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January 20, 2013 12:57:58 PM

A few months ago I upgraded my Dell with a

560ti 448 FTW


Fractal core 3000 case

Corsair 500w v2 PSU

Now I'm planning on finishing the job and replacing the motherboard, CPU, CPU cooler, adding an SSD, and adding 2x4gb of corsair vengeance low profile RAM. Here are the parts i'm looking at using:

CPU (3570k):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i5-3570K-3-40G...


Cooler (Hyper 212):
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-hyper-212-...

RAM:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CML8GX3M2A1600C9-Vengea...

SSD (120gb) I prefer the Sandisk just because its cheap:

Sandisk extreme:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-sandisk-extreme-25...

840 Pro:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Series-128GB-Solid-Stat...

OCZ Vertex 4:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCZ-VTX4-25SAT3-128G-Vertex-III...

Motherboard (Leaning towards the extreme4):

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H :
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77x-d3h-int...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-lk-intel-z7...(x16)-d-sub-dport-dvi-hdmi


So overall it would look like this (depending on the motherboard) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/yzpw

Does anyone have advice on which motherboard and SSD to chose or any other changes/savings I could make. I would prefer to keep costs down but if its worth spending a little extra I wouldn't mind.

Thanks in advance for any help, Mike.
a b V Motherboard
January 20, 2013 1:15:34 PM

A 560ti at $230 is a rip off. This build is better. Of course, you can change some parts to your own preference.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $943.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 10:14 EST-0500)
a b V Motherboard
January 20, 2013 1:20:45 PM

EzioAs said:
A 560ti at $230 is a rip off. This build is better. Of course, you can change some parts to your own preference.


The OP is in the UK, if you didn't notice all the URL's and/or £ signs.
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a b V Motherboard
January 20, 2013 1:23:41 PM

Nebula, all your parts are solid choices. You *could* get medium-height heatsink RAM and still fit it under the 212. That's about the only change I would make.

Both the Extreme4 and the sandisk extreme are excellent value for your money - the extreme is my current favorite price/performance ssd (togle nand, second gen sandforce), and I've got good feelings about it's reliability, as Sandisk has been making enterprise SSD's for a while, and they're the only SSD manufacturer that makes their own memory.
January 20, 2013 1:24:29 PM

quilciri said:
The OP is in the UK, if you didn't notice all the URL's and/or £ signs.



Yeah, the prices on the part picker are different to what I can/did get them for.
a b V Motherboard
January 20, 2013 1:24:31 PM

quilciri said:
The OP is in the UK, if you didn't notice all the URL's and/or £ signs.


Just realized that and he already has a video card.
January 20, 2013 1:26:52 PM

quilciri said:
Nebula, all your parts are solid choices. You *could* get medium-height heatsink RAM and still fit it under the 212. That's about the only change I would make.

Both the Extreme4 and the sandisk extreme are excellent value for your money - the extreme is my current favorite price/performance ssd (togle nand, second gen sandforce), and I've got good feelings about it's reliability, as Sandisk has been making enterprise SSD's for a while, and they're the only SSD manufacturer that makes their own memory.


Thanks for the advice, I have seen a lot of discussion about those motherboards and whether the Sandisk is reliable. Its nice to hear from someone that has used it.
January 20, 2013 1:36:30 PM

EzioAs said:
A 560ti at $230 is a rip off. This build is better. Of course, you can change some parts to your own preference.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $943.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 10:14 EST-0500)


Thanks for the recommendations, do you think that I need a 650W PSU or could I get away with keeping my 500W?
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