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March 6, 2013 5:28:17 PM

hi all

Looking at getting this new build set-up in the next few weeks and was wondering if it looks like a solid build or if there is anyware im over/underspending

this will be primerily my gaming rig but also use graphics and editing software.

cpu: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU £171.14
mobo: Asus P8Z77-V Motherboard £126.98
mem: Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu £76.88
gpu: Sapphire HD7950 3GB Vapox-X £253.40
cpu cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO £24.99
SSD:o CZ 120GB Vertex 3 £74.99
HDD i have a 1tb WD black sitting arround the office im gonna aquire, and an old drive that has a bunch of stuff on ide like to still have access to but dont use a lot.
already have case, optical drives etc

totaling £734.48 with some decent thermal paste

I have a few dissions to make on mobo and gpu...

the p8z77-lk is a little cheaper but not realy sure on the differences i wont be using the wifi-go on the -v but like the option of more conections

im not a massive nvidea fan (mainly because ive always had ATI/AMD) but im also aware of the cuda on the nvidea cards for graphics/video software so was looking at the evga 660ti superclock 3gb.. but as far as i can tell the 7950 is a bit better for gaming and i can clock it better (if i ever decide to jump into the whole overclocking thing)

im also tempted by one of the self contained water coolers for the cpu mainly for case asthetics and space inside, as im a bit concerned that the cooler will be interfeering with the ram (vengance is quite tall).. will maybe get the LP vengance but its more expencive in blue so could just get the black one, but its also double the price of the Hyper 212 (lookin at the corsair h55)

ide like this build to last me a few years, its a big price jump but an I7 is also an option but im trying to keep it arround the 700-750 mark, is it worth it to future proof it a bit or leave it as a future upgrade when prices are a bit more acceptable?

all help and opinions welcome

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March 6, 2013 5:33:06 PM

Hi, you might want the i7-3770 for video editing, it will be faster, also the 660 ti might be better with cuda support, and i don't think the 660 ti is inferior to the 7950.
The asus lk will do the trick.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£239.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£91.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£64.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.98 @ Novatech)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£229.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £731.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
March 6, 2013 6:29:43 PM

muptar said:
hi all

Looking at getting this new build set-up in the next few weeks and was wondering if it looks like a solid build or if there is anyware im over/underspending

this will be primerily my gaming rig but also use graphics and editing software.

cpu: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU £171.14
mobo: Asus P8Z77-V Motherboard £126.98
mem: Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu £76.88
gpu: Sapphire HD7950 3GB Vapox-X £253.40
cpu cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO £24.99
SSD:o CZ 120GB Vertex 3 £74.99
HDD i have a 1tb WD black sitting arround the office im gonna aquire, and an old drive that has a bunch of stuff on ide like to still have access to but dont use a lot.
already have case, optical drives etc

totaling £734.48 with some decent thermal paste

I have a few dissions to make on mobo and gpu...

the p8z77-lk is a little cheaper but not realy sure on the differences i wont be using the wifi-go on the -v but like the option of more conections

im not a massive nvidea fan (mainly because ive always had ATI/AMD) but im also aware of the cuda on the nvidea cards for graphics/video software so was looking at the evga 660ti superclock 3gb.. but as far as i can tell the 7950 is a bit better for gaming and i can clock it better (if i ever decide to jump into the whole overclocking thing)

im also tempted by one of the self contained water coolers for the cpu mainly for case asthetics and space inside, as im a bit concerned that the cooler will be interfeering with the ram (vengance is quite tall).. will maybe get the LP vengance but its more expencive in blue so could just get the black one, but its also double the price of the Hyper 212 (lookin at the corsair h55)

ide like this build to last me a few years, its a big price jump but an I7 is also an option but im trying to keep it arround the 700-750 mark, is it worth it to future proof it a bit or leave it as a future upgrade when prices are a bit more acceptable?

all help and opinions welcome





My only comment is I would stay away from the OCZ Vertex 3. They seem to have much higher failure rate than other SSDs. I'd go with a Crucial, Intel, Samsung, Kingston, etc.
If you do want OCZ go with the 4 series (Vertex 4/Agility 4), less horror stories about those.
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March 6, 2013 6:34:38 PM

^+1 on avoiding OCZ SSDs, especially the older ones. Get a Crucial M4, Samsung 840 Pro, or Intel drive.
March 6, 2013 6:35:44 PM

Or plextor, they're good ones :) 
March 6, 2013 9:56:13 PM

Or OCZ Vector. No need to avoid all of OCZ's SSDs. OCZ Vector and Vertex 4 are fast.
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