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April 20, 2014 2:00:15 AM

Here is my PC Build so far;

CPU - Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler - Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler
Motherboard - MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Series Intel Z87 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard
Memory - 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Pro Series Red DDR3 Memory (CMY8GX3M2A2400C11R)
Storage - Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB SATA 3 Hard Drive 7200rpm 64MB Cache OEM
Crucial M500 240GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Case - Cooler Master HAF X Gaming Tower Case
Power Supply - Seasonic M12II EVO Edition 850W '80 Plus Bronze' Fully Modular Power Supply
Optical Drive - Asus 24x DVD±RW DRW-24F1ST SATA ReWriter
System - Windows 8

Would this be good for Gaming + Recording + Editing and still have enough room for Microsoft office system to be on it?

Any help will be really appreciated. Thank You
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April 20, 2014 2:04:38 AM

yes it is, but most gamers using 4670K OC use better gpu like GTX 770 or Radeon 280X

stronger GPU will provide enough performance for both gaming + recording

how much is your budget?
you can use $1000 build template in my signature below as reference
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April 20, 2014 2:27:02 AM

Thankyou Egitel. Again all good answers that have given me a lot to think about. I will be mainly recording Minecraft as I will probably use ps3/ps4 for stuff like BF4 and Assassins Creed 4, etc. I kinda want to keep the SSD as I can store most OS stuff on I and then record to my HDD to help the FPS in game. So I should really Change the Power Supply+CPU+Ram??
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April 20, 2014 2:06:55 AM

Yes. You might want to consider using a Coolermaster Hyper 212 cEVo CPU cooler instead.

And you won't need a 850W PSU for the 760. The HAF is expensive. If you can save some money maybe you could get a 770 instaed. You'd need a minimum 600W PSU with 42A on the 12V rail eg Antec HCG 620M - made by Seasonic.

This is more a gaming build. For editing you want a more powerful CPU eg i7 4770k and more fast RAM eg 16GB 2133. And there goes your budget.

Most people prefer Windows 7 to 8. Depends what youre used to.
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April 20, 2014 2:28:59 AM

Oh right. Well the one I chose was recommended by a friend but I really like the sounds of the one you mentioned so I'll give it a look now. Thankyou. as for GPU I did want to get the 770 but it was a stretch and the 760 SC did get some good FPS reviews o youtube using the same CPU but again I shall see if I can cut elsewhere and then extend
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April 20, 2014 2:07:41 AM

Depending on what games you're playing, upgrading to a GTX 770 will be very worth it, if you can afford it. If you can't with the current set up, and it was my build, I'd take out the SSD for now, maybe get one later. Would rather have the graphical performance than faster boot times, but that's just me. Like I said, though, all depends on what you're doing gaming wise. A 760 won't run the newer games (BF4, AC4, etc) on high settings, typically medium to low. With AC4 specifically one 770 even isn't enough to run AC4 at Ultra with a consistent 30+ framerate for 1080p, but if you're not playing games that are that demanding, that may not be that important to you. Also, in terms of video editing/rendering, an i7 will be better, but an i5 is still more than sufficient for gaming, and still real solid for video editing. Other than the few things mentioned, the build looks fine.
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April 20, 2014 2:29:25 AM

Yes, I would. Do you have the link to the pcpartpicker set up you've got going on?
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April 20, 2014 2:17:56 AM

Well So far this all comes to £944.75 inc VAT and I didn't really want to push over 1K. Btw thank you for your replies, very useful from both of you. I guess I may be able to save money on the power supply like you say an then maybe look at the i7-4770K. If I were to get that would I need to change my mobo or anything else?
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April 20, 2014 2:35:38 AM

No sorry. I just went on different websites and found the parts at their cheapest. I could list the places I found them if you like?
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April 20, 2014 2:19:45 AM

Carl7811 said:
Well So far this all comes to £944.75 inc VAT and I didn't really want to push over 1K. Btw thank you for your replies, very useful from both of you. I guess I may be able to save money on the power supply like you say an then maybe look at the i7-4770K. If I were to get that would I need to change my mobo or anything else?


