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New build help, budget of around $1,500

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March 2, 2013 7:48:08 PM

Hi guys,

Need a bit of help in choosing something within my budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within 2 weeks


Budget Range: (e.g.: $1200 - $1500) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web development & Photoshop type applications, Microsoft Office, web surfing, movies & music - usually have most things open at the same time!


Are you buying a monitor: No, I currently have two Dell S2330MX 23" monitors @ 1080 plus a Sony 40" HDTV @ 1080 and would like to run them all together.


Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 is preferred.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Overclockers, UK based websites. Would be nice to order everything from one source though not a huge deal if not possible.


Location: City, State/Region, Country - UK


Parts Preferences: The only items I have been looking at are the Intel i5s which can be overclocked, i7s would be considered if in budget but not really sure if necessary? As far as graphics are concerned I have been looking at Geforce 670/680 and Radeon 7xxx series - remember I want to power 3 screens with the possibility of adding another one in the future.


Overclocking: Possibly


SLI or Crossfire: Would probably prefer one card.


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: The quieter the better...


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Time for something new.

Thanks a lot guys!

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March 2, 2013 9:13:30 PM

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.27 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£98.62 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.49 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.57 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£78.89 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.17 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.85 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £991.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 23:06 GMT+0000)

Not sure if the 670 can easily handle 2monitors and a tv while gaming, but anything else will go beyond your budget. This would allow decent oc with a nice case and ssd.
March 2, 2013 10:46:43 PM

Thanks for your advice.

I forgot to add the SSD, good call!

I would consider maybe investing a little more in to the budget for a higher spec GeForce, maybe the 680 - would there be any real difference? Does the Radeon range offer more bang for the buck?
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March 2, 2013 11:20:51 PM

radeon GPUs provide more power for less money - unless you go really high end (IE, a pair of GPUs that alone cost more than your entire budget)

I'd suggest you go with realchaos's build up above, but instead of a 670, get a 7950 it comes with 120 dollars worth of games, and will run better than a 670, and is cheaper.

if, when you posted your budget, you meant to say pounds instead of dollars, that means you got more options - although no single GPU, even the most powerful in existence (the titan, which is 1000 USD) will run 3 monitor gaming very well. I would game on just the 40 inch tv, and connect the others just for other use.
March 2, 2013 11:47:02 PM

Thanks,

I think my plan is to have two monitors running as a dual setup (extended desktop) and have the TV as a clone of the main monitor?

So, in theory I can do my work using the dual setup and if I want to watch movies/play games I can do so on the big screen or dual setup without too much hassle.

I don't think I would ever use the two monitors plus the TV in a full '3 monitor' setup as it would be odd having one screen so much larger than the others.

Does that make any changes to the gpu situation?

Sorry, I should have been a bit more specific in my original post.

I really want to have all 3 screens plugged in at once (no cable swapping - which is what I have to do now and is a PITA everytime!) and a card that can handle this whilst being used as described above.

Thanks again for all the help!
March 2, 2013 11:50:22 PM

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 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($115.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($382.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($382.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone SG09B (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1540.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 20:50 EST-0500)
March 3, 2013 12:37:04 AM

All parts in UK and chosen for best price/perf
7970ghz is the top card in the market save the $1k titan
Has all the display output you should need (2x DVI for the monitors, 1 x HMDI for TV [disable the audio])
120gb SSD with 2TB HDD
USB 3 case and mb chosen for quality and power delivery (better power section than the extreme 4(can opt for gigabyte if you want)
NZXT, but 200r is also an case option

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 LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£91.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£59.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£63.59 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£349.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.20 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.94 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £981.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 02:41 GMT+0000)




March 3, 2013 12:54:24 AM

Yeeeaaaahhhh, get Stickmansam's build. It'll give you better performance with that 7970 ghz edition. He was able to find cheap, but good quality, parts.
March 3, 2013 1:10:50 AM

Yup i totally agree that with 1500 budget you should definitely get 7970! i had just built mine $1000 budget and i got a gtx660 ti and very much loved it, how much more if it was a 7970 i could only imagine! but im overly satisfied anyway so yeah 7970! or GO TITAN LOL!
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