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April 23, 2013 7:28:50 AM

Hey, I'm new to PC building and would really appreciate any feedback on this build. Thanks alot!

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week or two


Budget Range: £800 - £1000 approx


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music and video playing, internet and word processing


Parts Not Required: Monitor or Mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: eBuyer, Aria, Amazon, Dabs, CCL


Country: UK, I appreciate this is a US site and I'm more after advice on the compatibility, performance and future use/upgradability(not a word!) of this build rather than the best deals.


Parts Preferences: link for build:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Dangarus27/saved/1vrf

Also thinking of this alternate PSU OCZ ZS750W-UK ZX Series ATX as its a bit cheaper.


Overclocking: in the future but not yet


Thank you for any input!




a b 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 8:35:09 AM

Took out the keyboard. It wasn't available in any manufacturer according to PCPartPicker. Just pick up a decent keyboard from a local hardware store. No need to be too fancy.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£105.35 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£75.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£317.92 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£28.69 @ CCL Computers)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£77.99 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £993.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 8:37:02 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx5t
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx5t/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx5t/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.95 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£341.40 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£15.33 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case (£99.44 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£75.98 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £958.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-23 16:34 BST+0100)

Or
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx6A
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx6A/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Sx6A/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.95 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£104.98 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£247.40 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£15.33 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case (£99.44 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£75.98 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £969.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-23 16:36 BST+0100)

16Gb is overkill for gaming 8gb is more than enough.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 8:41:37 AM

Don't need the cooler in bignastyid's build.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 8:50:54 AM

The cooler will allow from some overclocking where the stock isnt going to allow much at all. If you plan on doing a big oc then you will need a better cooler than the Hyper 212. Get 2 sticks of ram not the 1 in ksham's build as running the ram in single channel will hurt performance.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 9:47:31 AM

ksham said:
Don't need the cooler in bignastyid's build.


Why wouldn't you need the cooler if you've got a 3570K? If you were using an i5-3350P I could understand. I don't like the choice of the C70 though.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.75 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£149.26 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.69 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£109.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£51.48 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1000.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-23 17:47 BST+0100)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 12:59:38 PM

bignastyid said:
The cooler will allow from some overclocking where the stock isnt going to allow much at all. If you plan on doing a big oc then you will need a better cooler than the Hyper 212. Get 2 sticks of ram not the 1 in ksham's build as running the ram in single channel will hurt performance.

Overclocking on a H77 board is non-existent. You can increase it a bit, but not that big. Good catch on the RAM sticks. Guess I skimmed over the one OP had on his link.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 1:10:23 PM

Oops though i had a Z77 board listed. G-unit got the right board though
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April 24, 2013 8:23:54 AM

Cheers for all the advice and examples guys, have spent a while reconfiguring the build. Here it is, unless something jumps out as horrendously bad then I'm going to go with this I think.

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core £167.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing £24.49
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 £101.91
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £41.77
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM £45.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB £193.40
Case Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower £60.06
Case Fan Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm £3.98 x4
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer £11.13
Custom TP-Link 300mbps Wireless N Pci Express Adapter £15.99
OCZ ZS750W-UK ZX Series ATX PSU - 750 W £59.99
Cherry G80 High Quality Click Action Keyboard G80-3000LSCGB-2 £52.99
Total £791.63

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a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2013 8:32:31 AM

Looks good except for the PSU. Get one from Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, or XFX.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2013 8:36:37 AM

Looks good but I would suggest going with the 650 or 750w XFX power supply as they are a bit better quality than the OCZ(not horribly by any means just not as good as a Seasonic built XFX unit). You only need to add 1 maybe 2 fans to the case.
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