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Is my build okay before I commit to buy? (Budget ~ £2500)

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May 16, 2013 6:01:36 AM
May 16, 2013 6:13:42 AM

Yeah, looks great!
May 16, 2013 6:14:16 AM

Yeah looks great!


Edit: Sorry, posted twice
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May 16, 2013 6:16:33 AM

AMD is not the way to go at this price, nor is the HD7990. This build will perform better and cost less, also you get a 144Hz monitor which will look fantastic.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£242.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.95 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£154.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£99.70 @ Dabs)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£173.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£343.30 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£343.30 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case (£143.27 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (£276.50 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £2029.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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May 16, 2013 6:23:51 AM

Here is my recommendation, I believe it will be much more effective

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£242.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£89.98 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£305.04 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£97.59 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£173.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.25 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (£854.60 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case (£109.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.55 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Total: £2011.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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May 16, 2013 6:32:32 AM

Thank you all for the replies, I'm just looking throug your suggested builds now :) 

It seems you both suggest Intel over AMD. What are the main reasons for this, as the 4.0GHz AMD is both faster and £80 cheaper than the 3.5GHz intel one you provided?

I also notice you both suggest having 2x8GB RAM as opposed to 4x8GB. Is there a main reason for this?
May 16, 2013 6:33:57 AM

MXA92 said:
It seems you both suggest Intel over AMD. What are the main reasons for this, as the 4.0GHz AMD is both faster and £80 cheaper than the 3.5GHz intel one you provided?

I also notice you both suggest having 2x8GB RAM as opposed to 4x8GB. Is there a main reason for this?


32GB Ram is overkill
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May 16, 2013 6:46:37 AM

MXA92 said:
Thank you all for the replies, I'm just looking throug your suggested builds now :) 

It seems you both suggest Intel over AMD. What are the main reasons for this, as the 4.0GHz AMD is both faster and £80 cheaper than the 3.5GHz intel one you provided?

I also notice you both suggest having 2x8GB RAM as opposed to 4x8GB. Is there a main reason for this?


Intel outperforms AMD, and that clock speed is irrelevant. With your budget, you should be going with Intel.

You do not need 32GB of 2400Mhz RAM. 16GB is more than enough and you won't see any performance gains by getting super fast RAM.
May 16, 2013 8:05:41 AM

based on your wants and budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£242.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£128.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£230.99 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£97.59 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Plextor M5M 64GB mSATA Solid State Disk (£63.50 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£173.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£84.98 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£348.97 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£348.97 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT H630 ATX Full Tower Case (£142.55 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£188.18 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £2182.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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But really for gaming and coding, this is all you need:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£105.03 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.77 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£149.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.98 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£348.97 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT H630 ATX Full Tower Case (£142.55 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£60.97 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1232.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-16 16:06 BST+0100)
May 16, 2013 8:13:12 AM

Transmaniacon said:
AMD is not the way to go at this price, nor is the HD7990. This build will perform better and cost less, also you get a 144Hz monitor which will look fantastic.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£242.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.95 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£154.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£99.70 @ Dabs)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£173.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£343.30 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£343.30 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case (£143.27 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (£276.50 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £2029.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-16 14:15 BST+0100)


I suggest going with this one.
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