Buying advice: Budget-Gamer PC with Ivy Bridge

Published by Marc Büchel on 10.09.12

This buying advice is targeted at gamer who are looking for a system that offers a lot of performance within a reasonable budget. All the products we mention we would buy ourselves. Furhtermore we try to recommend components that are not in a special market niche and therefore available in good quantities.

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System components

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-M Pro 143.- CHF 120.- EUR
Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 204.- CHF 170.- EUR
Memory: 2 x 4 GByte Kingston Value RAM 42.- CHF 35.- EUR
Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon DH 7870 2GB 279.- CHF 233.- EUR
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB, 7.2k rpm 119.- CHF 99.- EUR
DVD/CD burner: LG GH22NS 27.- CHF 23.- EUR

Subtotal:   814.-  CHF 678.- EUR

Brief description

Regarding motherboard, processor and memory we recommend Intels most recent socket 1155 combined with 2 x 4 GByte of DDR3 memory. Paired up with an Intel Core i5-3470 CPU there is plenty of performance for gaming. The motherboard supports SLI which means that in a year, if you shouldn't have enough gaming power anymore, you can simply buy the same graphics card you already own for a second time and you're back on the safe side. As a video card we recommend a Radeon HD 7870 which in this case comes from Sapphire. This card offers enough performance to enjoy recent games.

Case, Power Supply, Cooling

Case: Xigmatek Asgard 45.- CHF 38.- EUR
CPU cooler: Original Intel Boxed inkl. inkl.
Power Supply: Seasonic X-460 129.- CHF 108.- EUR

Subtotal:   174.- CHF 145.- EUR

Brief description

With the Xigmatek Asgard we recommend a compact ATX case that offers a good compromise between price and ergonomics. The is enough space to put all the components in there. Regarding the power supply we chose a Seasonic X-460. The thing offers 460 Watts and it has been 80 PLUS Gold certified. According to this block comes with an average efficiency of 90 percent which really is ok when you consider the price.

Dispaly and Peripherals

Display: BenQ GL2450 24'' 149.- CHF 124.- EUR
Keyboard: Logitech G110 78.- CHF 65.- EUR
Mouse: Logitech G400 45.- CHF 38.- EUR
Mousepad: SteelSeries 9HD 45.- CHF 38.- EUR
Headset: SteelSeries 3H 65.- CHF 54.- EUR

Subtotal:   382.- CHF 318.- EUR

Brief description

Concerning the display the motto has been 24 inch FullHD from a well known manufacturer at the lowest possible price. Mouse and keyboard come from Logitech. The G110 as well as the G400 mouse are good gaming products. Mousepad as well as headset come from SteelSeries and also offer a pleasant gaming experience.
If you should be thinking about buying this entire configuration you'd have to pay CHF 1327.- The price is without obligation.
Total:   1370.- CHF 1142.- EUR

Pleas feel free to use the comment system below or our Forums to tell us what you think about this configuration. If you have ideas for improvement(s) we'd happily read them. Please always consider that the price should stay withing the given borders.

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