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December 25, 2013 6:57:19 AM

Hi,

I'm going to be building a gaming PC and wanted advice on the parts I picked. I live in the UK btw.

i5-4570
H81M-PLUS
Corsair Carbide 200R
2X4GB Corsair Vengeance ram
Generic DVD-RW Drive
1TB WD HDD
600W ModXStream PSU
As for GPU I was thinking a GTX 770 or HD 7970

Are these okay and compatible, are there any better parts for the same price? Thanks!
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December 25, 2013 7:04:19 AM

well, 770 is noticeable faster than 7970..
but, yeah, 770 more pricier than 7970..

actually, with 770 price, you'll get a very strong graphic card, R9 290..
this card much faster than 780, even almost as fast U$1000 titan in gaming application...
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December 25, 2013 7:31:41 AM

hwoah..last time i was check, both of cards (770 and 290) have almost same price..:D 
well, then get 770 for sure..

this card is much faster than 7970..
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December 25, 2013 7:37:04 AM

Thanks for the help, do the rest of the components look okay?
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December 25, 2013 7:41:08 AM

Your motherboard is an economy model, yet your GPU is one of the most expensive. The H81 chipset does not have PCIe 3.0 support.
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December 25, 2013 7:47:08 AM

i5-4570
H81M-PLUS

well, non overclocked intel system..
are you okay with it..?
actually 4670k and MSI Z87-G45 GAMING is sweeeet combo for overclockable intel system..

but if you don't want to overclock, it's okay..
even in stock clock, your system free of bottleneck effect, and will run flawlessly..

about pcie 3.0 and 2.0, don't worry, delta performance between pcie 3.0 and 2.0 is less than 1%..:) 

Corsair Carbide 200R => Okay
2X4GB Corsair Vengeance ram => well, this one is good, but actually i prefer g-skill. vegeance series is hard to overclock..
but since you only run in stock setting, this is still a good choice..

Generic DVD-RW Drive => No comment..
1TB WD HDD => get wd black series, it's the fastest series of wd line..or, get hitachi, almost as fast wd black but cheaper..
600W ModXStream PSU => well, an excellent psu :) 
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December 25, 2013 7:57:50 AM

I don't need to overclock and since I'm on a budget I can't afford a Z87 chipset and K series CPU without comprimsing on the GPU. Also if I add a custom cooler like the 212 evo will I get better performance in games since the CPU can turbo more? Thank you for the other recommendations quaddro I will look into them :)  And yes the performance difference between PCIE 2.0 and 3.0 is neglible.
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December 25, 2013 8:03:25 AM

Moussa Bazzoun said:
I don't need to overclock and since I'm on a budget I can't afford a Z87 chipset and K series CPU without comprimsing on the GPU. Also if I add a custom cooler like the 212 evo will I get better performance in games since the CPU can turbo more? Thank you for the other recommendations quaddro I will look into them :)  And yes the performance difference between PCIE 2.0 and 3.0 is neglible.


your turbo speed is limited to 3.6 GHz, and no matter you put a super cool cooler on it, well, 3.6Ghz is the limit..

well, a good cooler will be nice..
for your system durability, not performance..
cooler makes longer life..:) 
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December 25, 2013 8:08:56 AM

Oh no I meant would it be able to reach that turbo speed more often and for longer times, but yes the CPU would last longer and be quiter.
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December 25, 2013 8:14:10 AM

Moussa Bazzoun said:
Oh no I meant would it be able to reach that turbo speed more often and for longer times, but yes the CPU would last longer and be quiter.


Ok first of all what Intel® Turbo Boost does is that detects the temperature, if it is plugged in and the number of cores in use. Based on this information it can clock the speed up. So if you are using only a single core and the temperatures are good you will get the best speed. For each additional core in use it may drop down 100MHz. So unless you are over heating you should still get a performance boost from Intel Turbo boost.
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December 28, 2013 10:57:04 PM

Quaddro said:
Moussa Bazzoun said:
I don't need to overclock and since I'm on a budget I can't afford a Z87 chipset and K series CPU without comprimsing on the GPU. Also if I add a custom cooler like the 212 evo will I get better performance in games since the CPU can turbo more? Thank you for the other recommendations quaddro I will look into them :)  And yes the performance difference between PCIE 2.0 and 3.0 is neglible.


your turbo speed is limited to 3.6 GHz, and no matter you put a super cool cooler on it, well, 3.6Ghz is the limit..

well, a good cooler will be nice..
for your system durability, not performance..
cooler makes longer life..:) 

This, it would also make your system run quieter!

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December 29, 2013 2:28:02 PM

Ok, I might invest in a Hyper 212 then, as for the motherboard I've decided to go with the B85M-D3H and 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix smart tracer ram since it was cheaper.
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