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December 22, 2012 2:14:09 AM

Hi There
It's been 8 years since i last built my own pc so I'm rusty on the ins and out of it now I'm from the uk so everything i'll be ordering is from www.scan.co.uk I have a budget of £700 pound but I don't pay VAT my firend came up with a list for me just wanted an second opinion really


Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Gaming Case
Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 650W CP-9020038-UK Power Supply (PSU)
ASUS P8Z77-V LK 1155 Motherboard
Intel CPU Core i5 3470 Quad Core Processor
Corsair Memory Vengeance Black 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB
Samsung 128GB 830 Series SSD - Solid State Drive
WD 1TB Caviar Black Performance Hard Drive 7200rpm 64MB Cache
18x Black DVD-Rom from Samsung SH-118AB/BEBE x48 SATA

it works out to about £700

is there any room for improvement with my budget ?
cheers in advance james
December 22, 2012 2:21:29 AM

Your friend knows what he's doing, its a good build.

Only thing I would change is to get low profile RAM (if it isnt already)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
and aftermarket cooling so you can overclock.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-hyper-212-...

I would personally downgrade the case to a 400R/HAF-XM and invest the savings into a stronger GPU (a 7950 personally, or a 660Ti if you want to stay Nvidia).

EDIT: Just realized you have a 3470 (a locked processor) and a Z77 board. If you want to overclock, you need to get a 3570k CPU. If you dont want to overclock, save yourself and a bit of money and get a H77 board (and ignore the 212 EVO).
December 22, 2012 3:05:42 AM

hey manofchalk
cheers for the reply
that's nice advice about the downgrade on the case for a better GPU. I've looked into the 7950 i'll most likely roll with the 900MHz one now from XFX as that's within my price range now I have downgraded the case to the 400R corsair,
the cooler will have to wait for now had bad experience with overclocking before I set my old pentuim 4 on fire years ago with the first water coolers haha
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December 30, 2012 4:36:40 PM

Right, I've change some or my parts and been looking at the motherboard which is on my list but just can't make up my mind on which will be the better board

MSI Z77A-G43 or the ASUS P8Z77-V LK

the MSI am thinking will save me the time on the overclocking side
anyone able to share some light on this ?

cheers james
December 31, 2012 3:44:32 AM

Both are fairly similar, the only real difference between the two is that the ASUS supports dual Crossfire/SLI properly with 8x/8x bandwidth when two cards are in. The MSI has 16x/4x, so not good for Crossfire/SLI. If thats not a concern then get the cheaper of the two.

MIght I suggest the AsRock Z77 Extreme4, it has two more SATAIII ports than the ASUS, supports Crossfire/SLI and is cheaper than the ASUS.
December 31, 2012 7:45:09 PM

manofchalk said:
Both are fairly similar, the only real difference between the two is that the ASUS supports dual Crossfire/SLI properly with 8x/8x bandwidth when two cards are in. The MSI has 16x/4x, so not good for Crossfire/SLI. If thats not a concern then get the cheaper of the two.

MIght I suggest the AsRock Z77 Extreme4, it has two more SATAIII ports than the ASUS, supports Crossfire/SLI and is cheaper than the ASUS.

dude you are legend, I've gone with the motherboad you suggested.
It has taken me over the budget to £738.15 without cooler but I think it will be worth it. I've read the review on the board and it sounds great only thing left to do now is buy it all.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-carbide-series-4... Manufacturer Code:CC-9011011-WW £69.66 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-int...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a Manufacturer Code:Z77 Extreme 4 £88.77 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-... Manufacturer Code:BX80637I53570K £145.15 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v Manufacturer Code:CML8GX3M2A1600C9 £29.16 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-enthusiast-... Manufacturer Code:CP-9020038-UK £58.65 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7950-d... Manufacturer Code:FX-795A-TDJC £183.79 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-samsung-830-25-ssd... Manufacturer Code:MZ-7PC128D/EU £69.12 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-western-digital-wd10... Manufacturer Code:WD1002FAEX £60.70 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-118ab-bebe-bl... Manufacturer Code:SH-118AB/BEBE £9.21 Ex VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/plantronics-gamecom-380-... Manufacturer Code:86050-05 £14.79 Ex VAT

Carriage £9.15
Total £738.15


job done thank you for all ur help buddy

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