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January 12, 2013 12:15:24 AM

:hello:  New at this, I'm looking for help with a build. I have a list of what Id like but if you can recommend better parts or a cheaper supplier than what I'm thinking then please tell me :D , as well as that some tips on whether what got on my list is the best bang for buck as well as to check compatibility etc; would really hate to run into a problem just as i go to build the thing :pt1cable:  :lol:  I've tried to be as precise as possible with what I want to do, all advice welcome
(also thanks to FinneousPJ for tips on layout)

Approximate Purchase Date:30/1/13

Budget Range: approx £500-550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New Build- all i have that I'm happy to carry to the new build is the ssd below that I got in an amazon sale (256 gb, would prefer to leave the rest of my old system intact for a younger family member) I've got a part for everything but need a little advice on a suitable GPU as well as some pre-emptive trouble shooting on the build (bottlenecks, etc)and advice on whether or not I've chosen the best parts for the job or if they have better alternatives or could be found for a better price elsewhere.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK sites, scan, aria, whatever is cheapest ;) 

Location: London, Kent, UK

Overclocking: Maybe- still new at this but would give it a go if recommended

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Right now i can play videos etc well but nothing higher load than that, Id like to get the best resolution possible in the newest generation of games (farcry 3, Skyrim, Assassins Creed 3, etc

Additional Comments: Would also like to drop in a multi-card reader (future add on)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: As I said Id like to play the newest generation of games and now that I have the cash and the confidence to do it myself I figure I might as well

So, my build so far :
( feel free to tell me everything I've got wrong its what I'm here for :lol:  )

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Inte...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-hyper-212-...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155...

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.98 @ Amazon UK)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004CRSM4I/?tag=pcp0f-21

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Bought in a sale @ Amazon UK)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009LI7C9Y/?tag=pcp0f-21

GPU: Help! initially I thought a Radeon HD 7850 or 7870 but would this bottleneck the system? should i spring for a 7950 instead? (would be prepared to go slightly over budget but would mean delaying the build :(  also any advice on a particular make? sapphire? or should i go with something else entirely?

Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£97.00 @ Aria PC)
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Midi+To...

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-corsair-builder-ser...

Other: NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan-Controller (£25.19 @ Amazon UK)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/NZXT-Sentry-Mesh-Fan-Controller...

Total: £481.91

Apologies if this looks like a shambles :na: 

Cormac

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January 12, 2013 12:17:09 AM

The fan controller is a waste of money but everything else looks good, I say go for it.

Oh wait - drop the fan controller and use the money to upgrade your power supply to a TX650 - THEN everything looks good.
January 12, 2013 12:35:41 AM

The 7870 has a big performance boost from the 7850, but the former is only a few frames away from the 7950. So it's either the 7870 or 7950, but the latter has better stock performance, specs, and OC capabilities.

If you're going for 7870 or 7950 though, I suggest getting at least 500w.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/powersupp...
January 12, 2013 1:06:31 AM

If you choose 7870, get one with the Tahiti LE GPU instead of Pitcrain. Faster than regular 7870.
January 12, 2013 1:40:10 AM

The 430W PSU is a little on the low side. I'd suggest 500W to be safe.

What is your monitor's resolution? For 1080p, I wouldn't buy less than a 7870. 7950 is supposed to be spectacular, but what about a 660ti? The price on the 660ti has fallen and I think its appropriate now, around a £175 for a good model.

Fan Controllers seemed to have mixed reviews. Personally I run CPUID to make sure my fan speeds are cooling appropriately and I can increase speeds with ASRock AXTU. Point being, skip the controller and use the money for a 7950/660ti.
January 12, 2013 1:47:08 AM

If you oc the 7870 and get the Sapphire version of the card and you should be fine it really won't be much different than a stock 7950 and as far as the 660ti dont even try it the Amd cards have acceled ahead of the nvidia
January 12, 2013 2:29:08 AM

envy14tpe said:
The 430W PSU is a little on the low side. I'd suggest 500W to be safe.

What is your monitor's resolution? For 1080p, I wouldn't buy less than a 7870. 7950 is supposed to be spectacular, but what about a 660ti? The price on the 660ti has fallen and I think its appropriate now, around a £175 for a good model.

Fan Controllers seemed to have mixed reviews. Personally I run CPUID to make sure my fan speeds are cooling appropriately and I can increase speeds with ASRock AXTU. Point being, skip the controller and use the money for a 7950/660ti.


Yeah I agree - I didn't realize the PSU was a CX430 - that's a horrible choice if you want to run any decent video card. Most motherboards have built in fan controllers and you can control them in the BIOS - no need to purchase a separate unit.
January 12, 2013 3:45:10 AM

ikes9711 said:
If you oc the 7870 and get the Sapphire version of the card and you should be fine it really won't be much different than a stock 7950 and as far as the 660ti dont even try it the Amd cards have acceled ahead of the nvidia


haha. another AMD fan boy. 660ti is above a 7870, and the 660ti outperforms the 7950 in most games. Also, don't forget that fps is not the only measure of a good card.
http://techreport.com/review/24051/geforce-versus-radeo...

OP, don't take advice from a guy(ikes9711) with AMD 6670s. He/she clearly does not play games above Low settings, so he is not qualified to comment.
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