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September 24, 2012 10:59:37 AM

Hello everyone. This is going to be my first pc build and I' m in need of some good advice as to some parts and their compatibility. My budget is about 700-750 euros for sth that will last for a long time and bear in mind that I want the cheapest possible (to a certain extent) and I live in southern europe which is not like america or the uk. I' m getting a CPU, GPU, mobo, RAM, PSU and OS. I have decided to get an Intel Core i5 2500K(s1155, 3,30GHz, 6MB) for my CPU, so here' s what I want help with (I' ll deal with the RAM and OS myself):
1)Motherboard: I want the cheapest possible to match my CPU and here are some ideas from stores in my area (from cheapest to most expensive):
Gigabyte GA-B75-D3V (1155 , B75 , DDR3)
Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 P67 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0
Gigabyte Z77-DS3H (s 1155, Z77, DDR3)
Are these ok and I should get anything with a 1155 socket or are there chipsets that I should avoid?
2)GPU: Again I want the cheapest possible to play modern games at recommended settings and here are my choices (from cheapest to most expensive):
Palit Geforce GTX650 1GB (DDR5)
Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 550 1GB DDR5 192BIT
Palit Geforce GTX650 2GB (DDR5)
Gigabyte GTX 560 1GB DDR5
3)PSU: How many Watts will be needed for this build, are 80+ PSUs good? Because the better rated are a lot more expensive but if I have to I' ll give sth extra.
If the products I listed above are fine it' ll be a lot easier. Thanks in advance!

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September 24, 2012 11:34:20 AM

Get the Gigabyte Z77-DS3H motherboard the Gigabyte GTX 560 and for powersupply Corsair CX500 V2 or Antec Neo Eco 520C or Seasonic 520W S12II or Rosewill Capstone 550W
September 24, 2012 12:00:17 PM

Out of the Gigabyte boards, one is already discontinued/doesn't exist anymore.
If personally don't like any of the 3. Are you sure you're going for Sandy Bridge?

The HD 7770 is the best GPU you can get judging from the price range of the cards you chose. But if you really want Nvidia, go for the GTX 560.

A 430-500W PSU should be enough; and yes, preferably with an 80+ certification.
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September 24, 2012 12:27:21 PM

excella1221 said:
Out of the Gigabyte boards, one is already discontinued/doesn't exist anymore.
If personally don't like any of the 3. Are you sure you're going for Sandy Bridge?

The HD 7770 is the best GPU you can get judging from the price range of the cards you chose. But if you really want Nvidia, go for the GTX 560.

A 430-500W PSU should be enough; and yes, preferably with an 80+ certification.

Well I know that the 2500K is a great CPU for gaming and with good overclocking capabilities and I think it' s quite cheaper than other Ivy Bridges. I' ll surely give the HD 7770 a thought since it' s a value for money GPU. Thanks for replying.
September 24, 2012 12:28:23 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Get the Gigabyte Z77-DS3H motherboard the Gigabyte GTX 560 and for powersupply Corsair CX500 V2 or Antec Neo Eco 520C or Seasonic 520W S12II or Rosewill Capstone 550W

Then I' ll probably go with the Gigabyte Z77-DS3H. Thank you.
September 24, 2012 12:30:54 PM

No problem your welcome!I also would recommend looking into a 7770 or 6870 if they are cheaper get one of those video cards
September 24, 2012 1:27:59 PM

bigcyco1 said:
No problem your welcome!I also would recommend looking into a 7770 or 6870 if they are cheaper get one of those video cards

Yeah I' ll probably get an HD 7770 as it' s quite more affordable.
September 24, 2012 2:51:32 PM

Do you guys think I should get a new case as well? My current one is 7 years old and I can' t even figure out its model lol. Mainly for ventilation reasons I mean.
September 24, 2012 7:13:45 PM

I'm sorry, but unless it's substantially cheaper, i just don't see the point in i5 SandyBridge, any more. The ONLY advantage to 2500K is that it will take more extreme OC, but you have to OC, with it, to extremes, to even catch up with Ivybridge performance. Then you still won't have Ivybridge features, or support for 1600MHz RAM, to fully utilise a Z77 mobo.
September 24, 2012 8:18:24 PM

malbluff said:
I'm sorry, but unless it's substantially cheaper, i just don't see the point in i5 SandyBridge, any more. The ONLY advantage to 2500K is that it will take more extreme OC, but you have to OC, with it, to extremes, to even catch up with Ivybridge performance. Then you still won't have Ivybridge features, or support for 1600MHz RAM, to fully utilise a Z77 mobo.

Well the only Ivy Bridge that I can easily purchase from stores in my area is the Intel Core i5 3570K which is about 10 euros more expensive than the 2500K. Do you think it would make that much of a difference? Because due to economic reasons I even thought to go with an i3 CPU... But I guess 10 euros is not that much.
September 24, 2012 8:52:24 PM

+10 Euros? YES, every day of the week!
September 24, 2012 8:59:06 PM

malbluff said:
+10 Euros? YES, every day of the week!

Ok then you convinced me. I guess that the i5 3750K will last for many years which is basically my goal. Thanks for the information!
September 24, 2012 9:03:39 PM

I meant i5 3570K. The 3750 doesn' t exist lol.
September 25, 2012 4:09:50 AM

The i5-3570K is totally worth the extra $10. You probably won't need to change CPU for a while with that.
As for the casing, how much are you willing to spend for it?
September 25, 2012 8:02:31 AM

JohnD13 said:
Do you guys think I should get a new case as well? My current one is 7 years old and I can' t even figure out its model lol. Mainly for ventilation reasons I mean.

If you want to spend a little bit, on a quality case, that will last for years, Corsair Carbide take some beating. A cheaper option would be something like a CoolerMaster Elite 430, is quite good. Doesn't have front USB 3.0, but if that's not an issue, good value.
September 25, 2012 8:57:10 AM

excella1221 said:
The i5-3570K is totally worth the extra $10. You probably won't need to change CPU for a while with that.
As for the casing, how much are you willing to spend for it?

Well about 40-50 euros but I guess it' s pretty much needed after 7 years with the same case.
September 25, 2012 8:58:26 AM

malbluff said:
If you want to spend a little bit, on a quality case, that will last for years, Corsair Carbide take some beating. A cheaper option would be something like a CoolerMaster Elite 430, is quite good. Doesn't have front USB 3.0, but if that's not an issue, good value.

Thanks I' ll look into them.
September 25, 2012 10:57:32 AM

And a final question: Will my current optical drives fit into the new case because they' re really old too?
September 25, 2012 10:57:52 AM

JohnD13 said:
Well about 40-50 euros but I guess it' s pretty much needed after 7 years with the same case.

In that case, I recommend the Rosewill Challenger-U3. You're pretty much set with this. 3 fans, USB 3.0 I/O
September 25, 2012 10:59:50 AM

JohnD13 said:
And a final question: Will my current optical drives fit into the new case because they' re really old too?

As long as they're 5.25", they'll fit. And even if they're not, you can always just use a converter.
September 25, 2012 11:58:28 AM

excella1221 said:
As long as they're 5.25", they'll fit. And even if they're not, you can always just use a converter.

Great! That' s all I need to know. You' ve all been a great help and my future build will be successful thanks you.
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