mckenna64 Registered User
#1

I'm currently trying to build a desktop gaming desktop computer. I don't need it to run every game on max settings and 100fps but I would like it to be powerful.
I have researched different components and compatibility but coming from knowing nothing about building a computer I'm not 100% that all these parts go together or if they are good enough for what I need.

Case:
ANTEC 300 EU Tower
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=MMEL740602

Motherboard:
ASUSTEK P8H61 1155 Socket
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=MMEB99B716

CPU:
Core I5 2500k 3.3Ghz 6MB Cache
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=MME1355940

PSU:
ANTEC BP550 BASIQ 550 WATT
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=MMEL740583

Main Hard Drive:
OCZ Vortex 2 (120GB SSD) 3.5 Inch SATA 2
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=MMEZ260308

Secondary Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB 3.5 Inch 5400RPM
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=ECE1855969

GPU
ASUSTEK GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=MMEB99B476

RAM:
CORSAIR 8GB (2x4GB) Ssd3 RAM 1600Mhz
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=ECE2071001

Optical Drive:
HP Slim
http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=ECE2271587

I have a Matte MAC screen which is very nice so no need for a monitor.
Is there anything else I will need? If there are better components available for similar prices that would be great. Also I am not buying exclusively from Elara, I am just using it as a base to find info on the different components. I will be shopping around for the best prices once i settle on what I am getting.
I will be very greatful for any help.
Thanks.

Serephucus Registered User
#2

From that, you budget is about €1,100.

ItemPrice
Total build cost: €999.61 + €30 shipping
Intel Core i5-2500K Box, LGA1155€193.85
ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3, Sockel 1155, ATX€97.91
Crucial M4 128GB SSD 6,4cm (2,5")€172.19
8GB-Kit A-Data Value PC3-1333 CL9€33.59
Super-Flower Amazon 80Plus 550W€53.47
Sapphire HD 6950 Dirt3, 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express€241.89
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1000GB, SATA II (HD103SJ)€99.00
FRACTAL DESIGN Gehäuse DEFINE R3 Titanium Grey€91.69
Samsung SH-222AB bare schwarz SATA€16.02


Same processor, cheaper RAM (makes no odds), Z68 motherboard to support overclocking, a better power supply that actually has enough power to run everything (yours didn't), a faster secondary drive, and a much, much faster SSD. Much better case too.

If you fill this out, it'll give us a better idea of what you're after and how best to help you.

deconduo Moderator
#3

Not bad, there are a couple things I would change. The case is a pretty bad one, plenty of better choices out there. Also you can't overclock with that motherboard so its not a good choice to put with the i5-2500k. A fairly standardish build would be something like this:

ItemPrice
Total build cost: €1,042.85 + €30 shipping
Intel Core i5-2500K Box, LGA1155€193.85
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, Sockel 1155, ATX€120.35
8GB-Kit A-Data Value PC3-1333 CL9€33.59
Crucial M4 128GB SSD 6,4cm (2,5")€172.19
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1000GB, SATA II (HD103SJ)€99.00
Sapphire HD 6950 Dirt3, 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express€242.59
Samsung SH-222AB bare schwarz SATA€16.02
FRACTAL DESIGN Gehäuse DEFINE R3 Black Pearl€95.40
Super-Flower Amazon 80Plus 650W€69.86


It can be cut down in costs pretty easy though if you want.

Edit: Ninja'd

Serephucus Registered User
#4

deconduo said:

Edit: Ninja'd


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mckenna64 Registered User
#5

Thanks for the quick reply and thanks for the build.
My budget is around 1100 as yousaid.
Gaming(Battlefield 3, no need for Ultra but if I could that would be great, Shogun 2 Total War, upcoming X-Com Strategy Game, Bioshock Infinite) Internet, maybe some light video editing, no colour grading or after effects.
I will be needing a copy of Windows 7.
No need for a monitor.
My current monitor is 1650x105. No interest in upgrading.
I can't use older parts from another computer.
I am willing to try and overclock.
I can pay by Visa Debit.
There is no haste in buying this. I might not be buying for 2 months but it could be sooner.
I'm not sure I about help building. I would be willing to give it a go myslf unless it is ill advised.

Serephucus Registered User
#6

You can add

http://www2.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=29181&agid=185

to my build, and (pretty much) stay in-budget. If you want to cut back, you could drop the SSD to the 64GB version.

I'd wait for a bit, if you're not in a rush. New graphics cards are coming out, meaning the current ones will drop a little, and hard drive prices are gradually (if none-too-quickly) falling as well, so you might be able to save €50 or so in a month.

mckenna64 Registered User
#7

Thanks guys. This is really great.
I am planning on waiting atleast a month any way. It would be nice to save some money.

deconduo Moderator
#8

Yeah, in a month the new AMD cards will be out. There will probably be a better card in the €250 pricerange then.

FlyingIrishMan Registered User
#9

ItemPrice
Total build cost: €1,081.35 + €30 shipping
Intel Core i5-2500K Box, LGA1155€193.85
Xilence Power 800 Watt€80.89
ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3, Sockel 1155, ATX€97.91
8GB-Kit Corsair XMS3 PC3-12800U CL9€39.29
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1000GB, SATA II (HD103SJ)€99.00
Samsung SH-222AB bare schwarz SATA€16.02
BitFenix Shinobi Midi-Tower black, ohne Netzteil€50.99
Sapphire HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI-Express€411.01
Crucial M4 64GB SSD 6,4cm (2,5")€92.39


You can fit a 7950 in there and still stay inside your budget.
If you need Windows 7 you should try get it off software4students.com

Monotype Registered User
#10

I had a look around and there's just not enough info on that PSU. Hardwareversand says it's 2 years warranty which doesn't inspire confidence but the website, assuming I'm looking at the same PSU, says 3. There's no solid reviews any any info points to what appears to be older models.

I'd say to avoid it. You don't need 800W (assuming that this PSU is capable) and the board doesn't support crossfire. You might want to switch to 1.5V RAM too, but apart from that, that would be an excellent gaming machine.

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