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March 5, 2013 5:35:52 PM

Hello.
Im planning to build a gaming pc in a few months and id like to get advice, because im completelly new to this stuff. So, id like to know if i should go with Intel i5 quad-core CPU or AMD 8-core CPU. And what about GPU? I was planning to buy Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 660, but i dont know if an AMD GPU at the same price as GTX 660 is worth buying... Also, what motherboard would you recommend? And i need some info on picking a suitable PSU for my needs... And what would you recommend as a cheap but good computer case?
So, i need your opinion on the stuff mentioned above and i am planning to build a pc that costs about 900 euros (monitors, keyboards and mouse are not included in the price)
I'd appreciate it if you post prices in euros, but dollars and pounds are also welcome :) 

Also, im mostly planning to play LoL, Dota 2, maybe start playing WoW, and play some other games like BF3, Portal 2 and Devil May Cry: DMC.

Thanks for your time.

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March 5, 2013 5:43:55 PM

forgot to mention that i would prefer a GPU that supports 1920×1080 resolution.
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 5:45:27 PM

Where you live
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March 5, 2013 5:46:37 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (€198.99 @ Amazon France)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (€46.90 @ Amazon France)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (€116.99 @ Amazon France)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (€52.89 @ Amazon France)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€64.49 @ Amazon France)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (€259.90 @ Amazon France)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (€52.49 @ Amazon France)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (€65.89 @ Amazon France)
Total: €858.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
March 5, 2013 5:49:18 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Where you live

well... i live in greece, but there is no greek site of tomshardware so i came here for advice...
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 5:50:06 PM

Not bad
Switch the gtx660 ti with a hd 7950 and its ok
March 5, 2013 5:50:21 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£61.56 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£91.99 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.17 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£99.22 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.57 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case (£93.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.85 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.30 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1027.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-05 19:50 GMT+0000)
March 5, 2013 5:51:53 PM

Hi, amazon uk delivers to greece, and with free shipping :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£171.14 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£56.61 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£229.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £755.14 -> 876.542162 Euros
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

For 1000 euros.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£171.14 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.34 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£301.36 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £839.24 -> 974.16273 Euros
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 5:59:48 PM

I mean better then gtx660ti
March 5, 2013 6:02:16 PM

Cool. Thanks for all the replies. But should i get a bigger PSU, just in case i want to upgrade in the future?
and btw, is amazon a trustworthy site ? i mean i have bought things from amazon many times before, but not these kinds of stuff...
March 5, 2013 6:06:12 PM

Hi, 600W is plenty for any single card or future single cards, amazon is trustworthy, don't worry.
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 6:07:12 PM

As long as you dont want to use 2 cards, it is plenty but even with 2x gtx 660ti/670. a 600w psu is enough
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 6:09:25 PM

Dont worry future cards will use less power
March 5, 2013 6:12:47 PM

OK, thanks. And now about overclocking... What exactly does overclocking do? Should i get CPU and GPU with overclocking? Because they are more expensive than the models that dont overclock...why is that? Do overclocking models die sooner?
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 6:17:54 PM

Well for your needs, you won't need it...
With overlocking you increase your performance slightly, i dont suggest buying gpus which are preoverclocked because you can do it urself...
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 6:20:59 PM

They can be damaged when the temperatures are getting too high i guess..
March 5, 2013 6:21:15 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Well for your needs, you won't need it...
With overlocking you increase your performance slightly, i dont suggest buying gpus which are preoverclocked because you can do it urself...

so you're saying that i should stick to the normal models?
and btw, are ASUS or GIGABYTE Nvidia Graphic cards better? And why?
Because someone told me the gigabyte ones are better, but they are cheaper than asus and this raises second thoughts...
March 5, 2013 6:25:37 PM

Hi, either gigabyte or asus are good brands, the 670 windforce 3 is a good card, even at stock, good temperatures and performance, if you don't plan to overclock this is my final advice.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£147.93 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£61.70 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.34 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£301.36 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £830.74 -> 963.410799 Euros
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With a ssd, you can scrap it but it worth having one :) 
March 5, 2013 6:25:45 PM

and guys, i will be playing games, but i dont think that i will need more than 500GB of storage...
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 6:26:49 PM

OverdiveKill said:
so you're saying that i should stick to the normal models?
and btw, are ASUS or GIGABYTE Nvidia Graphic cards better? And why?
Because someone told me the gigabyte ones are better, but they are cheaper than asus and this raises second thoughts...


