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Want to build new PC - help or suggestions please

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May 16, 2012 11:38:09 AM

Hi there,

TAGLINE:
New Build : Heavy use, Adobe and Gaming PC - £1500/$2300 budget


I'm looking to purchase a new PC, I've had mine for about 2 1/2 years so far and have started seeing the slowdown.

I do a lot of intensive graphics and coding work so there are a few things that must be included; anything else, feel free to go wild. My current system is also pretty loud as it has a huge 200mm top fan so a quieter one would be ideal. Lastly a powerful processor which won't max out to support use of Adobe suite, whilst running a lot of other programs and/or games.

Price bracket, £1500 or $2300

Must have:
2 GFX cards as I have a 4 monitor setup.
12GB or RAM minimum, I have 6GB DDR3 at current, and find it running out quickly.
Case fans, extra fans and CPU cooling to be as quiet as possible

I normally select all my components myself but its been about 2 years since I last researched anything heavily so I thought I'd draft in some help of some guys... and girls who are up to date.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 6 months

Budget Range: £1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy use of Adobe suite, hardcore gaming

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com, any other that ship free or cheap to UK

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, nVidia GFX

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: 2 GFX cards as I have a 4 monitor setup, or GFX with 4 DVI on same card.
12GB or RAM minimum, I have 6GB DDR3 at current, and find it running out quickly.
Case fans, extra fans and CPU cooling to be as quiet as possible

Many thanks.

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May 16, 2012 11:53:31 AM

You could build anything with that kind of budget.

Also, gtx 670/680 support 4 displays on a single card.
May 16, 2012 11:56:50 AM

Sorry should have mentioned, I require 2 cards because of 4 DVI cables... I was looking at the 670 tho :)  thanks for the reply.
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May 16, 2012 12:00:36 PM

Microcenter? I'm from the UK :) 

Looking for help with CPU/mobo's ideally
May 16, 2012 12:17:18 PM

@scotty
Not an Ivy Bridge model?
May 16, 2012 1:00:17 PM

Nay, socket 2011 is the high end stuff.

And when i do suggest ivy bridge i only recommend the standard non k series CPU's, as sandy bridges are superior temperature wise (you can reach far higher overclocks).
May 16, 2012 1:45:36 PM

so far I've found this- its been quiet at work

Intel Core i7 3930K
£440

ASUS P9X79 PRO
£191

16GB kit
DDR3 PC3-12800 • 8-8-8-24 • DDR3-1600
£112

Akasa's Venom Voodoo CPU cooler
£41

Green Aerocool X-Predator
£104


any objections or opinions?

EDIT:
after adding it all up, with 2 GTX 570's im nearly at my budget.

what are people opinions of knocking the Intel Core i7 3930K down to a Intel® Core™ i7-3820.
less cores and threads, cache etc but the 3820 stock speed is higher at 3.6ghz. but worth a saving of £200? to put on other components?
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