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October 10, 2012 1:08:11 PM

I have a budget of £900, I am stuck with a decision on 2 builds

Build 1

Zalman Z11 Plus High Performance Mid Tower Case
Corsair Memory TX650 V2 650W ATX Enthusiast Series
Asus P8Z77-V LX S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX
Intel Core i5-3570K S1155 3.4GHz 6MB
Corsair Memory Cooling Hydro Series H80 High-Performance CPU Cooler
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Intel 60GB 330 Series MLC 2.5" 25nm SATA 6GB/s 9.5mm SSD
Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Gamer Soundcard with Built-in Headphone Amp
Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 967MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI DirectCU II OC

OR

Antec 300 Three Hundred Case Black
Corsair Memory TX650 V2 650W ATX Enthusiast Series
Asus P8Z77-V LX S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX
Intel Core i5-3570K S1155 3.4GHz 6MB
Stock Heatsink
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP
OCZ Technology 120GB Agility 3 SSD Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive
Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 16MB 7200RPM Hard Drive (Second Hand)
Asus GeForce GTX 680 PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI DirectCU II OC

Both builds come in at roughly £900, and I cannot spend a penny more. My Monitor only supports up to 1360x768 or I can run HDMI, so I assume I can do 1080p. I don't overclock but I would consider it. I am looking to play games like Planetside 2, BF3 and any new games that come out. I like my games to look the best they can and run smoothly but I like to have all that I can. So my argument is, if Build 1 can play games aswell as build 2 with only losing something like 10fps I would prefer build 1 if build 2 gives me a massive performance then it would be build 2. I have looked at comparisons and I can see the GTX 680 Runs 33% faster than the GTX 660TI but what does that really relate to in fps and gaming in general. SO with my budget what would you do?

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October 10, 2012 1:17:47 PM

You're wasting money on the 680. It's very overpriced at its current pricing.
If you want Nvidia, get the GTX 670. It performs very close to the 680.

The Agility 3 has a reputation of being a bad SSD.
Get a 128gb unit on models like Vertex 4, Samsung 830, Crucial M4, or Plextor M5S.

The HDD in Build#2 seems to have a smaller cache size than #1.
I don't really recommend Seagates unless the budget is reaally tight, in your case I can suggest WD Caviar Blue or Hitachi Deskstar.

Lastly, before you start overclocking, get an aftermarket CPU cooler first. Cheapest but still reliable and high quality would be the CM Hyper 212 EVO.

That said, I like Build #2.
October 10, 2012 1:23:07 PM

Well the second build works well in all honestly.

GTX 670 is a great card. Money saved can net you a CPU cooler for your processor such as a Coolermaster 212 EVO.

128 gig SSD's are getting cheap. If you can get a Samsung 830 or Crucial M4. I have not had the issues with them as I had with OCZ brand.

If SSD is not an option skip it and just invest in a Western Digital Black hard drive.
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