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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 11:45

Hello!

Its been so long since I've looked into PC-parts that I'm getting a little lost! So I'd like you to take a look at what I've got so far. I'm looking at building a pc that'll allow me to play Skyrim comfortably:


Recommended System Requirements
* OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP (32 or 64 bit)
* CPU: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
* RAM: 4 GB
* HDD: 6 GB free disk space
* Graphics: 1 GB Graphics Memory
* Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
* DirectX: Version 9.0c
Supported Graphics Cards:
Minimum – nVidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 3850
Recommended -Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher


But I also have to be careful about my finances. I'm now looking to see how much its going to cost to get me a nice pc. At this time, I'm looking at:

CPU: AMD FX-6100 6x3300MHz €137,90
Motherboard: ASUS M599X EVO €117,90
Videocard: Nvidia GeForce GTX 550Ti €112,90
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8 GB DDR3-1333 €39,90
HD: 2TB Seagate ST2000DL003 €119,90

All these prices are from www.alternate.nl, I imagine I can get better deals if I look further, which I intend to. I also need a new pc tower, but that doesn't need to be fancy, just functional and since this keyboard, screen and mouse are borrowed, I may want to look into that as well.

Any input appreciated, even if its to tell me I'm going for epic failure here lol. This is the first time I'm doing this by myself so I could do with input from more experienced people.

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Re: Looking at parts

Post by Adwomin on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 14:13

Hello,

I looked up all the configurations and it looks good so far, I think. I
wonder how you want to get 8GB RAM for just 39,90 , but OK.
I recommend not cutting on the CPU and Motherboard, as these are the most important components of your PC.
The GPU looks good for Skyrim:
http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-gtx-550ti/performance/Elder-Scrolls-V-Skyrim-GeForce-GTX-550-Ti-OPS

Also, from my experience, I can tell you that it is best - since you
want the lowest price as possible - to search the product name on
www.google.nl and look on links like Vergelijk.nl . See which shop(s)
are the cheapest, but still trustworthy.

The HDD you have chosen is 2TB on one 3.5" disk. The speed of this HDD
is 5900 RPM. (Rotations per minute) The speed of a "normal" 3.5" HDD is
7200 RPM. The speed of a "normal" 2.5" HDD for (e.g.) laptops is 5200
RPM.
Conclusion: the HDD you have chosen is a "green" HDD, but that means
it'll rotate/perform slower than an average HDD. Also, if the HDD ever
fails, you'll lose all your 2TB data.
I recommend getting two 1TB (7200 RPM) HDD's. You can use both of them,
or use one to backup the other one. (RAID mode) I think you'll have
plenty of space for all your games, video's and photo's on 1TB, don't
worry about that.

The CPU looks good enough too, with 3.3GHz and 6 cores. From what I've read it's very overclock-friendly, although I don't think you're going to need that.

The Motherboard should do for a while (read: few years).
As for the casing; you don't need a really expensive one. Max €75,- should do just fine. If you really want to know what the casing looks like, I recommend going to a PC store to see some showmodels. Try THIS
to get an idea of some cases. They have really nice ones for not too much money.

I hope this helps and I wish you the most of luck! Don't hesitate to post if you ne...- ah, you know.

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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 14:18

Admin wrote: I
wonder how you want to get 8GB RAM for just 39,90 , but OK.

http://www.alternate.nl/html/product/Geheugen_DDR3-1333/Kingston_HyperX/8_GB_DDR3-1333_Kit/500711/?baseId=692851

As for the HD, I plan to keep a lot on my external HD, I've also looked at the 1,5 TB, but that's only 15 euro's cheaper than the 2 TB. But nothing's final yet, I'm still looking. Though I think I would be very pleased with the CPU and videocard.

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Re: Looking at parts

Post by Adwomin on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 18:50

Lady ElDi wrote:
Admin wrote: I
wonder how you want to get 8GB RAM for just 39,90 , but OK.

http://www.alternate.nl/html/product/Geheugen_DDR3-1333/Kingston_HyperX/8_GB_DDR3-1333_Kit/500711/?baseId=692851

As for the HD, I plan to keep a lot on my external HD, I've also looked at the 1,5 TB, but that's only 15 euro's cheaper than the 2 TB. But nothing's final yet, I'm still looking. Though I think I would be very pleased with the CPU and videocard.
Hello,

Yes, I do believe you about the price. Just wondering about the quality. 8 GB for 40,- ...
1,5 TB same story. I really recommend sticking to 1 TB for now. If it's not enough, you can always upgrade to more, right? Since you have a eHDD already, 1TB should be way more than needed.

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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 19:42

Hello,
I didn't realize it was cheap for RAM, when I'm looking at the Alternate site, its not ridiculously cheap considering what else they offer.
As for the HD.. hmm.. I may look further, but I like the idea that it runs "greener", but I may want to look into the consequences of it being slower.

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Post by Adwomin on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 20:44

Lady ElDi wrote:Hello,
I didn't realize it was cheap for RAM, when I'm looking at the Alternate site, its not ridiculously cheap considering what else they offer.
As for the HD.. hmm.. I may look further, but I like the idea that it runs "greener", but I may want to look into the consequences of it being slower.
Hello,

Usually, average RAM is about 20-30 Euros per GB. (DDR3)
And really, you don't want to buy everything from Alternate. I know it's easier, but you can get things way cheaper. I got all my stuff from different (online) shops for the lowest price possible. The price difference was a few Euros up to like one hundred Euro!

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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 21:47

Hello,
Nahh I'm not getting all my stuff from Alternate. I just used their webshop to look at everything because they tend to have a large assortment. Now that I'm starting to have an idea of what I want, I can spend some time looking for the best deals.
Though it would be convenient since they're so near my hometown.


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Post by Adwomin on Tue 17 Jan 2012, 17:24

Lady ElDi wrote:Hello,
Nahh I'm not getting all my stuff from Alternate. I just used their webshop to look at everything because they tend to have a large assortment. Now that I'm starting to have an idea of what I want, I can spend some time looking for the best deals.
Though it would be convenient since they're so near my hometown.

Hello,

I forgot to mention, I usually don't by an internal HDD. I buy these cheap eHDD (Western Digital) from MediaMarkt and then pull off the case. Inside it there's an internal HDD which you can build into your PC.
Why I do this? I don't know, it seems cheaper, although I'm not sure whether these might be 5200 RPM's, considering the (cheaper) price.

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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Tue 17 Jan 2012, 17:28

I had no idea that was possible, but its a good tip. I bought my external 1tb drive for €40 (on sale) that's a lot cheaper than the regular HD.

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Post by Adwomin on Tue 17 Jan 2012, 18:27

Lady ElDi wrote:I had no idea that was possible, but its a good tip. I bought my external 1tb drive for €40 (on sale) that's a lot cheaper than the regular HD.
Haha, that's actually what I have been doing all my life. Never, ever, bought an internal HDD.
Stores like MediaMarkt buy these (specific model, usually Western Digital) eHDD's in bulks, which results in a lower price for the buyer.

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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Tue 17 Jan 2012, 19:27

Lol.
Well I think the last time I even bought a hd, there was no such thing as an external one. I think I've been using my C drive for 10+ years, back when 80 GB was a lot. Not even sure where I got it.
I added a 250 GB, which is my D: drive, maybe 5 years ago. Its a "left over" hard drive from my dad's job, he's the IT-er and he takes home stuff that he knows is going to start collecting dust.

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