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February 18, 2013 5:26:52 PM



(think this is the right place to post sorry if its not just let me know)

Hello, i have posted a few times over the last couple of days just because i want to make sure im getting the perfect desktop for my money the computer i have put together on the website www.pcspecialtist.co.uk is this:

Case COOLERMASTER ELITE 311 BLUE CASE
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570 (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard ASUS® P8Z77-M: MICRO-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
Memory (RAM) 8GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB)
Graphics Card 2GB AMD RADEON™ HD7870 - DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable
Memory - 1st Hard Disk 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
Power Supply CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£69)
Processor Cooling Corsair H40 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£39)
PRICE £994

Will this run smoothly as it is? And run games like BF3 on high settings? I was wondering do i need the processor, Cooler and power supply or could they be downgraded a little just to save money?
intel socket lga1155 standard cpu cooler
450w quiet 80 plus dual rail psu
i5 3470

the above were my previous choices...
Also I get the message when saving my quote on the site "You have selected a 650W power supply, but based on our calculations you actually only need a 450W power supply. We have calculated your specification to require around 366W of power including a 20% allowance. Although it is not a mandatory requirement to select a lower wattage power supply, doing so will save you money and the last thing we'd like to do is over charge you!"

should i listen to them i was told on these forums once stick to the 650w corsair but it cost more :/  does it matter if the power supply is a higher wattage than needed (will it effect electricity bills more) lol Im new to making desktops

Any help would be great, Thanks in advance :) 

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February 18, 2013 5:35:45 PM

You only need an aftermarket cooler if you want to overclock (overclocking would require that you got a "K" version, in this case the 3570k).

If you're not going to overclock, the i5 3470 will perform as well as the 3570. If you're going to get a non "k" version, get a motherboard with the H77 chipset, as the Z77 is for overclocking.

Yes and no about the PSU. I would be more inclined to grab a quality 500-550w that has a single +12v rail. Seasonic is a good brand, and there are several others. This website shows your options. Stick with tier 2.

I'd suggest you look at the 7870XT video cards instead of the 7870.

I'd suggest getting a 1600 MHz RAM instead of 1333.
February 18, 2013 5:42:18 PM

I completely agree with eyeage
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February 18, 2013 6:46:36 PM

ok so change the i5 to the 3470 and the intel socket lga1155 standard cpu cooler ?

im building it on a website because i cant build it manually myself :/  www.pcspecialist.co.uk
would psu i have be ok? just dont know what happens if you have too much wattage i never had a desktop before


would a 8GB kingson hyper-x genesis dual-ddr3 1600MHz (2x4GB kit) be better than the 1333 i have chosen yeah?

would this build run BF3 and games like that on high settings?

also thanks for the reply hoping to get this build as soon as possible :) 
February 18, 2013 10:08:47 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£140.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.87 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£67.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.71 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.94 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.41 @ Amazon UK)
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) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £708.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 00:10 GMT+0000)

If you decide you like this build I will suggest two things to you.

First: buy a ~25cm 8 pin mobo power extension cable (this allows you to extend the power cable coming from this PSU, as it tends to be a bit on the short side. Should cost maybe 4-6 euros.

Second: Enjoy running BF3 on high settings without issue
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