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October 25, 2013 2:23:27 PM

Hi there all I am looking for some advise on my new gaming pc build its my first one so any help or advise would be much appreciated, Thank you.

Country/Currency - United Kingdom/GB Pounds

Budget - £800 - £1200, (don't mind spending a little bit more if needed for better performance ect.)

Overclocking ? - Most likely (Need to learn about this and know more in this area)

Able to upgrade in the future ? - Yes

Firstly here are the components that I have brought so far;

Case- CiT Vantage Type-R Gaming Case
http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-Vantage-Type-R-Gaming-Reade...

PSU - Corsair Builder Series CXM 750W Modular
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Builder-Series-Modular-...

MOBO - Asus Maximus VI Hero
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maximus-VI-Motherboard-Express-...

CPU - Intel Core i5 4670K
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Graphics-BX80646I74770-Ge...

RAM - Corsair CML8GX3M2A1866C9R Vengeance Low Profile 8GB
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006E065O0/ref=oh_de...

Secondly the question that I would like to ask is which graphics card and retailer such as EVGA, Asus, Msi ect would be recommended to buy and what would be a recommend buy for an SSD ? I want to be able to play most 2013 and future games like Call of Duty - Ghosts, BF4, Assassins Creed Black Flag, Diablo 3 you get the idea lol xD.

I have been looking at the gtx 760 or 770 gtx as Iv been reading the reviews about these cards which seem to be really good in terms of performance and price.

I am also aiming at water cooling my CPU with the Corsair H80i liquid cooler so any advise about rig cooling and which Fans would be Recommend to get to keep a nice cool air temperature in the case would be really appreciated too as I am a 'noob' at this as most people would call it lol xD.


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October 25, 2013 3:28:23 PM

For a GPU, I would go with the MSI Lightning GTX 770, especially since they can be had for 240 pounds now. It comes with the highest factory overclock and the high quality components allow for an even more extreme overclock.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n770lightni...

For an SSD, the Samsung 840 EVO 128GB for about 61 pounds.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...

The Corsair H80i should work nicely for you too. The reviews I read for your case seem to say that it has pretty good airflow.

Also, are the parts you listed ones that you've already decided on or have already bought and not reflected in your budget?




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October 25, 2013 3:43:17 PM

prf007 said:
For a GPU, I would go with the MSI Lightning GTX 770, especially since they can be had for 240 pounds now. It comes with the highest factory overclock and the high quality components allow for an even more extreme overclock.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n770lightni...

For an SSD, the Samsung 840 EVO 128GB for about 61 pounds.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...

The Corsair H80i should work nicely for you too. The reviews I read for your case seem to say that it has pretty good airflow.

Also, are the parts you listed ones that you've already decided on or have already bought and not reflected in your budget?






Hi there prf007, thank you for your reply and your time for helping me I really appreciate it.

I have taken a look at the GPU you have advised and I have to say it looks pretty amazing, I have taken a keen interest in the EVGA super clocked version provided in the the link below, would you still recommend the MSI over this one ?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForce-Superclocked-Graph...

as for the SSD the Samsung 840 EVO 128GB was one of the choices I was looking at but as It has good reviews and what you recommend also this is the one I am most likely to buy.

For the H80i what would be the Ideal temperature of CPU will I be looking to get ? Sorry I am a noob when it comes to this area lol.

And the parts that I have listed are ones that I have already brought, which came to around £530 in total but I am looking to spend £800 - £1200 in total for a good gaming build for present and future games.
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October 25, 2013 5:16:40 PM

The EVGA one is very good too. It also comes with a factory overclock and will overclock more pretty well too, nothing wrong with going for that one.

Well when you OC your 4670k it's going to run pretty hot, Haswell CPUs in general run hotter. It depends how lucky you are with your CPU as all of them overclock differently. But depending on how stable and how hot it end up running will have to be something you find out yourself. But the temp could run over 70C very easily during benchmarks, but as long as it doesn't sit above 70C while in use you should be good.
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October 25, 2013 5:44:12 PM

For nVidia cards I look first to Asus then EVGA, for AMD again Asus first then GigaByte...and if thinking between 760-770, if not locked on nVidia look at the 280X, near performance wise to the 770 and about $100 less

For cooling, don't waste money on the H80, can get a Hyper 212 EVO for $35 that cools just as well, if intent on liwuid, need at least a H100 to top the 212 EVO... rest looks good, you'll love the Hero, mine takes everything I throw at it, which is a lot ;) 

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October 26, 2013 8:13:24 AM

prf007 said:
The EVGA one is very good too. It also comes with a factory overclock and will overclock more pretty well too, nothing wrong with going for that one.

