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December 8, 2012 7:13:17 AM

Hi y'all. So I'm building myself a new gaming PC this christmas, and need some advice on what hardware to get. I wanna keep it as cheap as possible, while still getting powerful stuff.

Does anyone here have a good eye on the best budget hardware? Like the best bang for one's buck? Any advice on graphics cards and processors will be highly appreciated.

Oh, and the reason I made this thread in the graphics card section, is 1. it's the most active setion, and 2. the graphics card, next to cpu ofcourse, is the most important part in a gaming PC!

Anyway, any advice whatsoever will be greatly appreciated. Not just for CPU and Graphics Card, but for anything, even chassis!

Peace!

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December 8, 2012 9:16:41 AM

Well I guess people here weren't as keen on recommendations as I thought.

Anyway, since no one replied I threw this together:


Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3,4Ghz
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL10 2x8GB
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
Harddrive: Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128 128GB

What do you guys think ?
a b U Graphics card
December 8, 2012 9:25:11 AM

Its very good.
You'll only run a SSD? No HDD? Maybe 128 GB will be less for gaming purposes.
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December 8, 2012 9:35:55 AM

Hey!

Don't assume that you will get an answer instantly. You posted very early in the morning :) .

The build looks OK except for few things.

First of all, you have no case or HDD.

Secondly, you're missing a CPU cooler.

Thirdly, for the power supply unit, I'd strongly advice sticking with Antec/Corsair/XFX/Seasonic. OCZ has some bad reputation.

You haven't also mentioned your budget or where you are from. That would help us to help you as well.
December 8, 2012 10:11:13 AM

Thanks for your replies =)

@Sumukh: I do have a HDD. a 1TB one =) The SSD will only be for games.

@Sunius: I'm from Sweden. And my budget is at around 1000 euros.

I already have a case, monitor and HDD. As for CPU cooler, I already have that as well. And don't cpu's already come with stock cooler?

And as for the OCZ having bad reputation, how exactly? I'll check out some other brands though. Thanks for the advice.
December 8, 2012 10:37:20 AM

What do you guys think of this PSU

Corsair CX600 v2 600W

?
December 8, 2012 11:53:27 AM

+1 to Sumukh and Sunius there. Really nice CPU/GPU/SSD choices! Only thing I'd add is that RAM is pretty high latency. CAS9 is standard, CAS8 (or lower) preferable. CL10 is below par really. It won't cripple your performance, but it's not great.
December 8, 2012 11:56:47 AM

Also that's a LOT of RAM... lots of people are doing this now because RAM is so cheap, but it's not necessary. Unless you're doing some really memory-intensive non-gaming stuff (video encoding for example), there's more performance benefit to be had from low latency memory than a huge quantity. That said, RAM is cheap and you've got a big budget there, but just thought I'd point that out.
December 8, 2012 12:33:06 PM

Alright. I'll go with 8GB instead with low latency. can you recommend the cheapest model with low latency and 1600mhz?

December 8, 2012 12:36:25 PM

Will "Corsair XMS3 Vengeance DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 8GB" do ?
a b U Graphics card
December 8, 2012 12:46:10 PM

Get something from G.Skill
I've heard that Corsair one have very big Heat-spreaders that block other slots.
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December 8, 2012 1:00:03 PM

Yea it's great.
December 8, 2012 1:11:57 PM

@Sunius Was that a response to my comment?
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December 8, 2012 2:27:39 PM

Yes. Badly timed one too :) .
December 8, 2012 2:46:46 PM

you could stick to Corsair's RAM, just look for the low profile CAS9 version. and I'd suggest going for 16GB since its only like 35 euro difference and you can do all sorts of crazy stuff like RAM disk for temporary files which will be much quicker than SSD. not to mention you won't ever have to buy memory anymore. for the PSU go for Corsair TX650. it's modulair and higher quality than CX series. with your budget you shouldn't skimp on that. the rest of the build looks very OK.

good luck!
December 8, 2012 6:07:04 PM

This is what my setup looks like now:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3,4Ghz
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC
Motherboard: AsRock Z75 Pro
RAM: Corsair XMS3 Vengeance DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 2x4GB
Power Supply: Corsair TX650
Harddrive: Kingston SSDNow V300 SV300S37A 120GB (and a normal 1TB HDD from previous PC)

Looking good? =) I'll be ordering the parts tomorrow. Biggest annoyance is that most parts are from different netshops. But it'll be fine I think.
December 8, 2012 6:07:59 PM

It landed me at about 760 euros/980 USD.

Not too bad right? =)
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December 8, 2012 7:16:14 PM

Looks decent. Except the SSD - you've picked a terrible model. Go with either Crucial M4, Samsung 830 or Intel 330.
December 8, 2012 7:33:21 PM

Well I heard it's a pretty decent one consider its cheap price =/
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December 8, 2012 8:28:30 PM

It should be within 10 euros from the ones I recommended. I don't think that's a huge difference in price, do you?

I have also noticed you've chose Z75 motherboard. Not sure how I missed that. Is there any reason for that? I'd go with Z77 one, either of these:

Biostar TZ77XE3
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H

Pick whichever is cheapest: they both tied in Tom's Hardware Ivy Bridge motherboard review. I highly recommend either :) .

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...
December 8, 2012 8:35:37 PM

The reason I chose the Z75 is that it's cheap, first of all, and because it'll allow me to overclock. i wanna keep everything as cheap as possible.

but i'll check out the ssd's you recommended.
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December 8, 2012 8:46:31 PM

Don't forget that overclocking depends a lot on quality of motherboard :) .
December 8, 2012 8:47:20 PM

Oh man. How ignorant and dumb I am. You are the best dude!

