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Building New PC

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July 18, 2012 10:26:07 AM

Hi, please can I have some help in choosing parts and what to do. I'm new to all of this so any help is really appreciated. Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next

Budget Range: Total maximum spend £800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Good gaming, good general use to last quite a few years

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, not chosen yet

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: England

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, probably crossfire though will only get one graphics card at the moment

Your Monitor Resolution: Yet to choose

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The home desktop I use at the moment still runs Windows 98

Parts chosen:

CPU - Intel i5 3570K £175

Motherboard - Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77X-D3H £100

Hard-Drive - Seagate 750Gb Momentus XT £114

Ram - Corsair Vengeance 8Gb £42

Cooler - Coolermaster Hyper 212EVO £31

PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series High Performance 750W Power Supply £84

Graphics Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 £102

Yet to choose sound card, computer case, monitor

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July 18, 2012 11:06:02 AM

Dont get the Seagate momentus , i have one, its a ******* waste to get an Hybrid Drive I get the same speeds than my storage Sata III Drive and i pay almost the Double for this thing, Get a normal Hard Drive and Then get a cheap ssd of 60 gbs to store your Os.

The Psu is really Overkill if you are going Ivy Bridge and 7770. Get a 650w even a 550w would be Okey.

Sound Cards are always a problem for me, Either you go Full Retard and get the High end one, or get the really cheap one that gives you like a 10% boost.

Case is your Choice, Get the one you Like more get a good looking one for your eyes cuz you will be seeing it for a long, long time.

Nice choice on the Cooler btw.

July 18, 2012 11:44:37 AM

1: just get a regular hard drive
2:you need bigger gpu like a 7850 from asus
3:get a smaller psu like a xfx 650w for future crossfire. xfx i believe is cheaper than corsair and they are made by seasonic
4:for a computer case, a fractal core 3000 should suit your needs fine
5:any monitor that is 21.5 and 1080p is good.
6:for the sound card, the onboard stuff is ok for 90% of users. if you really want one, you can get a asus dx 7.1 sound card. much much better than the creative crap
7:vengeance ram is a no-no if you want to put it under a heatsink. get gskill ripjaws x memory
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July 18, 2012 8:06:30 PM

Thank you both for the help, need to do more searching for hard drive and SSD pairings but it sounds like a very good idea!
I've been thinking about changing the gpu but it costs so much! Thats why I thought the 7770 as it's much cheaper, with the ability of doing what I would like at the moment and then the possibility of future crossfire.
I'll change the psu to the xfx 650w, don't really have a clue about them and as you both said get a smaller one, this will be a lot better.
I won't get a sound card then, if it sounds practically the same as the internal one unless you spend a lot of money there's no point!
The case I'll probably decide last, though I like the look of the Fractal Core 3000, what I was looking for.
I'll probably change the RAM, seen a lot of that type throughout this website so must be a goodie.
The cooler was chosen by people on here, so not by me so no wonder it's good!

Thank you both and hopefully, I'm nearly there!
July 18, 2012 8:16:46 PM

the 7770 is cheaper but you dont get much performance compared to the 7850. you basically get double the processing units with a 7850 but around 1.5-1.75x more performance