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Help with new high performance PC build please! (first time building a PC)

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August 24, 2013 11:09:41 AM

I'll be using this for modelling/normal desk work and maybe the odd gaming. I'm not looking to upgrade for the (many) years.

I can't decide on a GPU or a case, I'm still not decided on the processor, also, any tips on my current build I'll change it.

Intel i5 3570k
SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 64GB SATA 6GB/s 2.5 Inch Internal SSD (cheapest SSD)
Western Digital 1TB internal Hard Drive
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)
LG GH24NS90.AUAA50B 24x SATA Bare Internal DVD
Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 PLUS

GPU - looking for a high quality one, would GTX 660 TI be good? I've been looking at that, obviously cheaper ones just a bit worse would do too.

Case - Not too flashy, just a nice case with room that keeps the system running cool - don't want overheating issues!

Should I get AMD FX 6300? It's so much cheaper, but I heard Intel is a lot faster for general (non gaming) purposes too.

Will these parts generate a lot of heat? My room is small, don't want it turning into a sauna!

What are good UK sites to purchase these? Or stores? Amazon UK is more expensive it seems for parts than Amazon USA.

Thanks! :) 

Strictly I'd like to keep this below £600, (as cheap as possible really) but won't compromise on quality because I'd rather not buy something I don't like.

EDIT: Thanks for the reply, I heard AMD/Radeon use more power and are more noise than their counterparts, this is my main concern, so could anyone clear that up?

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August 24, 2013 11:21:36 AM

I think for GPU I'd go AMD. You're on a somewhat lower budget and they really excel there. For a single-GPU setup I find it hard to recommend nvidia, and that comes from an nvidia owner. I'd go with a radeon 7870/7950 if your budget permits. They have great value and come with free games. That being said, if you can afford the 7950/660Ti with an i5, get an FX-6300 and a radeon 7970. The FX is perfectly capable for gaming and in non gaming tasks it comes close to the i5 when stuff is multithreaded, while the FX-83xx approach the i7 in multithreaded performance. In fact, the FX-8320 is also a great option, especially for OCers. It costs less then i5s too. As for heat you should be fine, but you should get an aftermarket cooler for your CPU. That will help a lot and is a must for OCing. Going back to CPUs again, if this is primarily modeling then go FX-8350. It nearly matches i7s in multithreaded programs and easily beats the i5s for $130 less in Canada and the US, probably a similarly big difference in the UK. Its really amazing value for non-gaming.
August 24, 2013 11:34:30 AM

Newbiez123 said:
I'll be using this for modelling/normal desk work and maybe the odd gaming. I'm not looking to upgrade for the (many) years.

Then Id start by not investing in end of life components like the 3570k which wont go in ya AMD MoBo BTW

I don’t think there’s any compelling reason to move from an Ivy Bridge or even a Sandy Bridge based system to a Haswell system– there simply isn’t enough performance and feature differential to justify it. On the other hand, if you’re building a new rig from scratch, there’s little point in investing in end-of-life platforms, so going Haswell/Z87 makes sense.

If ya system budget under $850, Id build AMD .... above that id do Intel.....3D Modeling greatly favors GeForce cards