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August 9, 2013 6:12:57 PM

Howdy folks!

Im not a computer wiz but Ive been looking up alot of videos about building pc's and thinking of building one towards the end of the year to move over to do PC gaming.

So here's what Ive got Listed Currently -

Cpu - I5-3570k Quad-Core
Gpu - Asus Geforce GTX 660Ti 2gb Card
Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V LX
RAM - Corsair Vengance 8gb (2x4gb)
HDD - Western Digital 1TB
Psu - Corsair CX500W
Case - NZXT Phantom Enthusiast

Cpu Cooling - Currently not decided. Looking at Noctua currently for roughly around £50.

Let me know what you guys think! ^.^

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August 9, 2013 6:33:49 PM

Not bad...

Make sure you get a 64-bit OS. With a 32-bit OS you can't use 8GB of RAM.

Maybe a cheaper cooler, since you're not into overclocking.

Maybe a 2TB WD Black, because it's faster than the WD 1TB.

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August 10, 2013 10:42:18 AM

I dont plan to overclock no, not yet at least not while it is needed as Im sure this system should run everything I want on High (WoW,Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2 - Steam and Next Gen Games) Im curious on how games like Metro will run since I hear its a System Hog but Im sure it will fine enough ^.^

Right Il get the 64bit OS then. Wasnt sure on what the difference is (If im honest)
What cooler would you recommend in that case?
Reason I chosen the 1TB as Im sure it will be enough, i can always get External Harddrives, I thought they were all the same 7200rpm no?
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August 10, 2013 11:28:19 AM

--> Get the 760 instead of the 660 Ti
--> You might need a PSU with more wattage if you are going to overclock.
--> If you are not overclocking then you might want to consider the LGA 1150 socket as it has better performance at stock speeds.

So these are the changes you should make.

Also what is your overall budget for the complete build. We might be able to improve it.
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August 10, 2013 4:01:09 PM

Alright after looking at the changes with the 660ti and 760 for £20 more (At least from Amazon) does look more better. However Im looking at the EVGA card rather than the Asus. Should I really be going for the dual fans?

I have seen that the minimum psu is 500w with this GPU so Im considering hitting up with a Corsair CX600 for something extra.

I dont plan to overclock no. Ive only heard bad stories from overclocking so I wont be.. At least not any time soon ^.^ Either way I reckon at stock speeds this thing should still be a beast compared to the I2 Quad core Im currently running on. Like 4yrs old I believe heh..

With the mention of the LGA socket Ive changed that to a Gigabyte B85-HD3 Motherboard. Cheaper too =D

As for my budget.. Well currently my build comes up to £850.95 (Prices taken from amazon, Including OS and Rough price for a CPU Cooler) I preferably dont wont to take it much further than that if Im honest.
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August 10, 2013 7:41:48 PM

Well.. for that much money, you can get a beast gaming PC with a Nvidia 770. Take a look at this build. The only thing out of Amazon is the Operating System since it was not available on Amazon. So this is the beast for the same price as you are investing :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£175.70 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£70.68 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.29 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£337.37 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£60.06 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£51.41 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.94 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £868.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-11 03:40 BST+0100)

Also if you do not want to stick to Amazon, then you can get even better build for about the same price.
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August 10, 2013 7:50:48 PM

Also if you have no problem getting parts from multiple dealers, this this build should be better for about the same price :

+ 650W 80 Plus Gold PSU by XFX (a well known PSU maker)
+ H87 board (better than the B85 boards)
+ High clocked Video Card (significantly performance boost)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.97 @ Dabs)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£318.50 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£60.06 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£84.30 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.59 @ Aria PC)
Total: £857.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-11 03:48 BST+0100)

So, if you do not have problem going multiple dealers then this build should serve you better.
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August 11, 2013 1:04:27 PM

Alright Ive taken a look at your build and its nice, very nice indeed ^.^ Ive swapped a few things around with my build judging from yours, swapping round the Motherboard, Gpu, Case and Processor.

Looking like this -
CPU - I5-4670
GPU - EVGA 760 2gb
Motherboard - Asrock H87 Pro4 ATX
RAM - Corsair Vengance RAM 8gb
HDD - 1tb Western Digital
PSU - Corsair 600w
Case - Corsair Carbide Series 300r
Optical Drive - Samsung DVD Drive
OS - Windows 7 64bit (Same price as Windows 8 but I prefer it ^.^)
Cpu cooling - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo.

The build comes to £773.13 which isnt bad. I would Upgrade to the 770 card but I think the 760 will do me for now. Best thing about PC, can always upgrade later ^.^ but with the money I save I can pick up a new game or 2 and test this bad boy out!

Thanks for the replies and any other suggestions on this build would be dandy! Only thing Im curious about will everything fit in this new case and do I have enough wattage to sustain everything?
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August 15, 2013 6:28:05 AM

Okay, so for your budget and needs this is the best build I came up with.

+ Micro ATX Case, the one you wanted
+ i5 4670 is an awesome CPU
+ 7970 is still a beast card that is on the same level as the Nvidia 770
+ Motherboard is crossfire capable, so if you ever plan to crossfire in the future then go for at least a 750W PSU. I am giving that as option to you. It is optional.

- The only con is that you cannot overclock, but for this budget you should better not because then you would have to compromise with graphics performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.26 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.80 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£265.55 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£81.96 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.86 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.94 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £802.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 14:25 BST+0100)

I hope this helps. Is there anything else I can help you in?
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August 15, 2013 4:22:17 PM

That build rocks! Much more better ^.^ Thank you very much for having the time and patience to answer my nooby questions! As for anything else? I think im good till I plan to do Multi-monitor but thats not for a few years to come when Im settled with pc gaming so I think Im good! Thanks again!
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