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December 5, 2013 2:12:07 AM

Hi all,

After doing some research on components and finding this website I have an idea for the spec of my computer. My budget has a maximum of £1500 and I would like to run it past more more knowledgeable people. Here are some questions that are on my mind, is an SSD imperative for a gaming PC? Are there any pieces in my build you would switch for a better one? What is the best windows OS, I've gone for Windows pro? I chose the Asus Z87 pro as it has "WIFI go" is this a good choice as I can't run a Ethernet cable to my room.

Case - Corsair Carbide Series - 500R
CPU - i7 4770K 3.50GHz
Motherboard - ASUS Z87-PRO Intel Z87
Memory - Corsair Vengeance Pro Red 8GB
HDD - Western Digital Red 1TB
SSD - Samsung 840 Evo Basic 120GB
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC ACX 3GB GDDR5
PSU - Corsair Builder Series Modular CX750M 750 Watt 80 PLUS Bronze
Optical Drive - Samsung 224DB 24x DVD Re-Writer
OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Any reply would be appreciated many thanks.
December 5, 2013 2:35:30 AM

Add a nice aftermarket cooler for your CPU, something like Thermaltake Frio
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December 5, 2013 11:04:54 AM

StackOverbuffer said:
Add a nice aftermarket cooler for your CPU, something like Thermaltake Frio

Thanks man, I forgot to add a CPU cooler i kinda thought that a hydro cooler would be needed as the 4770k gets really hot do you own a similar setup?

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December 5, 2013 8:59:42 PM

Perhaps a Corsair H80 would be the best cpu cooler for you. They also had a review of this cooler and you can read the review here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchm...

Yup im building a similar set up, and hopefully I can get mine later this month
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December 6, 2013 3:47:48 AM

StackOverbuffer said:
Perhaps a Corsair H80 would be the best cpu cooler for you. They also had a review of this cooler and you can read the review here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchm...

Yup im building a similar set up, and hopefully I can get mine later this month


Nice one what are the differences mate? Have to wait a little longer to save more money. :)  Thanks for your replies.

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December 7, 2013 11:53:40 PM

Here is my build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4
RAM: G.Skills RipJaws X 8GB
HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 128GB
GPU: EVGA GTX 660 SC Signature 2
PSU: Corsair TX 650W
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 PRO
Chassis: CM Storm Enforcer

Components like the ASRock Z87 Extreme4, Thermaltake Water 2.0 PRO and EVGA GTX 660 SC Signature 2 are insanely cheap here in our country, thats why I chose them.
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