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July 24, 2013 1:34:51 AM

What do you thing the best budget is for building a decent high performance, fast as lightning PC?
With capabilities for Gaming, Watching Movies etc?

I'm currently spending £1,450.00 GBP ($2,230 USD)
Im spending that on this;
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DayleMcNeela/saved/1Z4Y
Plus a few other components such as another HDD, Screen and an UPS system.

I also should mention, I am using the HX650 Modular PSU and Im not using Corsairs fans, Im using Bgears B-Blaster 120/140mm (103CFM) with fan controller

All comments are most welome

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July 24, 2013 1:39:26 AM

I would suggest a Samsung 840 Pro SSD instead of your Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
And a Zotac GTX 760 AMP! Edition instead of the ASUS one.
Do you plan to liquid cool your whole system?
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July 24, 2013 1:47:10 AM

Szynergy said:
I would suggest a Samsung 840 Pro SSD instead of your Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
And a Zotac GTX 760 AMP! Edition instead of the ASUS one.
Do you plan to liquid cool your whole system?


Many I ask why you suggest the Samsung 840? what's the difference for an extra £30 ($46)
Also, why the Zotac against my PNY? I understand it may look better, but performance wise, (trying to keep costs as low as possible) is it worth the extra £20 ($30)? also, if I did go for the Zotac, can the fans be replaced? I hate the look of those orange fans.

I do not plan to Liquid cool my whole rig.
Ill be using the Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler on my CPU
3 x BGears B-Blaster 120mm Fans (103CFM)
2 x BGears B-Blaster 140mm Fans (103CFM)
1 x 120mm + 2 x 140mm Exhaust
2 x 120mm Intake
Plus the fans integrated into components, (GPU, PSU)
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July 24, 2013 1:54:07 AM

Dayle McNeela said:
Szynergy said:
I would suggest a Samsung 840 Pro SSD instead of your Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
And a Zotac GTX 760 AMP! Edition instead of the ASUS one.
Do you plan to liquid cool your whole system?


Many I ask why you suggest the Samsung 840? what's the difference for an extra £30 ($46)
Also, why the Zotac against my PNY? I understand it may look better, but performance wise, (trying to keep costs as low as possible) is it worth the extra £20 ($30)? also, if I did go for the Zotac, can the fans be replaced? I hate the look of those orange fans.

I do not plan to Liquid cool my whole rig.
Ill be using the Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler on my CPU
3 x BGears B-Blaster 120mm Fans (103CFM)
2 x BGears B-Blaster 140mm Fans (103CFM)
1 x 120mm + 2 x 140mm Exhaust
2 x 120mm Intake
Plus the fans integrated into components, (GPU, PSU)


The 840 Pro is one of the fastest SSDs on the market right now.
For the GPU, I thought +50 mHz of clockrate would benefit you. You do not need to worry about the look, you won´t see your card when it is in your PC, so you won´t see the orange fan, except you have a side-window to look in there. Even if you have a window, the fan will face the ground and will not see the orange.
I wondered why you would only cool your CPU with liquid, a liquid cooled GPU* would be a lot more powerful.
[EDIT: *liquid cooled means lower temperature, results in higher performance
Is your Budget 1,450.00£?]
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July 24, 2013 2:21:55 AM

Szynergy said:
Dayle McNeela said:
Szynergy said:
I would suggest a Samsung 840 Pro SSD instead of your Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
And a Zotac GTX 760 AMP! Edition instead of the ASUS one.
Do you plan to liquid cool your whole system?


Many I ask why you suggest the Samsung 840? what's the difference for an extra £30 ($46)
Also, why the Zotac against my PNY? I understand it may look better, but performance wise, (trying to keep costs as low as possible) is it worth the extra £20 ($30)? also, if I did go for the Zotac, can the fans be replaced? I hate the look of those orange fans.

I do not plan to Liquid cool my whole rig.
Ill be using the Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler on my CPU
3 x BGears B-Blaster 120mm Fans (103CFM)
2 x BGears B-Blaster 140mm Fans (103CFM)
1 x 120mm + 2 x 140mm Exhaust
2 x 120mm Intake
Plus the fans integrated into components, (GPU, PSU)


The 840 Pro is one of the fastest SSDs on the market right now.
For the GPU, I thought +50 mHz of clockrate would benefit you. You do not need to worry about the look, you won´t see your card when it is in your PC, so you won´t see the orange fan, except you have a side-window to look in there. Even if you have a window, the fan will face the ground and will not see the orange.
I wondered why you would only cool your CPU with liquid, a liquid cooled GPU* would be a lot more powerful.
[EDIT: *liquid cooled means lower temperature, results in higher performance
Is your Budget 1,450.00£?]


