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September 23, 2013 5:18:32 AM

Hi guys. I'm kinda new at building a gaming desktop so yea, help me :) .
Here is my list.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£87.59 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£99.05 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£74.27 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.52 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£119.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£119.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.37 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £690.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 13:07 BST+0100)

Yea, I'm going for a 2-way SLI Build :D . My budget is roughly £720.00.
Also, are there problems I might encounter when I buy this?
What more can you suggest?
Questions:

Should I change my CPU?

Should I change my PSU?

I am also planning to do some overclocking. (My mobo is kinda ready for this)
If so, I Should upgrade my ram to 16gb right? And get a K series CPU right?
Specifically, an i5-2500k can handle it, right?

Yea, Loads of question. Please suggest things that can help :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2013 5:27:55 AM

8GB is plenty of ram for gaming. An i5 is currently the best CPU for gaming so if you can afford it I would suggest getting one. I would also say go with a single GTX 760 now (or 7970 for a little more) and keep the option of adding a second card later.
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September 23, 2013 5:28:55 AM

I am not a pro, but I would think that the i3 would definitely bottleneck a lot of your performance.

Maybe go i5 4670, and single GPU GTX 760, or even a 770 if you can afford it, its much better than sli the 650.
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September 23, 2013 5:29:26 AM

Argh Fastgunna.. beat me by a few seconds :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2013 5:35:59 AM

I would also suggest changing the PSU to something like this. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750x... or if you go with a 7970 go for 850w for enough headroom to support 2. Antec, Corsair, Sea sonic, and XFX are generally good, for anything else I highly recommend reading reviews on the individual units and if you can't find a review look for a different PSU.

@Xavier that's why I'm not slowgunna :D 
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September 23, 2013 5:47:20 AM

I see.. Thanks! :D  1 more, Asus GTX 760 or EVGA GTX 760? :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2013 5:53:04 AM

I would go with whichever is cheaper, just make sure its not a reference card (if it only has 1 small fan its a reference card)
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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2013 6:11:06 AM

Tenvis said:
Picked this baby, http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp427...

Also, I checked at eggxpert's tier breakdown for the best-to-worst PSU. Going to check it again


And you picked a reference card lol. Here I'll link you to a non reference.
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx760d...
Just so happens that Asus is cheaper. Here's the cheapest non reference EVGA http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp427...
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September 23, 2013 6:14:30 AM

Spare £133. (Without the CPU)
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September 23, 2013 6:18:59 AM

i5-3350p or i5-3330
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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2013 6:26:33 AM

3350p has a slightly higher clock speed for slightly less and has slightly more reviews so I will suggest it... slightly...

Edit, I almost forgot... it also uses slightly less power
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September 23, 2013 6:32:29 AM

I see what you did there... ;)  Ok then :D  Kinda running slow, Net sucks.
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September 23, 2013 6:32:39 AM

I see what you did there... ;)  Ok then :D  Kinda running slow, Net sucks.
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September 23, 2013 6:45:18 AM

Ok. Now the total cost is, £699.90. Still accepting suggestions :D  Thanks anyways :D 
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September 23, 2013 6:45:18 AM

Ok. Now the total cost is, £699.90. Still accepting suggestions :D  Thanks anyways :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2013 6:51:19 AM

Tenvis said:
Ok. Now the total cost is, £699.90. Still accepting suggestions :D  Thanks anyways :D 


What's your complete build so far?
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September 24, 2013 5:44:15 AM

Wait wait, Is the non ref card better to OC or the ref card is better to OC?
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September 24, 2013 6:06:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£131.50 @ Ebuyer)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£83.34 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£73.01 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.44 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£202.51 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Other: HEC Compucase Cougar Spike Micro ATX Case (£29.95)
Total: £665.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-24 14:46 BST+0100)
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September 24, 2013 6:48:09 AM

Save some bits. budget is 700. Might as well save the money for later SLI?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 25, 2013 2:13:49 PM

Tenvis said:
Save some bits. budget is 700. Might as well save the money for later SLI?


Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, your going to need a larger PSU if you plan to SLI, go for a 750 or 850. The difference between reference and non reference is the Cooler, stock coolers generally have 1 tiny fan that will cool the card, non reference cards usually have 2-3 large fans that will do a much better job of cooling.
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September 26, 2013 3:51:40 AM

FastGunna said:
Tenvis said:
Save some bits. budget is 700. Might as well save the money for later SLI?


Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, your going to need a larger PSU if you plan to SLI, go for a 750 or 850. The difference between reference and non reference is the Cooler, stock coolers generally have 1 tiny fan that will cool the card, non reference cards usually have 2-3 large fans that will do a much better job of cooling.


I see.. I see.. Well, I guess I'll just save it for a quite long time :D 
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