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Advice on PSU for £850 Gaming PC build

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October 15, 2013 11:34:36 AM

Hello there, my friends computer has just fought it's final battle and he's been given a lofty budget from his parents to buy a new one. I've been given the task to build it for him and this is what I've come up with!

I need some advice on the PSU in particular, and possibly if you think there are any other components i should consider. I do not want to price to rise at all from this point, I've built it with the idea in mind that he will not replace it for at least 5-7 years.

CPU:
i5 4670k (Will OC this)
Hyper 212 Evo cooler
RAM:
2 x 8Gb Patriot Viper RAM. DDR3 @ 1866
Mobo:
ASRock z87 Pro 3
Storage:
Kingston V300 60gb SSD
Seagate Barracuda HDD 1tb SATA 3
Seagate Barracuda HDD 1tb SATA 3
(His request)
GPU:
Radeon R9 280X 3gb GPU
Drive:
Samsung CD/DVD RW
PSU - CX750w Corsair

All in a Zalman Z11 Plus Mid ATX case

Current cost is £860 he gave me a budget of £800, but these things happen!

Cheers

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October 15, 2013 5:48:31 PM

Here is the build (tweaked a bit) and includes a PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£80.79 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£71.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£63.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£232.79 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Enermax NAXN ADV. 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£66.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.46 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £776.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 01:47 BST+0100)

What do you think? I downgrade the RAM to 2x 4GB, switched to a 7970, as the R9 280X and 7970 are effectively the same thing. With the savings I made the SSD 120GB. What part was requested by him?
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October 16, 2013 2:29:05 AM

PyjamasCat said:
Here is the build (tweaked a bit) and includes a PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£80.79 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£71.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£63.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£232.79 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Enermax NAXN ADV. 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£66.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.46 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £776.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 01:47 BST+0100)

What do you think? I downgrade the RAM to 2x 4GB, switched to a 7970, as the R9 280X and 7970 are effectively the same thing. With the savings I made the SSD 120GB. What part was requested by him?


He specified that he wanted 16GB of RAM even though i told him it would be close to pointless for his needs. He also wanted the 3 separate drives for fast storing, although that 2tb is a great deal and they're dead fast anyway!
Do you think 650w will be enough for this build then?
I looked at the 290x just because i thought i might be able to push it abit further than the 7970, even though i realise it's basically just a rebrand

Cheers for the replies
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October 16, 2013 12:28:33 PM

windymiller said:


He specified that he wanted 16GB of RAM even though i told him it would be close to pointless for his needs. He also wanted the 3 separate drives for fast storing, although that 2tb is a great deal and they're dead fast anyway!
Do you think 650w will be enough for this build then?
I looked at the 290x just because i thought i might be able to push it abit further than the 7970, even though i realise it's basically just a rebrand

Cheers for the replies


Yep, 650W should be good.

Was he planning on running the two HDD's in a RAID 0 config? HDD's these days are pretty quick in terms of seek times, and if he was looking to store his music, movies or any media like that on them, a 2TB will do just fine. The movie/song isn't completely loaded into the RAM, it's loaded/buffered as required so you won't flood your RAM with a massive file (I think haha). The 2TB would be a better option to stay within his budget also.

And yeah 16GB is a bit much for just gaming. 8GB should do just fine. He could even get away with 4GB, but 8 is what most people choose these days.

For the GPU, I'm not sure which will OC better or last longer but I can imagine they will be about the same.

Go with SR-71 Blackbird's PSU suggestion. It's better than mine.
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