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April 23, 2013 3:54:14 PM

Hello everyone.

So I've finally decided to "trash" my old Q6600, HD4870 512mb etc. Been checking lots of suggestions, reviews and whatnot, technology moves fast enough and its about 5 years that I bothered to compile my current setup.
Anyway, in about a week I'll probably order my new one, here is some picks I'm thinking about.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week probably.

Budget Range: 800-900 Euro.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, mostly League of Legends/TERA/any respectable MMO or single player I might like, amateur photoshop and video editing, lots of movies.

Are you buying a monitor: Already own an LG 22" LCD.

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: overclockers.co.uk (very few sites actually ship in my country)

Location: Greece.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU -ONLY-.

Overclocking: Yes, near future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, long future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: My budget is strictly around 800-900 Euro and maybe I could go overkill and spend about 40-50 euro more for a CPU Cooler such as CM Hyper 212 EVO. In my country tho (Greece), its not really "easy" to get the best possible prices and/or good deals etc. For starters, it seems that I cannot easily find UK or other European sites that actually ship here. Also, some hardware parts are fairly high in price, compared to USA or UK, if I'm buying from a local store or something. Anyway, the setup I'm going to show you is based generally on having a decent PC all around, which I will be able to overclock/SLI in the future if needed for better performance. I dont really care about high-end GPU etc.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My Q6600, HD4870 setup is pretty much outdated plus the last year or even more, I'm having tons of failures, blue screens, random restarts, low FPS, AMD drivers not responding problems (REALLY annoying) etc. Temps are fine, no dust inside the case.

My setup :

GPU : GIGABYTE WindForce Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5 - £157.20 inc VAT
Motherboard : ASRock Z77 Extreme4 M Intel Z77 DDR3 Motherboard - £101.99 inc VAT
CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz Socket LGA1155 - £179.99 inc VAT
PSU : Corsair Builder Series CX 600W V2 '80 Plus Bronze' - £59.99 inc VAT
Case : Corsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX - £49.99 inc VAT
Memory : Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz - £59.99 inc VAT
SSD : Samsung 120GB SSD 840 SATA 6Gb/s Basic - £89.99 inc VAT
Hard Drive : Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - £56.99 inc VAT

So a total of £756.73 - that would be about 888 euro and also the maximum of my budget. The only reason it could go just a little bit higher is for CPU Cooling (CM Hyper 212 EVO), around ~40-45 euro I'm guessing.

So, let me know what you guys think and feel free to drop any suggestions! Oh and by the way, I'm really thinking of going GTX660, nothing to do with my budget or hardware issues but I had a terrible experience with my current Sapphire HD4870 AMD drivers (always up-to-date). At times, they get so frustrating its not even funny.

Thanks in advance!
April 23, 2013 4:01:39 PM

Good idea, get the 212 EVO later when you can. The CX500 is cheaper and will run your system perfectly fine. Well done with the build.

Hope this helps,
CRN
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April 23, 2013 4:09:13 PM

completelyrandomname said:
Good idea, get the 212 EVO later when you can. The CX500 is cheaper and will run your system perfectly fine. Well done with the build.

Hope this helps,
CRN


Oh, see thats one of these details I had no idea about. Back in the days (4-5 years ago), you actually had to use a pretty big PSU for a good gaming setup! I was almost sure a 500W one would not do the job for this new build. Thanks CRN!
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April 23, 2013 4:12:58 PM

Yea no problem. PC components are so efficient nowadays.

Glad I could help,
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April 23, 2013 6:05:10 PM

A question I came up with about GPU. I guess it requires someone with extensive knowledge into the GPU section but lets see.

My current GPU option as mentioned above is GIGABYTE WindForce Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5 - £157.20 inc VAT

After reading lots of reviews about different models such as Gigabyte, HIS, XFX, Asus, Sapphire and more, it seems that DirectCU II, Twin Frz and WindForce cooling systems are the best out of everything else, atleast for this particular range of cards. Especially, I've been reading reviews about Gigabyte's WindForce, which is pretty quiet aswell as efficient with temps as low as 60~65' @ full load.
Thing is, I am able to find other models, for example an XFX or PowerColor HD7850 2GB Non OC (also one cooling fan) for around 160 euro but accorrding to my sources, they can get up to 70~75' temps easily. This scares me abit, I'd like my GPU cooling to be as better as possible (stock fans only).
Then again, at around 190-200 euro, you could probably add another 20-25 and pick one HD7870 but yet again with a lesser quality cooling system..

