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January 3, 2013 3:57:24 PM

Hello,

I would like to upgrade my current setup to improve my gaming experience. I also use the computer for some data analysis but that software I believe can only use a single core and I'm not sure about HT.

I'm thinking of buying the following:

cpu: i7 2700k 3.5Ghz (or i7 3770k 3.5 Ghz)
mobo: ASUS MAXIMUS V GENE
cooler: Arctic Freezer i30
ram: DDR3 2x8192MB CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance (9-9-9-24 1.5V)
+ an SSD drive for the system and the most used games (2 or 3)

Already have:

gpu: nVIDIA GTX280
psu: Arctic 700 (+3.3v = 30A / +5v = 38A / +12v1 = 22A / +12v2 = 22A / -12v = 0.6A / +5Vsb = 3A)
case: Thermaltake Armor+ VH6000BWS

For now, I'll be using my current GPU and plan to buy the top-end (single) NVidia at the end of the year.

I know that 2700k natively supports only RAM up to 1333 MHz but I read it works nicely with 1600 MHz regardless. I've read extensively the discussion about 2700k vs 3770k and I tend to go with 2700k to save 40 euros and less heat and more OC.

I would welcome any suggestions for a different/better mobo (up to ~150 euros), a better air cooler (a few degrees improvement) and/or other RAM options (I chose this one for the 1.5V which I read is a good option for OC).

Thank you

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January 3, 2013 4:02:50 PM

i hope you will not have problem with the new build, as your PSU is somewhat not certified
January 3, 2013 4:11:50 PM

Should I get a new psu?
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January 3, 2013 4:12:16 PM

i'm not sure what websites you can buy from but i would look at something like this. really no reason to get sandy bridge over ivy. especially if you are buying a z77 board. you said you don't need hyperthreading if that's the case get the 3570k. if you will use hyperthreading get the 3770k. ivy bridge is faster clock for clock so it makes up for any extra OC you can get out of the sandy bridge cpu.

i would get a cheaper motherboard unless there is some feature you need on the asus. you could also get a 128GB ssd for cheaper. get 1600 memory there is almost no price difference from 1333.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£162.74 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£105.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £479.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 18:06 GMT+0000)
January 3, 2013 6:13:36 PM

I'm in the minority here when I say I really, seriously hate Intel SSDs. I had one and had nothing but problems with it.

This would be a better setup:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£162.74 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£89.99 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £468.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 20:13 GMT+0000)
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