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January 2, 2013 7:22:10 AM

Hello everybody

I decided to upgrade from my old 2001 ML computer, but can't really go over the budget, so i thought to kindly ask for help on custom build to get the really max graphics i can for that money.



Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 months.

Budget Range: 400-450 €

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except the accessories (Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, probably (Win 7 HP 64-bit preferred)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Really don't know, i would go for the cheapest.

Location: Põlva, Estonia

Parts Preferences: Intel processor and Nvidia or AMD graphics card, that's all i can think of.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, later upgrading to 1920×1080

Additional Comments: I'll be happy if i can atleast play games like FarCry3 and other modern ones on high but defently not less than low.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Having problems running any game actually and my current computer is VERY outdated and just not capable of doing the job.

More about : custom build 400

January 3, 2013 1:20:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vAuR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vAuR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vAuR/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£81.65 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.59 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £457.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 03:18 GMT+0000)
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January 4, 2013 8:29:47 PM

Hey Nix, thanks for the initial build you made for me, it was real nice.

But i started to actually do a little work myself and researched.
And modified the build... pretty much changed all the parts :D  hope you don't mind.
Anyway this is what i got at the moment: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vTnq

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
PSU: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

The things i'm still curious about are how good will this build perform?
Is the Asrock motherboard the most stable one i can have here?
Is the PSU enough?

I know i kinda killed your original idea, but i really wanna hear your opinion on this. Maybe someone else's also.
January 4, 2013 11:36:58 PM

PeterTechless said:
Hey Nix, thanks for the initial build you made for me, it was real nice.

But i started to actually do a little work myself and researched.
And modified the build... pretty much changed all the parts :D  hope you don't mind.
Anyway this is what i got at the moment: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vTnq

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
PSU: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

The things i'm still curious about are how good will this build perform?
Is the Asrock motherboard the most stable one i can have here?
Is the PSU enough?

I know i kinda killed your original idea, but i really wanna hear your opinion on this. Maybe someone else's also.


Of course i don't mind.. my build is only a suggestion and what to get is entirely up to you.. so don't worry about that.. i actually thought that your budget was 450 £.. then i saw that it was 450 € but you did'nt say anything so i thought it was alright..i see you pushed your budget even further now which is good because it will last longer than the i3 + 7850 build.. i5 + 7870 is a great combination for gaming and all the other parts are fine too.. you forgot to add a case though..and unless you prefer a micro atx motherboard i'd suggest getting asrock h77 pro mvp..both are similarly priced.. and asrock offers reliable motherboards at affordable prices.. so don't worry about your choice of motherboard.. the psu is good too..but also take a look at the xfx 550w xxb9..

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/asrock-motherboard-h77p...

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550s...
January 5, 2013 4:47:48 PM

I think i'll stay with the same PSU if it's enough

But i'll defently change the motherboard into H77 Pro4/MVP

Thanks for all the help, Nix. Gonna get this as soon as i can.
January 5, 2013 7:29:09 PM

PeterTechless said:
I think i'll stay with the same PSU if it's enough

But i'll defently change the motherboard into H77 Pro4/MVP

Thanks for all the help, Nix. Gonna get this as soon as i can.


You are welcome.. have you selected a case?
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