reality615

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Approximate Purchase Date: January - February

Budget Range: 1300 Euros

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Only if it (Win 7) fits the budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.pixmania.ie or www.dabs.ie

Location: Ireland

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: The case shouldn't have bright/blinking lights


Thank You :)

 

DeusAres

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INTEL Core i5 Ivy Bridge 3570K
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/11764446/art/intel/core-i5-ivy-bridge-3570k.html

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/11643609/art/cooler-master/hyper-212-evo-processor-c.html

ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
http://www.dabs.ie/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155-intel-z77-ddr3-atx-80XR.html?q=asrock%20z77&src=16

PATRIOT PC Viper 3 Series 2 x 4 GB Memory
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/12698947/art/patriot/pc-viper-3-series-2-x-4-g.html

Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive
http://www.dabs.ie/products/seagate-1tb-barracuda-sata-6gb-s-64mb-7200rpm-hard-drive-7XD5.html?q=seagate%201tb&src=16

MSI GeForce GTX 670
http://www.dabs.ie/products/msi-geforce-gtx-670-1019mhz-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-oc-85GB.html?q=gtx%20670&src=16

XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Single Rail
http://www.dabs.ie/products/xfx-750w-80--bronze-certified-single-rail-75R8.html?q=xfx%20psu&src=16

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 Plus
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/7810812/art/cooler-master/haf-912-plus-pc-tower-cas.html

Total: €1037.19 Before shipping, rebates and taxes

I didn't include an optical drive in this build. You may want one of those for installing Windows. Just grab a cheap one. Or if you have one lying around, grab it. You'll also want to grab a copy of Windows 7 or 8 depending on your preferences.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1
http://www.dabs.ie/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1---1-pc---oem---dvd---64-bit---english-7J00.html?src=15

Microsoft Windows 8
http://www.dabs.ie/products/microsoft-windows-8---64-bit---1-pc---dvd-8BMS.html?src=15

And that should leave enough left over to do whatever you want with. You could grab a SSD to help with load times or you can just pocket the money and walk away with an amazing computer still.
 

Praxeology

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And for my two cents, don't buy XFX cards. They are all voltage locked and thus are pretty limited for overclocking. That's why they provide lifetime warranties on their cards (For US and Canada only though I believe).
 

reality615

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I'm thinking that probably in the future I want to overclock or get SLI/Crossfire. As I understand 7970 will overclock better but how are things with crossfire? Does AMD perform better in Crossfire than Nvidia SLI (Temp, Noise, Performance)?

Yes, I would like to get 120-250 Gb SSD, any suggestions?

And I have a question about the case. As I see it's mid tower, so does it provide enough airflow even when I have SLI/Crossfire?
 
Crossfire tends to exhibit more stuttering than SLI. I'd personally prefer a single GPU anyway for minimal stutter, consistent performance and no compatibility issues with games that don't work well with dual-GPU setups. If I had to choose one though, definitely SLI.

For the SSD, I'd recommend the Samsung 830 if you can still get em in Ireland. In the States, 830 stocks are beginning to dry up, and there's signs of it in the UK also. Samsung are trying to replace them with the 840, but it's not a great follow-up really - 840 Pro is the real successor, and they're the best consumer drive you can get, but pricey. If you can't get an 830 and don't want the expensive of the 840 Pro, grab an OCZ Vertex 4.
 

DeusAres

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I recommend SLI over Crossfire. SLI also tends to scale and perform better compared to Crossfire. Take a look at this article...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-benchmark-review,3279-10.html

I second the Samsung 830 recommendation. If you can't find one of those, I recommend the Crucial M4. The Intel 330 series is also a great buy.

Intel 330 Series 120GB
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007P3RMLU/?tag=pcp0f-21

Crucial 128GB M4
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004W2JKZI/?tag=pcp0f-21

Adata SX900 2.5 inch 128GB <==== (I highly endorse this drive. It's one of the few drives that actually comes with the stated entire 128gb of storage. It's also reliable)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007M7XRQ8/?tag=pcp0f-21

The Cooler Master HAF 912 will provide plenty of airflow. It comes with one 200mm fan; I would suggest you grab another one to put in your case.
 

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