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May 7, 2013 11:51:59 PM

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I5 3470 3.2 Ghz
Evga GTX 650 ti
Zalman 9 case
Corsair vengeance DDR3 1600 8GB (2x4)
Segnate 1TB 7200rpm
SATA 22x DVDRW drive
H61M-VG3Skt 1155 mainboard
Windows 7 home premium (64-bit)
Corsair GS 500w
How does this look?
I heard that some H61 motherboards need a update to go with the ivy bridge. What that about and is it true?

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May 8, 2013 12:06:25 AM
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Hey there,
According to the budget you mentioned £700, I assume you are in UK... So for that budget I actually managed to choose a much better system from the market of UK.

Here is my suggestion for the same price...
(Note1: it will be a massive boost and upgrade over what you are thinking to buy already)
(Note2: I also assume from the pieces you mention, you are not going to overclock the system so the motherboard is choosen accordingly and intel stock cooler is used to stay in the budget)
(Note3: if you are going to overclock the system you can pay like £50 more in total to get an aftermarket cooler (preferably Hyper212Evo and a z77x type overclocker motherboard or similar)
(Note4: if you prefer nvidia gpu's over amd, you can get a gtx660ti for a similar price and similar performance)
(Note5: i managed to squeeze a SSD drive + 1tb hdd)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.95 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.39 @ Dabs)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.39 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.49 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£185.39 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.24 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£74.00 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£10.74 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £712.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 08:03 BST+0100)


update for your question:
yes h61 boards can be used with a firmware update. if you update your bios it matches the ivy bridge (h61 boards matches them already physically)
May 8, 2013 12:24:17 AM

For that price, that system would be amazing I've got to say. The only problem with that is I'm customising the pc in shop near where I live. So I might not get it that. Thanks though I'll price them parts up at that shop and see. Also do you know why all them parts were so cheap.
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May 8, 2013 1:09:59 AM

The components are "cheap" because you'd be buying them from online retailers. The profit margin is far lower there, so you can get your components cheaper than when buying in a local store.
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