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October 17, 2013 9:13:58 AM

Hey there, I was thinking on upgrading my PC this Christmas, the specs would be as followed:
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.9GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
GPU: MSI GTX680 PE OC 2GB
PSU: Alpine 700W PSU with 120mm Quiet Fan
CPU Cooler: Spire VOYAGER PWM
HDD: Seagate Barracuda Desktop 6Gb/s 2TB + 320GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue 3Gb/s 5400RPM
Case: Aerocool X-Predator X1 Devil Red Gaming Case
Keyboard: Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.3 Gaming Keyboard - Red
Mouse: Corsair Raptor LM3 Gaming Mouse
Headset: Razer Kraken Pro Gaming Headset Black
The reason I added the peripherals is because I intend to use this build for gaming. Would the cooling be sufficient? Would this perform well in games? (Arma, Batman, Battlefield 4). Thanks in advance, lewis188.

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October 17, 2013 9:19:24 AM

I have questions:

What is your budget?
What are your current components?
What do you intend to do with this computer?
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October 17, 2013 9:25:28 AM

Well I'm decided on the peripherals, so my budget would be around: £420, however, I own most of the inner components, the CPU, HDDs, Cooling and RAM.
My current components are: http://pastebin.com/XC9V1RV5
I intend to play intensive games such as Battlefield 4 and ARMA 3.
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October 17, 2013 10:02:04 AM

Unfortunately, DxDiag doesn't tell us much. Could you fill out the areas with question marks? What I need the most are the motherboard and PSU model #s. You can use CPUZ to find the model of your motherboard, you'll need to physically look at your PSU to find the model # on the sticker on the side.

CPU: i7 3770
Mobo: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
RAM: 16GB (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
GPU: Nvidia GT 630
Monitor: 1920x 1080 (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
PSU: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
HDD: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
SSD: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
Case: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
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October 17, 2013 11:01:57 AM

iknowhowtofixit said:
Unfortunately, DxDiag doesn't tell us much. Could you fill out the areas with question marks? What I need the most are the motherboard and PSU model #s. You can use CPUZ to find the model of your motherboard, you'll need to physically look at your PSU to find the model # on the sticker on the side.

CPU: i7 3770
Mobo: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
RAM: 16GB (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
GPU: Nvidia GT 630
Monitor: 1920x 1080 (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
PSU: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
HDD: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
SSD: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
Case: ? (Model: ?, Brand: ?)


CPU: i7 3770
Mobo: ? (b75ma p45: ?, Brand: MSI)
RAM: 16GB (Model: ?, Brand: ?)
GPU: Nvidia GT 630
Monitor: 1920x 1080 (Model:e2343F, Brand: AOC)
PSU: ? (Model: 350W, Brand: CWT)
HDD: ? They're in the build list.
SSD: No
Case: Just a plain Advent case.
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October 17, 2013 12:26:57 PM

For everything you are looking to upgrade, £420 isn't realistic, especially if you want to get a GTX680/GTX770, which will eat most of your budget and leave you nothing for peripherals. Here is a list of high quality components and peripherals based on what it seems like you are trying to achieve.

Obviously, peripherals come down more to taste, but the mouse and keyboard you chose have awful reviews. Plus, paying that much for a membrane keyboard is a little crazy. Instead I spec'd a tried and true Logitech mouse that will probably last you the better part of a decade. The keyboard is mechanical with Cherry MX Brown switches (they are the most quiet and have tactile feedback when you press them). Lastly, the headset I spec'd seemed like the best price/performance trade off. Logitech headsets are crazy expensive in the UK and Razer has never been known for reliability or customer service.

The case I chose because it will fit your components, its a gaming case, and its a decent price. Obviously pick whatever you want here.

I also picked a different graphics card that probably offers the best price/performance on the market right now. If you don't purchase until December, you'll probably need to pick the R9 280X (HD7970 re-badge).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£203.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£71.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard Wired Standard Keyboard (£76.73 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse (£51.99 @ Amazon UK)
Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 Channel Headset (£66.99 @ Dabs)
Total: £546.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 20:26 BST+0100)
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October 17, 2013 1:38:42 PM

Thanks. your build seems much better than mine.
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