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January 6, 2013 12:35:05 PM

Hi, I am building my first system since putting together a 486 about 18yrs ago, advice much appreciated. Trying to keep to a £1000/$1500 budget. So far I have on my shopping list:

Case: Antec 902
MOBO: p8z77-V
CPU: i5-3570k
GPU: Sapphire HD 7950 Vapox-X
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
PSU: OCZ-ZT750 750W modular PSU
RAM 2 x 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz CL9 DDR
Seagate barracuda 500gb/750gb 7200rpm HDD (until I afford a SSD)


Grateful if there's anything there that raises eyebrows or doesn't suit the rest of the system. Hoping to have some overclocking at some stage and sopme future proofing.

Many thanks!!


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a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2013 1:18:49 PM

Got some great news. You can afford an SSD and a whole lot more. Not sure if you needed a monitor and OS. Added the OS, left out the monitor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£163.94 @ 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 (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £794.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 6, 2013 1:29:01 PM

Thanks for the reply, funnily enough I originally had the Antec 300 case in my wish list, and the 7870, but decided for a bit more oomph/future proofing with SSD something I could get later as low priority. I'd forgotten about an optical drive so thanks for that one!! Good to have another perspective, will have a deeper look.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2013 3:04:43 PM

You are still well under your $1500(US) budget. You could easily go for the 7950. The i5 is plenty for gaming as many games wont even utilize the hyperthreading of an i7. 16GB of RAM is also overkill, if your looking to save some cash.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£163.94 @ 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 (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£218.16 @ Dabs)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £844.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 17:05 GMT+0000)
January 6, 2013 7:38:36 PM

Thanks, some good deals there. Whilst I've not been quite as thrifty, is their anything wrong per se with the combo I have gone for? Mainly trying to ensure there's not too much wattage for psu, compatibility between components, etc?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2013 7:58:09 PM

No, 550W is plenty for a single GPU. 750W is overkill. It's your call, everything in your build will be fine. That's what's fun about building PCs :D 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2013 10:20:45 PM

cball1311 said:
You are still well under your $1500(US) budget. You could easily go for the 7950. The i5 is plenty for gaming as many games wont even utilize the hyperthreading of an i7. 16GB of RAM is also overkill, if your looking to save some cash.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£163.94 @ 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 (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£218.16 @ Dabs)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £844.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 17:05 GMT+0000)


Those are the exact parts that i reccomend.... Very nice build there. If you have the extra, you can upgrade to a 180GB Intel 330 Series SSD and a 7970 GPU
January 12, 2013 8:41:19 PM

Been looking through the bits and think I'm convinced on your system pound for pound - would that psu be good on that system for some overclocking, and even (less likely) for chucking n another gpu for some crossfire action or best getting something a bit higher capacity for uogradeability?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 9:30:36 PM

For overclocking, no problem. For CrossFire, you will need 700-750W.
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