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August 12, 2013 6:09:06 AM

So I've been mucking about with the parts for my first-build and I think I've finally settled on this set-up PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£186.63 @ Ebuyer)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.24 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£156.96 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£69.90 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£63.03 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card (£99.95 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£60.06 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£40.11 @ Amazon UK)
Other: Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9 Performance Desktop Memory Kit (£54.98)
Total: £755.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 14:01 BST+0100)

The GPU is underpowered I know but I won't be doing anything that graphically intensive, it's really only a bit of casual gaming here and there and toning down the settings a little is perfectly ok compromise for me. I'm just checking there are no compatability issues and trying to get the best price for all the components, looking to order before the end of the week
August 12, 2013 6:24:45 AM

Robino said:
So I've been mucking about with the parts for my first-build and I think I've finally settled on this set-up PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£186.63 @ Ebuyer)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.24 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£156.96 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£69.90 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£63.03 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card (£99.95 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£60.06 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£40.11 @ Amazon UK)
Other: Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9 Performance Desktop Memory Kit (£54.98)
Total: £755.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 14:01 BST+0100)

The GPU is underpowered I know but I won't be doing anything that graphically intensive, it's really only a bit of asual gaming here and there and toning down the settings a little is perfectly ok compromise for me. I'm just checking there are no compatability issues and trying to get the best price for all the components, looking to order before the end of the week


As I was reading I was like wow, he has a very low GPU, but then I read your comment lol.

Honestly, you could probably lower your motherboard a bit. As long as it's running z87 you should be ok. Unless there's something on that board that you want.

Also I would go with a little better power supply than Corsair's CXseries. Heard some issues about the CX series. Try like higher Corsair series or OCZ or something with a single rail.

EDIT: I'd probably go with a quicker SSD, possibly Samsung 840 or one of these OCZ Vector4's. The new Intels are very quick along with the Corsairs too.
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August 12, 2013 7:52:58 AM

hmm I'm now thinking to maybe go for the AMD FX8350 instead cheaper CPU get a cheaper mobo and then buy a faster SSD and a better powersupply otherwise I think it's just gonna get too expensive
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August 12, 2013 8:10:42 AM

That cx430 is an amazing unit. It is actually a seasonic re-branded and will run this system no problem. People routinely use them to run much higher end cards like gtx660s.

It is the one cx line PSU that isn't cheaply made.
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August 13, 2013 8:24:36 AM

haynesr07 said:


As I was reading I was like wow, he has a very low GPU, but then I read your comment lol.

Honestly, you could probably lower your motherboard a bit. As long as it's running z87 you should be ok. Unless there's something on that board that you want.

Also I would go with a little better power supply than Corsair's CXseries. Heard some issues about the CX series. Try like higher Corsair series or OCZ or something with a single rail.

EDIT: I'd probably go with a quicker SSD, possibly Samsung 840 or one of these OCZ Vector4's. The new Intels are very quick along with the Corsairs too.


I'm not buying into the idea that there is anything wrong with the cx series and since I'm gonna running under 300W I think it'll be fine. I'm also pretty sure that single/multi rail makes asolutely no difference in low power set ups.

the mobo might be a bit excessive but it has good audio and built in wifi and some other cool features, I think I'm probably going to upgrade in a year or two but I'd like to keep the same motherboard and cpu hence spending more on those. I'll buy a second better SSD in the future but for now that SSD will provide a significantly faster boot time than my current laptop.

tiny voices said:
That cx430 is an amazing unit. It is actually a seasonic re-branded and will run this system no problem. People routinely use them to run much higher end cards like gtx660s.

It is the one cx line PSU that isn't cheaply made.


Yeah I think I'm gonna stick with it!

Very nearly re-did my entire build but did some price comparison and think I'm gonna stick with this order soon!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£186.63 @ Ebuyer)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.24 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£156.96 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£69.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£63.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card (£99.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£60.06 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£38.00)
Other: Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9 Performance Desktop Memory Kit (£54.98)
Total: £754.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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August 13, 2013 10:08:55 AM

tiny voices said:
That cx430 is an amazing unit. It is actually a seasonic re-branded and will run this system no problem. People routinely use them to run much higher end cards like gtx660s.

It is the one cx line PSU that isn't cheaply made.


No it isn't. It's actually made by Channel Well, not Seasonic: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...

No way they could get away with selling a Seasonic unit for $20. :lol: 
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August 14, 2013 5:35:24 AM

Robino said:
haynesr07 said:


As I was reading I was like wow, he has a very low GPU, but then I read your comment lol.

Honestly, you could probably lower your motherboard a bit. As long as it's running z87 you should be ok. Unless there's something on that board that you want.

Also I would go with a little better power supply than Corsair's CXseries. Heard some issues about the CX series. Try like higher Corsair series or OCZ or something with a single rail.

EDIT: I'd probably go with a quicker SSD, possibly Samsung 840 or one of these OCZ Vector4's. The new Intels are very quick along with the Corsairs too.


I'm not buying into the idea that there is anything wrong with the cx series and since I'm gonna running under 300W I think it'll be fine. I'm also pretty sure that single/multi rail makes asolutely no difference in low power set ups.

the mobo might be a bit excessive but it has good audio and built in wifi and some other cool features, I think I'm probably going to upgrade in a year or two but I'd like to keep the same motherboard and cpu hence spending more on those. I'll buy a second better SSD in the future but for now that SSD will provide a significantly faster boot time than my current laptop.


WAT?

Doesn't matter if running low-power or not. Still pretty risky.

lol @ SSD comment, why would you waste double the money? That makes absolutely no sense. And I read a lot of reviews on the CX TX and HX series PSU's. Would NEVER buy a CX series. I'd just buy a Seasonic honestly if I wanted something that low.
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