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July 13, 2014 11:12:19 PM

Someone kindly helped me put this parts list together, just wanted to get a second opinion to make sure everything is optimal before I start ordering the parts.

Also, If you know any nicer looking cases around the same price range, please let me know :) 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/mubariz123/saved/3ZGnTW

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£105.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.18 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£168.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Neos Black/Silver ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £731.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Thank You:) 

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July 13, 2014 11:17:04 PM

Yes
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July 13, 2014 11:19:31 PM

RAM: I don't like that RAM> 1600MHz is best at 1.5V not 1.65V.
Case: poor airflow. everything will get hot.
GPU: 280 is slightly above 760 and the 280 has 3GB VRAM which is better for WatchDogs.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/06/09/msi_radeon_r9...
Case: excellent airflow and at a good price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.73 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£105.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.15 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £766.29
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July 13, 2014 11:21:32 PM

How much is that in dollars?
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July 13, 2014 11:29:42 PM

envy14tpe said:
RAM: I don't like that RAM> 1600MHz is best at 1.5V not 1.65V.
Case: poor airflow. everything will get hot.
GPU: 280 is slightly above 760 and the 280 has 3GB VRAM which is better for WatchDogs.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/06/09/msi_radeon_r9...
Case: excellent airflow and at a good price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.73 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.25 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£105.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.15 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £766.29


Thanks for the recommendations and I will definitely be taking the the memory change that you suggested, however, wouldnt it be better to take the geforce graphics card so that I can get Physx? Also, as I am already 100 pounds over budget, I think that case might be slightly out of my price range. That being said if I cant find a cheaper alternative I will go with it!

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July 13, 2014 11:31:16 PM

m4ntl3 said:
How much is that in dollars?


$1250 dollars :) 
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July 13, 2014 11:44:26 PM

Mubariz123 said:
m4ntl3 said:
How much is that in dollars?


$1250 dollars :) 

If I were you I'd say drop the ssd and get a better GPU, an ssd is a luxury not a necessity.
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July 14, 2014 12:08:27 AM

I'm mixed about dropping SSD. Originally I didn't have one but once I did I was blown away and won't go back.
Case: How about this:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210e001

If you care about PhysX then grab the 760. Look at games you play and compare the benchmarks to a 280. Also, to save money you could get a 270x. Still really damn fast and good for 1080p gaming.
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July 14, 2014 12:12:16 AM

That case saves me £10 so great, and im comparing the graphics cards atm :) 
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July 14, 2014 12:16:23 AM

envy14tpe said:
I'm mixed about dropping SSD. Originally I didn't have one but once I did I was blown away and won't go back.
Case: How about this:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210e001

If you care about PhysX then grab the 760. Look at games you play and compare the benchmarks to a 280. Also, to save money you could get a 270x. Still really damn fast and good for 1080p gaming.

I do enjoy fast loading speeds, but in the end better fps is what matters.
Also I like AMD way better than nVidia, so I'm all for the 280.

Edit: The case supports GPU's as large as 23 cm, I'm not sure how long the 280 is but my 280x is like 30 cm.
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July 14, 2014 12:25:26 AM

I was really starting to like that NZXT case too:(  specially since it came with the 2 fans and in white.
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July 14, 2014 12:26:33 AM

Mubariz123 said:
I was really starting to like that NZXT case too:(  specially since it came with the 2 fans and in white.

Still not sure I'll check quick

Edit: The R9 280 is 26 cm.
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July 14, 2014 12:30:14 AM

I checked and your right, also I plan on updating the graphics card in a couple of years and maybe even doing as SLI, so I think im going to go with the first case that he recommended (due to more space), but the windowed version.
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July 14, 2014 12:35:09 AM

Mubariz123 said:
I checked and your right, also I plan on updating the graphics card in a couple of years and maybe even doing as SLI, so I think im going to go with the first case that he recommended (due to more space), but the windowed version.

Are you getting a GTX card because SLI is for nVidia cards? Or are you getting the R9 280?
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July 14, 2014 12:39:57 AM

Im comparing the benchmarks now (sorry im quite new to computers) but im leaning towards the GTX. However, if I do decide to go with the r9 280 I could downgrade the motherboard and save £40, as I only upgraded the MB in the first place to allow SLI in the future.

Also feels like a shame spending £30pounds extra on a case, that could be spent on a better Graphics cards, but I suppose its necessary.

