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June 15, 2014 12:38:58 PM

Hey there, I'm Jake and I'm building my first pc for my birthday on the 22nd of July. I'm confident with building a pc and I know my way around all the jargon.

My budget is £600 in total. I'm going to post the parts I've chosen for myself below and I'd like know how good my pc is and suggestions for improvement ect:

Case: Corsair 300R ATX windowed case

CPU: Intel i5 4670k

GPU: Asus GTX 760

RAM: corsair Vengeance 2x4GB

Motherboard: Asus H87-plus

HDD: Western digital caviar black 1TB 7200RPM

PSU: Corsair RM450W 80+ Gold certified fully modular ATX

Optical drive: Asus DRW 24F1ST CD/DVD writer

OS: Windows 7 home premium.

Please rate my first build and suggest better ideas if there are any. Thanks for your time ;) 

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June 15, 2014 1:00:56 PM

If you dont plan to overclock, a non K i5/i7 would be ok and of course, cheaper. H87 Motherboards don't support overclocking as far as I know, so that. 450w leaves little room for plugging more stuff in the system, like another GPU for sli or a more powerful GPU in the future.
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June 15, 2014 2:09:11 PM

6R1M01R3 said:
If you dont plan to overclock, a non K i5/i7 would be ok and of course, cheaper. H87 Motherboards don't support overclocking as far as I know, so that. 450w leaves little room for plugging more stuff in the system, like another GPU for sli or a more powerful GPU in the future.


Would you suggest I overclock?
This is my first build but I'm always open suggestions. If yes, how much of a performance increase will I recieve? In other words, is over clocking worth it in your opinion? If not I'll just save some money on the regular i5.

Edit: another thing, is sli-ing worth it? Or would you just suggest buying a new GPU when the time comes? I'm leaning towards the latter but I'm not really sure in that subject anyway.
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June 15, 2014 9:24:07 PM

Jwilkins99 said:
6R1M01R3 said:
If you dont plan to overclock, a non K i5/i7 would be ok and of course, cheaper. H87 Motherboards don't support overclocking as far as I know, so that. 450w leaves little room for plugging more stuff in the system, like another GPU for sli or a more powerful GPU in the future.


Would you suggest I overclock?
This is my first build but I'm always open suggestions. If yes, how much of a performance increase will I recieve? In other words, is over clocking worth it in your opinion? If not I'll just save some money on the regular i5.

Edit: another thing, is sli-ing worth it? Or would you just suggest buying a new GPU when the time comes? I'm leaning towards the latter but I'm not really sure in that subject anyway.


Overclocking would mean to get a better cooling solution for the CPU, since you have no after market cooler, perhaps you didnt plan to OC that chip. If it is your first build would be more simple to get a non unlocked CPU, like the i5 4690 or just the 4670. With H87 mobos you cant overclock so that point is null. As for sli, with a 450w PSU you have little to no room for another gpu plugged in the system, depending on the gpu a sli configuration can ask for 650+ watts PSU. SLI "can" be good, for example 2 760 in sli can outperform a 780 or even a titan, but having a single powerful GPU is always a better choice, provided you can afford it.
Bottom line: Get a non unlocked processor instead of a K processor if you dont plan to overclock, if you plan to overclock you'd need an aftermarket cooler and a z87 chipset motherboard + it can be tricky, since not all the chips can be overclocked easily. That PSU is good for a single GPU like the 760 or even a 780 if you plan to upgrade later.
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