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September 23, 2013 4:30:28 AM

After about a year of waiting I'm finally about to build my new rig. Sending for the parts in just over a week. My budget is fairly loose, though I want a very solid bang-for-buck build. I can throw another hundred or two at it if it's going to result in better performance for longer, but equally I don't want to spend unnecessary money just for an unnoticeable fps boost.

So if anyone out there has any ideas for how to make this rig better, or thinks I'm spending frivolously somewhere, it'd be great to know. Many thanks for your help.

Here's my current plan:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£113.84 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£65.72 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£164.28 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£74.82 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£196.79 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.99 @ Aria PC)
Case Fan: Xigmatek CLF-F1451 60.5 CFM 140mm Fan (£6.92 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£95.70 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB DVD/CD Writer (£13.21 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.66 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor (£143.09 @ Scan.co.uk)
Mouse: Cooler Master CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Wired Laser Mouse (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1279.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 11:54 BST+0100)


Approximate Purchase Date: October 4th

Budget Range: £1000-£1500, bang-for buck and upragedability is the most important thing.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Audio Recording/Video Editing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: All I already have are speakers and a Sidewinder X4.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: Sheffield, UK

Parts Preferences: Radeon Card for the Never Settle Bundle

Overclocking: In future

SLI or Crossfire: In future

More about : build 1200

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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2013 4:48:20 AM

Everything looks good, only change I would make would be swapping the 7950 for a 7970 for about 36 more. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-hd7970d...

Edit: For Crossfire you would be better off with an 850w PSU. Such as this which happens to save you some money http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850s...

On a side note, when I got my 7970 they were out of Never Settle codes, I suggest contacting the retailer to make sure they have some before buying.
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September 23, 2013 5:50:15 AM

Thanks!

I've gone for the slightly pricier Thermaltake 850w power supply for the sake of the semi-modularity: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-power-suppl...

Good shout on the 7970 too, again I've splashed an extra £7 for the MSI Twin Frozr version: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7970tf3...

Thanks for the advice too on the Never Settle codes - I assumed the codes were packaged inside the box, is that not the way it works?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2013 5:57:23 AM

BiggestMunchkin said:
Thanks!

I've gone for the slightly pricier Thermaltake 850w power supply for the sake of the semi-modularity: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-power-suppl...

Good shout on the 7970 too, again I've splashed an extra £7 for the MSI Twin Frozr version: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7970tf3...

Thanks for the advice too on the Never Settle codes - I assumed the codes were packaged inside the box, is that not the way it works?


I couldn't tell you how it works because mine wasn't included :(  all I know is that its a "while supplies last" deal. But I ordered mine over a month ago from newegg and people have gotten codes since so they must restock.
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