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August 25, 2012 11:27:40 PM

Hello,

I am looking at getting a new Pc to replace my laptop. My budget will be approximately £900 (give or take).

I want the build to perform well and look nice. The date that I will be wanting to build my PC would be in late February.

Here is a list of components that I have put together so far:

Case: NZXT Lexa S (£65.91)

Mobo: MSI Z77A-GD55 (£120.35)

CPU: i5 3570K (£178.32)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz (£38.44)

GPU: MSI GTX 660 Ti (£251.74)

HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200RPM (£64.98)

Optical Drive: (£18.67)

PSU: Coolermaster GX 750W (£74.15)

OS: Windows 7 64 bit (£80.14)

Total: £892.70

Will this hardware be good/compatible? Is the case big enough for the hardware? Also if I were to in the future buy another 660 ti, would my PSU be powerful enough to power both cards. I am pretty sure that the motherboard offers SLI, but correct me if I am wrong.

As to overclocking, it is something that I may do in the future when I have more knowledge about the subject. I will probably buy a h60 when that time comes and I decide to actually overclock my CPU.

Thanks for reading, McNutterz :) 

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August 25, 2012 11:41:13 PM

oops, ignore my last message something retarded happened.

Those prices for alot of those parts look very cheap! Where are you buying from?

The build looks good
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August 25, 2012 11:52:27 PM

Thanks. The website is Ebuyer ( http://www.ebuyer.com/ ) Its a nice site that is based around electronics and computing.

I could still probably price match around in other sites like amazon but I wont do that untill I actually go to buy everything.

Ebuyer does offer great prices though!
August 26, 2012 1:55:49 AM

750W is way overkill for that build, and Cooler Master does not make the best power supplies.

I'd try something like this for that kind of budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.90 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.80 @ Novatech)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.09 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£197.79 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£77.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £856.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 02:55 BST+0100)
August 26, 2012 5:37:46 PM

Using that website I altered the PSU and this is the new list:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£50.21 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£107.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.47 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£258.79 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT LEXA S (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£55.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£71.05 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £898.45

This is with the added H60 however. Also you did not have an OS listed, this meant that I could not fit in the SSD.

The Motherboard/RAM/case that you listed did not appeal to me aesthetically. I like the way that the MSI 660 ti has the same colour scheme as the MSI Mobo xD.
August 26, 2012 5:59:03 PM

mcnutterz said:
Using that website I altered the PSU and this is the new list:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£50.21 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£107.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.47 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£258.79 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT LEXA S (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£55.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£71.05 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £898.45

This is with the added H60 however. Also you did not have an OS listed, this meant that I could not fit in the SSD.

The Motherboard/RAM/case that you listed did not appeal to me aesthetically. I like the way that the MSI 660 ti has the same colour scheme as the MSI Mobo xD.



That looks a lot better but ditch the H60 - those are the very low end of the liquid cooling spectrum. If you're going to do liquid cooling go with a real block or not at all. A strong air fan like a Noctua NH-U9B or Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo will give you the exact same results as that H60 will.
August 26, 2012 6:42:52 PM

Will the Coolermaster heatsink have similar temps to the Noctua NH-U9B? What overclocks do you think that I could achieve with either heatsinks?
August 26, 2012 8:23:48 PM

mcnutterz said:
Will the Coolermaster heatsink have similar temps to the Noctua NH-U9B? What overclocks do you think that I could achieve with either heatsinks?


Stably you can hit about 4.2 - 4.5. I wouldn't go over that if it's your first time. Most people that try to push their CPUs higher are really taking risks and if it's your first time I wouldn't attempt higher than 4.5.
August 26, 2012 10:32:50 PM

I will probably try to over clock without raising the voltage by any substantial amount.. Isn't 4.2GHz the clock speed which no voltage increase is required?
August 26, 2012 10:38:30 PM

It depends on the chip. For some, it's 4.3. For others, 4.2.
August 27, 2012 11:02:13 AM

What cases would fit the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo? How hot would a 3570k @ 4.3GHz get? I cannot seem to find how large the width of the inside of a case is?
August 27, 2012 2:52:20 PM

Pretty much and mid or full ATX case. Not that hot.
August 27, 2012 6:42:57 PM

mcnutterz said:
What cases would fit the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo? How hot would a 3570k @ 4.3GHz get? I cannot seem to find how large the width of the inside of a case is?


Pretty much any standard ATX mid tower will fit a Hyper 212. My work PC has an HAF 912 and a Hyper 212+ if that gives you any idea. Cases like the Antec 300 and Fractal Design Arc MIDI will fit it with no problems.
August 27, 2012 11:04:14 PM

Ok, thank you very much for all of the relies. Both of you have been a great help! :) 
!