I'm trying to build a new PC for my younger brother for christmas
Basically my father wants to buy him a new one and he went to a local shop last week to get some offers.
However, those offers sadly did not really fulfill his expectations. (I'll list them at the end of the post and i would be really grateful if you can tell me if they are really as bad as they sound to me)
The plan is now to build a PC on my own. In order to do so, I need tons of help though, the last time i tried to do something like this was ~2 years ago and I acquired help from these forums back then aswell (btw: The build that you guys suggested to me is still running flawlessly, big thanks )
I tried to follow one of the stickies:
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: ~1000 € (-> ~1200$) (no rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, general use
Parts Not Required: No periphereals needes at all, just the tower and its components itself
To knock a little money off that build, move to a Radeon 7870, get rid of the sound card and you don't need a fancy CPU cooler if you aren't overclocking (and you got a non K intel chip). You also probably don't need a Z77 if you get a non K chip, so maybe you can find a nice H77 or B75 board for less money.
It looks like a great build, though, so no worries. Did you budget for a Windows license?
Is the Radeon HD7870 comparable in performance to the GTX660? Because the PC will mainly be used for gaming.
Also, which brand should i choose? There are so many Gigabyte, MSI, Powercolour, Sapphire, Asus, Club3d.
Additionally, should i used an Overclockoed one, or a normal one? It should not get too loud!
Also as you said I looked for a new CPU Cooler and another mainboard and found those:
It kind of depends on the game. BF3 seems to favor the 660 but some others favor the Radeon. The 7870 can be easily overclocked, too.
That Hyper 212 is a good cooler, but again, you shouldn't need an aftermarket cooler with a non-overclocked processor. The processor will come with one that works fine.
You've mentioned you want the computer to be silent, and I will just say that's a near impossibility with a gaming rig. These high end graphics cards are so powerful they generate as much or more heat as your main CPU. When playing a high end game, you are going to hear the fans ramp up and aside from running some fancy watercooled system, there is nothing you can do about it.
Yeah, I really like Gigabyte motherboards. That should be a nice one.
Powercolor is a good brand. They've been making graphics cards since the 90s. The performance is really the same on all brands, so it comes down to just picking one with good reviews and a good price.
If you still need to shave a few euros off the price, you could save another 10-20 by dropping to an i5-3470 or 3350p. You probably won't notice the difference in games, but I'd get the 3570 if you can. Again, not the K version if you are getting the H77 board. If you do end up getting the seperate higher end cooler, like the H212, then you can get one of the non-boxed CPUs and save 5 bucks.