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Hey guys, I was referred to this site from a friend, I told him I am looking at building my own PC and he told me he used here to do the same thing, and you were very informative and helpful. I hope I do not appear to vague, but I am quite open to anything at the moment so I may be. So here goes. I hope all the details are here.

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably over time, but i know that can be tricky, so if that's not possible I will just have to save up and in that case I would be looking at sometime around January.

Budget Range: 400-500 EURO, but that is slightly flexible, Cost reduction is important here as I do not earn the most money at my current job, so I would quite like to keep it around them numbers. The only reason that number is flexible is if it turns out pointless not to spend the extra bit of cash. But I will stress that I would rather not need to do that.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will be using my PC for web browsing, but mostly for gaming, usually for long periods of time, and as for the games I would like to play, I would like to run any modern games on Mid settings but so that the game is 100% playable, I am not a graphics whore, but I do wish to play more up to date games than I am currently, and if I am spending money on a desktop, I at least want to be able to hit those mid to possibly high settings trouble free. I understand on my budget I cant expect to run Crysis 2 on UberUltra settings.

Are you buying a monitor: I will have to buy a monitor at some point but I have not included that in this budget, I am not particularly fussy at all, a standard HD monitor, 19/22 inch would suit me fine.

Parts to Upgrade: It's a whole new build so the lot.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, looking for Windows 7 too, home premium or something.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not too fussy here either, they need to be able to Deliver to Ireland though. Other than that wherever works out the cheapest, most of the sites on pc part picker are good.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Ireland

Parts Preferences: This is where I become even more vague, Intel, AMD, ATI, nVidia, I am not fussy, as long as its all compatible I am good to go.

Overclocking: Not 100% sure, if its beneficial and reasonable to do so then yes, but if I buy a decent processor from the off I shouldn't really need to, although I am not against doing so.

SLI or Crossfire: Don't think my budget would allow for it.

Your Monitor Resolution: As I said earlier I am not too sure about what monitor I will be getting so I will just have to prepare for one by getting one with decent resolution,

Additional Comments: My main problem is where to start, I am a complete novice/n00b whatever you like to call at building a PC and PC hardware in general but I also know it's a lot cheaper and more rewarding to build one yourself so I will definitely be trying it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Why Are You Upgrading: I am upgrading because at the moment I do not have a sufficient system to game on. Its a great laptop, runs quick as anything, great for web browsing, but I am slowly killing it by attempting to run games that are more than it can handle.

My current setup is a

Toshiba Sattelite C855-1GP
6gb Ram,
750gb HDD,
Intel Pentium Dualcore @ 2.1 Ghz
Intel HD Graphics (also known in some parts as non existent graphics)
The rest surely only gets worse.

Finally I have done a PC build on pcpartspicker, but as I said before I am a complete novice so feel free to ridicule my selection here, and while your at it if you could help me decrease the price a little, while not affecting, or even improving in some areas. Tough Task I know, but if any of you get time, your help really would be appreciated.

Thanks in Advance,

Here is a link to the pcpartspicker page where it is built

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  1. Should have stated 400-500 EURO is approx 500-650 DOLLARS, my bad.
  2. €42.91
    Coolermaster Elite 430 Black €53.70
    Antec 400W High Current Gamer 80plus Bronze PSU €69.49
    Gigabyte B75M-D3V S1155 Intel B75 DDR3 mATX €120.50
    Intel Core i3-3220 3.10GHz S1155 3MB €35.35
    Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin €16.61
    Sony Optiarc 24x Internal DVD Multi Writer (DVD-RW/RAM) with Black Bezel Bare €53.35
    Seagate 500GB Barracuda SATA-600 7200RPM 16MB 3.5" Hard Drive €98.32
    Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7750 HD 800MHz 1GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI €95.14
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

    Total: €585.37
  3. Thanks for the suggestions Why_Me this looks like a better build altogether, I like it a lot, but that is without certain parts and its fairly pricy for my budget, still looking very promising though.
  4. Have another suggestion here, i am leaving out the OS costs to make me feel slightly better :P

    I integrated some of your suggestions while being more realistic and consistent than i was last time. How do you feel about this one?
  5. steokehoe said:
    Have another suggestion here, i am leaving out the OS costs to make me feel slightly better :P

    I integrated some of your suggestions while being more realistic and consistent than i was last time. How do you feel about this one?

    Did Newegg start shipping to Ireland recently? And that price looks like it's in USD and not Euro's.
  6. yeah its more for a general idea I will shop around for the best prices when i have decided on the parts, and pcpartpicker is a good way to be lazy.

    Yeah its in dollars but that works out at about €350. Then I will need to get an OS, but I can get that for around the same price in Ireland without ordering. I might need to get a more suitable monitor but at the moment I have 26" hd tv.

    Going to start ordering parts soon, as I said I will not be able to purchase everything at once so, is there any particular order you would recommended purchasing the parts in?

    And are the parts I selected worthwhile?? Some of them were your suggestion but i cheaped out a little more too.

    I was going to leave the graphics card until last as i may increase my budget for that if its the last part.
  7. Also I may purchase a different case to leave access to the usb 3.0
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