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July 14, 2014 12:54:07 AM

Mubariz123 said:
Im comparing the benchmarks now (sorry im quite new to computers) but im leaning towards the GTX. However, if I do decide to go with the r9 280 I could downgrade the motherboard and save £40, as I only upgraded the MB in the first place to allow SLI in the future.

Also feels like a shame spending £30pounds extra on a case, that could be spent on a better Graphics cards, but I suppose its necessary.



What's your budget?
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July 14, 2014 1:04:21 AM

It was £650 not including a monitor, looks like its been upped to £750 tho :/ 
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July 14, 2014 1:09:31 AM

Mubariz123 said:
It was £650 not including a monitor, looks like its been upped to £750 tho :/ 


Well don't drop the SSD, they're nice and snappy. Just drop the overclocking aspect...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.69 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.65 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.15 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £649.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Bam, £650 :D 
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July 14, 2014 1:13:42 AM

LucoTF said:
Mubariz123 said:
It was £650 not including a monitor, looks like its been upped to £750 tho :/ 


Well don't drop the SSD, they're nice and snappy. Just drop the overclocking aspect...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.69 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.65 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£164.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.15 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £649.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Bam, £650 :D 


I dont really mind going £100 pound over budget if it means its better for the future, my real dilemma is whether to get the geforce card so i can get Physx, or the Radeon R9 280 that everyone seems to be recommending.

edit: Could you let me know the difference between the processor you picked and the one i picked? Because if there isnt much difference, I am considering increasing the budget to £750 and adding a MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB graphics card with your build, but then ill also need a cooling fan, right?
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July 14, 2014 1:25:38 AM

Mubariz123 said:
I dont really mind going £100 pound over budget if it means its better for the future, my real dilemma is whether to get the geforce card so i can get Physx, or the Radeon R9 280 that everyone seems to be recommending.


Building for the future is cool.

Physx is a marketing gimmick. I literally can't tell the difference whether it's on or off. The real difference between AMD and Nvidia is shadowplay - recording software that comes with nvidia and it's really good. The r9 280 is a slightly faster card than the 760 but for the same price, but if recording while you play is something that you might do then the 760 may be the better option.
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July 14, 2014 1:28:23 AM

Mubariz123 said:
edit: Could you let me know the difference between the processor you picked and the one i picked? Because if there isnt much difference, I am considering increasing the budget to £750 and adding a MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB graphics card with your build, but then ill also need a cooling fan, right?


For gaming there isn't much difference, and most games these days are GPU bound so saving on the CPU and putting it on a bigger graphics card is awesome moves my friend :) 

A cooling fan for what?
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July 14, 2014 1:35:27 AM

Ok, so how does this look? It is your build, but I decided to add in a higher tier graphics card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.69 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.65 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.15 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £712.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Edit: I probably should have mentioned that I use dual monitors and often watch gaming streams/ netflix, not sure if that means i should stay with the lower graphics card and keep the higher CPU.
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July 14, 2014 1:50:50 AM

LucoTF said:
Mubariz123 said:
edit: Could you let me know the difference between the processor you picked and the one i picked? Because if there isnt much difference, I am considering increasing the budget to £750 and adding a MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB graphics card with your build, but then ill also need a cooling fan, right?


For gaming there isn't much difference, and most games these days are GPU bound so saving on the CPU and putting it on a bigger graphics card is awesome moves my friend :) 

A cooling fan for what?


Also, how do you feel about this motherboard instead, to stop minor compatibility issues.
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z97pcma...
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July 14, 2014 2:04:37 AM

Mubariz123 said:
Ok, so how does this look? It is your build, but I decided to add in a higher tier graphics card. Also, are you sure that I dont need a fan to stop over heating?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.69 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.65 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.15 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £712.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Edit: I probably should have mentioned that I use dual monitors and often watch gaming streams/ netflix, not sure if that means i should stay with the lower graphics card and keep the higher CPU.


I just stole envy's build so it's a collaborative effort :) 

You get a cooling fan in the box with the processor, it will be enough to stop overheating. Aftermarket coolers are for overclockers, but the stock cooler is good enough for anyone else.

Watching streams and netflix is more about your internet connection than anything, if you were the one who was live streaming your gameplay then your CPU would matter more, but watching stuff hardly uses any recources tbh.

I'm liking the build right now, the twin frozr is one of the better 770s. Let's change the motherboard:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£81.53 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.65 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.15 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £737.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 14, 2014 2:12:58 AM

I might be acting really ignorant, but I was comparing the Mother Board that you suggested and this one that i found, and I cant tell much difference:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z97pcma...

