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January 18, 2013 5:50:36 AM

Opinions on this build? Please don't tell me to upgrade anything, because I've already gone way over my original budget :) 

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570K (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache

Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z77-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPERX BEAST DUAL-DDR3 2400MHz X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)

Graphics Card
2GB AMD RADEON™ HD7870 - DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
120GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 555MB/sR | 510MB/sW)

2nd Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

SSD CACHE DRIVE
20GB INTEL® SSD 313 SERIES - SLC CACHE DRIVE FOR SYSTEM / 1st HDD (£90)

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT

Power Supply
600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

Processor Cooling
Corsair H40 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£39)

Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio (£28) *SPECIAL*

Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs

USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD

Firewire
3 Port IEEE 1394a Firewire PCI Card (£9)

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January 18, 2013 6:13:41 AM

The sound is not really neccssary since MB sound is prertty good now a days. Bes to build system and if not liking the sound quality, get a sound card then.

Aim for a 7200rpm drive with 64mb of cache as they perform better and are usually the latest generation of drives. Speed wise the latest seagate ones (7200.14) are the fastest.

For the ram, you might want to look to 1600mhz or 1866mhz ram sicne on intel systems, there is no noticeable benefit of faster ram use to the great Integrated memory controller.

For cooling the H40 will do worse than an air cooler. I would look to a Hyper 212+ Evo if you have the room in your case. If you want to stick with liquid cooled, I would consider the Antec 620, Corsair H55/old H60 and New H60. These oens can go on sale for about the same as the Hyper 212Evo. (grabbed my H60 for $30 which was like $2 more than a Hyper 212Evo)

For PSU look for brands like Corsair, XFX, Coolermaster (GX series or better ones only) Antec


January 18, 2013 6:23:06 AM

Pulling this from pcpartpicker UK, closest to the spec you want

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£84.98 @ Novatech)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.11 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£83.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£182.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£51.80 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£47.09 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £720.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 08:21 GMT+0000)

I went with a enterprise drive do to their higher reliability (and better GB/price ratio) and speed is not as important due to the drive being cached.
List is missing the 20GB intel cache drive, the BD writer is on 12x, I left out he sound card on purpose, chose the hyper 212Evo (a similar performing liquid cooler right now would cost an additonal 20-30 quid). Firewire card i left out of list (can't find it)
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