Revised build

Hello everyone, i have a bit more funding now, so around £550 instead of my original £500. Here is the set up i have worked out with the more future proof mobo and a beefier power supply after taking some advice. However should i spend it? on a better gpu or a better processor and so take a longer run approach?

Mobo - Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard

CPU - Intel i3-2100

RAM - Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS3 8GB

GPU -Sapphire HD6850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

HDD -Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 inch

OS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit

PSU- OCZ OCZ600MXSP-UK ModXStream Pro 600W

Sony 24x Internal DVD Rewriter - Black - Sony
CiT Vantage Midi Mesh Gaming Case with HD Audio, 4 Fans, Card Reader and No PSU - Black - CiT

I was thinking either a i5 2400 for the cpu but can't decide between AMD or Nvidia for the GPU if i decide to upgrade that:??:
Any help would be much appreciated
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  1. george1992uk said:
    Hello everyone, i have a bit more funding now, so around £550 instead of my original £500. Here is the set up i have worked out with the more future proof mobo and a beefier power supply after taking some advice. However should i spend it? on a better gpu or a better processor and so take a longer run approach?

    Mobo - Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard

    CPU - Intel i3-2100

    RAM - Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS3 8GB

    GPU -Sapphire HD6850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    HDD -Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 inch

    OS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit

    PSU- OCZ OCZ600MXSP-UK ModXStream Pro 600W

    Sony 24x Internal DVD Rewriter - Black - Sony
    CiT Vantage Midi Mesh Gaming Case with HD Audio, 4 Fans, Card Reader and No PSU - Black - CiT

    I was thinking either a i5 2400 for the cpu but can't decide between AMD or Nvidia for the GPU if i decide to upgrade that:??:
    Any help would be much appreciated


    You dont need a z board unless you are overclocking. Get an h77 and spend the difference to get a 560 ti.
  2. Are you going to SLI/Crossfire on that board? If so it only runs dual cards at x4, any SLI/Crossfire needs to run at-least x8 for the benefits to actually show up.

    The RAM you have listed is 1333Mhz. Standard now is 1600Mhz. I would suggest getting this 8Gb kit instead.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    I would suggest with the extra money to get a better CPU instead of GPU. Just means that when/if you swap out the GPU later, you dont have to buy another CPU to avoid bottlenecks.
  3. manofchalk said:
    Are you going to SLI/Crossfire on that board? If so it only runs dual cards at x4, any SLI/Crossfire needs to run at-least x8 for the benefits to actually show up.

    The RAM you have listed is 1333Mhz. Standard now is 1600Mhz. I would suggest getting this 8Gb kit instead.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    I would suggest with the extra money to get a better CPU instead of GPU. Just means that when/if you swap out the GPU later, you dont have to buy another CPU to avoid bottlenecks.


    For gaming the gpu is much more important and an i3-2100 will not bottleneck anything. Its a great gaming cpu.
  4. Thanks alot for the pointers, i was told by another member on here to get a z77 as it will allow for better upgradeability of other parts in the future eg cpu. Will an h77 still allow me to upgrade it all easily?
  5. george1992uk said:
    Thanks alot for the pointers, i was told by another member on here to get a z77 as it will allow for better upgradeability of other parts in the future eg cpu. Will an h77 still allow me to upgrade it all easily?


    If you think eventually you will get a cpu such as one of the unlocked "k" series and going to overclock, then get a z board. If not the H77 will allow an ivy bridge cpu but again no oc'ing i believe.
  6. i can't see myself overclocking so an h77 will be fine, i read an article just now about the differences, h77 don't allow overclocking or multiple GPU's which doesn't worry me so i reckon an h77 will be fine.
    Looking at an Asus P8H77-V Motherboard
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007KZQEGW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    Looks pretty good, don't want to waste money on a cheaper one then it is rubbish in the long run.
  7. george1992uk said:
    i can't see myself overclocking so an h77 will be fine, i read an article just now about the differences, h77 don't allow overclocking or multiple GPU's which doesn't worry me so i reckon an h77 will be fine.
    Looking at an Asus P8H77-V Motherboard
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007KZQEGW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    Looks pretty good, don't want to waste money on a cheaper one then it is rubbish in the long run.


    That looks like a good one. :D Im a big asus fan.
  8. george1992uk said:
    Thanks alot for the pointers, i was told by another member on here to get a z77 as it will allow for better upgradeability of other parts in the future eg cpu. Will an h77 still allow me to upgrade it all easily?

    That is wrong. IB is the last of its socket. It is worth keeping, though, because not everyone will upgrade next year.
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