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June 9, 2014 3:12:04 PM

This is my current build:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/X7NcRB
It will currently cost £815
Please can you help me improve my build. I am willing to spend up to just over £900

Thanks in advance

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June 9, 2014 3:21:36 PM

jkarateking said:
This is my current build:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/zp3Zzy
It will currently cost £815
Please can you help me improve my build. I am willing to spend up to just over £900

Thanks in advance


The build is pretty solid. I would switch the SSD from Crucial to the Samsung 840 EVO - it's hands down the best SSD in it's class. And to improve gaming performance, simply upgrade to the GTX 780:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.24 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£103.18 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.34 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.50 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£347.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£49.93 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.84 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£64.26 @ CCL Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N10 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.82 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £961.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 23:20 BST+0100)
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June 9, 2014 3:25:04 PM

If you plan on overclocking your CPU I would suggest a liquid cooling system for it.

If your system supports it I would suggest 16 GB RAM.

I would suggest a better case. One that provides more room and better airflow.

Those are the top three possibilities for improving it in my opinion.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 3:25:28 PM

changed out the memory. You have a black board I believe that with your board that blue would look a little funny when you add the other components especially your black and red graphics card. I replaced your kit with a white ram kit which will look awesome with your setup. I also changed out your power supply. The XFX unit is a stronger unit and is about the same price as the corsair unit you had selected. I also changed out the case the Fractal Arc Midi R2 is a stronger case of which is easier to build in and overall has more quality to it then the 200R which is a value oriented case. And I +1 the Samsung evo as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.24 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£103.18 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.18 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.50 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£204.34 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.65 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.84 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£64.26 @ CCL Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N10 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.82 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £845.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 23:26 BST+0100)
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 9:53:57 PM

NBSN said:
If you plan on overclocking your CPU I would suggest a liquid cooling system for it.

If your system supports it I would suggest 16 GB RAM.

I would suggest a better case. One that provides more room and better airflow.

Those are the top three possibilities for improving it in my opinion.


You don't always need a liquid cooling system though... depending on how far you go, extra fans should be fine or even just a good CPU cooler should be fine.
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June 9, 2014 10:18:48 PM

sora said:
NBSN said:
If you plan on overclocking your CPU I would suggest a liquid cooling system for it.

If your system supports it I would suggest 16 GB RAM.

I would suggest a better case. One that provides more room and better airflow.

Those are the top three possibilities for improving it in my opinion.


You don't always need a liquid cooling system though... depending on how far you go, extra fans should be fine or even just a good CPU cooler should be fine.


I completely agree. AIO solutions will perform stronger yes that is true however that being said though some people are just wanting the strongest i5 they can get and maybe push it a little bit which I'm sure the EVO can do.
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