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    Building a new PC

    So I'm planning on building a new PC and I found some parts for it. Some general info/questions as well.

    HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5
    Case : Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 Midi Tower
    PSU : Corsair TX650V2 Enthusiast Series 650W TX ATX/EPS 80
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC 2GB GDDR5
    CPU : Intel 3rd Generation Core i7-3770K CPU (4 x 3.50GHz)
    RAM : Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
    Motherboard : AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard

    I also need a monitor (or 2, depending on how cheap they are and if I can manage dual monitors)

    Budget is around 1000-1200 euros. I'm from Cyprus if that's of any help

    How easy is it to build a PC ?
    -I've only seen videos and will get some help from friends, but I'm not really experienced with these kind of stuff.

    How much will it cost to get someone to build the PC for me ?
    -Just in case I won't manage

    Games I'll be playing :
    - WoW
    - GW2
    - Forge
    - Random steam games

    I'll also be rendering some videos

    P.S: Tell me if I forgot something
    Last edited by savvasp; 2013-02-06 at 03:22 PM.

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    Herald of the Titans shroudster's Avatar
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    guess ill use partpicker based from amazon.uk aswell to do some min/maxing of the budget.
    also you don't need an OS or any other peripherals beyond monitor(s) right?
    also the subject of overclocking the cpu an option?

    edit: for 50 euro im pretty sure any tech shop would help you out.(or a techy with too much free time looking for some easy money)
    however building self is like oversized lego these days.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£164.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.00 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£95.70 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£54.52 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.90 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£235.96 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£48.23 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor (£161.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £925.19
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 20:45 GMT+0000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shroudster View Post
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    Apparently I'll be needing an OS as well (Unless I can use the notsolegal one)

    I think I'll be staying with the 500gb HDD, since I have a 280gb right now and have 150gb free. Also is the Ti version that much better ?

    Edit : Updated OP a little. (Will be rendering videos as well)

    Edit 2 : Checking news post from couple of days ago Chaud added a DVD part too. I'm guessing that's a pretty cheap part right ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by savvasp View Post
    Edit : Updated OP a little. (Will be rendering videos as well)
    I'm not sure how much rendering you are planning to do, but if you are willing to spend £70 extra I guess it is quite a bit. With 500GB of space you will run out very fast if you record a lot of footage.
    You also want at least 2 hard drives if you are going to Fraps, you want a drive to record to that isn't the same as your game and operating system is run from.

    Also the Z68 motherboard doesn't support Ivy Bridge CPUs out of the box so you would need to update the BIOS before you can even get a picture on the monitor. I would suggest you pick a Z77 motherboard to avoid any issues like that.
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    Here's the build I came up with based on your edits.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.00 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£75.88 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£82.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.59 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£239.59 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£48.84 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: ViewSonic VP2365-LED 23.0" Monitor (£172.34 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £1168.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 16:50 GMT+0000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jholdaway View Post
    Here's the build I came up with based on your edits.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.00 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£75.88 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£82.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.59 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£239.59 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£48.84 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Monitor: ViewSonic VP2365-LED 23.0" Monitor (£172.34 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £1168.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 16:50 GMT+0000)
    This is a decent build but also €150 over budget.
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    The Patient jholdaway's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by n0cturnal View Post
    This is a decent build but also €150 over budget.
    It says in the OP that his budget is 1000 to 1200 euros so it is in the high end of his budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jholdaway View Post
    It says in the OP that his budget is 1000 to 1200 euros so it is in the high end of his budget.
    Your prices are British pounds, £1168 = €1350.
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    The Patient jholdaway's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by n0cturnal View Post
    Your prices are British pounds, £1168 = €1350.
    Ah didn't catch that. This is why I'm kinda hesitant on doing builds with different currencies.

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    here you go:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£165.14 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£84.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£74.80 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£82.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.59 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£218.24 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£20.87 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: ViewSonic VG2436wm-LED 24.0" Monitor (£162.94 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £997.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 17:40 GMT+0000)

    Xigmatek Gaia CPU cooler - £20.45

    If you need to make it a little cheaper you can change the GPU to any of these:

    MSI NVIDIA GTX660 £185
    Asus HD 7870 AMD Radeon DirectCU II £185

    Comparison: 7870 vs 660
    Last edited by Notarget; 2013-02-06 at 05:45 PM.
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