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July 29, 2012 10:59:27 AM

Hey guys

I am in the process of building a Pc, primarily for gaming but it will also be used for editing photos and rendering.
I already have a mouse, keyboard, monitor (1920 x 1080 and playing in 3D), W7 64 bit home premium, 1Tb HDD, 500GB HDD, disc drive and a 750W power supply.

Id prefer to buy from sites like or

Here is what i had in mind so far:

- Gigabyte Z77X UD5H

- i5 3570K

- Palit 4GB GTX 680 JetStream

- Corsair 8GB vengeance

- Coolermaster Storm trooper

- Asus Xonar 5.1

My limit is around £1500 but i would prefer to keep it as low as possible without sacrificing too much performance.

please let me know what you think could be done different or better and why. Thanks!


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July 29, 2012 11:16:54 AM

Hey guys

I am in the process of building a Pc, primarily for gaming but it will also be used for editing photos and rendering.
I already have a mouse, keyboard, monitor (1920 x 1080 and playing in 3D), W7 64 bit home premium, 1Tb HDD, 500GB HDD, disc drive and a 750W power supply.

Id prefer to buy from sites like amazon.co.uk scan.co.uk or www.overclockers.co.uk

Here is what i had in mind so far:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx - Gigabyte Z77X UD5H

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-s-1155-ivy-bridge-quad-core-34ghz-5-gt-s-dmi-650mhz-gpu-6mb-smart-cache-34x - i5 3570K

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-palit-gtx-680-jetstream-28nm-pcie-30-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-1006mhz-boost-1058mhz-cores-1536-2-x-dl-d - Palit 4GB GTX 680 JetStream

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MHz-Vengeance-Memory/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343558909&sr=8-1 - Corsair 8GB vengeance

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-SGC-5000-KKN1-Coolermaster-Trooper/dp/B005QP4834/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1343559019&sr=1-1 - Coolermaster Storm trooper

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-Xonar-PCI-Audio-Card/dp/B003ZXDOL6/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1343559095&sr=1-1 - Asus Xonar 5.1

My limit is around £1500 but i would prefer to keep it as low as possible without sacrificing too much performance.

please let me know what you think could be done different or better and why. Thanks!
July 29, 2012 11:21:47 AM

May I ask the model of the PSU and how old it is?
Also, you should think about getting a cooler such as a Corsair H60.
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July 29, 2012 11:28:36 AM

keep in mind that if you want to do 3D in the future then the GPU will limit you to specific screens and specific games. The game issues are quickly disappearing with driver updates, but nVidia specifically seems to want to only allow their 3D tech to work on specific monitors and technologies, while AMD seems a little more open at this point.

Also, as lukieBoy noted; you need to make sure that your PSU is powerful enough for the system, and age will degrade your power output so you cannot always trust what the label on the PSU says.
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
July 29, 2012 11:31:02 AM

Sorry my mistake its only 700W, Arctic 700 about a year old
Thanks ill look into it although my friend is selling his Freezer 7 PRO Rev.2 dirt cheap so i might get that to begin with
July 29, 2012 12:36:17 PM

don't bother getting a H60. For that money you can spend on a Hyper and get a set of corsair SP120's with it.

you can get the same setup from overclocker.co.uk for a lil less. Might want to do so mix+match buying from two maybe more sites.

mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Ram:Corsair Memory Dominator Platinum
Ditch the sound card - as the onboards are better thant the Pentium days :) 
Case:Fractal cases are more functional and sleek looking. I'd vote for the Arctic white Define R4 midi
GPU: I'd skip a 4GB card and get this and if you had more to spend, this
CPU: your cpu link is broken, here however, for 5 quid less you're getting an OEM version of that 3570K.

990 quid with all the above including the EVGA 4GB classified.

* with that extra cash, might want to look into watercooling the entire rig i.e: cpu+gpu :) 
July 29, 2012 1:04:14 PM

this is what i would get. make sure that you get the psu from overclockers since the one on amazon isnt correct

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/dkDL

you can probably save even more money if you went with a 128gb SSD instead of a 256gb but it is pretty cheap in the UK
July 29, 2012 1:05:33 PM

what power supply do you have? you can probably reuse it if its good.
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    July 29, 2012 1:23:49 PM

    Thanks a lot! i have a 5.1 speaker set up, will this change the sound card option or will the onboard still be able to run this? also i was wondering if you could recommend any good water cooling solutions? (one of the things i liked about the Palit card was its triple fan setup)
    July 29, 2012 1:40:35 PM

    triple, double, single - all are the same. They become loud performers for audiences when temps start to rise. and the triple fan means that more than 80% of the cards heat is being dumped inside the case. So its not good thermally.

    Even If you have a 5.1 setup, it won't change my advice. The xonars are outdated for its time. In fact if you dig around, you can mod the software to perform and produce the console found on asus' ROG boards with their X-FI MB 2 application.

    watercooling, might want to head over to the watercooling section and start a new thread to get advice on your rigs watercooling. I'll be there ofc :) 

    right now, be seeing ya on the watercooling section. BTW, what make/model is your psu? I don't think you should invest in an SSD, wait a bit longer until you can call those HDD's old hags :D 
    !