existing TV 55” Samsung monitor. (model: SAMSUNG UE55D7080)

Parts to Upgrade: New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I am based in Switzerland. I have been looking at www.prodimex.ch.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This computer will site in my living so I would like it to be quiet. I would like to plug an HDMI to my amplifier to run it as a semi media center to play some videos.

This is the computer idea I have put together so far (all the items can be found in www.prodimex.ch) and costs aprox. CHF 1'500 which equates to aprxo USD 1'400:

Motherboard D18D15 - GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H ( Intel Z77 - Socket 1155 )
Or D27C18 - ASUS P8Z77-V ( Intel Z77 - Socket 1155 ) 2xPCIe
Powersupply C20F26 - Alimentation 600W CORSAIR CX Series - [CMPSU-600CXV2EU]
Case D05C26 - Boitier Tour CORSAIR Carbide 300R Black ( 3 x 5.25 ) Compact PC Gaming Case - No power
RAM C08G27 - DDR3 8GB [2x4GB] DDR1600 (PC3-12800) - CORSAIR Vengeance Low Profile [CML8GX3M2A1600C9]
Fan C20D11 - CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series H60 [ Ventilo pour Socket : Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/1366 - AMD AM2/AM3 ]
Primary HDD B05J42 - SATA600 1.0To (1000GB) - 7200 WESTERN Caviar Blue (32MB) [WD10EALX]
Secondary HDD C17E36 - SSD Drive 120 GB 2.5" SATA CORSAIR Force Series 3 - Solid State disk MLC [ CSSD-F120GB3A ]
Graphic Card D24H14 - ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 PCIe ( Radeon HD7850 2048MB 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort)
Optical Drive D04D16 - SATA - Lecteur Blu-Ray Combo DVD ± RW 8.5GB ASUS BC-12B1ST
CPU D30D23 - INTEL Quad Core i5-3570 3.4GHz + Ventilateur [ LGA1155 - 6MB - 22 nm ]
OS 90278 - English MICROSOFT Windows 7 OEM Professional 64-bit DVD 1 user **
Office ENGLISH MICROSOFT Office 2010 Home and Student 2010 (Word, Excel, OneNote, Powerpoint 2010) Valable pour 3 PC

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August 28, 2012 12:59:24 PM

Either get an H100 water cooler or dump the idea, IMO. Get a CMaster 212EVO instead.
Good build, other than that.
August 28, 2012 1:19:12 PM

Nw333 said:
Either get an H100 water cooler or dump the idea, IMO. Get a CMaster 212EVO instead.
Good build, other than that.


Hi Nw333. Thanks for posting. I am not sure I want to cool my computer using water cooler technology. Too pricey. I think there are good fans out there which are fairly quiet. I am more looking at what components I can replace from my list to improve the computer to suit my needs and in so doing hopefully bringing the price down a bit.
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August 28, 2012 1:22:49 PM

Thats pretty much all you need. Im also thinking that 3570 is supposed to have a K at the end? If so, get it. Youll be wasting money on a mobo that is built for OCing when you can barely even OC the CPU.
August 28, 2012 2:49:20 PM

Nw333 said:
Thats pretty much all you need. Im also thinking that 3570 is supposed to have a K at the end? If so, get it. Youll be wasting money on a mobo that is built for OCing when you can barely even OC the CPU.


Thanks. Indeed the K would be good for OCing but wasn't planning on doing this so no need for the K.
August 28, 2012 2:51:35 PM

So, there is absolutely no need for a CPU cooler, unless you live in a very hot area. Replace your mobo with an H77 one and you save more. Look for one with the features you want and your good to go. :) 
August 28, 2012 3:06:48 PM

I agree with Nw333, replace the mobo with an H77, that will be best for your needs. Also In my opinion that SSD is a little over kill, you probably need no more than 80 gb.
Also for the standard use you will be using and no over clock just use the standard cpu fan and another 1 or so in case, no need for an after market one
August 28, 2012 3:12:05 PM

^Its a fine SSD. 128GBs is the norm nowadays, so the OP can also put some programs he wants to run faster. Good idea is to have all your programs in the SSD and your files in your storage. (spreadsheets, word documents, pictures, music and stuff like that.)
August 28, 2012 3:22:03 PM

Well I suppose if he is a program heavy person then that would be a good idea, honestly I might even go a little bigger now to put all your games and programs in it.
August 29, 2012 2:35:30 AM

128GBs is enough for that. :) 
August 29, 2012 7:27:47 AM

Thanks Nw333 and dharris17. I think I will definitely stick with the SSD as I have a few programs I want to ensure run quickly on the PC.
As for the mobo (haha you guys crack me up with your compute lingo:) )) had to google that one... I though about this one:
D27C11 - ASUS P8H77-V ( Intel H77 - Socket 1155 )

Or am I still going over board?
August 29, 2012 7:34:18 AM

Thats a fine motherboard. :D 
August 29, 2012 7:36:50 AM

Thanks Nw333. You have been most helpful!
August 29, 2012 7:37:52 AM

Not a problem! :D 
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