They are both good, but Asus just looks better then gigabyte :D 

March 5, 2013 6:28:35 PM

properbuilds said:

With a ssd, you can scrap it but it worth having one :) 

Yeah i know. I am planning to buy a HDD in the beginning, then i might buy a SSD. But when i install windows i have to install it on HDD(if i dont get a SSD in the beginning).... then after that will having a SSD speed anything up even if windows is installed in the HDD?
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2013 6:28:52 PM

properbuilds said:
Hi, either gigabyte or asus are good brands, the 670 windforce 3 is a good card, even at stock, good temperatures and performance, if you don't plan to overclock this is my final advice.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£147.93 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£61.70 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.34 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£301.36 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £830.74 -> 963.410799 Euros
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With a ssd, you can scrap it but it worth having one :) 


Yes this is realy good
March 5, 2013 6:31:29 PM

OverdiveKill said:
Yeah i know. I am planning to buy a HDD in the beginning, then i might buy a SSD. But when i install windows i have to install it on HDD(if i dont get a SSD in the beginning).... then after that will having a SSD speed anything up even if windows is installed in the HDD?


Hi, i recommend getting the ssd now, and install the os in it, and the hdd for data, putting the os in the hdd will void the advantage of getting a ssd.
March 5, 2013 6:33:47 PM

properbuilds said:
Hi, either gigabyte or asus are good brands, the 670 windforce 3 is a good card, even at stock, good temperatures and performance, if you don't plan to overclock this is my final advice.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£147.93 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£61.70 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.34 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£301.36 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £830.74 -> 963.410799 Euros
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With a ssd, you can scrap it but it worth having one :) 

wow, the motherboard's price is really lower than what i expected it to be...at least for a gaming pc! but then again, im really new to this stuff so i guess it can be a good one right?


btw, whats your opinion in this motherboard?
Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 (s 1155 , Z77 , DDR3 )
March 5, 2013 6:40:18 PM

OverdiveKill said:
wow, the motherboard's price is really lower than what i expected it to be...at least for a gaming pc! but then again, im really new to this stuff so i guess it can be a good one right?


btw, whats your opinion in this motherboard?
Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 (s 1155 , Z77 , DDR3 )


Hi, you don't need that board since you don't plan to overclock, the h77 pro 4 is a good board, the price is low, but it has everything you need.
March 5, 2013 6:41:32 PM

properbuilds said:
Hi, you don't need that board since you don't plan to overclock, the h77 pro 4 is a good board, the price is low, but it has everything you need.

ok. and which of these do i need? h77 or z77?
March 5, 2013 6:46:33 PM

Hi, the h77, the asrock h77 pro4-m or if you want a atx board the h77 pro 4 mvp.
March 5, 2013 6:51:28 PM

properbuilds said:
Hi, the h77, the asrock h77 pro4-m or if you want a atx board the h77 pro 4 mvp.

so you say h77 and not z77....? :p 
March 5, 2013 6:53:36 PM

Hi, yes, for non overclocking, get a H77 motherboard, it has all the features of the Z77, minus the overclock and pcie expansion slots.
March 5, 2013 7:00:31 PM

properbuilds said:
Hi, yes, for non overclocking, get a H77 motherboard, it has all the features of the Z77, minus the overclock and pcie expansion slots.

