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November 4, 2013 10:56:54 AM

After many attempts, I think I have finally made an affordable (for me) and from what I have read a reasonably good performance PC for gaming, basically I just wanted confrimation that everything was ok with my build and if it would play high end games such as Battlefield 4 on High if not Ultra settings. Anyway here is the build.

CPU: intel Core i5 4670K 3.40Ghz
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa
Operating System: Windows 8/8.1 (64 bit)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87-HD3
Memory: 8GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)
Hard Drive: 2TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Sound Card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Case: Zalman Z3 Plus
PSU: 700W Xigmatek

That is my rig, any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Also this build comes to £794.31 and i cannot go any higher than £800 at all. So yea thank you for any help!

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November 4, 2013 11:04:01 AM

The PSu is complete trash. Change it to an XFX, Antec, Seasonic, Corsair. 650w is plenty. No point to risk an expensive build to a junk PSU.

The CPU cooler is junk. Change it to a Coolermaster hyper 212 evo for sure. the cooler you have there isn't even better than the stock cooler.
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November 4, 2013 2:17:32 PM

tiny voices said:
The PSu is complete trash. Change it to an XFX, Antec, Seasonic, Corsair. 650w is plenty. No point to risk an expensive build to a junk PSU.

The CPU cooler is junk. Change it to a Coolermaster hyper 212 evo for sure. the cooler you have there isn't even better than the stock cooler.


For the CPU Cooler, how is the Xigmatek Dark Knight Nighthawk SD1283 ? i can't really go any higher as it then gets too expensive on the website i am using to build it and also there aren't many more selections. Same story with the PSU so here is the list of what i can buy and it would be great if you could suggest one for me!

650W Corsair VS
600W Corsair CX
700W Xigmatek
650W Corsair TX V2
650W Corsair TX Modular

This is pretty much all I can afford to buy as it already puts me over my budget. Thanks again for any help !
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November 4, 2013 2:20:28 PM

The Corsair TX is the best unit on that list.
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November 4, 2013 2:32:53 PM

tiny voices said:
The Corsair TX is the best unit on that list.


Which one the V2 or the Modular? or does it matter which?
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November 4, 2013 2:37:04 PM

Both are great units.
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November 4, 2013 2:42:11 PM

tiny voices said:
Both are great units.



Ok thank you very much for all of your help I am finally decided on my build, thanks !
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November 4, 2013 2:44:13 PM

tiny voices said:
Both are great units.


Oh and one last thing sorry, how is the Zalman CNPS5X Performa for a CPU Cooler? should i get that or the first one i had originally
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November 4, 2013 2:46:13 PM

Always glad to be able to help!
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November 4, 2013 3:12:54 PM

kristianAA said:
this Zalman perfoma has same cooling performance if not less than Cooler Master Hyper TX3 which is allmost 35-40 usd cheaper. So like tiny voices said those zalman coolers are trash


Not meaning to be rude, but i have no idea wether you just said the Zalman was good or not haha, so if you could please tell a simple minded person like me if it is suitable for my build ? thanks again!
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November 4, 2013 3:19:35 PM

No, it is not good. It is not even any better than the stock cooler.
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November 4, 2013 3:52:52 PM

tiny voices said:
No, it is not good. It is not even any better than the stock cooler.


The absolute highest i can go is the Coolermaster Seidon 120V Water Cooler, is that worth it? i am already £50 over budget so i can't go any higher
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November 4, 2013 4:03:38 PM

No, get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo. It is cheap and will cool VERY well.

Keep in mind you ONLY need an aftermarket cooler if you are going to overclock.
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November 4, 2013 4:07:46 PM

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Keep in mind you ONLY need an aftermarket cooler if you are going to overclock.


Wouldn't it also expand the life of the CPU?
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November 4, 2013 4:09:23 PM

tiny voices said:
No, get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo. It is cheap and will cool VERY well.

Keep in mind you ONLY need an aftermarket cooler if you are going to overclock.


Ok i found the Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo on amazon for £25 so yea i suppose that is really good i was just trying to avoid buying parts seperatley as the website i am using build it then send it out, so i will need to take this somewhere to get the cooler installed as i have no idea how and neither do my parents and the problem is that they were getting me it for christmas. But anyway thanks again
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November 4, 2013 4:09:35 PM

No. You can't extend the life of the CPU by keeping it 1-2 degrees cooler. An aftermarket cooler on a non-overclocked CPU is a 100% waste.
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November 4, 2013 4:19:41 PM

tiny voices said:
No. You can't extend the life of the CPU by keeping it 1-2 degrees cooler. An aftermarket cooler on a non-overclocked CPU is a 100% waste.


I'm sorry I am very confused now. I thought you were saying buy the Coolmaster Hyper 212 evo and i don't know what an aftermarket cooler is...
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November 4, 2013 4:27:00 PM

Look, all the CPU coolers you are talking about ARE aftermarket coolers. The CPU COMES with a cooler (stock cooler). This cooler will work perfectly fine. You ONLY need an aftermarket cooler if you plan to overclock the CPU.
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November 5, 2013 8:09:14 AM

tiny voices said:
Look, all the CPU coolers you are talking about ARE aftermarket coolers. The CPU COMES with a cooler (stock cooler). This cooler will work perfectly fine. You ONLY need an aftermarket cooler if you plan to overclock the CPU.


Ahhh right i get it now, So you think I should just stick to the stock cooler or should i purchase the Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo sorry for all the questions. Just want to be 100% sure before I spend the money.
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November 5, 2013 10:18:51 AM

ONLY get the coolermaster if you are planning on overclocking the CPU.
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November 5, 2013 10:26:43 AM

OP has a OCable CPU and mobo.It would make sense that he overclocks. If OP is not going to OC at all,then then a 4670 with a h87 board would do
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November 5, 2013 10:35:09 AM

navask01 said:
OP has a OCable CPU and mobo.It would make sense that he overclocks. If OP is not going to OC at all,then then a 4670 with a h87 board would do


Overclocking is a hobby. He most certainly does not need to do it by any means. On high end CPUs like this You do not get any gaming performance from overclocking as the stock CPU can max all games with a proper GPU.
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November 5, 2013 10:43:50 AM

I concur.It's just that i thought the OP could invest that amount he would save into the other components if he so wishes
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November 5, 2013 10:45:30 AM

navask01 said:
I concur.It's just that i thought the OP could invest that amount he would save into the other components if he so wishes


This is definitely a good idea.
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November 5, 2013 10:50:13 AM

tiny voices said:
navask01 said:
I concur.It's just that i thought the OP could invest that amount he would save into the other components if he so wishes


This is definitely a good idea.


Great ! i now know exactly what i need, thanks to you and everyone else for contributing. But most of all thank you tiny voices for having the patients to answer my questions over the past couple of days :) 
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November 5, 2013 10:51:30 AM

Always glad to be able to help! PM me if you need anything else.
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