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£1000 Build, just looking for some opinions/advice before I buy.

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July 19, 2013 9:44:48 AM

Hello again, I came here about a month ago with a similar question but wasn't quite sure what I was talking about, I just needed a new PC to replace my Dell XPS 17 which has not coped well with a desert weather of the UK right now.

You gave some good advice, I took it in and decided I didn't know enough about hardware anymore to be confident in a build. I've now done a month of research and think I have a new, better build which will prove more future-proof and upgradeable.

I'd very much appreciate it if you could look over my build and give me the green light to buy, or warn me of any mistakes I may have made, or things I may have overlooked.

The Build:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1ik58

Approximate Purchase Date: No deadline, but the sooner the better.

Budget Range: ~£1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

1. Gaming
2. CAD work
3. Browsing

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: Yorkshire, good ol' Blighty

Overclocking: Yes, in time.

Your Monitor Resolution: 2x 1920x1080

Future Plans: My plan is to upgrade the CPU cooler to something more substantial like a H100i before Over-Clocking, the EVO will just be used as a temporary unit until I get my Student Scholarship moneyz :p 

I'd appreciate, any and all opinions.

I'd also like to hear any changes you would potentially make to the build, trying to keep the budget roughly £1000.

Thanks guys!

TL;DR: Would you mind looking at my build to give me the confidence to spend £1000 :p 
July 19, 2013 9:53:29 AM

Well I would never plan a rig around being "future proof", that just doesn't happen. And over paying for a part simply means that you overpaid for a part. That won't make a rig completely future proof.

I would do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£41.38 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£141.16 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£76.96 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£343.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case (£86.62 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£77.69 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.87 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1008.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-19 17:52 BST+0100)

If you're a student chances are your university will have the Windows OS for super cheap so you can get it through them.
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July 19, 2013 10:00:24 AM

Good system i would only change the psu in a seasonic 620 w
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July 19, 2013 10:39:36 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Well I would never plan a rig around being "future proof", that just doesn't happen. And over paying for a part simply means that you overpaid for a part. That won't make a rig completely future proof.

I would do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£41.38 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£141.16 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£76.96 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£343.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case (£86.62 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£77.69 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.87 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1008.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-19 17:52 BST+0100)

If you're a student chances are your university will have the Windows OS for super cheap so you can get it through them.


When I say "future proofing" I simply mean that I chose parts from the latest component lines (GTX 7** series, Haswell CPU) in the hopes that they would have the longest company support :p 

I had the idea to buy a 760 now, then buy another and run in SLI when I felt the need for more power! Not sure on the power-cost efficiency of this set-up though. I'm just intimidated by the cost of the 770.

Just a few questions on your build:

1. I see alot of people suggesting the Asrock Extreme 4 and 6 MOBOs quite frequently, its only £20 cheaper than the Hero and from what i've gathered the Hero is definatly a better board. Just wondering why you prefer the Asrock?

2. I know Haswells run quite hot, do you not think the Evo is sufficient to keep it cool?

3. I see you didn't include an SSD in your build, why may I ask?

Thanks for your responce btw :) 

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July 19, 2013 10:52:55 AM

Neusbotje said:
Good system i would only change the psu in a seasonic 620 w
Gr neus


What is wrong with OCZ? I heard some good reviews, only negative I heard about was the stiff cables.

Thanks for the reply :) 
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July 19, 2013 10:54:47 AM

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When I say "future proofing" I simply mean that I chose parts from the latest component lines (GTX 7** series, Haswell CPU) in the hopes that they would have the longest company support :p 


Buying the latest hardware you can get will definitely ensure that your system will have a longer lifespan but it still won't be completely future proof. I still have a four year old GTX 470 and it can max out a few games.

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1. I see alot of people suggesting the Asrock Extreme 4 and 6 MOBOs quite frequently, its only £20 cheaper than the Hero and from what i've gathered the Hero is definatly a better board. Just wondering why you prefer the Asrock?


You don't really need to spend a ton of money on a board to get a quality one. There's no such thing as a perfect motherboard but one that's inexpensive will get the job done just as well as one that costs twice as much.

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2. I know Haswells run quite hot, do you not think the Evo is sufficient to keep it cool?


They say that about every generation. I've used Sandy, Ivy and I'm going to be upgrading my work rig to X79 shortly. Even with a 212 my i5-3450 doesn't run hotter than the i3-2120 I used previously - and that's on the same motherboard with the same case and cooling setup, and my 3450 actually runs faster than the stock speeds with turbo boost.

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3. I see you didn't include an SSD in your build, why may I ask?


You don't necessarily have to have one, you can always add one in later. I'd personally prefer to put that money toward getting a better GPU. But if you want one the top of the line right now are the OCZ Vector and Samsung 840 Pro.
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