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Need help cutting down on new build

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October 30, 2011 8:32:27 PM

Hey guys, i've been looking around to build myself a new system, i'm a software developer so use my computer extensively for all kinds of things (Not so great at the hardware side of things though :) ) so i need a fairly powerful computer, however i'm hoping all you guys with your expert knowledge can trim the fat on this build a bit to shave off some money on un-needed things. (For instance I realise the PSU is robably WAAAAY too high)

Intel CPU Core i7 2700K Quad Core Processor Retail
# £261.80 #

Corsair CMPSU-1200AXUK Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W Modular Power Supply (PSU)
# £220.94 #

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Intel Z68 Socket 1155 Motherboard
# £155 #

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Black Mid Tower Case with Side Window w/o PSU
# £135 #

Total - £772

I'm planning on using a small 64GB SSD for the OS and critical apps, and a 3TB green drive for data storage (Have these already)

Also any recommendations on a GPU would be good :)  Doesn't need to be too powerful, however i do tinker with direct X and openGL from time to time, so it needs to be able to process games at a playable level (but graphic quality etc is really not that important - just speed!)

Any help would be fantastic :)  And I really am open to any and all suggestions - even if it means a rethink of the entire system

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October 30, 2011 8:49:29 PM

Sorry for the double post but it won't let me edit my original.

Just noticed i forgot to paste in the standard thread info.

Approximate Purchase Date: not urgent

Budget Range: £500 - £800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: lots of processor heavy stuff, movies, gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor (will be using hdmi)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, amazon

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: no pref.
Overclocking: Like to leave it open for future

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: at least 1600x1200
October 30, 2011 8:53:11 PM

I think you can cut out the i7-2700k and get a 2600k. The 2700k was just released and is still overpriced. Also, 1200w seems like WAY too much. I'm not a computer super genius, but I do know quite a bit. Finally, you have a lot of top of the line thing you're buying. I'm wondering if you really need them. What RAM do you have?
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October 30, 2011 9:53:49 PM

flyboy86: thanks a lot, power is something i've never really been sure about, just went with a PSU recommended in a different post for the i7.

I was thinking about £120 for the graphics card

TheRandomWookie: I actually read that in numerous places however here in the UK the price difference seems about £20
2600k is £230 - £240

So it seems for only £20 i may as well choose the newer option? or is it really that minuscule a difference between them that choosing the 2700k is always a bad choice

Corsair Memory Vengeance Jet Black LP 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop
# £45 #
October 30, 2011 10:00:37 PM

This PSU would save you a bunch.
A very good but affordable PSU.

This case saves a bunch for similar asthetics.

2600K as stated is sufficient, you don't need the 2700K, it won't provide a huge difference, only 300mhz faster which you can easily OC on the stock cooler.

October 30, 2011 10:01:05 PM

The case is expensive and really not that good . You could pay half as much and get the same or better quality

The 2700K for software development ? Are you writing Adobe CS6?
An i5 2400 is a VERY powerful processor . Unlikely you will ever need more .

A GTX 560 lets you play games even at 1080p level . So does a Radeon 6870 .

Power supply needs to be around 500 watts