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January 2, 2013 1:06:53 PM

Hi all!!

I'm obviously a new member to tomshardware.co.uk and I wanted to get some expert advice from you guys. I'm currently in the process of choosing parts for my new build and I just wanted a bit of feedback...

Approximate Purchase Date: I will be buying parts slowly as the money comes in over the next few months

Budget Range: Roughly a 1200 euros

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D rendering, animation and gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe might buy a second one...

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, Graphics card, case, SSD and maybe a moniter too

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.co.uk, Alientech.pt, Pixmania.pt

Location: I live in Portalegre, Portugal. Pretty remote actually...

Parts Preferences: Intel (for CPU) Asus (Graphics card and mobo)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: , 1680x1050, 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: Quiet as possible...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Needed for current course at university and general upgrade for gaming and future-proofing

CPU--- INTEL Core i7 2700K - 3,5 GHz OR INTEL 1155 CORE I7 3770K 3.50GHZ 8MB
http://www.pixmania.com/pt/pt/11199998/art/intel/core-i...
OR
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?cPath=180_1_22...

MOBO-- ASROCK Z77 EXTREME4 OR ASUS P8Z68-V GEN3
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?products_id=16...
OR
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?cPath=180_15_2...

RAM-- KINGSTON PC3-17000 2133MHZ 8GB XMP BEAST CL11 (2X4GB) DDR3 OR G.SKILL PC3-14900 1866MHZ SNIPER 16GB CL10 (2X8GB) DDR3
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?cPath=180_28_6...
OR
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?cPath=180_28_6...

GPU-- XFX RADEON HD7970 CORE 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?manufacturers_...

CASE-- ZALMAN Z11 PLUS
http://www.pixmania.com/pt/pt/12544139/art/zalman/caixa...

SSD-- CRUCIAL REALSSD V4 64GB 2.5" SATA II
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?cPath=180_9_16...

MONITER (MAYBE)-- PHILIPS V-LINE 236V3LSB6 LED FULL HD 23"
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?cPath=113_279_...

Well that's what I have in mind anyhow.....All opinion and ideas welcome

Cheers

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January 2, 2013 1:40:19 PM

For the SSD, get a new SATA 3 model like the Crucial M4. Also, try to get 128GB if you can afford it.

As far as RAM, I'd get a 16GB kit at 1600mhz. The performance improvements at higher speeds are not great, and they might have higher than 1.5v, which can void your CPU warranty and even damage the CPU.

Speaking of the CPU, while either of those is fine, I'd probably recommend the 3770k with the Z77. No point getting last year's tech. The 3770ks OC just fine from what I read.
January 2, 2013 2:04:54 PM

Ok so from what I gather, in the case of the SSD, getting a SATA 3 model is essential.

In terms of RAM its better to get 1600mhz at a lower voltage yes? I plan to OC so I
thought having the extra mhz would count for something....

Right so in the CPU's case you would recommend the ASROCK Z77 EXTREME4 mobo over the ASUS? but what about each MOBOS extra features? Which mobo is better to OC?

Thank you so much for your advice :D 
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January 2, 2013 3:18:29 PM

Don't OC the RAM unless you are certain some specific program you have is sensitive to the memory clock and performs better - it's pretty rare - as JMer said, there's no benefit in day to day use.

If you're OCing the CPU, need a cooler. I'd recommend cheap air.

If you want quiet, the Fractal Define R4 gets great reviews. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-obsidian-55...

Do you need the extra features? If so, then get the more expensive board. If not, then don't :) 
January 2, 2013 4:00:44 PM

Ok guys thank you for your input!

The cooler I have already for ocing the CPU is this one
SCYTHE MUGEN 3 REV B
http://www.alientech.pt/product_info.php?cPath=180_27_7...

Also do you guys know if the ASROCK Z77 EXTREME4 is compatible with virtu mvp by lucidlogix? I was also thinking about doing a RAMdisk setup, would it be possible with that MOBO?

Cheers
January 2, 2013 4:38:02 PM

Extreme4 does have VirtuMVP and I uninstalled the drivers. Just doesn't seem to do anything of value with a good GPU while adding one more thing to manage. Pass.

It also comes with RAMdisk software but haven't tried it. I run purely off an SSD so didn't see the need. Yes, I know it would probably be even faster :)  but this is fast enough.
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