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11-28-2012, 10:19 AM

I need some advice on what parts to buy for my new comp. My budget is around 900 € and I need a case, all the inside parts and also a monitor. I'll need it for PS, C4D, InDesign, Illustrator and League of Legends game. (its all just a hobby and for school)

Anyway, i have been looking for a long time for what to buy and I've come up with this:

MONITOR: Dell UltraSharp U2312HM (http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=320-2807)
CPU: Intel i7 3770(K) or i5 3750(K) (not going to overclock, maybe in the future)
GPU: Intel HD 4000 (from the cpu). For saving a lot of money. I'll be buying a dedicated one maybe in the summer next year. Tell me if thats a bad idea, and why.
MoBo: Don't have a clue. Really need help on this one. Don't need anything fancy...just to fit the parts in. Also, if i won't OC, will this make the mobo cheaper too?
PSU: Corsair "Gaming Series™" 600W Bronze or Seasonic S12II Bronze 620W
RAM: Corsair PC3-12800 KIT "Vengeance" 8192 MB, DDR III, 1600 MHz
CASE: Cooler Master Silencio 650 (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6841) or Fractal Design Define R4 (http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=99) (im worried about cooling on these cases, but I like the design and silence....worth it?)
HDD: Seagate ST1000DM003 "Barracuda"1000 GB, Serial ATA III, 64 MB
DRIVE: Samsung SH-S224BB

So my main worries are about the CPUs (i know i7 is better for rendering, which is what i want....but is it too pricey for my build?), HD4000, PSU (too cheap?), case (what kind of price tag, cooling) and MoBo. Any input would be highly appreciated.



11-28-2012, 12:53 PM
Looks like a nice build.

From the benchmarks, it looks like the built in Intel graphics perform about the same at a $30-60 discreet GPU. It would work, but you might want to get a regular GPU sooner rather than later.

Its always a good idea to grab a full size ATX board if you've got room. Anything in the $120USD range should hit the spot if your not doing extreme OC'ing. It looks like almost all of the 1155 ATX boards support OC'ing.

I would recommend grabbing a 40-100GB solid state drive to go along with your hard drive. They really make a difference.

Those cases would both be fine. The Ivy Bridge stuff runs pretty cool.


11-28-2012, 03:51 PM
Thanks for the feedback AJ1. Still confused weather I should buy i5 or i7? Is there only the factor of price or is i7 going to be an overkill in my setup?

Also what about the power supply. I named two in the setup, Corsair is 20 € cheaper, is there a reason for not buying this one?

Anyone else's thoughts on this machine would be also greatly appreciated. (:



11-28-2012, 04:17 PM
Go for the i7 if you can afford it. It helps with 3D rendering.

I would look on Newegg, and see what PSU has the best reviews. 620w is probably about twice that you'll need, but I guess there's no reason to go smaller. That CPU will draw under 100w with overclocking. I don't think Newegg ships to Europe, but Its great for reading reviews.



11-28-2012, 08:27 PM
Looked into some reviews for motherboards and found GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543). It has quite good reviews and it is 110 €, which is reasonable for my budget. Can anyone please comment on this one?



11-29-2012, 01:24 PM
I would recommend grabbing a 40-100GB solid state drive to go along with your hard drive. They really make a difference.

On a 900 euro machine without a gfx card, the last thing on his list would be an SSD

11-29-2012, 02:00 PM
The 40GB internal SSDs are only about $60USD (around 40 euro) now. They've like halved in price this year alone.

Its nice for your OS and your main programs, and perhaps your current project files.

11-29-2012, 04:47 PM
Yea, I agree that SSD is a great performance boost, as hdd is the slowest part of the computer. I'll buy it as soon as I get a decent graphic card. Next year. I'm also getting an i5 now, due to tight budget, sadly.

11-29-2012, 07:00 PM
Just ordered:

monitor: DELL UltraSharp U2312HM
case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
cpu: i5 3570K
ram: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600mhz
psu: SeaSonic M12II 620W
hdd: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
drive: Samsung SH-S224BB drive

The cost is precisely 900 €. And yes, I can still cancel something if anyone sees a poor decision in my build!

Thank you AJ1,


11-30-2012, 05:10 PM
Cool man, good luck with your build!

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