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Need help with picking parts to use for a new PC

By Tom Jones · 12 replies
Mar 23, 2014
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  1. Hi guys,
    I have recently been considering making myself a new computer and I can't decide what to parts use so I decided to ask for help here.
    • What are you going to use the PC for?(mostly gaming and possibly some photshop)
    • How much is your budget?(€800-1000)
    • Where are you located and what sort of system do you currently have, if any? (Ireland, a med-high end gaming pc)
    • Are you going to buy online or from a retail store? (thinking of buying online but am willing to go to a retail store.)
    • Are you going to re-use anything from your current rig(No)
    • Do you need peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, amongst others?(I need a monitor keyboard and a mouse)
    • Have you already bought any components(No)
    • Do you already have an Operating System (OS) or will you be buying one? (I'm going to buy windows 7)
    • Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a water-cooling setup?(it depends what parts are suggested.
    If you have any suggestions please reply to the thread
    Thanks for reading!
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    Thank you for actually answering the important questions!

    Have you had a look at our PC Buying Guide? Looks like your budget puts you in the 'Entry Level Rig' https://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/page3.html

    I am not very well versed in new hardware, so I'll let some other guys take over, but that link may help get you started.
  3. Tom Jones

    Tom Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for answering!
    I'll definitely check out the link.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    That's a good base to start from.
    • Get an i5 K-variant CPU, and Z motherboard. Then you can overclock later on.
    • Take out the speakers, obviously.
    • Get 2x 4GB RAM sticks instead.
    • Don't add any GPU to cart. Let us know how much money remains, and perhaps get the best card with whatever money is left.
  5. Tom Jones

    Tom Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Would a i5-3470 be good enough or should I get a 3570k?
    And thanks for your help!
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,410   +3,425

    The K (represents unlocked CPU) variant would only be useful if you plan on over-clocking. If not, then I wouldn't worry about getting an unlocked CPU.
  7. Tom Jones

    Tom Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I'm planning on doing a bit of over-clocking as I think that 3.4 ghz is a bit low, or do you think that 3.4 would be enough to play games with out straining the cpu.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,410   +3,425

    With the budget you mentioned, I think you will be just fine with an i5. There really isn't that much difference between the lot of i5's. I don't know why Intel thinks they have to release so many. One i3, one i5, and one i7 per generation is basically all that is needed. Having similar specification for multiple CPU's, will only serve to confuse the consumer. If I was you; I'd make a decision i3/i5/i7, and then decide if the i5/i7 will be unlocked. As far as frequencies, that is trivial. Since you are looking to over-clock an i5, then the choice has been made. It is the 3570K you want.
  9. Tom Jones

    Tom Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm thinking of getting a i5-3570k processor an Asus P8Z77 motherboard and a Sharkoon T9 Value green case. Altogether that makes €338.67 which is just over a third of my budget is that a reasonable proportion of my budget? Should I change any of those?
    Thanks in advance!

    Thank you!
    Well, that means I know one component that I'm getting.
    Now for the others.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 27, 2014
  10. baN893

    baN893 TS Enthusiast Posts: 83   +10

    I think those parts look good. Personally, I LOVE the Sharkoon case. I think it's great value and does everything you would want it to. Sure it is not as good as Corsair cases (which are my favorites), but I am so happy with my T9 red on my secondary build.
  11. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Here's a bit of advice based on your budget and location to see if this can get you an idea of what to expect at your budget (This is just what would do so take it lightly):

    i5 4670K 166.99
    MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX 106.00
    Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 2x4gb 64.09
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler 25.86
    Corsair CXM 600Watt 62.50
    Sharkoon T9 ATX Case (The one you selected) 50,99
    Gigabyte GTX 780 OC 359.98
    Samsung EVO 240gb SSD 98.99
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1tb 42.99

    This is below your 1k Euro Budget and should at least give you an idea of what to expect.
  12. Tom Jones

    Tom Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks just one problem that is 1000 pounds not euros and the 1000 budget should include a screen a keyboard and a mouse.
  13. baN893

    baN893 TS Enthusiast Posts: 83   +10

    He needs peripherals as well though.

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