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November 19, 2012 7:04:21 PM

Hey guys,

So I'm thinking about getting a build around the £800-900 mark, and these are the specs I'm currently considering, as well as a few questions or comments about each:

Really, I just want to know about any compatibility issues that I've missed - I've done my best to read up on everything I can:

Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower: Is this case big enough to hold all the components?

MoBo: Asus P8Z77-V LX: I know jack *** about MoBo's, any obvious compatibility issues?

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB: Will just partition for now, don't really want to SSD due to the insane price tag.

PSU: Corsair 650W Gold Professional: Sufficient wattage and rails etc?

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti: Will this require more PCI slots?

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Patriot Viper DDR3 1600MHz: may shove more in at a later date

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz

ODD: Not sure, some cheap 10 quid CD reader will suffice as I don't do any burning or anything

OS: To be decided.

Are there any parts that are grossly unnecessary and as such I could tune down to make more room for others? Many thanks

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November 19, 2012 7:43:49 PM

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Are there any parts that are grossly unnecessary and as such I could tune down to make more room for others? Many thanks


That mainly depends on what the purpose of this PC is going to be for. If it's gaming I'd heavily suggest using the i5-3570K instead and then upgrading your GPU to a GTX 670 or Radeon 7950. That motherboard is a good choice and the case is excellent. SSDs have come down in price a lot but you can always add one later on.
November 19, 2012 7:44:29 PM

i7 gains you nothing, for gaming. It's only of any benefit, if you're looking to do high-end photo/video editing, or 3D design work. Case is far bigger than you need. Would prefer better, more reliable (or at least better warranty) WD Caviar Black for HDD. With a bit of shuffling, you can get better graphics card.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.20 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£77.60 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£75.41 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£304.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.40 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £869.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 21:39 GMT+0000)
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November 20, 2012 2:47:26 PM

Thank you very much for your replies. I'll take that into account, as downgrading the i7 to an i5 will save me £100 there and then, which I can use to upgrade other components. The only video editing I'll be doing is rendering now and then (not really high end, and certainly not all the time either) - will that change anything?
November 20, 2012 3:21:50 PM

facem3lt3r said:
Thank you very much for your replies. I'll take that into account, as downgrading the i7 to an i5 will save me £100 there and then, which I can use to upgrade other components. The only video editing I'll be doing is rendering now and then (not really high end, and certainly not all the time either) - will that change anything?


Not really, you're better off investing that money elsewhere and not in the CPU. The 3770K is good but is not needed.
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