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Hi OCN!


I recently started being friends with a friend I almost lost a year ago...

He want's a new PC, and I offered to put it together.

A few notes:

Strictly gaming use
Limited budget
Focus on quit but efficient gaming
This is in Denmark, so the prices are higher than in America or elsewhere, so don't suggest newegg/amazon or whatever...
No OC'ing yet



Now the budget is around $1200, and so far I put this together:


Case: CM Storm Scout (will fill it with some fans, I got lying around)
Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme4
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
GPU1: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470
GPU2: Inno3D 8800GTS 640 Mb. (already has this, and will use for PhysX)
HDD: Already owns a 500 Gb. 7200rpm HDD
RAM: 4 Gb. Corsair XMS3 CL9 1600 Mhz.
Optical drive: Already owns a DVD-burner
PSU: Cooler Master GX 750W

In total, it will be around $1155


Now, would this be an okay build?

He might go SLI later, and add a CPU-cooler for OC
Edited by WhitePrQjser - 1/26/11 at 9:38am
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post #2 of 11
Yep, looks good.

One suggestion I have is try get gtx 560 instead of hot, power hungry gtx 470.

also, not being a fan boy or anything, i would go with a different brand of motherboard.
    
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post #3 of 11
seconded on the 560/570,less heat less hungry
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post #4 of 11
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Yep, looks good.

One suggestion I have is try get gtx 560 instead of hot, power hungry gtx 470.

also, not being a fan boy or anything, i would go with a different brand of motherboard.
YEah, the GTX 560 is more expensive than the GTX 470. I was going to go for the 560, but it was too expensive..


Actually, ASRock as gotten way better since ASUS took over production. I've built several PC's with ASRock motherboards, and they really are packing a punch!


Thanks for your suggestions though +rep!
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by WhitePrQjser View Post
YEah, the GTX 560 is more expensive than the GTX 470. I was going to go for the 560, but it was too expensive..


Actually, ASRock as gotten way better since ASUS took over production. I've built several PC's with ASRock motherboards, and they really are packing a punch!


Thanks for your suggestions though +rep!
ahh, also you if then, go for gtx 460. probably best value for money. and then sli later because they scale very well. sli'ing 2 470's... too much heat and noise..

I vote goes for gtx460 since its gf104, rather than gf100 i believe.
    
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post #6 of 11
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ahh, also you if then, go for gtx 460. probably best value for money. and then sli later because they scale very well. sli'ing 2 470's... too much heat and noise..

I vote goes for gtx460 since its gf104, rather than gf100 i believe.
Oh, really?

The GTX 460 would be better than the 470 then?

Yeah, noise is a problem to him...

Heat is a general problem as well
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post #7 of 11
I second that Asrock boards are the shiznit nowadays!
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post #8 of 11
You might be able to downsize the PSU and us some of the savings for a GTX 560/570. Try going here to calculate the minimum and recommended power requirements for this system.
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post #9 of 11
You can drop the PSU to a 650 and see if the deals are any better.

I would change the ram. I don't know how the prices are in Denmark, but I've found that A-DATA ram works just as well and is often times cheaper than Corsair for the same budget CL9 sticks. The entry level g.skill sticks are worth a look as well.

Edit - didn't see the 560 being more expensive, go with a 460 or an amd equivalent
post #10 of 11
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Oh, really?

The GTX 460 would be better than the 470 then?

Yeah, noise is a problem to him...

Heat is a general problem as well
yep i believe so,

470 and 480 have gf100 chip, they are bad, high heat, power consumption and noise.

460 have gf104, newer, less power hungry, lower noise and less heat. i think they scale better in SLI as well.

these are just my opinions and may not reflect other people's opinions.
    
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