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September 1, 2012 4:08:56 PM

Hello,

I have been putting together a list of parts for a new build. My budget is around £900 and I will want to build it around December.

I have a few questions about the build. Firstly is the power supply enough to support 2 way SLI for a 660ti (I wish to upgrade at a later date)? Secondly are there any improvements that can be made?

Here are the specs that I have put together so far:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gf1j
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gf1j/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gf1j/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: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£112.45 @ CCL Computers)
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 (£59.38 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£250.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.29 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £881.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 17:00 BST+0100)

Thank you for your time!

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September 1, 2012 4:36:30 PM

Great build :D 

Your PSU will definitely handle 660Ti SLI. Will even handle 2 680s in SLI. :) 
September 1, 2012 5:01:47 PM

Thanks, sounds good then :D 

SLI 680's are little out of my price range though ;) 
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September 1, 2012 5:07:41 PM

WAIT . Lemme do something
September 1, 2012 5:15:18 PM

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£323.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£77.40 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £904.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 18:15 BST+0100)

I got you a GTX 670 and this build will DEFINITELY SLI ! XFX PSUs are made by SeaSonic
September 1, 2012 5:44:39 PM

Ok, that new PSU looks nice and it is cheaper, I am definitely going to swap that out. As for the MOBO, i know that the ASRock is a solid board but the MSI board does match the aesthetics of the GPU and case.

Also you did not have the RAM listed with your price :) 

Using the XFX power supply I save £10 making the build total £870

The price with a 670 is £946

With an added monitor (approx £100) that makes my build go over £1000 - which i did not want to do.

In my opinion the 660ti is a sweet spot for price/performance and if I do find a single 660ti to not be powerful enough I could always just add another one a month or two down the line!

Thank you for the advice though :) 

If I can ask one question it would be what monitor to buy? I am wanting one priced around £100 with a resolution of 1900x1080 that has great picture quality. What would be my best option?
September 1, 2012 6:17:22 PM

mcnutterz said:
Ok, that new PSU looks nice and it is cheaper, I am definitely going to swap that out. As for the MOBO, i know that the ASRock is a solid board but the MSI board does match the aesthetics of the GPU and case.

Also you did not have the RAM listed with your price :) 

Using the XFX power supply I save £10 making the build total £870

The price with a 670 is £946

With an added monitor (approx £100) that makes my build go over £1000 - which i did not want to do.

In my opinion the 660ti is a sweet spot for price/performance and if I do find a single 660ti to not be powerful enough I could always just add another one a month or two down the line!

Thank you for the advice though :) 

If I can ask one question it would be what monitor to buy? I am wanting one priced around £100 with a resolution of 1900x1080 that has great picture quality. What would be my best option?


My GTX 670 build isnt that price
September 1, 2012 6:17:55 PM

Ahh whatever haha you can choose the 660ti no problem. Lemme try to find you a good monitor
September 1, 2012 6:18:44 PM

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£250.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£77.40 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: AOC E2243FW 21.5" Monitor (£104.91 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £937.82
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 19:20 BST+0100)

Here's everything with the monitor. I got you a 400R, its a way better case, very reliable, with plenty of USB 3 ports, and amazing ventilation.
September 1, 2012 7:14:59 PM

mcnutterz said:
Hello,

I have been putting together a list of parts for a new build. My budget is around £900 and I will want to build it around December.

I have a few questions about the build. Firstly is the power supply enough to support 2 way SLI for a 660ti (I wish to upgrade at a later date)? Secondly are there any improvements that can be made?

Here are the specs that I have put together so far:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gf1j
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gf1j/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gf1j/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: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£112.45 @ CCL Computers)
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 (£59.38 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£250.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.29 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £881.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 17:00 BST+0100)

Thank you for your time!


I can't see anything wrong with that, try to get the OEM i5 3570k though as itis £10 cheaper normally and you have the evo 212 for the hs&f. Very nice, i wouldn't say no to having that myself :) 
September 2, 2012 8:08:04 AM

Thanks for all the help/advice all of your comments are appreciated!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gjqg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gjqg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gjqg/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: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£112.40 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.64 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.41 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£250.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: AOC E2243FW 21.5" Monitor (£104.91 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £976.53
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 09:05 BST+0100)

Spot on budget and great performance to boot!

Thanks, McNutterz :) 
!