Oh right... Ill have to look into that and determine whether its worth the extra £30 ($45)
I will be using the Corsair Obsidian Series 350D which has a giant side window...
Although I might not see the orange, are the fans replaceable?
In regards to cooling, I only thought about liquid cooling the CPU becase ill be overclocking... surely my 6 fan total + 2 fans on the GPU should be sufficient? If not, can you recommend a liquid cooler for my whole system? NOT WATER COOLING (MUST BE PRE-FILLED AND NO MAINTENANCE (needing refill etc)
I do not have a budget, providing money is spent well and not wasted...
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July 24, 2013 2:33:59 AM

Dayle McNeela said:
Although I might not see the orange, are the fans replaceable?

They might be, but if you want to do that, you may ask someone who is experienced in doing that.
Dayle McNeela said:
surely my 6 fan total + 2 fans on the GPU should be sufficient?

Sure they might be sufficient, but if you plan to max out everything, liquid would be my choice
Dayle McNeela said:
can you recommend a liquid cooler for my whole system?

However I am not able to recommend a liquid cooler for your whole system, for that purpose you have to ask someone else.
I hope I was able to help you! Even If I raised more questions than I answered ;) 
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July 24, 2013 2:48:21 AM

Wait.. Wait.. For 1500 Pounds why are you going for an older generation CPU when you can go for the newer generation CPU. Also why are you going with the 760 when you can easily fit in a 780 without compromising on the quality of the build. So for that price, this is the best build 1500 pounds can build and believe me, it is a beast :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£22.85 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£113.84 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.98 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.58 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£505.50 @ Dabs)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£14.99 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£92.99 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£113.75 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.87 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor (£143.09 @ Scan.co.uk)
Speakers: Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 28W 2ch Speakers (£52.97 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1500.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 10:46 BST+0100)

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July 24, 2013 3:05:14 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Wait.. Wait.. For 1500 Pounds why are you going for an older generation CPU when you can go for the newer generation CPU. Also why are you going with the 760 when you can easily fit in a 780 without compromising on the quality of the build. So for that price, this is the best build 1500 pounds can build and believe me, it is a beast :

What is wrong with a Ivy-Bridge CPU? The Haswell isn´t even far better, it is just an improvement of the HD Graphics and a little bit of Performance.
I agree with the GPU, but the 3570k w/ liquid cooler will do as well as the 4670k.
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July 24, 2013 3:09:11 AM

Szynergy said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
Wait.. Wait.. For 1500 Pounds why are you going for an older generation CPU when you can go for the newer generation CPU. Also why are you going with the 760 when you can easily fit in a 780 without compromising on the quality of the build. So for that price, this is the best build 1500 pounds can build and believe me, it is a beast :

What is wrong with a Ivy-Bridge CPU? The Haswell isn´t even far better, it is just an improvement of the HD Graphics and a little bit of Performance.
I agree with the GPU, but the 3570k w/ liquid cooler will do as well as the 4670k.


I prefer the newer socket, get an older one if he likes. I see no problem with that. It is his choice after all. I would personally go with a newer socket as it adds upgrade space if ever needed in the future. It is not bad recommending someone a newer socket. Is it? I would personally go for the newer socket that is why I suggested him the same.

It is his build after all, he can make the changes that he likes. It is build after all.
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July 24, 2013 3:14:47 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Szynergy said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
Wait.. Wait.. For 1500 Pounds why are you going for an older generation CPU when you can go for the newer generation CPU. Also why are you going with the 760 when you can easily fit in a 780 without compromising on the quality of the build. So for that price, this is the best build 1500 pounds can build and believe me, it is a beast :

What is wrong with a Ivy-Bridge CPU? The Haswell isn´t even far better, it is just an improvement of the HD Graphics and a little bit of Performance.
I agree with the GPU, but the 3570k w/ liquid cooler will do as well as the 4670k.


I prefer the newer socket, get an older one if he likes. I see no problem with that. It is his choice after all. I would personally go with a newer socket as it adds upgrade space if ever needed in the future. It is not bad recommending someone a newer socket. Is it? I would personally go for the newer socket that is why I suggested him the same.

It is his build after all, he can make the changes that he likes. It is build after all.


It is his build, for sure!
but you didn´t get my point.
I think that he can get a 3rd Gen. core and wait for the 5th Gen. (Broadwell) If Broadwell uses LGA 1550, like Haswell did, he should get a Haswell, because then he doesn´t need to upgrade his Mobo and RAM.
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July 24, 2013 3:27:07 AM

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July 24, 2013 3:28:08 AM

I am struggling to understand where all your money has gone, if you have a budget of ~£1500 why is there no i7 and no 770 [at least]
I have a smaller budget (£1100) yet I am able to build something that will perform better than yours. I suggest you rethink your component priorities and don't go crazy with the cash just because you can. If you find the 770 too much for a graphics card get the 670 -which is (in performance terms) better than the 760 but not quite as good as the 770.
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July 24, 2013 3:29:27 AM

Zynch said:
I am struggling to understand where all your money has gone, if you have a budget of ~£1500 why is there no i7 and no 770 [at least]
I have a smaller budget (£1100) yet I am able to build something that will perform better than yours. I suggest you rethink your component priorities and don't go crazy with the cash just because you can. If you find the 770 too much for a graphics card get the 670 -which is (in performance terms) better than the 670 but not quite as good as the 770.

