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Very first build, advice needed please

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October 20, 2013 2:52:32 AM

Can anybody improve on this?
Also would like an SSD for OS booting only :)  my case is sorted already, also do i apply thermal paste directly onto the cpu?? Thanks in advance.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (£7.67 @
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.38 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£203.71 @
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Be Quiet 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£50.50 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £720.04

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October 20, 2013 3:01:52 AM

You can apply the thermal paste on the cpu or the cooler as you wish. But it's better to apply it on the cpu (pea size of thermal paste is more than enough).

Also, i would replace the i5-4570 with the i5--4570k (as i'm an overclocker).

and what is your budget for the SSD? I'll advice you to get a 64GB SSD as it will be sufficient for the OS.

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October 20, 2013 3:08:43 AM

Not a huge thing but I would prefer this power supply at almost the same price.

Otherwise the build is solid. Very similar to one I am planning myself :) 

I always apply thermal paste directly to the CPU as a small blob in the center. The pressure of the heatsink spreads it out nicely.
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October 20, 2013 3:45:50 AM

@ addsosad: Thi is a little long but is "everything you wanted to know about thermal paste but were afraid to ask". ;) 
Agree with casper1973 on the PSU, a very solid choice, nice price, too.
You might want to look into the AMD HD7970 or R9 280 instead of the GTX760: They're faster and can be found for similar money, and they'll run of the XFX PSU.