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February 11, 2013 1:33:10 PM

CPU - i5 3670K - £165 £100 cheaper than i7!

PSU - Antec TP 750w 80+ Bronze - £95 - http://store.antec.com/Product/power_supply-true_power/...

Mobo - Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77X-D3H - £95 - http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

SSD - Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive - £75

HDD - WD Caviar Green 1TB SATA III 6GB/s Internal Hard Drive 3.5 inch - £55

RAM - Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit - £45

Case - Zalman Z11 Plus Midi Tower Case - £50

I know I still need a GPU but I plan to just use the intregrated graphics on the mobo until I get this thing up and running

This comes to £580. So after adding a GPU I'm looking at around £700!

I'd love to knock £50-100 of this so any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 1:38:25 PM

Do you plan on overclocking the CPU? If so you need an aftermarket cooler. If not you can save some money there.
February 11, 2013 1:44:59 PM

I've already got an Noctua Owl air cooling system which kicks ass.

I was really asking if any of those components could be replaced for cheaper options. It's mainly a gaming build but I do a fair amount of blu ray encoding os that's why I've opted fot the i5 over a bulldozer or other popular AMD processor
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 1:52:44 PM

Here is what I suggest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£99.98 @ Novatech)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.50 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.14 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£93.96 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£169.97 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.40 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £704.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 15:50 GMT+0000)

You don't need a 750W PSU, much overkill. Other than that, I just did some price critiquing. You probably don't want to go with anything less than a 7850 if you do even moderate gaming.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 2:02:53 PM

Superior build for less money? No probs

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.54 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£56.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.14 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£165.54 @ Aria PC)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.40 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £609.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 16:02 GMT+0000)
a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 2:09:56 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Superior build for less money? No probs

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.54 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£56.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.14 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£165.54 @ Aria PC)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.40 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £609.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 16:02 GMT+0000)


He wants to overclock. He already has the cooler.
February 11, 2013 2:10:04 PM

I figured a 750W would leave me with upgrading space in case I choose to add a second GPU.

Also why should I choose an OCZ SSD over a samsung when it's £20 dearer?

Also the 7850 seems like a good idea so thanks for that!

Thanks for taking the time to help me btw
a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 2:13:46 PM

You want to save £100 you need to give up something. Overclocking is the first choice.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 2:14:48 PM

A Shaved Wookie said:
I figured a 750W would leave me with upgrading space in case I choose to add a second GPU.

Also why should I choose an OCZ SSD over a samsung when it's £20 dearer?

Also the 7850 seems like a good idea so thanks for that!

Thanks for taking the time to help me btw


1. You could get the 750W PSU but going to add to budget.

2. The 840 series are not that good unless you get the Pro Series 840. A-Data makes a good model that might be cheaper than the OCZ.

Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£78.00 @ Amazon UK)

3. Yes, the 7850 is good but if you want to get a 750W PSU and stay within budget, it will be tough.
February 11, 2013 2:29:32 PM

So a 550W PSU will be more than enough for over clocking an i5 3570K and a hd 7850?

What if I added another 7850 at a later date? Would 550W still be enough?
a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 2:31:02 PM

1. Yes, you will have plenty of room for OC and 7850.

2. No you will need around 750W to power two GPUs.
February 11, 2013 2:36:21 PM

1 HD 7850 should do me fine though for the foreseeable future right?

With the next gen consoles around the corner I don't want PC gaming to hurdle forward again like it did when the last gen consoles came out and render my PC obsolete.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 2:39:25 PM

Yep. You can even overclock it to near 7870 specs no problem.
February 11, 2013 2:52:21 PM

Thanks a bunch mate. I think £700 is the bare minimum I'm going to get this system for.

One last thing, I hear that the i5 2500K has better overclocking capabilities than thei5 3570k.

Should i get the 2500k and save myself £20?

a b B Homebuilt system
February 11, 2013 3:10:58 PM

A Shaved Wookie said:
Thanks a bunch mate. I think £700 is the bare minimum I'm going to get this system for.

One last thing, I hear that the i5 2500K has better overclocking capabilities than thei5 3570k.

Should i get the 2500k and save myself £20?


I would go with the 3570 because it has PCIe 3.0 bus and it does have slightly higher performance even with the same clock speeds but if you want to save the cash, either one will be fine and like you said, if you are really OC'ing heavily, go with the 2500k.


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