So yeah, I'm abit confused, hard to pick between these freakin' GPU's! Any help is appreciated!
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April 23, 2013 6:28:18 PM

Coldinfected said:
Hello everyone.

So I've finally decided to "trash" my old Q6600, HD4870 512mb etc. Been checking lots of suggestions, reviews and whatnot, technology moves fast enough and its about 5 years that I bothered to compile my current setup.
Anyway, in about a week I'll probably order my new one, here is some picks I'm thinking about.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week probably.

Budget Range: 800-900 Euro.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, mostly League of Legends/TERA/any respectable MMO or single player I might like, amateur photoshop and video editing, lots of movies.

Are you buying a monitor: Already own an LG 22" LCD.

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: overclockers.co.uk (very few sites actually ship in my country)

Location: Greece.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU -ONLY-.

Overclocking: Yes, near future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, long future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: My budget is strictly around 800-900 Euro and maybe I could go overkill and spend about 40-50 euro more for a CPU Cooler such as CM Hyper 212 EVO. In my country tho (Greece), its not really "easy" to get the best possible prices and/or good deals etc. For starters, it seems that I cannot easily find UK or other European sites that actually ship here. Also, some hardware parts are fairly high in price, compared to USA or UK, if I'm buying from a local store or something. Anyway, the setup I'm going to show you is based generally on having a decent PC all around, which I will be able to overclock/SLI in the future if needed for better performance. I dont really care about high-end GPU etc.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My Q6600, HD4870 setup is pretty much outdated plus the last year or even more, I'm having tons of failures, blue screens, random restarts, low FPS, AMD drivers not responding problems (REALLY annoying) etc. Temps are fine, no dust inside the case.

My setup :

GPU : GIGABYTE WindForce Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5 - £157.20 inc VAT
Motherboard : ASRock Z77 Extreme4 M Intel Z77 DDR3 Motherboard - £101.99 inc VAT
CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz Socket LGA1155 - £179.99 inc VAT
PSU : Corsair Builder Series CX 600W V2 '80 Plus Bronze' - £59.99 inc VAT
Case : Corsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX - £49.99 inc VAT
Memory : Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz - £59.99 inc VAT
SSD : Samsung 120GB SSD 840 SATA 6Gb/s Basic - £89.99 inc VAT
Hard Drive : Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - £56.99 inc VAT

So a total of £756.73 - that would be about 888 euro and also the maximum of my budget. The only reason it could go just a little bit higher is for CPU Cooling (CM Hyper 212 EVO), around ~40-45 euro I'm guessing.

So, let me know what you guys think and feel free to drop any suggestions! Oh and by the way, I'm really thinking of going GTX660, nothing to do with my budget or hardware issues but I had a terrible experience with my current Sapphire HD4870 AMD drivers (always up-to-date). At times, they get so frustrating its not even funny.

Thanks in advance!


If you're in Greece, buying from UK stores won't be of any use. Check the sticky for a store for your country to accurately get local pricing and parts availability. That setup looks pretty good for the most part, your budget will allow you to bump up to a Radeon 7870.
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April 23, 2013 6:37:03 PM

Coldinfected said:
A question I came up with about GPU. I guess it requires someone with extensive knowledge into the GPU section but lets see.

My current GPU option as mentioned above is GIGABYTE WindForce Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5 - £157.20 inc VAT

After reading lots of reviews about different models such as Gigabyte, HIS, XFX, Asus, Sapphire and more, it seems that DirectCU II, Twin Frz and WindForce cooling systems are the best out of everything else, atleast for this particular range of cards. Especially, I've been reading reviews about Gigabyte's WindForce, which is pretty quiet aswell as efficient with temps as low as 60~65' @ full load.
Thing is, I am able to find other models, for example an XFX or PowerColor HD7850 2GB Non OC (also one cooling fan) for around 160 euro but accorrding to my sources, they can get up to 70~75' temps easily. This scares me abit, I'd like my GPU cooling to be as better as possible (stock fans only).
Then again, at around 190-200 euro, you could probably add another 20-25 and pick one HD7870 but yet again with a lesser quality cooling system..

So yeah, I'm abit confused, hard to pick between these freakin' GPU's! Any help is appreciated!


Most. No, all, dual fan coolers will cool better than a single fan and be quieter. But it forces the air into your case whereas a reference designs will push the air out of the case. This shouldn't be a problem for 90% of the people out there (including you). Any graphics card from MSI, ASUS, and Gigabyte, as well as a few other such as Sapphire (highly regarded as the best AMD board partner) makes the best coolers. Can't go wrong with any of these guys.
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