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May 3, 2012 2:50:17 PM

Build Template:

Approximate Purchase Date: asap
Budget Range: <=£1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, watching movies, media editing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, case, monitor, data drive (500GB Samsung Spinpoint 7200rpm), power supply (Corsair modular 650w).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: / other uk
Country: UK
Parts Preferences: See selected parts below
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Quiet and cheap as possible

So far I have selected:

CPU: Core i5 3570K 178.98 (170.58 OEM)
Mobo: Asus Maximums V Gene 150.92
Mem: 2x 4GB Corsair Vengance 16000 48.66
Cooler: Antec Kuhler H20 620 45.84
GFX: MSI Twin Frozr 680GTX 2GB 479.62
OS Drv: Samsung 830 128GB 134.54

Was hoping for people's opinion on the build; is it any good? Could I reduce costs in anyway without suffering performance? Could I improve performance without increasing costs? Parts i'm least sure about are the SSD and graphics card.


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May 3, 2012 3:08:44 PM

well since you plan on ocing you could drop the ivy bridge version of the i5 and just get the 2500k that will save you $30 then the additional money you save on the mobo and you could get a nice ssd for a boot drive

the reason i say this is because the only real difference between ivy bridge and sandy bridge is a 10% stock clock speed increase which is irrelevant if the user is a over clocker
May 3, 2012 3:13:24 PM

Fair point, would have to change the mobo also in that case.

However, I usually tend to run stock until I find my system struggling with games, then OC. The benefits of this are probably marginal but it should increase the component's life expectancy, use less power for a while and produce less noise while I don't need the extra power.

You say I could get a "nice ssd for a boot drive", is the one I selected not any good then? If so could you suggest some alternatives?

Cheers for the advice.
May 4, 2012 3:09:16 PM

okay and actually IB runs hotter than SB when overclocked go figure but in terms of a SSD maybe a Chronos?