Yeah...and since im new i have no idea what's PCIE... I only know that it stands for PCI Express :p 

And also, another thing i've been meaning to ask you guys... I will be using Wi-Fi connection, since my room is 1 floor away from the room with the router. I know that there is Wi-Fi signal in my room, as i use it every day on my smartphone....Whats a good but cheap wi-fi card? i dont want to spend too much money on that...
March 5, 2013 7:26:57 PM

Hi, the asrock h77 has some expansions slots, just not as many as some z77 with two pcie 3.0 16x slots, but you don't need them for a single card setup.
It has : - 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (PCIE2: x16 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE3: x4 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot

You might aswell pick up the h77 pro 4 mvp -> http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-H77-MVP-Motherboard-Sock...

Still under the budget, and good luck :) 
March 5, 2013 7:29:37 PM

The H77 does have a PCIE slot for that wireless adapter...
March 6, 2013 10:29:16 AM

ok thanks for your replies...however i encountered another problem... i completelly forgot about windows!! is installing downloaded windows 7 from the internet an option? :??: 
March 6, 2013 10:50:14 AM

If you have a installation DVD for Windows you should have no problem to install it once you have set up the system.
March 6, 2013 11:00:29 AM

Nirvana 05 said:
If you have a installation DVD for Windows you should have no problem to install it once you have set up the system.

yeah, but i dont have money to buy that... so id like to know if i should buy a system with 800 euros and buy windows with 100 euros or download a free copy of win7 from the internet(if thats possible)
March 6, 2013 3:10:10 PM

Hi, you'll have to downgrade the build for 800 euros(no ssd and a lower card, but the 660 ti is a good card, don't worry :)  ) and buy the os with the rest of it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£147.89 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£68.65 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£229.99 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£17.09 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.18 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £687.24 -> 795.793282 Euros
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This leaves a margin to buy the os in your country, my suggestion goes for the windows 7 home premium 64 bits.
March 6, 2013 7:01:42 PM

properbuilds said:
Hi, you'll have to downgrade the build for 800 euros(no ssd and a lower card, but the 660 ti is a good card, don't worry :)  ) and buy the os with the rest of it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£147.89 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£68.65 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£229.99 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£17.09 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.18 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£56.54 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £687.24 -> 795.793282 Euros
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This leaves a margin to buy the os in your country, my suggestion goes for the windows 7 home premium 64 bits.

Thanks, even though i think that 500GB of storage will be more than enough for my needs...
March 7, 2013 4:10:31 PM

Hmm. Thanks again. But now i have decided that im settling for a system that costs 850 euros. I'd like a good graphics card so that i can play the games mentioned in the first post and 500GB of HDD. Also, should i overclock? I dont know if i should. If yes, then i think i should also buy a CPU cooler(more expenses which i dont like...)? And i'd also like you to keep in mind that i'd like to keep that system for about 3 or more years...

Don't...

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http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283384-33-read-first
a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2013 5:18:31 PM

Buy a hd 7970 its performance is equal to gtx 680 and cost as much as gtx 670
And about operating system... You can buy it for 40€ on amazon... Or get it illegal
March 8, 2013 5:22:32 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Buy a hd 7970 its performance is equal to gtx 680 and cost as much as gtx 670
And about operating system... You can buy it for 40€ on amazon... Or get it illegal

Ok, thanks. But i need more opinions on this, but i think i want to stick to nvidia... Should i get HD 7970?
And has anyone here illegally downloaded windows ?
a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2013 5:27:36 PM

If you plan to buy a gtx 670 i suggest you to buy a hd 7970 because its realy better

And about Os ... Well everyone downloaded some music i guess, so this is no difference, but we dont discuss this on forums like this.
You decide...
March 8, 2013 5:30:14 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
If you plan to buy a gtx 670 i suggest you to buy a hd 7970 because its realy better

And about Os ... Well everyone downloaded some music i guess, so this is no difference, but we dont discuss this on forums like this.
You decide...

ok. about OS idk what i will do. but what about the graphics card? i need more people to tell me their opinions...!
!