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First PC build. £2500 budget. Plans to Upgrade to gtx870/880 sli when released. Are these specs okay?

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August 2, 2014 2:43:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£236.34 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.15 @ Amazon UK)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (£7.27 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£155.00 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (£128.59 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For £0.00)
Storage: Seagate SV35.5 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.22 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£273.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE90 V2 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£131.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.05 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For £0.00)
Monitor: Asus MX279H 27.0" Monitor (£258.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£21.98 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K95 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£150.00)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For £0.00)
Headphones: Sennheiser PC330 Headset (Purchased For £0.00)
Other: NZXT HUE with LED Controller (£32.23)
Total: £1656.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-02 22:38 BST+0100

I plan on getting either 2 x gtx870s or 2xgtx880s when they come out in October/November. Then I'll sell the GTX770.

As you can see this build includes the cost of a keyboard and screen (£400). I have a windows 8 key already.

16GB ram is required, along with the 3tb secondary storage drive. I will wait for the k95 RGB version to come out, hopefully soon. Will get a mediocre keyboard in the meantime.
I also want the Nzxt hue to light up my case, and to be able to control the lighting easily.
I can still pick a different network adapter for wifi in case I need it, the only thing I'm unsure about personally is the Corsair PSU. I've heard bad things about the most recent models. Which one should I get, and how much wattage is needed? I might get a gtx880 sli setup.

Also I'd like to keep this for at least 4 years, so I might need to prepare for the 2015/6 series if I choose to upgrade to the next Nvidia set of cards, or the one after. Don't want to be short of power. Oh and it has to be gold + fully modular.

Thank you!

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August 2, 2014 4:25:41 PM

Indeed. Good idea. If you have room in your buget and want something with a little extra something. you could go with the Platinum model.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220p2...

or

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-ax...
This model probably has more juice then you need but if you can afford it, I always like to have a little more then I need rather then not enough down the line. I used to only pack 400 watts into my P/S because I couldn't see needing more.... and then God invented graphics cards.
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August 2, 2014 6:04:10 PM

Thank you so much. If I get the EVGA one, would this build seem decent enough? Everything should work perfectly well, right?
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August 2, 2014 6:29:29 PM

yeah everything looks pretty decent and should last you for a good while. Though you might as well get the K70 Keyboard. the K95 doesn't really bring anything to the party except for the extra hot keys. if you don't need the hot keys you can save a few P by getting the K70.
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August 2, 2014 6:55:35 PM

DHFF said:
yeah everything looks pretty decent and should last you for a good while. Though you might as well get the K70 Keyboard. the K95 doesn't really bring anything to the party except for the extra hot keys. if you don't need the hot keys you can save a few P by getting the K70.


Thank you! And I think I do want the macro keys. Will be pretty sweet, you can set them easily. Just press a button on the keyboard, choose the macro key, and then do whatever sequence you want, and press the button again.
Will help to speed some things up! But I'm not to sure about the reduced desk space and it depends how much more the k95 is in the UK.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-GjMH8kQlc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jljdXYfmz0

Here's the final spec, most likely. I changed the PSU to the EVGA 1000W one. And I'll get everything from Scan.co.uk. It's only a slight amount more.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£236.34 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.15 @ Amazon UK)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (£7.27 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£155.00 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (£128.59 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For £0.00)
Storage: Seagate SV35.5 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.22 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£273.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£148.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.05 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For £0.00)
Monitor: Asus MX279H 27.0" Monitor (£258.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£21.98 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K95 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£150.00)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For £0.00)
Headphones: Sennheiser PC330 Headset (Purchased For £0.00)
Other: NZXT HUE with LED Controller (£32.23)
Total: £1673.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 02:53 BST+0100

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August 2, 2014 7:08:14 PM

oh yes, I almost forgot, what is your backup plan? do you have an external? I always include (3) drives in my rigs, an SSD for windows an programs, a HDD for storage and a HDD for backup. If you dont want a second HD then you should have an external to back everything up.
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August 2, 2014 7:34:41 PM

DHFF said:
oh yes, I almost forgot, what is your backup plan? do you have an external? I always include (3) drives in my rigs, an SSD for windows an programs, a HDD for storage and a HDD for backup. If you dont want a second HD then you should have an external to back everything up.


I already have a Samsung s2 portable 1tb external. I might get a seagate 2gb portable, but I sort of want to wait until there are 3tb portable hard drives to upgrade.

I've just recently started using Netflix. It's absolutely fantastic. So the space needed for storage is greatly reduced. However I don't need to upgrade right now anyway. Hopefully I will be ordering these parts next week!
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August 2, 2014 7:38:51 PM

Good luck with your build!
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August 2, 2014 7:58:47 PM

indeed, sounds like you are all set. Good luck, let us know if you have any questions.
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August 2, 2014 9:15:55 PM

Thank you for your help! I'll let you know when I order the parts/ how I get on. Have watched a few video guides on youtube to get a gist of it.
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August 7, 2014 5:05:39 AM

Choosing between three gpus right now.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-msi-gtx-780-twin-fro...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-954mhz-boost-1006mhz-cores

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-zotac-gtx-780-overcl...

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-msi-gtx-770-twin-fro...