Thanks to you, my rig now looks even better (I also went with a TX550 instead of a TX650, because another guy in the motherboard section told me it'll be enough considering I'm not going SLI):

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3,4Ghz
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
RAM: Corsair XMS3 Vengeance DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 2x4GB
Power Supply: Corsair TX550
Harddrive: Intel 330 Series 2.5" SSD 120GB (and a normal 1TB HDD from previous PC)

Better? And thanks!
December 8, 2012 8:52:11 PM

I gained 10 euros from going down to 550W, so the tiny difference in price for the SSD and motherboard almost made no difference.

The Gigabyte Z77 costs me like 76 euros as opposed to 70 euros for the AsRock Z75. And the Intel SSD costs me 75 euros as opposed to 65 euros for the Kingston one.

So once again, you're the best! Thanks!
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December 9, 2012 7:15:23 AM

No problem :) . Look VERY decent :D .
December 9, 2012 7:54:59 PM

Well I'm glad to inform you guys that my computer looks even more different now. And I finally ordered the parts. All for just shy of 750 euros. Thanks to this awesome 25% off sale code i got for a net store over here (called cdon).

Here's what I ordered:

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Socket 1155 Box
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB DDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCIe
Corsair 8GB (KIT) DDR3 1600MHz/CL9/VENGEANCE
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 4xDDR3 Socket 1155 ATX
Corsair Power Supply 650W New TX650 80 Plus Bronze
Noctua NH-D14 CPU-kylare S1155/1156/1366/775/AM2/AM3
Cooler Master HAF 922 XM Tower No PSU Black w/ Red LED fan ATX
a c 290 U Graphics card
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December 9, 2012 8:01:05 PM

NICE very nice! I'm glad you finally were able to order everything. Don't forget pictures when you finish building the beast! :D 
December 9, 2012 8:03:08 PM

I'll post'em immidiately. I might even do a video =)
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December 9, 2012 8:07:32 PM

I'll be waiting =).
December 9, 2012 11:19:56 PM

By the way, I'm a bit curious.

How big of a difference is there between CL9 RAM and CL7?

Because I chose the CL9 ram because it was half the price, and I thought CL9 should be enough. But how much of a performance difference would there be with a CL7 instead?
December 9, 2012 11:23:23 PM

sm0k3 said:
Well I guess people here weren't as keen on recommendations as I thought.

Anyway, since no one replied I threw this together:


Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3,4Ghz
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL10 2x8GB
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
Harddrive: Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128 128GB

What do you guys think ?


I'd change the power supply tho to a coolermaster or to a corsair 750-800w for future upgrades and change the SSD to western digital black hard disc,128gb isn't alot .The reest is good and geta h100 or h100i water cooler.
December 9, 2012 11:47:01 PM

Read above... That is no longer my setup.
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December 10, 2012 3:39:44 AM

sm0k3 said:
By the way, I'm a bit curious.

How big of a difference is there between CL9 RAM and CL7?

Because I chose the CL9 ram because it was half the price, and I thought CL9 should be enough. But how much of a performance difference would there be with a CL7 instead?


Almost none. Getting faster RAM would be kind of waste of money.
December 10, 2012 1:15:52 PM

sm0k3 said:
Well I'm glad to inform you guys that my computer looks even more different now. And I finally ordered the parts. All for just shy of 750 euros. Thanks to this awesome 25% off sale code i got for a net store over here (called cdon).

Here's what I ordered:

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Socket 1155 Box
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB DDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCIe
Corsair 8GB (KIT) DDR3 1600MHz/CL9/VENGEANCE
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 4xDDR3 Socket 1155 ATX
Corsair Power Supply 650W New TX650 80 Plus Bronze
Noctua NH-D14 CPU-kylare S1155/1156/1366/775/AM2/AM3
Cooler Master HAF 922 XM Tower No PSU Black w/ Red LED fan ATX



DID you order it already???

I would change two things : Mobo to MSI Z77 MPower Intel Z77 (0ne of the best 4 mobos 1155 there are atm) and the cooler.I'd go for a corsair h100i. I don't like the idea of installing a mass 1.3KG into the mobo. I.e Watercooling runs cooler and with less maintenance.
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December 10, 2012 1:20:30 PM

I wouldn't go with water cooling. It's a hassle. Seriously.

And how is that motherboard better? Apart from the much higher price, of course.
December 10, 2012 3:16:53 PM

Sunius said:
I wouldn't go with water cooling. It's a hassle. Seriously.

And how is that motherboard better? Apart from the much higher price, of course.


lol. +1
December 10, 2012 9:28:56 PM

Sunius said:
I wouldn't go with water cooling. It's a hassle. Seriously.

And how is that motherboard better? Apart from the much higher price, of course.


Every man of his own,as I might think he is an enthusiast and probably will push the cpu a bit, the new Corsair h100i taking from its processor the h100 http://www.eteknix.com/reviews/cooling/corsair-h100i-li... (nothing just a kinky site).

I didn't say the mobo was better by a huge margin. For me personally I'd get that,that's it. I have tried that rig with the only difference is the motherboard,I just quoted from my own experience.

Well it all depends on him. I just said regarding the noctua I don't like a huge bulky metal block on my motherboard,it putting aside aesthetics.
December 11, 2012 10:14:29 PM

Oh alright. Well, I can totally respect your oppinion.

The thing is that I had a tight budget believe it or not. The reason I got this good stuff is because I got a 25% off code from these guys at a forum (who had been at a convention held by the netstore I bought the stuff from). Otherwise I'd buy much worse hardware. But I still had a budget. And that was as high as I could go.
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