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November 11, 2012 9:07:37 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully within a month

Budget Range: 700-800 euro

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and browsing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.custompc.ie/ or any website that ships to ireland

Location:Ireland

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU i7 if possible

ASUS P9X79 Pro (Socket 2011/Intel X79 Express/DDR3/S-ATA 600/ATX)
http://www.custompc.ie/asus-p9x79-pro-socket-2011intel-...

Intel Core i7 3820 Retail - (2011/Quad Core/3.60GHz/10MB/Sandy Bridge/130W) - BX80619I73820
http://www.custompc.ie/intel-core-i7-3820-retail---2011...



Overclocking: No



Additional Comments: I would like a fast and quiet pc . I'm not sure about the rest of the parts .

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop overheats when I try to play games

More about : 800 euro gaming build

a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 9:45:52 AM

It should be appreciated that i7 gains you nothing, for gaming, over i5. i7 can have advantages, for high-end photo/video editing, or 3D design work. Even then, the X79 version, is only justified for those, doing that sort of work, for a profession.
To be frank, on a budget, unless you are into photography, all an i7 will achieve is a worse gaming performance, because the only way to fund i7, with a tightish budget, is to use a lesser graphics card, which WILL lose you gaming performance, whereas i7/i5 will not.
If you REALLY want i7, use i7-3770K and Z77 mobo. i7-3820 and X79 is a total waste of money, for 99.9% of users.
November 11, 2012 9:52:05 AM

Get an i7 3770 and a B75/Z77 mobo to save money as x79 build is expensive and spend the remaining money on a good GPU since you intend to game.

8GB of RAM should be enough

Also you don't NEED an i7 for gaming, an i5 gives the same performance at a lower price. i7s are only for extensive multitaskers and for bragging rights
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November 11, 2012 10:08:47 AM

malbluff said:
It should be appreciated that i7 gains you nothing, for gaming, over i5. i7 can have advantages, for high-end photo/video editing, or 3D design work. Even then, the X79 version, is only justified for those, doing that sort of work, for a profession.
To be frank, on a budget, unless you are into photography, all an i7 will achieve is a worse gaming performance, because the only way to fund i7, with a tightish budget, is to use a lesser graphics card, which WILL lose you gaming performance, whereas i7/i5 will not.
If you REALLY want i7, use i7-3770K and Z77 mobo. i7-3820 and X79 is a total waste of money, for 99.9% of users.


Thanks for the adivce ,I'll got for a core i5 . Would that require a change in motherboard? And could you recommend a good graphics card?
November 11, 2012 10:33:24 AM

These are the parts im looking at:
Sony DVD Rewriter Black OEM Drive - AD-7280S-0B (S-ATA/DVDR: 24x/CD-R: 48x)
http://www.custompc.ie/sony-dvd-rewriter-black-oem-driv...

Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 Serial 3.5" Hard Drive ST31000524AS (S-ATA/6Gb/s/32MB/7200 RPM)
http://www.custompc.ie/seagate-1tb-barracuda-720012-ser...

G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel Kit Ripjaws Red (DDR3 1333/9-9-9-24/1.5v) - F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.custompc.ie/gskill-8gb-2x4gb-dual-channel-ki...

Vortex GB3 Shiny Black Gaming Tower Case - Blue LED Fan - (Micro-ATX/ATX)
http://www.custompc.ie/vortex-gb3-shiny-black-gaming-to...

Intel Core i5 3550 Retail - (1155/Quad Core/3.3GHz/6MB/Ivy Bridge/95W/Graphics) - BX80637I53550
http://www.custompc.ie/intel-core-i5-3550-retail---1155...

ASUS F1A55-M LX R2.0 (Socket FM1/AMD A55 FCH/DDR3/S-ATA 300/Micro ATX)
http://www.custompc.ie/asus-f1a55-m-lx-r20-socket-fm1am...

Octigen 450W ATX 12v Power Supply - 102710PSOTG
http://www.custompc.ie/octigen-450w-atx-12v-power-suppl...