But this one is £20 cheaper.

If im being stupid just tell me :D 
Thanks for your help BTW I really appreciate it.
Im new in this scene and at first building a new pc was a hassle, but now after meeting members like you and the person who originally helped me choose the parts, i've really started to enjoy this process, so once again thanks!
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July 14, 2014 3:06:57 AM

Mubariz123 said:
I might be acting really ignorant, but I was comparing the Mother Board that you suggested and this one that i found, and I cant tell much difference:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z97pcma...

But this one is £20 cheaper.

If im being stupid just tell me :D 
Thanks for your help BTW I really appreciate it.
Im new in this scene and at first building a new pc was a hassle, but now after meeting members like you and the person who originally helped me choose the parts, i've really started to enjoy this process, so once again thanks!


For practical purposes you won't see a difference between them, the one I linked has two extra USB 3.0 ports at the back (and an internal m.2 port for SSDs) but that's about it. Personally I don't think the m.2 port is worth paying any extra for so if you want the pcmate then go for it :) 
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July 14, 2014 3:20:57 AM

Since im going with dual monitors i'd connect one to the HDMI port and other to the DVI-D port right?
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July 14, 2014 3:26:16 AM

Mubariz123 said:
Since im going with dual monitors i'd connect one to the HDMI port and other to the DVI-D port right?


Yup :D 
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July 14, 2014 1:11:03 PM

So this is how the final build looks like, went over budget but oh well, hopefully its worth it. Really dont want to change anything else unless its necessary now, thanks for you help guys!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£79.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.74 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £747.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 14, 2014 1:44:58 PM

2 things:
1/ you don't need to OC right away so not having an aftermarket cooler right now is fine
2/ Better PSU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£79.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.74 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £741.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Otherwise awesome
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July 14, 2014 1:49:00 PM

Why did you pick the best answer with the build which has a z97 and a locked core i5? Seems very counter intuitive.
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July 14, 2014 2:08:10 PM

CraniumZ said:
Why did you pick the best answer with the build which has a z97 and a locked core i5? Seems very counter intuitive.


less than £6 between Z and H at the time, but yeah this one should go to envy's build
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July 14, 2014 2:22:23 PM

LucoTF said:
CraniumZ said:
Why did you pick the best answer with the build which has a z97 and a locked core i5? Seems very counter intuitive.


less than £6 between Z and H at the time, but yeah this one should go to envy's build


Yeah, his one looks nice. Go for it. You might get yourself a nice bit of overclocking in there :) 
The PSU though might be the limiting factor if you overvolt.
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July 14, 2014 2:34:13 PM

CraniumZ said:
LucoTF said:
CraniumZ said:
Why did you pick the best answer with the build which has a z97 and a locked core i5? Seems very counter intuitive.


less than £6 between Z and H at the time, but yeah this one should go to envy's build


Yeah, his one looks nice. Go for it. You might get yourself a nice bit of overclocking in there :) 
The PSU though might be the limiting factor if you overvolt.


I meant best answer should go to envy, OP has already settled on a build :) 
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July 14, 2014 2:36:12 PM

LucoTF said:
CraniumZ said:
LucoTF said:
CraniumZ said:
Why did you pick the best answer with the build which has a z97 and a locked core i5? Seems very counter intuitive.


less than £6 between Z and H at the time, but yeah this one should go to envy's build


Yeah, his one looks nice. Go for it. You might get yourself a nice bit of overclocking in there :) 
The PSU though might be the limiting factor if you overvolt.


I meant best answer should go to envy, OP has already settled on a build :) 


Oh I thought you were the OP :) 
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July 14, 2014 11:45:53 PM

LucoTF said:
2 things:
1/ you don't need to OC right away so not having an aftermarket cooler right now is fine
2/ Better PSU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£79.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.74 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £741.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Otherwise awesome


Could I go for this power supply instead? its 10 pounds cheaper,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009RMP44O/ref=noref...

But if the one you stated has better features or is more reliable ill go with that.

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July 15, 2014 12:15:36 AM

Mubariz123 said:
Could I go for this power supply instead? its 10 pounds cheaper,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009RMP44O/ref=noref...

But if the one you stated has better features or is more reliable ill go with that.



Look at this list: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1804779/power-...

