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December 30, 2013 12:06:03 PM

Hi I'm new to building PCs and I'm finding designing a system quite difficult. You can see what I've come up with at the end of this post.

At the moment I've settled on using the GTX660 as being in the right budget range for me given the features but. I could be persuaded otherwise.

The reason for the 660 is firstly because I do sometimes use Linux and nVidia cards are currently better supported than ATI. Also it will be included in one of the steam machine prototypes so I'm hoping that will mean it's supported by games (and nVidia drivers) for a long while to come (I've had problems with that in the past). Lastly, as far as I can tell there isn't much a gap in price between it and similar ATI cards.

Any way, so I'm trying to build a budget system around that. I want to keep it well under £650 if possible (that's Great British Pounds not United States Dollars). I've had to make some compromises to do this but one luxury I've added is an SSD (I may decided against this in the end).


Is there anything that's really wrong with my build? Please do explain why because I want to understand this.


Here's the list:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2sO72
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2sO72/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2sO72/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus H87M-E Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.24 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£60.77 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.86 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£147.30 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£32.32 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£36.68 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £626.33

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December 30, 2013 12:09:24 PM

what are you planning to do
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December 30, 2013 12:11:26 PM

Gaming, watching videos, Office, that sort of thing.

EDIT: I also would like it to last me awhile. I want to be able to upgrade it in the future but I want it to last awhile without *NEEDING* to upgrade. If that makes sense.
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December 30, 2013 12:16:50 PM

yeah it will be fine for the next year or two but after that I think you should upgrade because a 660 just won't cut it by then
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December 30, 2013 12:36:34 PM

Here's a revised build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£162.00 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£64.65 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.86 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£135.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£32.32 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £649.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 20:33 GMT+0000)

You're right about the GTX 660 being the best for your budget, I squeezed an unlocked Ivy Bridge i5 in order to give you the ability to overclock, with an aftermarket CPU cooler as well. I also swapped the RAM and the PSU for a little better options.
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December 30, 2013 2:19:16 PM

I looked into overclocking but some of the recommendations thought it was hard to gain much from i5 CPUs. As I'm new to system building I'm not sure if this is something I want to play with just yet if there's little to be gained.

Is my information wrong?
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December 30, 2013 4:28:55 PM

PepitoTV said:
Here's a revised build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£162.00 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£64.65 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.86 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£135.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£32.32 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £649.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 20:33 GMT+0000)

You're right about the GTX 660 being the best for your budget, I squeezed an unlocked Ivy Bridge i5 in order to give you the ability to overclock, with an aftermarket CPU cooler as well. I also swapped the RAM and the PSU for a little better options.


+1, the 660 still performs like a beast in BF4!
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