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Close to being ready. Any last advice for 1st custom build.

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September 25, 2013 7:21:47 PM

I've got some great advice from the community in the last two days so really big thanks for that. I think I may have narrowed down my choices and started to get into the end zone for my first custom build. I've got two examples here - one for over clocking & one for not. I'm not really sure if over clocking would be worth the extra £s and would appreciate opinions on that. I'm also stuck on the GPU too. I would be very happy with any advice or builds you can throw my way :bounce: 

On the budget I guess I'm fairly flexible but would like to keep costs down and try to not high diminishing returns. The use of the PC would be for gaming though I would be doing most next gen on PS4 so it doesn't have to be really powerful - I do play a lot of PC games though.

CPU: i5-3350P: £132
GPU: Geforce GTX 760 / HD7950: There is many different choices of these ranging from £170 to around £280. I don't know which chipset out of these two and then which video card after that.
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4 (there are two different choices with different form factors; don't know which one would be best): £64
Power supply: SeaSonic G 550W: £76
Case: Enermax Ostrog GT ~£70

Total: £512-£622 depending on the video card. [In dollars that's $812-$1000]

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CPU: i5-3570K/i5-4670K: £178
CPU Cooler: Scythe Ashura : £40
GPU: Geforce GTX 760 / HD7950: £170-£280
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate : £78
Power supply: SeaSonic G 550W: £76
Case: Enermax Ostrog GT ~£70

Total: £612-£722 depending on the video card. [In dollars that's $1000-$1300]

Items I already have and not included:
2x4GB DRR3 RAM
120GB SSD
2x750GB HDD


So which would would be better taking into account price. Would the second builds performance be worth the extra £100($160)? The second one does have the possibility for overclocking but I don't know anything about it or whether it is actually worth it.

Also I apologise if I made any mistakes, I'm pretty new to this so may have made numerous big ones :pt1cable: 

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September 25, 2013 7:24:43 PM

Personally, I would do neither. I would get an i5 4430 and a h87 motherboard.
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September 25, 2013 7:35:31 PM

Ah so you think this would be better:
CPU: i5-4430: £130
GPU: Geforce GTX 760 / HD7950: £170-£280
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 : £64
Power supply: SeaSonic G 550W: £76
Case: Enermax Ostrog GT ~£70

Total: £509-£619 depending on the video card. [In dollars that's around $800-$1000]
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September 25, 2013 7:38:06 PM

Yes, that is a great build. That case is pretty expensive and there are other cheaper high quality options if you are interested.
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September 25, 2013 7:45:50 PM

I was going off what this site said and a little bit of vanity tbh :p  But yes if there is other cheaper high quality cases I'm all ears.

If I may ask about the GTX760 vs HD7950. I think I'm leaning towards the GTX but I have no idea which card to actually get, the price range for the GTX760 chipset is pretty big and I don't know what the differences are. I see they come in 2GB/4GB but I think GPU memory isn't that important? Or did I make that up?
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September 25, 2013 7:45:52 PM

I was going off what this site said and a little bit of vanity tbh :p  But yes if there is other cheaper high quality cases I'm all ears.

If I may ask about the GTX760 vs HD7950. I think I'm leaning towards the GTX but I have no idea which card to actually get, the price range for the GTX760 chipset is pretty big and I don't know what the differences are. I see they come in 2GB/4GB but I think GPU memory isn't that important? Or did I make that up?
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September 25, 2013 7:49:26 PM

Honestly pretty much all the gtx760s will perform the same or extremely close. 2gb is plenty for a single monitor setup. Get the cheapest one you can.

Look at antec, Corsair, Coolermaster, NZXT, Fractal Design for high quality cases.

http://anandtech.com/bench/product/854?vs=855 a comparison of the 760 and 7950.
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September 25, 2013 8:00:04 PM

Cool thanks I'll stick to a lower priced one then. Hmm pretty similar, GTX seems to win on strategy games which is the most important for me so I'll roll with that.

Now just the case left to choose: I was going off this article http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/antec-gx700-cooler-master.... The Antec GX700 had the best value v performance but I didn't really like the look while the one I picked Ostrog GT got the best value overall pick.

On that motherboard, it's pretty much the cheapest H87 on pcpartpicker ATX form factor. Not sure what difference different H87 models would make.

Big thanks for all your help by the way!
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September 25, 2013 8:03:15 PM

The motherboard is fine. not the best but by no means bad. ASUS and GIGABYTE also make great boards.

That case will be perfectly fine.
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September 25, 2013 9:01:35 PM

Great so I believe I have finally finished, thanks for all your great help!

CPU: i5-4430: £130
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 760: £203
Motherboard: ASUS H87M-PLUS S1150 Intel H87 DDR3 mATX: £73
Power supply: XFX Pro 450W Power Supply Unit (Core Edition):£37 [One I picked was sold out and this seemed good for the price]
Case: Enermax Ostrog GT: £64

Total: £544 ($874)

If bought in US this would come to around $720. Sad times :p 


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September 25, 2013 9:02:34 PM

I would really try to get a 500w+ PSU for a gtx760.

The 450w xfx would require adapters to use the GPU. Not a good idea.
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September 25, 2013 9:06:02 PM

Ah really? I didn't think the extra 50W would be big as that part picker says need 360W. But with it being power a little bit more £s is fine. I can get the 550W model non modular for £11 more.
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September 25, 2013 9:08:27 PM

That is definitely the way to go. You won't need any sketchy adapters for your GPU.
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September 25, 2013 9:10:07 PM

Cool thanks! I'll swap them out. Now onto the journey of building it :) . I assume I only need a good screwdriver and time?
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September 25, 2013 9:11:11 PM

Yeah, that's about it. Watch some tutorials on youtube and you should be good to go.
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September 25, 2013 9:46:51 PM

Great :D  It's all been ordered. Can't thank you enough for your help!
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September 25, 2013 9:56:51 PM

Should have got a Xeon -,-
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September 25, 2013 10:01:06 PM

Xeon?
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September 26, 2013 4:31:30 AM

RazerZ said:
Should have got a Xeon -,-


Why do you say that?
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