New PC Build up to 1500$

The_Leprechaun

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Hi guys, I'm building a new PC for up to 1500$ for gaming purposes mostly. It will not include keyboard, mouse, monitor, cause I will just take those from my current PC.

So basically this is what I have decided with some help up till now.

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546&Tpk=GA-Z77X-D3H
135$

Processor:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
215$

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
45$

Graphics Card:
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685
390$

HDD:
Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792
180$

SSD:
ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-128GM-C 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211596&Tpk=ASX900S3-128
120$

PSU:
CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139023
90$

Case:
Aerocool Templarius Telum Midi Tower Case - Black
http://www.aerocool.com.tw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=256&Itemid=98
80$ at local seller.

Total: 1255$

Now I'm not sure if I should get a soundcard, or the onboard is pretty good? Or maybe USB Headset? Gonna use headphones most of the time.
What about the HDD, should I add some extra and buy Caviar black, or even Velociraptor?
Was suggested at the local PC forum to buy Intel Xeon Processor E3-1230V2 instead of I5-3570K, would that be better?
Any other changes you would suggest.
Thanks!
 

The_Leprechaun

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Ok, so I just found out, I won't be able to order from newegg, cause I'm not American :) And in that case all those deals I could get there won't apply on this build.
Anyways, things I am now kind of set on:
i5-3570K
GTX 670 the only question is if there is a difference in what manufacturer i decide on?)

If I went for ATX, I suppose I could have the option of adding another video card later, which I like. Maybe I should go for GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H instead of just D3H, or ASROCK z77 EXTREME4 is better, as in the recomended build?
Now do I need a CPU cooler if I'm not going to overclock from the get go, since I believe I won't really need that at first, but will possibly want that in the future.
Now I decided to go for a pretty good PC case so maybe you guys could recommend something? I was thinking of getting Cooler Master HAF X, but it was too big (should not exceed 52cm in height).
Is CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W" a good PSU?
 

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You can't go wrong with either motherboard - both are great, I have the UD3H so I can vouch for it.

The HAF X is a huge case, the one you posted originally doesn't look too bad, I'd suggest the Phantom 410 or the Carbide 400R. If you post the store you're buying from I can suggest parts, if you don't know one check the link in my signature.
 

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Haha, well there are no stores listed in the link that would ship to Lithuania :) Anyway, I was looking for parts at http://www.skytech.lt however its mostly in lithuanian, an the prices are in local currency. The basic prices are ridiculous when converted (as in all Lithuanian shops lol), but I was told you can ask for a discount and they give you one :)
 

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I'm pretty sure I can order from www.amazon.co.uk too, so if you could help me with the build using amazon, it would be greatly appreciated.
One more thing about the build is should i get a soundcard? Or is the built in soundcard in UD3H good enough?
 

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I would prolly try ncix, but just remembered that I would probably have to pay huge tax if I ordered not from European Union, so it probably is not a very viable option.
 

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The built in sound is fine. I'd also avoid the Corsair GS series - they don't use a good OEM for that power supply. Get the TX series or go with Seasonic.

Are you in the UK and buying from the UK? If so you can use PC Part Picker and configure a system that way. If you're actually in the EU it'd be better to use a store that's in your specific country.
 

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I live in Lithuania, but was thinking I could order from UK. If it's not recommended, then will probably go with lithuanian stores even if I lose some value in that, as its more expensive.
 

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It's always better to buy local because if you buy international you have to not only pay huge shipping fees but also import taxes. If you buy from a local store you avoid that.

Here's a store from Lithuania that I found: http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/
 

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Ok, so here goes:

MB: GA-Z77x-UDRH
http://www.skytech.lt/gaz77xud3h-z77-s1155-atxgaz77xud3h-gigabyte-p-120028.html

Processor:
I5-3570K
http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=271134&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

Video Card:
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 OC, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit), HDMI, DVI, DP
http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=280636&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

HDD:
WESTERN DIGITAL WD2002FAEX HDD Desktop Caviar Black (3.5",2TB,64MB,SATA III-600)
http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01pagelimit=45&cntnt01hierarchy=computing%20|%20computer_components%20|%20hdd%20|%20hdd_desktop*&cntnt01returnid=56&cntnt01cd_origpage=56&cntnt01productid=273430&cntnt01all_fields=0&cntnt01pagenum=4&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

SSD:
ADATA ASX900S3-128GM-C SSD XPG SX900 128GB SATA3 MLC read/write; 550/520MBs 85K IOPS 3,5'' bracke
http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=265824&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

Ram:
DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Black 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 1.5V
http://www.skytech.lt/cmz8gx3m2a1600c9-ddr3-corsair-vengeance-black-8gb-2x4gb-1600mhz-cl9-15v-p-67534.html

PSU:
Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2EU PSU TX650 V2 80 PLUS Bronze, ATX 650W, EU version
http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=112643&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

Case:
Thermaltake Element G
http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=113137&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US
Corsair Carbide 500r
http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01pagelimit=45&cntnt01hierarchy=computing%20|%20computer_components%20|%20chassis%20|%20pc_chassis*&cntnt01returnid=56&cntnt01cd_origpage=56&cntnt01productid=215409&cntnt01all_fields=0&cntnt01pagenum=15&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

Totally undecided on the case. Those are just a few options, I found while looking through the page. I want it good looking (thermaltake one looks really good IMO), but also want it to be good, not just looking cool.


Now once again, do I need CPU cooler at once, even though i dont think i'll need overclocking for about a year or so?
And is there anything, that would be incompatible or bottlenecking?

Or am I good to go? :)
 

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I'd get the 500R, I have one and it's a truly excellent case for the price.

If you're not going to overclock or are on the fence about it, don't get an unlocked CPU. You can actually skip the aftermarket fan that way and save some money there. Most of that build looks pretty good, I'd stick with the power supply you have - it's a good one. For GPU I think I would go with the Gigabyte Windforce over the MSI Twin FROZR: http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=271543&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

And then for SSD I'd get this: http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=266883&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US
 

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Hmmm, so if you say I should maybe not go for i5-3570K, if I'm not sure I would overclock, so should I still get i5-3570? Or maybe something else for a close price?
 

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I'd recommend the i5-3470: http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=288541&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

And then you could get this as your motherboard to save money there: http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=265837&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US

Or this: http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=266252&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US
 

The_Leprechaun

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Hmmmm, well thinking about it, I think I need to learn to overclock :) Don't want to totally lose touch with advancing technologies, partly why I'm trying to make my own build :) So probably will still gonna go with 3570K. Now if I take Noctua NH D14, will it fit well in Corsair Carbide 500R mid tower? Also it seems Noctua NH-D14 isn't compatible with Corsair Vengeance RAM, so what should I get?
 

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My last three boards have all been Gigabyte and I've never had a single problem with any of them.

Now if I take Noctua NH D14, will it fit well in Corsair Carbide 500R mid tower? Also it seems Noctua NH-D14 isn't compatible with Corsair Vengeance RAM, so what should I get?

Oh yeah easily. As far as the RAM goes maybe get this instead: http://www.electronics.balticmart.eu/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01fieldval=g.skill&cntnt01fieldid=1&cntnt01returnid=56&cntnt01cd_origpage=56&cntnt01productid=258347&cntnt01pagenum=3&cntnt01returnid=56&hl=en_US
 

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