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Building a Gaming PC, Chosen parts, feedback and help required (GPU, cooling system RAM) THANKS

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February 11, 2014 11:18:17 AM

So as the title says I'm building a new gaming PC (my first build), i have done quite a bit of research and have chosen each part. However, i often see in forums people showing off there new build and receiving feedback on what they would have done differently. I thought i would upload my plan before i order the parts on Thursday (to come for Sunday).

All feedback is really appreciated, especially on the case and GPU as I'm not certain on GTX 770 2GB vs R9 280x 3GB.

This is my build on PC part picker UK, as I'm From England. my budget was £900-1000 but if there will be a significant improvement I'm performance/graphics i don't mind going slightly over.


Approximate Purchase Date: I want to have the parts by Saturday (with amazon next day delivery i can order on Friday morning/Thursday evening.)

Budget Range: £900-£1050

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I want to be able to play Battlefield 4, Skyrim, Thief (yea i know its not out yet but i plan on getting it) on ultra settings with 1 monitor. However i plan to operate 2 monitors, one running games and the other watching blue ray quality films.
My question is will R9 280x 3gb have enough memory to watch a Blue ray film at the same time as playing Ultra Graphics games (in all honesty i don't mind playing in medium or high quality whilst watching films, but would prefer to play in the best possible graphics, at an affordable price).
Oh and then the every day stuff, such as office, but im sure a gaming pc could handle this :p .

I also plan to overclock this PC

Are you buying a monitor: not at the moment, I'l be using my TV for now (at the end of my bed 32" bush HD ready) then in September i plan to add a blue ray drive and buy two new monitors, but don't worry to much about that.


Do you need to buy OS: Yes (I will probably go with Windows 7 the one that supports 16gb of ram, cant remember the name)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.co.uk

Location: London England

Overclocking: Yes. Please may i have some advice on GPU overclocking and if its worth it pros and cons etc, also does my GPU support this and is the GTX 770 better at overclocking?

SLI or Crossfire: Yes i plan to in the near future.

Your Monitor Resolution: No idea what my TV resolution is, however its 32" HD ready, so i assume 1080p (around 4 years old)
Although i plan to purchase a 1440 or 1600p monitor, when i install a blue-ray drive, around September time.

Current parts encase the PC part picker didn't work for any of you:
CPU: I5-4670k
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero C2 Motherboard
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
WD 1TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue should i go black? if so why.
Memory/RAM: Crucial BLE8G3D1869DE1TX0CEU 8GB Ballistix Elite Memory
Video Card: Sapphire Vapor-X AMD Radeon R9 280X OC 3GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower Chassis with 2x 120/1x 140 mm Fans- white
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series 120mm PWM High Performance Edition High Static Pressure Fan (Pack of 2), with the stock case fans
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU . Im aware that the PSU wont support two GTX 770 or R9 280x, however i wont crossfire/SLI until my graphics begin to become out of date, if my pc lasts that long.
Optical Drive: LiteOn IHAS124-04 24x SATA Half Height Internal DVDRW Drive - Black
Wireless card: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter
February 11, 2014 11:20:46 AM

I would defenitely consider a better PSU for that build.
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February 11, 2014 11:24:29 AM

Especially if you plan on overclocking and if you want additional fans, a stronger powersupply would be recommended. (Also wheres your RAM? or am I just blind?)
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February 11, 2014 11:27:33 AM

marc79 said:
I would defenitely consider a better PSU for that build.


When you say better do you mean better quality or more power. any suggestions?
Thanks for the fast feed back :) 
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February 11, 2014 11:29:21 AM

elletheking said:
Especially if you plan on overclocking and if you want additional fans, a stronger powersupply would be recommended. (Also wheres your RAM? or am I just blind?)


Again, any suggestions?

oh i must have forgotten to add the ram, Crucial BLE8G3D1869DE1TX0CEU 8GB Ballistix Elite Memory. il add that in now thanks.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006YG9CU8/ref=ox_sc...

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February 11, 2014 1:39:30 PM

adekoya said:
marc79 said:
I would defenitely consider a better PSU for that build.


When you say better do you mean better quality or more power. any suggestions?
Thanks for the fast feed back :) 


I meant better quality, the CM V700 is a good power supply.
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February 11, 2014 10:01:38 PM

I'd get a XFX 750W PSU compared to a CM V700.
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February 12, 2014 7:48:56 AM

elletheking said:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CP-9020055-UK-Series-Mo...

thats 20 bucks more but you should be able to overclock


sora said:
I'd get a XFX 750W PSU compared to a CM V700.


thanks so much, however is there one of similar quality that is modular edition? i dont want to pay over £100, or 110


any advice on GPU??? or do u htink i should open a seperate thread dedicated to GPU?
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