He has his Monitor and OS included as well as Speakers
In his original build he got 1.300£
In Sangeet Khatri's build it was 1.500£ (higher price because of the 780)
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July 24, 2013 3:46:22 AM

Szynergy said:
Zynch said:
I am struggling to understand where all your money has gone, if you have a budget of ~£1500 why is there no i7 and no 770 [at least]
I have a smaller budget (£1100) yet I am able to build something that will perform better than yours. I suggest you rethink your component priorities and don't go crazy with the cash just because you can. If you find the 770 too much for a graphics card get the 670 -which is (in performance terms) better than the 670 but not quite as good as the 770.

He has his Monitor and OS included as well as Speakers
In his original build he got 1.300£
In Sangeet Khatri's build it was 1.500£ (higher price because of the 780)


Haynes - Build your own computer hard back (£14.07)
Case - Corsair Obsidian Series 350D (windowed) (£92.56)
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-M (£88.14)
CPU - Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core (£167.99)
SSD - Crucial M4 SATAIII 128gb (£82.97)
RAM - Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 4GB) (£59.76)
PSU - Corsair HX650Modular PSU (£94.98)
CPU Cooler - Corsair H60 2013 Liquid Cooler (£59.79)
GPU - PNY GeForce GTX760 2GB (£206.11)
Fan Controller - Akasa FC6 Brush Aluminium 6channel (£24.95)
Wireless LAN - TP-Link TL-WN851N (£13.49)
Keyboard/Mouse - Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 (£20.97)
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium (£54.99)
HDD - Seagate Barracudda 2TB (£53.99)
Speakers - Creative Gigaworks t40 series II (£54.99)
Monitor - LG IPS224v 22" (£99.99)
Cooling Fans - 3 x bgears B-Blaster 120mm (£41.94)
Cooling Fans - 2 x " 140mm (£17.85)
UPS - Riello Dialog Vision 1100va (£200.00)
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July 24, 2013 5:34:17 AM

Zynch said:
I am struggling to understand where all your money has gone, if you have a budget of ~£1500 why is there no i7 and no 770 [at least]
I have a smaller budget (£1100) yet I am able to build something that will perform better than yours. I suggest you rethink your component priorities and don't go crazy with the cash just because you can. If you find the 770 too much for a graphics card get the 670 -which is (in performance terms) better than the 760 but not quite as good as the 770.


Please specify your build, and suggest why you think it will perform better?
And btw, excluding the keyboard, mouse, OS, Speakers, Monitor and UPS... my budget is £1,080.00
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July 24, 2013 6:00:25 AM

Dayle McNeela said:

Please specify your build, and suggest why you think it will perform better?
And btw, excluding the keyboard, mouse, OS, Speakers, Monitor and UPS... my budget is £1,080.00


I took your default build, did my changes and this came out:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k712
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k712/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k712/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£60.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£145.94 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.66 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£343.98 @ Scan.co.uk) (EVGA, NOT Orange ;) )
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN851ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£13.49 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£82.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBET DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.00 @ Ebuyer)
Speakers: Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 28W 2ch Speakers (£54.99 @ Dabs)
Other: Riello Dialog Vision 1100va UPS (£219.99)
Total: £1547.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 13:59 BST+0100)

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July 24, 2013 6:10:16 AM

Szynergy said:
Dayle McNeela said:

Please specify your build, and suggest why you think it will perform better?
And btw, excluding the keyboard, mouse, OS, Speakers, Monitor and UPS... my budget is £1,080.00


I took your default build, did my changes and this came out:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k712
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k712/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k712/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£60.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£145.94 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.66 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£343.98 @ Scan.co.uk) (EVGA, NOT Orange ;) )
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN851ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£13.49 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£82.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBET DVD/CD Writer (£11.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£104.00 @ Ebuyer)
Speakers: Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 28W 2ch Speakers (£54.99 @ Dabs)
Other: Riello Dialog Vision 1100va UPS (£219.99)
Total: £1547.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 13:59 BST+0100)



Ill be using the Samsung 840 PRO series... (128gb)
Will be using EVGA 760
already got the Corsair 350D
Dont need an optical drive
also, ive choose the TP-Link WN951nd instead (newer version)
plus if you shop around, you can get a lot of that cheaper :) 
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July 24, 2013 7:02:01 AM

Dayle McNeela said:

plus if you shop around, you can get a lot of that cheaper :) 


Yeah, I used pcpartpicker for my own pc too, but bought the parts from other stores then the one on pcpartpicker!
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July 24, 2013 11:24:07 AM

*sorry, forgot you were paying for windows, I hadn't added that into my build, none the less here it is;
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k6fK
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k6fK/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1k6fK/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£87.98 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus GRYPHON Z87 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£123.66 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£339.00 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£26.96 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans (£21.20 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£59.27 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.87 @ Aria PC)
Other: Corsair 350D window (£95.00)
Total: £1047.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 19:21 BST+0100)
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