MOBO will still be fine (i5/i7 are the same socket), I'd still recommend upgrading the video card to a 770, but again. Depends on what you're playing.

Edit: If you need to save more money to get the GPU, can get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler instead. Very good reviews, even for its price. Never heard of the one you have selected and it's 3 times as much.
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April 20, 2014 2:35:57 AM

No that's alright. Working on something real quick.
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April 20, 2014 2:40:36 AM

Thankyou. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me. I found the CPU Cooler you recommended and for £25.95 it is a steal for how good the ratings are for it. Nice suggestion indeed.
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April 20, 2014 2:47:25 AM

Okay, so doing a whole build just now, the cheapest I could get you with an i7, a GTX 770, and still retaining a SSD (albeit a smaller one, 250GB instead of 480GB) I was able to get it down to £1060. With that particular build I also had to sacrifice on the case, cause the HAF X really is quite expensive. It's up to you if you want to make those sacrifices, me personally I think it's worth it. Here's that build:
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3v0TZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3v0TZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3v0TZ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£235.80 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£98.35 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£115.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£99.90 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£239.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case (£66.00 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer (£15.95 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£79.69 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1059.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 10:43 BST+0100)


Now, there is another option. If you drop down to the i5 again, you won't really see a difference in games sticking with the i5 vs the i7, however the 770 will be a big improvement. However, you will take a hit on video render times vs an i7. I'm not sure what you're running now, but since you're upgrading your whole system, it'll likely be an improvement either way, so it's up to you really. But dropping to the i5 helps knock the price down some while still still retaining the better graphical settings and fps, which is especially nice to compensate for the loss while recording.

That build is http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3v11S - £989
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April 20, 2014 3:01:21 AM

First thing is first. Thank you a million for doing all this, I am definitely tempted to stretch the budget a lil. I won't need the Windows 8.1 on the price list though as I am extremely lucky in the fact I am getting given it by a really good friend. will the smaller SSD be big enough to hold most os stuff and then I can still go an record onto the HDD? Do you mind if I go away and then post a new list of my build for your opinion again. You've been a massive hep for me.
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April 20, 2014 3:04:07 AM

Windows 8.1 will take up about 20 GB of space, so yeah, 250 is more than enough. Could even save some games on it to cut down on loading bars for some games (though not all, depends on the game)
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April 20, 2014 3:06:00 AM

Here, took out Windows 8.1, added the HAF X case back in and brought back the i7 for £1,049:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3v0RW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3v0RW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3v0RW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£235.80 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£98.35 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£115.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£99.90 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£239.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case (£134.35 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer (£15.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1048.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 11:05 BST+0100)
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April 20, 2014 3:07:29 AM

Great. I'm going to go and build a new list of parts and see what the price goes to, and hopefully I'll be able to fit in the i7 with the 16GB and 770GPU. Thanks again for taking your time to help me
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April 20, 2014 3:10:38 AM

Not a problem, and just fyi I'm running an i7 and a GTX 770 set up right now (you can see my sig), and you will not be disappointed with those. For the price a 770 is great. Runs most games except the most demanding ones (Like Crysis 3) at Ultra at 60 fps+, and the i7 with at least 16 GB just annihilates video editing/rendering. I've had Vegas render out 7 minute videos in under 8 minutes with this processor.
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April 20, 2014 3:20:15 AM

That is exactly what I am looking for when it comes down to the editing and rendering. You sir have made a strong case on the build you suggested =D I shall have to bury my head into my laptop now and see what I can do hopefully. Many thanks again for your help and time. Nice to get someone who just gives a straight forward answer to my problem and with lots of helpful advice.
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April 20, 2014 3:25:29 AM

Carl7811 said:
That is exactly what I am looking for when it comes down to the editing and rendering. You sir have made a strong case on the build you suggested =D I shall have to bury my head into my laptop now and see what I can do hopefully. Many thanks again for your help and time. Nice to get someone who just gives a straight forward answer to my problem and with lots of helpful advice.


Not a problem at all! :)  I was in the exact same boat you're in just this past November, and the great folks here at Tom's helped me out greatly. Least I can do is pay it forward.
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