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January 25, 2013 12:54:11 PM


I'm doing a total new build, and I just wanted some opinions on the system I have drafted up so far. None of the parts have been bought so they can easily be changed if need be.

So here's the system as it stands so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.50Ghz (Ivybridge) LGA 1155
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
RAM: Patriot Viper Xtreme 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-15000C9 1866MHz Dual Channel Kit
GPU: Sapphire HD 7970 VAPOR-X GHZ 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
SSD: Adata Premier Pro SP900 256GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive
Case and Cooling OcUK Tech Lab - V8 Watercooled Case - Antec P280 Super Midi Tower Case

All parts are from

I haven't put a PSU on yet as i'm not sure which to go far - I think i'm right in thinking that a 600W PSU would be plenty.

Your opinions would be great.

Oh and this is for a gaming machine.

Many Thanks :D 

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January 25, 2013 12:57:17 PM

Looks like a great build to me. You won't need a 3770k for gaming as it is really no faster than a 3570k at games. As for the power supply, I would go with Seasonic. They have a 620w modular version that is very affordable.
January 25, 2013 1:04:12 PM

+1 to maestro

The only benefit from the I7 is hyperthreading, which is only used if you are doing serious video editing and number crunching.

Actually, for gaming the 16gb of ram is overkill as well, 8gb is plenty. The sweet spot for gaming is really the I5 3570K and 8gb ram.

By the time any games are effectively using hyperthreading or that much ram the current cpu/ddr architecture will likely be well obsolete.
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January 25, 2013 1:05:30 PM


cooler:£84.98 inc VAT


ram:44$x2(for total of 16gbs) 88$





like he said dont need a 3770k for gaming, the ht is useless at the moment and is more reserved for extra thread work, like autocad and 3d design.

January 25, 2013 1:06:40 PM

Thanks for the fast replies!

I Will be doing some projects in After Effects from time to time, that's why I went for the i7. Would you think the i5 would still be sufficient enough to handle a smooth workflow in AE?
January 25, 2013 1:10:14 PM

Bingo, I think you're on the right track there, for After Effects the I7 actually is useful.
January 25, 2013 1:19:04 PM

the first one is of quality second one, looks like a bunk ps, id go with seasonic for quality and peace of mind.

January 25, 2013 1:19:42 PM

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January 25, 2013 1:23:14 PM

Brill, i'll go with the Seasonic then. I'd rather spend the few extra quid and get a decent PSU.

You've all been a great help, thank you.

What are your opinions on the GPU? Would you stick with the ATI card or would you go with an nvidia? I guess it's the proverbial question really haha!
January 25, 2013 1:33:12 PM

I think technically there might be some benefit from nivideas cuda cores, but I don't think its that big of a deal for After Effects (I'm really not sure). Otherwise, yeah, just get the best bang for your buck....
January 25, 2013 2:04:03 PM

nvidia if ur doing autocad and 3d design.