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My First Build - Any areas I can save money on?

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March 4, 2013 6:08:14 PM

Hi,

I'm making my first PC. I have selected all the components. You can see them below. Will all these components work well together and is there anywhere I can save money?

I plan to use this build for general tasks (word processing, simple programming, watching movies) as well as some gaming (Battlefield 3 on high settings). I also want this build to be easy to upgrade in the future. Any advice appreciated.

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 (€138.26 / £119.12)

CPU: Intel Core i5 3350p (€138.27 / £119.13)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1) (€19.78 / £17.04)

Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForxe GTX 560 Ti (€153.63 / £132.36)

RAM: INTEGRAL PC3-10600 DDR3 - 4GB DIMM RAM x2 (€49.98 / £43.06)

SSD: Intel Solid State Drive 330 Series 120GB (€105.02 / £90.48)

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24x Internal DVD Burner (€13.82 / £11.91)

Computer Case and PSU: COOLER MASTER Silencio 550 PC Case + GX 650 W power (€129.90 / £111.92)

Total: €748.27 / £644.68

Thanks!

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March 4, 2013 10:16:57 PM

You can drop the cpu cooler since the stock one will do fine because you cpu isn't overclockable. Also you should get a h77 chipset mobo. Finally get 8gb ram and you could use the saved money towards a 7870.
March 4, 2013 10:36:00 PM

i5 3350P won't work with a Z68 motherboard without first updating the BIOS. You will need H77 or Z75. You could also get a less expensive case - and Cooler Master power supplies are junk. What store are you buying from? That will help to suggest parts.
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March 5, 2013 4:52:38 PM

Thanks for the replies. I have decided to:
- Drop the CPU cooler.
- Look around for a cheaper case.

Regarding the motherboard, is it straightforward to update the BIOS or should I get a motherboard with the H77 or Z75 chipset?

Lastly, I plan on buying my parts from Pixmania or Dabs.ie. I am open to any suggestions as to where I can get parts cheaper.
March 5, 2013 8:21:55 PM

Defiantly get a h77 or z75 mobo
March 5, 2013 8:28:49 PM

Ully said:
Thanks for the replies. I have decided to:
- Drop the CPU cooler.
- Look around for a cheaper case.

Regarding the motherboard, is it straightforward to update the BIOS or should I get a motherboard with the H77 or Z75 chipset?

Lastly, I plan on buying my parts from Pixmania or Dabs.ie. I am open to any suggestions as to where I can get parts cheaper.


For case get this: http://www.dabs.ie/products/corsair-carbide-series-200r...

PSU: http://www.dabs.ie/products/xfx-550w-core-edition-80--b...

Motherboard: http://www.dabs.ie/products/asus-p8h77-v-le-s1155-intel...

RAM: http://www.dabs.ie/products/corsair-8gb--2x4gb--ddr3-16...
March 6, 2013 11:41:31 AM

Thanks! I will go ahead with the parts suggested.
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