The Corsair CX series is in tier 3 - 'meets specifications though not ideal for serious overclocking'
The XFX XXX edition is tier 1 - 'The highest quality and most stable PSUs available on the hardware market today'

Both will work, but the xfx is simply built to last - specifically, the CX series has been blasted for using poor quality capacitors that are unlikely to stand the test of time. Also the Corsair has a 3 year warranty while the XFX has a 5 year warranty.
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July 15, 2014 12:15:55 AM

Corsair CX series is pretty low end. Your build is not low end. The XFX one is much better quality.
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July 15, 2014 12:26:28 AM



~£200 over budget after I include windows 7 and have yet to order a monitor! (a high refresh rate one is out of budget now,) but I learned so much in just a few days!

Thanks envy and Luco! Going to be ordering the Build later today! Couldnt of done it without you!
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July 15, 2014 12:39:49 AM

No probs, you may be over budget but you've got your money's worth for sure - I hope you like ultra settings because you'll be seeing them a lot :D 
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July 15, 2014 1:10:57 AM

LucoTF said:
No probs, you may be over budget but you've got your money's worth for sure - I hope you like ultra settings because you'll be seeing them a lot :D 


I agree. This system will not hold you back for at least 4/5years. But you might upgrade the GPU in the future ~3years. No big deal; Sell the old and buy new. The system can handle it.

@Mubariz123. If you want to cut budget don't buy the Cooler Master Evo now. Just run your system on the Intel cooler BUT don't overclock the CPU. Then in a year buy a cooler and overclock it.
Second, you could skip the DVD drive. and borrow one from friend. You might only need it to install OS.

Also, what is the final build you decided on?
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July 15, 2014 1:15:22 AM

envy14tpe said:
LucoTF said:
No probs, you may be over budget but you've got your money's worth for sure - I hope you like ultra settings because you'll be seeing them a lot :D 


I agree. This system will not hold you back for at least 4/5years. But you might upgrade the GPU in the future ~3years. No big deal; Sell the old and buy new. The system can handle it.

@Mubariz123. If you want to cut budget don't buy the Cooler Master Evo now. Just run your system on the Intel cooler BUT don't overclock the CPU. Then in a year buy a cooler and overclock it.
Second, you could skip the DVD drive. and borrow one from friend. You might only need it to install OS.

Also, what is the final build you decided on?


I agree, it's not too important to overclock yet. Your GFX card is not going to be bottlenecked. You can save up even more and go with liquid cooling if you want, Keeps the system cool and quiet.
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July 15, 2014 1:29:12 AM

When I built my system 2 years ago I thought I'd stick to budget and not upgrade...hahaha. That clearly didn't happen. So, it is best to plan for future expansion or areas that could allow you to do so. My only regret was going cheap on mobo and buying a cooler. I would have been better off spending that extra money on a better mobo, cuz I later realized I wanted to push the system more but the mobo was the limiting factor. If I had a better mobo I'd be willing to spend more on a really good cooler.

In the above builds the mobo isn't a limiting factor. And since GPUs and CPUs are getting more efficient, having enough power is less of a concern. As long as you have 550W you'll be able to run most mid/high end GPUs even in the future.
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July 15, 2014 1:37:05 AM

envy14tpe said:
When I built my system 2 years ago I thought I'd stick to budget and not upgrade...hahaha. That clearly didn't happen. So, it is best to plan for future expansion or areas that could allow you to do so. My only regret was going cheap on mobo and buying a cooler. I would have been better off spending that extra money on a better mobo, cuz I later realized I wanted to push the system more but the mobo was the limiting factor. If I had a better mobo I'd be willing to spend more on a really good cooler.

In the above builds the mobo isn't a limiting factor. And since GPUs and CPUs are getting more efficient, having enough power is less of a concern. As long as you have 550W you'll be able to run most mid/high end GPUs even in the future.


Especially since gpus are getting more power effecient with maxwell and tunga apparantly.
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July 15, 2014 2:43:28 AM

Final Build> Ordering in few hours

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£79.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£44.50 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.74 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £741.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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July 15, 2014 2:46:32 AM

Mubariz123 said:
Final Build> Ordering in few hours

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£79.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£44.50 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.74 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £741.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available



Get the samsung Optical drive. Its like one quid more.
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July 15, 2014 2:47:47 AM

CraniumZ said:
Mubariz123 said:
Final Build> Ordering in few hours

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£79.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£44.50 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£227.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.74 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£60.06 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£11.09 @ Aria PC)
Total: £741.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available



Get the samsung Optical drive. Its like one quid more.


U wouldnt happen to have a link? Thanks:) 
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July 15, 2014 2:53:35 AM

Cheers, and isnt that 550w power supply the same series as the 650w one above, just 100w less?
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