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  1. Thank you all for the replies! I've updated the components based on your replies and other factors. The budget is around 1300€ ($1655), I can go both sides, but under 1400€ ($1780) is quite a must. Also, I'm ordering from here, Finland, from the following two websites: Verkkokauppa and Jimm's. The websites are linked in parentheses as (1) and (2), respectively, after the component names. (Changes underlined) Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 (59.90€ / $76) (1) Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX (119€ / $151) (2) CPU: Intel i5-3570k (226€ / $287) (2) GPU: Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II (429€ / $546) (2) PSU: Corsair TX650W (92.90€ / $118) (1) RAM: G.Skill 8GB Dual Kit Ripjaws X (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz, 1.5V (48.90€ / $62) (2) HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 16 MB 7200 RPM (69.90€ / $89) (1) SSD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD (121.90€ / $155) (1) DVD Drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST (21.90€ / $28) (1) OS: Windows 7 64bit OEM (109€ / $139) (2) Total: 1298.40€ / $1655 If I need / can / want, I will order the aftermarket CPU cooler later (the Cooler Master EVO 212 mentioned). I won't probably overclock, at least not much. Still, changing the processor and motherboard to sandy bridge models would save "only" about 20€, maybe 30€ ($25 - $38), but I'll keep looking into that. And the RAM, definitely interesting technology, but for now I'll just stick to my 8GB. Oh and I'm also considering changing the case, to for example Cooler Master HAF 912 (82.90€ / $106 @ (1)).
  2. Hey! I actually did look into the Sandy Bridge models, but for example the i5-2500k I can find at cheapest for 205.90€ / $262, which is kind of weird and not too comforting. SSD actually became a possibility now. I'll be buying a smaller, mechanical HDD like Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 16 MB 7200 RPM (69.90€ / $89) and a SSD. It seems that the Samsung 128GB 830 Series SSD would be a fine drive. That in turn is priced at 121.90€ / $155 as a bulk version, and 154.90€ / $197 as retail. I guess I would have to buy the retail version (or rather "desktop kit") because it comes with the 3.5" adapter and SATA cables and whatnot. Although... Now reading the case's specifications for the thousandth time, I noticed a little "...compatible with SSD" text at the end... Oh well, I did find adapters for like 10€, so that probably won't be problem.
  3. Hello everybody! I'm a first-time builder and my goal is a somewhat high-end gaming system for at least such current games as Battlefield 3 and Skyrim. After a few days of googling and pondering, I have put up a list of parts and I would like your opinions and advice on it! Without further ado, the parts are... Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 (59.90€ / $76) Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX (119€ / $151) CPU: Intel i5-3570k (226€ / $287) GPU: Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II (429€ / $546) (drool... ) PSU: Corsair AX650W (139.90€ / $178) RAM: Kingston HyperX 2x4GB @ 1600MHz (49€ / $62) HDD: Seagate 2TB Barracuda, SATA III, 7200rpm, 64MB (112€ / $142) DVD Drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST (21.90€ / $28) OS: Windows 7 64bit (109€ / $139) TOTAL: 1265.70€ / $1610 The euro prices are exact; the prices in dollars were converted with google for reference. Keep in mind though, that the prices here (Finland) are usually more than in the USA, for example... Although I won't be overlocking (perhaps I should have used a different forum then, heh), I was thinking of replacing the stock CPU cooler (although no mention of it, I THINK it comes with the processor...), possibly with Cooler Master's Hyper 212 EVO (30.90€ / $39). Oh, also, my budget... I could possibly manage with max. 1400€ / $1780, but I'd prefer to keep it under 1300€ / $1654... I would have liked a SSD, but ... Perhaps I could change the HDD to a smaller version, like the same I have listed, but in a 500GB version saving 42€ / $53 and buy more space later. However, the 500GB version has a 16MB cache (vs. 64MB on the other), would that have much effect if it would be used for mostly storage of media? Now browsing, I see 2.5" and 3.5" sized SSDs, but it seems this particular case would only fit the 3.5" ones, unless there are some adapters like in Kingston's 120GB HyperX 3K SSD (€149 / $190) there seems to be... Well, it seems I had more questions than I thought... Any input would be immensely appreciated!
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