Well when you OC your 4670k it's going to run pretty hot, Haswell CPUs in general run hotter. It depends how lucky you are with your CPU as all of them overclock differently. But depending on how stable and how hot it end up running will have to be something you find out yourself. But the temp could run over 70C very easily during benchmarks, but as long as it doesn't sit above 70C while in use you should be good.


Thank you again for your advice, do you know If EVGA have a good warranty on their products and if they have a good customer service ? and as for the OverClocking if my CPU is reaching 70C or less while not under load this is a good thing ? and another question which way would I go about it if I was too OC my CPU ? Sorry Im a total noob as most people would call it in this area as I have never OC'ed before but I am willing to learn how to do this but I want to know more about it first.

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October 26, 2013 8:41:49 AM

Tradesman1 said:
For nVidia cards I look first to Asus then EVGA, for AMD again Asus first then GigaByte...and if thinking between 760-770, if not locked on nVidia look at the 280X, near performance wise to the 770 and about $100 less

For cooling, don't waste money on the H80, can get a Hyper 212 EVO for $35 that cools just as well, if intent on liwuid, need at least a H100 to top the 212 EVO... rest looks good, you'll love the Hero, mine takes everything I throw at it, which is a lot ;) 

Thank you Tradesman for your advice and support I really appreciate your help :) 

My first question would be which GPU would you go with between the 760-770 or the 280x ? They all look amazing cards and the reviews about the EVGA 770 Superclocked on amazon say that this card can run nearly all present games on Max Settings with out a struggle but is it worth the money and would 2GB be enough ? because the Asus 280x has 3GB

These are the GPU's Iv been looking at,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForce-Superclocked-Graph...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-R9280X-DC2T-3GD5-1070MHz-E...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-R9280X-DC2-3GD5-1000MHz-Ex...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/GeForce-DirectCU-Graphics-Expre...

As for cooling I think I am going to buy the EVO 212 instead of the H80i water cooler because that means I could spend some money on buying better fans for my case, which one would I have to buy as I believe on amazon there is different one of this component, would it be the normal 120mm EVO 212 or the Intel/Amd one being as though I have a Intel CPU?

and the hero I think is an amazing mobo and I love how it lights up red on the actual board xD but I also have another question if you are able to help me please, I'm using my HDD from another PC which had an On board Graphics failure but when I use it with my HERO mobo windows will load till as far as the Windows logo but then it will go back onto the BIOS screen, is there a way I can solve this or will I have to re-master my HHD and load a complete new windows OS ?

Thank you for your time and responses to help me :) !

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October 26, 2013 9:03:51 AM

Also I have been reading a lot about the 760 gtx's is it true that if you have two of these which I believe this is called SLI it has an outstanding performance and maybe better against the Titan ?
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October 26, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Of those, I'd go with the same one I got the

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-R9280X-DC2T-3GD5-1070MHz-E...

They Hyper is a good choice, on the HD, try booting into Safe Mode and see if you can get in there, if so, update all the drivers from the mobo site - it may be a driver issue


Being as though you know a whole lot more than I do on this subject and you also recommend the Asus r9280x I think that is the one I am going to buy ;) , with this card what games are you able to play at Max settings and if I decide to have two of these cards running together in the near future would this be possible and will I be able to play games such as COD Ghosts & BF4 ?, for the HHD I will try what you said, but if that does not work will I be able to download the drivers and put them to a Memory USB stick and load the files through the mobo ?

Sorry for all the questions lol, just want to make sure before I buy or try anything :) .
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a c 651 4 Gaming
October 26, 2013 10:17:38 AM

With the 280X can play any game at max, if any trouble w/ the HD get back to me
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October 26, 2013 10:30:11 AM

Tradesman1 said:
With the 280X can play any game at max, if any trouble w/ the HD get back to me


Ok thank you so much again for your help and support its much appreciated :) , looks like I'm saving up and buying the 280x then and yes will do :) 
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a c 651 4 Gaming
October 26, 2013 10:56:35 AM

We'll be waiting to hear ;)  May want to close the thread
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October 26, 2013 4:14:06 PM

Tradesman1 said:
We'll be waiting to hear ;)  May want to close the thread


Yes I will let you know if there is any further problems with my HHD if I cant get it to work and ok I will close the thread now lol ;) 
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a c 651 4 Gaming
October 26, 2013 5:16:19 PM

C U Around
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