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Gandalf81

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Ok Im helping a friend pick out a good gaming pc on a budget of 800 chf (we live in switzerland) as here it is pretty limited to buying hardware we only know of STEG.ch so we will buy from there (import is too expensive and for warrenty is crap).
so they have 2 gaming rigs pre build with we looked at but we were wondering if it wouldnt be better to build it our self. Im prettysure we could get better performance for the same money since we dont pay them to build them. here are the 2 pc (sorry the site is only in italian, french or german)
http://www.steg-elec...p40-613793.aspx
http://www.steg-elec...c20-191601.aspx

this is what I was thinking of making:

case: Coolermaster Storm Enforcer 104.90
mobo: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H 89.90
processor: Intel i5 3450S 205.00
memory: Corsair DDR3 1600MHz 8GB 54.90
hard disk: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 99.90
graphic card: evga gtx650 129.00
psu: Corsair GS600 94.90
optical drive: Sony AD-5280S-0B 24.90


I think thats it... or am i missing something? we were also thinking of liquid cooling it, what do you guys think about it?
I apreciate all the help I can get. Thanks in advance

Tom
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Gandalf81

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Can anyone please tell me if the hardware I chose is compatable.and if its better than the 2 pcs in the links?
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Can anyone please tell me if the hardware I chose is compatable.and if its better than the 2 pcs in the links?

All good things come to those who wait Tom :D

With the exception of the video card I would choose your list of parts, the retail builds do not have the best of video card and no PSU brand name details are provided, something that you should always be wary of.

The CPU is compatible with the MB and there is Corsair DDR3 1600 Ram on the MBs QVL but we do not know if it is the same as on your list so please check http://www.gigabyte.....aspx?pid=4146# see my canned text below;

For the best and most stable performance you should where possible purchase a CPU and Ram that have been tested and approved by the motherboard manufacturer, this is referred to as the QVL ( qualified vendors list ) understand though that there are too many products released for them all to be tested so other hardware will be compatible but not proven to be.


For better video quality choose a video card that is at least 192-bit but if possible go for 256-bit, benchmark for the video card puts it at #74 http://www.videocard...GTX 650&id=2155

So as not to void the CPUs 3 year warranty use the stock heatsink and fan supplied with it and not a liquid cooled set-up.

Liquid cooling is something that overclockers use because of the extreme heat that it generates, using it will not only void the warranty the following also needs to be taken into account, the CPU and Ram must be capable of overclocking and the MB must also be capable of supporting OCing, it requires regular maintenance + it can leak and blow the whole computer.
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Hey Phil,
I know, I was a bit stressed that day, lol... Thanks for your advice I will keep it in mind.... The other day i met a guy online who lives by me, while chatting i told him about the build, he is going to help me out too :) he suggested another build http://www.filedropp.../computersoci-1
what do you think about it?
thanks for all the help
Tom
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It looks ok but I could not recommend an unheard brand of PSU, for reference see http://www.pcmech.co...ide-inside.html and http://www.realhardt...vos/Page541.htm
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