ASUS Radeon HD 6670 (1GB GDDR5/PCI Express 2.1/810MHz/4000MHz)
http://www.custompc.ie/asus-radeon-hd-6670-1gb-gddr5pci...
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 11:16:00 AM

To be honest, NO. Motherboard not suitable for processor. Case nothing special. Horrible power supply, and very weak graphics card.
Main thing to decide is whether you want the ability to overclock processor. The ability is handy, as you can get extra "free" performance from it. On the other hand, a locked processor, will work with a slightly cheaper motherboard, and doesn't require an aftermarket cooler, which saves a bit, which can pay for a slightly better graphics card.
It's possible to put, together, a decent build for you, either way, given your budget. What size monitor do you need, and do you want it primarily for gaming/ general use, or do you want it good enough for watching movies, or photo editing?
November 11, 2012 2:18:48 PM

malbluff said:
To be honest, NO. Motherboard not suitable for processor. Case nothing special. Horrible power supply, and very weak graphics card.
Main thing to decide is whether you want the ability to overclock processor. The ability is handy, as you can get extra "free" performance from it. On the other hand, a locked processor, will work with a slightly cheaper motherboard, and doesn't require an aftermarket cooler, which saves a bit, which can pay for a slightly better graphics card.
It's possible to put, together, a decent build for you, either way, given your budget. What size monitor do you need, and do you want it primarily for gaming/ general use, or do you want it good enough for watching movies, or photo editing?


I'm mainly going to use it for gaming and movies, I'm not too worried about photo editing.

This is my first time building a pc so I'm not sure which components to use.
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 6:49:16 PM

I have put this together using UK sites. You will need to do a little research, on delivery costs, to you, to work out where is best place to buy. The most difficult decision is monitor. I would like to suggest a better one, for better movie viewing. You can get much cheaper ones which are OK for gaming. A lot depends how strict your budget is, and actual costs in Euro, delivered. I've kept under £700 to try to make it easier.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.11 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£180.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor (£137.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £699.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:43 GMT+0000)
November 11, 2012 7:42:17 PM

WOW I can't thank enough for this !!! I appreciate the work you put in to this !!!

Is there a way to buy all parts at once?
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 8:20:23 PM

I know they deliver to NI, but you'd have to check delivery for Eire, but Scan is your best bet from one source. I've had a quick check, and the only item they don't do is the ASRock motherboard. However, they do sell the Asus P8H77M-LE, for only two pounds more. Honestly, it's a better motherboard. It's on sale; if I'd known that, I probably would have suggested it, rather than the ASRock. Another advantage, with Scan, is that they do low cost insurance, against accidental damage, to components, which gives added piece of mind, if you are an inexperienced builder.
As I said, the one issue is I'm not sure of any "conditions", or del charges, for Eire. Give them a ring, they're very helpful. Tel 0871-472-4747, not sure if different code from Eire
a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2012 3:41:53 PM

The case itself isn't too bad. Not as good as the NZXT, as it has no front USB3.0, and only has one fan, so vent isn't very good. I wouldn't claim the NZXT has world's best vent, and would benefit from extra fan, but difference is you wouldn't need to; it has two exhaust fans, so "adequate".
Real problem is power supply. Not that the PSU, itself, is too bad, but Coolermaster have a terrible reputation for inaccurate information/specs on their PSUs.
I honestly think the case and PSU, I suggested, are the best quality/value choices, for the money, unless you HAVE to reduce costs.
a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2012 3:56:16 PM

If you were thinking of changing cases, cos you don't like the look of the NZXT, the Zalman Z9 is another good value option. Like the Coolermaster, don't think it has front USB3.0, but vent and everything else good. Different look.
November 13, 2012 7:17:24 PM

Ok I'll stick with your build, but would I need to buy cables for the optical drive or are they included?
a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2012 9:08:38 PM

It may be tempting providence, but you shouldn't need anything else. Normally, it's what to do with all the cables you don't use. If you're not experienced, get yourself an anti-static wrist strap. Static from your body can play havoc with electronics, especially CPU.
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