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New build, looking for CPU, motherboard and GPU advice

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October 4, 2013 4:54:23 AM

Hi all,

I'm looking at a replacement for my old PC as it's had a fairly unpleasant hardware failure.

I'm looking to keep my current storage and optical drives (3 x SATA 2 HDDs, 2 x SATA 2 Optical Drives). I'm running a new Corsair 750 TX PSU, and will be looking to replace my old Kingston 60GB SSDNow.

I'm currently torn between getting an i5 4670 and an i7 4770 (K or otherwise). I currently have an i7 930 so I wasn't sure if I'd see a performance decrease by switching to the i5.

The machine would be mostly used for gaming, as I don't really do much in the way of video editing any more, but when I do I'd like a performance improvement over the old machine!

I'm also trying to decide between a 670GTX or a 760GTX, they're more or less the same price so I guess it's down to performance and power requirements - can you help?

Finally, I'm wondering if anyone has any good motherboard recommendations that will support the new CPU and all 6 of my SATA connections (particularly the SATA2 drives - I heard the Z87 boards were quite bad for backwards compatibility)?

Thanks,


October 4, 2013 5:04:08 AM

what country do you live in (so we can find you the parts for a good price) as for performance wise, you will see a actual real boost in performance considering the clock speeds of your 930 compaired to the new haswell cpus. Getting the k version will just enhance that if you decide to do some good overclocking. As for the gtx 670 vs 760, the 760 is basically a rebranded 670, almost the same amount of performance it's just dependant on which you prefer. Also look for the 840 series samsung ssd's, a 120g base model (in the us) runs just under $90
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October 4, 2013 5:05:32 AM

I would get an i5 for sure if you are mostly gaming. no performance will be lost over the i7.

http://anandtech.com/bench/product/854?vs=830 here is a comparison of the 670 and 760. Note that the power consumption ratings are for the WHOLE computer, not just the GPU.

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October 4, 2013 6:21:58 AM

Thanks guys, I'm in the UK if that helps with parts.

I've had a look at the 840 series Samsungs here - it's about £70 for 120GB so not bad at all.

Are there any particular motherboards I should be looking at? Normally I go for ASUS but am happy to experiment.
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October 4, 2013 6:27:57 AM

don't mind me asking but what kind of budget are you looking for?
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October 4, 2013 6:54:58 AM

If I could get SSD, CPU, GPU and mobo for £6-800, that would be ideal (the upper level is mostly for an i7 system). If I could get an i5 system for around £600 that would be fantastic.
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October 4, 2013 8:00:38 AM

Thanks - is the Samsung 840 evo much worse than the pro? There seems to be about a £40 difference without too much in the way of performance.
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October 4, 2013 8:01:27 AM

The EVO is a very good drive. I would for for it for the price.
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