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August 31, 2012 10:40:15 AM

Hi

Any advice/critique welcomed.

Current system is Core i5 750 on P55, and a GTX 670 (unfortunately not a great sample, only overclocks to 1215MHz boost). I'm feeling the need to upgrade for no other reason than I enjoy building new PC's, and P55 is quite an old platform now. Other than upgrading video cards & ram I've been using the same build since 2009.

Currently use a single 1080p 60Hz monitor but planning next year to either go Nvidia surround or else 1080p 120Hz. I'm massively undecided as to which route to go but don't want to back myself into a corner, hence the 4GB GTX 680, which in SLI would be perfect for a 3 monitor setup, but would probably suffice for 1080p 120Hz too.

Old machine will be sold to re-coup some of the cost of new build.

Planned Build:
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 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£85.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£163.17 @ Ebuyer)
Additional Storage: Use current.
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (£479.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case (£94.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£111.42 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Fans: 2 x 120mm Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM Cooling Fan (£23.26 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1282.25

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon.

Budget Range: £1250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mainly BF3)

Location: United Kingdom

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: In future

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August 31, 2012 10:55:51 AM

Looks good.
August 31, 2012 10:58:51 AM

1: get 8gb of memory instead. you dont need 16gb in your type of usage. corsair vengeance lp 1600mhz sells for 29.99 at scan. extra memory speed also doesnt help
2:id get a better board like the asus z77-v pro. usually sells for 150 pounds
3:id get a samsung 830 256gb SSD instead. its 149 pounds or so at scan. the samsung 830 has a proven track record compared to the vertex 4
4:D ont know why people like evga so much. id stick with your current 670 as it will literally perform the same as the 680 you will buy
5;id get a xfx xxx 750w power supply instead. you dont need 850w and the unit im suggesting is more efficent and modular. they sell for 96 pounds at overclockers
6:as for the case, get the phantom 410. its the mid tower version of the phantom. you dont need the extra space

also, what do you plan on playing with 3 monitors? if its a fps game, id suggest no given it makes the cursor huge making headshots hardly possible. if its like a racing game or a MMO(have yet to hear about very demanding MMOs or racers), then id go that route
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August 31, 2012 11:04:22 AM

CPU and its cooler pretty good.
Mobo is good.
Only need 8GB of 1600Mhz RAM for gaming.
Why such a large SSD?
The GTX680 isnt that much of an upgrade to your current GTX670, its not worth shelling over another $500 for it. Also, if triple screen gaming is a serious consideration, get the HD7970 Ghz edition. It will outperform that 680, overclocks nicely, comes with 3GB of VRAM right on the board and is bundled with Eyefinity, which is far superior to Nvidia Surround. Chances are cheaper as well. Also, I avoid EVGA cards due to their reference cooling design, get a card that has custom cooling.
Case is good.
PSU is a bit overkill, downgrade to 750W. If its the matter of $10 or so you might as well get the bigger supply though.
August 31, 2012 11:27:53 AM

Thanks for the replies guys.

Made a few changes:

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 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.19 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£149.97 @ Amazon UK)
Additional Storage: Use current
Video Card: Use current
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 750W XXX Edition Modular '80 Plus Silver' Power Supply (£96.98 @ Overclockers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £688.38

1. Memory changed to 8Gb - nice saving.
2. Decided to keep the ASRock mobo, I've read good reviews on it.
3. SSD changed to Samsung 830. I've currently got an old kingston 96Gb SSD and constantly run out of space and have to install things to my old HDD, hence going for 256Gb should mean I can install most games/apps on it.
4. Decided to keep my 670, it will save a lot of money and I can always sell it and upgrade later on. Means I'd have to buy a GFX card or sell my old rig without one, but overall it's going to work out loads cheaper anyway. Thanks for the advice on that one. I know the 670 performs nearly as well as the 680 but guess I was changing it for the sake of it!
5. PSU changed to XFX 750w unit.
6. Case changed to Phantom 410 although i might change my mind on this as I prefer the built in fan controller on the Phantom Enthusiast, and the cost difference is only £10.

As for triple screen gaming, I mainly play FPS games but do play F1 2011 as well. Might skip it and go for 1080p 120 Hz instead as I think thats meant to be better for FPS.

Thanks for your help!

Mike.
August 31, 2012 11:30:54 AM

This is great! Go for it! :) 
August 31, 2012 11:34:16 AM

Oh and I recommend you go with G.Skill RipJaws X RAM instead. It's better, trust me. I'm a hardware tester, that why I got that monster on my signature :) 
August 31, 2012 11:36:28 AM

arzbhatia said:
Oh and I recommend you go with G.Skill RipJaws X RAM instead. It's better, trust me. I'm a hardware tester, that why I got that monster on my signature :) 


Better how? overclocking wise or stability?
August 31, 2012 11:40:54 AM

Both :) 
August 31, 2012 11:45:19 AM

arzbhatia said:
Both :) 


Faie enough! :) 
August 31, 2012 11:45:19 AM

Great!

Have fun :D 
!