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February 23, 2013 3:00:21 PM

Hi guys. I have been planning on building a gaming PC for about a year now, and have recently gone to a shop to get advice from an employee as well as pricing for parts. He and I put together a checkout list of all the parts I am planning to use. Unfortunately the price came out to about 200 CHF (I live in Switzerland) over what I can pay. Even though the guy was super nice and helpful, he is still a salesman and as such I am dubious about the necessity of certain components.

This is where the community of PC gamers comes in. I am very much a novice, having never built a PC before, so I have no idea where to cut the costs of this. Below is a list of all the parts and their prices of all the components. Also, any advice on the parts I have chosen would be good as well.

Info on the machine: I hope it to cost around 1500 CHF (around 1620 USD) and am aiming to use a GTX 680 as the graphics card. All the prices have been taken from the Steg Computer site (Steg is a well respected Swiss PC shop).

Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M________________94.50

CPU: Intel i5 3570k_______________________234.00

RAM: Patriot Memory 16GB DDR3 1600MHz___99.90

GPU: EVGA GTX 680 SC__________________562.00

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 1000GB___109.00

SSD: OCZ Vector Series 256GB____________289.90

DVD Rom: 118AB/BEBE Samsung__________21.90

PC Case: Cooler Master Silencio 550________92.90

Power Supply: Corsair CX750______________99.90

OS: Microsoft Win7 SP1 HP64, E___________114.90

Total:________________________________1699.89CHF (1826.27 USD)

The main area where I see a lot of money being spent is the SSD. Is this component necessary? Am I spending too much money on it?

Thank you for any help you can offer.

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February 23, 2013 8:56:59 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
February 23, 2013 10:12:18 PM

JustTom13 said:
Hi guys. I have been planning on building a gaming PC for about a year now, and have recently gone to a shop to get advice from an employee as well as pricing for parts. He and I put together a checkout list of all the parts I am planning to use. Unfortunately the price came out to about 200 CHF (I live in Switzerland) over what I can pay. Even though the guy was super nice and helpful, he is still a salesman and as such I am dubious about the necessity of certain components.

This is where the community of PC gamers comes in. I am very much a novice, having never built a PC before, so I have no idea where to cut the costs of this. Below is a list of all the parts and their prices of all the components. Also, any advice on the parts I have chosen would be good as well.

Info on the machine: I hope it to cost around 1500 CHF (around 1620 USD) and am aiming to use a GTX 680 as the graphics card. All the prices have been taken from the Steg Computer site (Steg is a well respected Swiss PC shop).

Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M________________94.50

CPU: Intel i5 3570k_______________________234.00

RAM: Patriot Memory 16GB DDR3 1600MHz___99.90

GPU: EVGA GTX 680 SC__________________562.00

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 1000GB___109.00

SSD: OCZ Vector Series 256GB____________289.90

DVD Rom: 118AB/BEBE Samsung__________21.90

PC Case: Cooler Master Silencio 550________92.90

Power Supply: Corsair CX750______________99.90

OS: Microsoft Win7 SP1 HP64, E___________114.90

Total:________________________________1699.89CHF (1826.27 USD)

The main area where I see a lot of money being spent is the SSD. Is this component necessary? Am I spending too much money on it?

Thank you for any help you can offer.



First off the mb and cpu are missed matched. you have a locked chipset on the mb *(b) and a unlocked cpu in the build.
if your buying a k chip you would buy a z77 chipset mb to be able to over clock the cpu. to save money you buy a locked mb a b or h mb and a non k chip. look at the 3570

http://lb.atelco.de/Socket+1155/63549/Intel+Core+i7+377...
183.00
http://lb.atelco.de/Socket+1155/65985/Intel+Core+i5+333...
158.00
(this cpu does not have the built in ipgpu as the other i5. saves you a little money if your using a gpu.)
http://lb.atelco.de/Socket+1155/66369/Intel+Core+i5+347...
175.00
http://lb.atelco.de/Socket+1155/56298/Intel+Core+i5+345...
167.00
any of these cpu will be fine and less money then the first build list. the 3450 top speed is only slower then the one you picked on your first build..
http://lb.atelco.de/DDR3/58054/ASRock+H77+Pro4+MVP+-+mo...
80.00
the ram cut it in 1/2 use 8g ddr-3 1600 ram at 1.5v or less. use low profile ram if your going to use an after market heat sink.
drop the 680 to a 670 or a 7900 card the 680 only 5 percent slower then the 680 and a better buy.
http://lb.atelco.de/2048MB/nvidia%2B670/6/59050/MSI+N67...
the last is the ssd you can drop it down to a 128g drive. when you do you have to store more of your games on the slower hard drive.
http://lb.atelco.de/Midi/70878/Cooler+Master+HAF+912+Ad...
http://lb.atelco.de/Midi/68218/Cooltek+Skiron+-+mid+tow...
http://lb.atelco.de/Midi/57761/Corsair+Carbide+Series+3...
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