Basically, what will make me loose the least amount when I sell it after I get 2x gtx870s? Also I'd rather pay a little extra and get MSI vs Zotak, although Zotak offer a 5 year warranty compared to 3 years. But is warranty transferred when I sell it to somebody,?
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August 7, 2014 6:12:32 AM

I dont have a good history with Zotak, mostly network cards and a few switches and they have been junk. MSI however is a solid brand an a leader in the graphics card and motherboard arena.

The Twin Frozer 3GB model is the one I am planning on getting next. as for resale, The 4GB model would have the best resale, but that all depends on when you upgrade. Computer hardware depreciates sickeningly fast. With every passing year the hardware gets cheaper. Say you want to sell it off for 50% of what you bought it for two years from now. Chances are the average person can pick up something with similar specs brand new for the same price or so. The only way I have ever made money off old hardware is by building it into a system and selling it to a client who is looking for an inexpensive used rig. Most of the time however I just wind up donating it to my sons.
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August 7, 2014 1:38:34 PM

DHFF said:
I dont have a good history with Zotak, mostly network cards and a few switches and they have been junk. MSI however is a solid brand an a leader in the graphics card and motherboard arena.

The Twin Frozer 3GB model is the one I am planning on getting next. as for resale, The 4GB model would have the best resale, but that all depends on when you upgrade. Computer hardware depreciates sickeningly fast. With every passing year the hardware gets cheaper. Say you want to sell it off for 50% of what you bought it for two years from now. Chances are the average person can pick up something with similar specs brand new for the same price or so. The only way I have ever made money off old hardware is by building it into a system and selling it to a client who is looking for an inexpensive used rig. Most of the time however I just wind up donating it to my sons.


Hi, thanks for the reply.

If you see the links, I am basically choosing between the 4gb 770 and a 3gb 780. I will sell this after I get 2x gtx870s in sli when they come out later this year.

That would be in 3 ish months? So out of those what should hold it's value the best?
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August 7, 2014 8:33:59 PM

Typically the higher the specs, the better the resale. If your main interest is getting the most back then go with the 4GB model.
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August 7, 2014 9:40:01 PM

R9290X said:
modernwar99 said:
Since you're planning on upgrading to 870 or 880 sli I would get at least a 1000 watt PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


WTF? You don't need 1000W. The 870/880 are around the 100 watts already, so that's pointless.


Two 780s can draw up to 250-300 watts each. The CPU, cooler, mobo, drives, and memory use about 200 total. That's about 800 watts, and it's always good to have headroom when buying a PSU, oh and overvolting draws even more power.
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August 7, 2014 9:42:42 PM

modernwar99 said:
R9290X said:
modernwar99 said:
Since you're planning on upgrading to 870 or 880 sli I would get at least a 1000 watt PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


WTF? You don't need 1000W. The 870/880 are around the 100 watts already, so that's pointless.


Two 780s.


We aren't talking about 780's.
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August 7, 2014 9:48:46 PM

He said he will be upgrading to a 870 SLI or 880 SLI in the future, so he should buy a PSU now that is big enough to handle them, so he doesn't have to upgrade in the future.
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August 8, 2014 3:41:50 AM

kiwikozo said:


Hi, thanks for the reply.

If you see the links, I am basically choosing between the 4gb 770 and a 3gb 780. I will sell this after I get 2x gtx870s in sli when they come out later this year.

That would be in 3 ish months? So out of those what should hold it's value the best?


Of course the other option is to wait. If we are only talking 3-4 months then your most profitable solution is to get by with what you have now or buy a $50 card to hold you over till the cards you want are on sale. Otherwise you will loose money, even if you bought the 4GB model today an sold it tomorrow you would be taking a hit because people do not like to buy used unless they are getting a deal. So my suggestion is to not buy anything and save up for the two cards you want, you will need all your spare pennies as hardware, especially graphics cars are at a premium the first year they are released.
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August 18, 2014 4:46:58 AM

DHFF said:
kiwikozo said:


Hi, thanks for the reply.

If you see the links, I am basically choosing between the 4gb 770 and a 3gb 780. I will sell this after I get 2x gtx870s in sli when they come out later this year.

That would be in 3 ish months? So out of those what should hold it's value the best?


Of course the other option is to wait. If we are only talking 3-4 months then your most profitable solution is to get by with what you have now or buy a $50 card to hold you over till the cards you want are on sale. Otherwise you will loose money, even if you bought the 4GB model today an sold it tomorrow you would be taking a hit because people do not like to buy used unless they are getting a deal. So my suggestion is to not buy anything and save up for the two cards you want, you will need all your spare pennies as hardware, especially graphics cars are at a premium the first year they are released.


I'm in the UK, also Nvidia said it would come out in September / October.
I bought a gtx770 for £240 - evga superclocked 2gb. I plan to sell this once I get my gtx 870 sli setup.
Since amazon UK offer free returns for 30 days, if they bring out the cards and offer them for sale I will buy 2 x870 sli setup from Amazon and return the 770. If they release it after or there are delays I would have to sell it on ebay.

I presume the 870 will cost around £300 when it's released, so I'll get 2 and probably keep this setup for 3 years.

I'm just wondering how much you think I would get for this card once I sell it after the 870/880 are released.
£150+ is fine considering I can't wait forever and still want to play games for the next couple of months.

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