Checking compatibility, mobo and gpu.

Hey
I should be ordering my new gaming pc in the next few hours and wanted to check a few things.
The build as it stands is
CPU: http://www.ebuyer.com/349022-intel-core-i5-3450-3-1ghz-socket-1155-6mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80637i53450
OS: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended-builders/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346362309&sr=8-1
RAM: http://www.ebuyer.com/248846-corsair-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-vengeance-memory-cmz8gx3m2a1600c9
HARD DRIVE: http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-barracuda-internal-hard-drive-st500dm002
OPTICLE: http://www.ebuyer.com/273174-sony-ad-7280s-sata-dvd-optical-drive-oem-ad-7280s-0b
INTERNET: http://www.ebuyer.com/278131-tp-link-pci-network-adapter-tl-wn851nd
CASE: http://www.ebuyer.com/343262-cit-vantage-gaming-case-black-hd-audio-black-interior-4-fans-card-cscitvan
PSU: http://www.ebuyer.com/269259-corsair-600w-cx-series-v2-psu-6x-sata-2x-pci-e-cmpsu-600cxv2uk

and here are the parts im choosing beside
GPU http://www.ebuyer.com/253958-gigabyte-gtx-560ti-oc-1gb-gddr5-dual-dvi-mini-hdmi-out-pci-e-gv-n560oc-1gi or http://www.ebuyer.com/362481-msi-nvidia-amd-hd7870-oc-1050mhz-4800mhz-2048mb-256-bit-ddr5-twin-frozr-r7870tf-2gd5-oc

MOBO http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GA-H61M-S2PV-SKT-1155-H61M-S2PV-Motherboard/dp/B006ZBS30W/ref=sr_1_50?ie=UTF8&qid=1345410160&sr=8-50 or http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007NOYCZ0/?tag=pcp0f-21

I would like to go with either the 560 ti or the 7870 and the cheaper mobo. But if i need to cpend more on the mobo i will get the ASRock H77.

My question is how much of a bonus will the more expensive components get me and is the system compatible?

Thanks

Andy
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  1. I see several issues:
    CPU: For 30 more you could have a 3570k. Why not just go for it. You'll have lots of extra performance at your fingertips.
    RAM: High profile design. Bad for compatibility with heatsinks. Consider the same ram in a low profile design.
    Hard Drive: Only 16 MB cache? Very low performance. Get a drive with 64 MB cache for reasonable performance.
    Optical: Sony doesn't make very good drives. Consider Pioneer or LiteOn instead.
    Case: Is rather low end. Consider putting some more into it and getting a better case with USB 3 ports in the front panel.
    MB: That Gigabyte board is the lowest end board they make. Don't get it.
  2. abekl said:
    I see several issues:
    CPU: For 30 more you could have a 3570k. Why not just go for it. You'll have lots of extra performance at your fingertips.
    RAM: High profile design. Bad for compatibility with heatsinks. Consider the same ram in a low profile design.
    Hard Drive: Only 16 MB cache? Very low performance. Get a drive with 64 MB cache for reasonable performance.
    Optical: Sony doesn't make very good drives. Consider Pioneer or LiteOn instead.
    Case: Is rather low end. Consider putting some more into it and getting a better case with USB 3 ports in the front panel.
    MB: That Gigabyte board is the lowest end board they make. Don't get it.


    Thanks
    I can get the 3570k for only 20 more so that sounds great.
    Im not 100% sure what ram i can get that has a lower profile, perhaps you can surgest one?
    for the hard drive i could get the http://www.ebuyer.com/341377-wd-500gb-green-desktop-drive-wd5000azrx for not much more. Would that be better?
    hmm, i have found http://www.ebuyer.com/341398-three-hundred-two-tower-case-incl-usb3-0-connector-in-0-761345-15320-1 its more than i would like to spend but if its needed ill pay

    what would be better
    the 3450 and the 7870 or the 3570k and a 560 ti?
    Im not 100% sure i can get both
  3. sushi1 said:
    Thanks
    I can get the 3570k for only 20 more so that sounds great.
    Im not 100% sure what ram i can get that has a lower profile, perhaps you can surgest one?
    for the hard drive i could get the http://www.ebuyer.com/341377-wd-500gb-green-desktop-drive-wd5000azrx for not much more. Would that be better?
    hmm, i have found http://www.ebuyer.com/341398-three-hundred-two-tower-case-incl-usb3-0-connector-in-0-761345-15320-1 its more than i would like to spend but if its needed ill pay

    what would be better
    the 3450 and the 7870 or the 3570k and a 560 ti?
    Im not 100% sure i can get both


    The 3570 for 20 more sounds great.

    RAM:Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Low Profile Vengeance Memory http://www.ebuyer.com/274035-corsair-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-low-profile-vengeance-memory-cml8gx3m2a1600c9

    HDD: No, a greens drive's performance will be unsatisfactory. Here's a good drive to get: WD 1TB Black Desktop Drive http://www.ebuyer.com/193712-wd-1tb-black-desktop-drive-wd1002faex

    I would go for the 3570k and 560Ti combination. Make sure you get a Z77 based motherboard so the CPU works straight away without requiring a MB BIOS update.

    The Antec case you linked to is very nice, and only a few dollars more.
  4. abekl said:
    The 3570 for 20 more sounds great.

    RAM:Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Low Profile Vengeance Memory http://www.ebuyer.com/274035-corsair-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-low-profile-vengeance-memory-cml8gx3m2a1600c9

    HDD: No, a greens drive's performance will be unsatisfactory. Here's a good drive to get: WD 1TB Black Desktop Drive http://www.ebuyer.com/193712-wd-1tb-black-desktop-drive-wd1002faex

    I would go for the 3570k and 560Ti combination. Make sure you get a Z77 based motherboard so the CPU works straight away without requiring a MB BIOS update.

    The Antec case you linked to is very nice, and only a few dollars more.


    Thanks
    I think ill get every thing you mentioned however the http://www.ebuyer.com/193712-wd-1tb-black-desktop-drive-wd1002faex may be a little more than i can afford at the moment. Would http://www.ebuyer.com/394432-wd-500gb-black-desktop-drive-wd5003azex be ok?
  5. Sure, that 500GB model is just as good. Go for it.
  6. abekl said:
    Sure, that 500GB model is just as good. Go for it.


    Sorry to trouble you again but http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-Vantage-Limited-Edition-Interior/dp/B007934S90/ref=sr_1_10?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1346369408&sr=1-10 ok?
    its cheaper than the other and in my opinion looks alot nicer :)

    This was the last question i promise XD
  7. No trouble at all. Ask all the questions you need to. It's my pleasure to help.

    I took a good look at the CIT case, and I have to tell you, I don't like it. First off, it doesn't have USB 3 ports in front. This might seem unimportant now, but will become more important as more more SW is distributed on flash drives, a growing trend. You'll miss not having the convenience of those fast ports sitting up front.

    The other thing is that it's made of really thin cheap metal. Nothing like the construction quality of the Antec.
  8. abekl said:
    No trouble at all. Ask all the questions you need to. It's my pleasure to help.

    I took a good look at the CIT case, and I have to tell you, I don't like it. First off, it doesn't have USB 3 ports in front. This might seem unimportant now, but will become more important as more more SW is distributed on flash drives, a growing trend. You'll miss not having the convenience of those fast ports sitting up front.

    The other thing is that it's made of really thin cheap metal. Nothing like the construction quality of the Antec.


    Thanks again :)
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