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Proposed build; looking for feedback & have a couple of questions

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June 27, 2013 1:41:16 PM

Parts list as of now:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core IvyBridge
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-...

GPU: Palit GeForce GTX 760 JetStream 2GB
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-palit-gtx-760-jetstr...(x16)-6200mhz-gddr5-gpu-1072mhz-boost-1137mhz-cores-1152-dv

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H USB 3.0 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77-d3h-usb-...

PSU: Corsair CP-9020048-UK Builder Series CX 600W
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/600w-corsair-builder-ser...
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Seasonic Bronze S12II-520 520W
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/520w-seasonic-bronze-s12...

RAM: Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-ddr3-xms3-classic-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v

HDD: Seagate 2TB SATA III
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-seagate-st2000dm001-...

Plus windows 7 which I may or may not be able to get for free as a student, if I can then the build price as it stands is at about £500

Additional info

Approximate Purchase Date:
Possibly but not definitely the end of July or August

Budget Range:
£600 (but £500 much more preferably)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming (likely including the occulus rift in future so 60fps in more games is preferred, and I'm not fussed with turning off AA), 3D work (rendering, 3D viewing, etc. Although this wouldn't need too much power since I mostly do game stuff now and nothing too demanding otherwise), photo editing and very occasional video editing, general use...

Parts Not Required:
Case (got this w/ 3x 120mm fans: http://www.ebuyer.com/343262-cit-vantage-gaming-case-bl...), optical drives, peripherals and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
scan.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk, ebuyer.com

Country:
UK

Parts Preferences:
Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking:
Maybe but I've never done this before

SLI or Crossfire:
Maybe, but I've never done this before either

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


Additional Comments: Is this a good time to buy? And... I've forgotten the other question :S Will try to remember what it was though...
June 27, 2013 2:07:04 PM

You would probably be better off with 8GB of memory. I would choose the seasonic over the corsair.

You will absolutely want an aftermarket CPU cooler if you intend to overclock. Something like the Cooler Master Hyper EVO 212 or better.

If you don't intend to overclock downgrade to an i5-3570 or i5 3470 and switch to an H77 chipset.
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June 27, 2013 2:08:09 PM

From one student to another, you'll want to use this:-
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/
Shows all the cheapest prices for components, which is great for people like us who lack money. :lol: 
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June 27, 2013 2:15:43 PM

Nice, great replies, thanks :D  It's been years since I did a build so I need all the help I can get XD I'll go for that PSU then, seems to be very efficient and just over what I need. And thanks for the heatsink recommendation, totally forgot about that bit til after I posted (my knowledge is very out of date in that area). Gonna look into this chipset now too.

And thanks for that link, gonna check out that site now.

Also, why 8gb of memory? I thought that was still only the domain of insanely intensive programs like video editing suites (I do nothing major in that sense) but honestly I wouldn't know why you'd need more than 4?
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June 27, 2013 2:16:56 PM

8gb is recommend for some games now (Crysis 3 for example), so 8gb is becoming pretty mainstream for gamers. :p 
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June 27, 2013 2:31:21 PM

Crikey, didn't think the day would come so fast, only 4 years ago was 2gb more than you needed for anything! XD Thanks for the heads up.

Also that's a really dam cool site there, shows incompatibilities too which is nice, although in same cases I've found way cheaper parts XD But mostly tip top
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June 27, 2013 2:34:17 PM

I know, it's mad! But no worries :p 

And aiye, it does lack some data from certain sites sometimes, but it's generally a superb tool, saved me a lot of money :p 
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June 27, 2013 2:35:55 PM

It did say that current mobo isnt rated for the RAM voltage (1.5 to 1.65), that a big deal?
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June 27, 2013 2:38:32 PM

That is a big deal potentially.

Most RAM nowadays uses 1.5V, although many use 1.65V.

You can get RAM modules that use less (such as 1.45V), but they are often (but not always) on the higher end of the CAS scale (10 to 11), or operate at a lower speed. Ideally, you want to be getting 8gb (2x4gb sticks) @ 1600mhz and CAS 9 - 1.5V if possible.
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June 27, 2013 2:44:18 PM

It is best to pick memory, or very similiar memory, from the qualified vendor list for the motherboard you are looking at.

You would probably be fine putting 1.65 volt ram in most motherboards, but it may be unstable trying to get to is rated speed. 1.5V memory is already validated to run its rated speed at the lower voltage so it is the better choice. Then you can try pumping 1.6 volts through it for overclocking if you have to. With 1.65 volt memory you are already at the top of what most boards will supply.

But for non-overclocking, just grab 1.5v at the speed you want to go.
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June 27, 2013 2:59:55 PM

Sounds good to me, I'm not too fussed to be honest, as long as the timings, size and speed are up to spec (and its DDR3!).

But something about buying a build in the next couple months is itching at me but I can't think what
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June 27, 2013 3:02:16 PM

Itching at you, you claim?

I can't think of what that might be either... :p 
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June 27, 2013 3:22:12 PM

Probably just my lack of a social life really XD I wish i could plug a keyboard/mouse into that there window.... bugger it, who needs friends when you got a GTX 760! :D 
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June 27, 2013 3:26:49 PM

Not me, that's for sure :lol: 

...although I have a 7950 - same theory applies, however.

Although, that being said, a PC doesn't quite match up to freshers week. :p 
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June 27, 2013 3:37:51 PM

I never have any idea where they're going on (although I can get a student discount card I never actually went to uni, it's more of a technicality thing XD)
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