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New Intel midrange gamer

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February 1, 2013 6:04:30 PM

Update: I forgot to say I already own an SSD and dont need a new one!

Hi Guys I'm gonna build a new PC for my brother and need your help.

Approximate Purchase Date: one week

Budget Range: 1500 dollar

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming , multimedia, office

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: Switzerland

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Needs to be silent when idle, not very loud when playing games. The PC will be in the bedroom

Here are the parts I've chosen: (all prices in swiss francs 1CHF = 1 USD)

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 BOX, LGA 1155, 4C/4T 195.-
cooler: Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Heatpipe Cooler 120mm 36.-

GPU: XFX HD 7870 Dual Fan 2GB, PCI-E x16 3.0, miniDP, HDMI 231.- Im open for Nvidia as well. should be silent in idle
Display: Philips 273E3LHSB, 27" LED TFT, HDMI, 1ms grey to grey 281.-

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green, 64MB, 2TB, SATA-3 99.-
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 - Black Pearl 118.-
Mobo: AsRock Z77 Pro4, Z77, LGA1155, PCI-E 3.0, CF, ATX 113 113.- not 100% sure about that
Ram: Corsair Vengeance, 2x4GB, DDR3-1600, CL9@1.5V 56.-
PSU: Seasonic G-450, 450W, 80+ Gold 93.00.- 450W enough?

Total Price: CHF 1221.-

Thanks alot for your advice guys. I especialy need help with the display and the gpu. I'd be happy about any kind of advice.


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February 1, 2013 6:06:32 PM

You want 550w+ for this build.

Get an SSD. 128gb will be good. samsung 840 is a good one. Get a 7200rpm HDD because it will be faster than the slow storage drive you have listed.
February 1, 2013 6:25:58 PM

Hi Thank you for your answer. I forgot to say that I already have an SSD. Its a OCZ petrol, not the fastest but I will stay with it for now and if needed upgrade in a few years.

What PSU would you reccomend me then? My retailer offeres a Xigmatek GO GREEN Series PSU - 600 Watt, 80plus for only 84 bucks. Is it gonna be enough silent though?

other relatively cheap choises: be quiet! Pure Power L7-630W
Super Flower Golden Green Pro SF-550P14XE
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February 1, 2013 6:32:40 PM

Get the super flower. Its the only (semi)reliable brand of any of those. Preferred brands are Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
February 1, 2013 6:45:25 PM

I used the corsair PSU finder.

They proposed me PSU from 430 watts upward. Are you sure 450W seasonic is too little? If so i will prolly end up buying a Corsair TX650 V2 that should do it :) 
February 1, 2013 6:51:42 PM

yes the 450w wont be enough. The TX650 will be great!
February 2, 2013 5:30:51 AM

Thank you i'll take the corsair psu then.

Will the PC be silent then?