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Total NewBuild : PSU & budget concerns

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January 16, 2013 9:50:20 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably before the end of the month.

Budget Range: £800, maybe stretch to £900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing/Gaming PC

Are you buying a monitor: No, it will be running off my Sony Bravia 32"

Parts to Upgrade: All new build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, looking at Windows 8 OEM

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Aria(aria.co.uk)/Scan(scan.co.uk)/Amazon(amazon.co.uk)

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Parts Preferences: Ivybridge-based, with a decent graphical push.

Overclocking: Maybe, never overclocked before but might dip my toe in so to speak.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 from my TV.

Additional Comments: Currently looking at the following parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling i30 Cooler
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 Double D Black Edition
Case: Antec One
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:

My power supply blew up on my well-used, aging, Phenom X3 rig, and as i am getting more involved with the video production side of my business and always wanting more for gaming, i figured it's time for a new build.

As i do have a budget the i5 was an obvious choice. the z77-v is required as i want the bundled wi-fi(no direct connect possible). Corsair and XFX i have always been loyal to in my builds and they have never gone wrong on me. To keep the cost down, the Antec One seemed like the best case to go with after researching similar priced cases. Same goes for the Samsung SSD, best value for money although the write performance benchmarks i've seen don't seem that great. Windows 8 is cheaper than 7, that's the only reason i've got for that choice.

Partpicker says it'll draw 310W, but i am not the greatest at picking out a PSU(although this was the first one that went on me). I'm already stretching the budget on this build as is, so i'm looking for recommendations on a good sub-£100 PSU that'll take the strain. Also if anyone has any ideas on cheaper options that won't impact the performance too much i'm all ears. It's been so long since i built a system i feel like it's all new to me.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 6:32:46 PM

I suggest this. Better CPU, Better GPU, Bigger SSD (x2 size). You will get better performance for video editing out of a stock i7 then a oc'd i5.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/xW1V
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/xW1V/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/xW1V/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£209.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£67.43 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£140.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£191.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
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) (£69.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £854.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 20:32 GMT+0000)
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January 17, 2013 10:34:09 AM

Thanks for the advice so far.

I've made a few changes to my bucket list.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y3iu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y3iu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y3iu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
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 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£70.86 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£161.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.10 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.98 @ Aria PC)
Total: £805.04

ASRock is basically the same spec as the V, just without the wi-fi, which i can pick up cheap. The case and PSU suggestions sit well with me, so thanks for them. On the hard drive this is only a boot drive so that's enough(i have storage drives already). The big question is whether i can justify the extra £70 for the I7-3770k(i want to at least leave the option open to OC, so i want to stick with z77 to make it easier). I'm not that bothered about beefing up the graphics, although the core 7870 is only a few £'s more?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2013 5:18:24 PM

mikeyfreedom said:
Thanks for the advice so far.

I've made a few changes to my bucket list.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y3iu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y3iu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y3iu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
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 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£70.86 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£161.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.10 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.98 @ Aria PC)
Total: £805.04

ASRock is basically the same spec as the V, just without the wi-fi, which i can pick up cheap. The case and PSU suggestions sit well with me, so thanks for them. On the hard drive this is only a boot drive so that's enough(i have storage drives already). The big question is whether i can justify the extra £70 for the I7-3770k(i want to at least leave the option open to OC, so i want to stick with z77 to make it easier). I'm not that bothered about beefing up the graphics, although the core 7870 is only a few £'s more?


Looks good, but get those two improvements. 70 for the i7 because you said you do rendering? The 7870 is worth it as it is GHz editon too.
January 18, 2013 11:14:10 AM

Trust Aria to throw a spanner in the works. Dropped the price of the 3570
Under 160 and a 7970 double D for £200..... SO MANY DECISIONS!
a b B Homebuilt system
January 18, 2013 9:40:41 PM

mikeyfreedom said:
Trust Aria to throw a spanner in the works. Dropped the price of the 3570
Under 160 and a 7970 double D for £200..... SO MANY DECISIONS!


Take the 7970 without question.
January 19, 2013 12:00:54 AM

camohanna said:
Take the 7970 without question.
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But it's a whole other kidney on ebay! iStarting to accept the fact that im going way over budget on this.

the 7970 needs two power plugs, can the corsair handle that?

January 22, 2013 3:29:03 PM

I'll be ordering at the week, coming in right on £900, which makes me cry a little but I think the extra beef will be worth it. Last thing though is whether I should go for the Core or DD edition 7870, it's only a fiver more but you get more with the Core Edition package?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2013 4:41:44 PM

I think the core is better, and if its only 5 for extra, go for it. better safe then sorry later :) 
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