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Need opinions and suggestions for a new Homebuild computer.

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March 8, 2013 6:26:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably in the next 2-4 weeks.


Budget Range: £800-£1200 (I could probably spend a little more).


System Usage: Mainly gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No. I already have a full HD ViewSonic monitor.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, suggestions on where to buy a reasonable priced Win7 64bit would be nice.

Preferred Website for Parts: Amazon, since they seem to have the cheapest hardware in the UK. If you can find some others I'll be open to buy from them.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Overclocking: Definitely.

SLI or Crossfire: For now; No, maybe in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer is old (GTX 260, Q8200 Old) and it's definitely time for an upgrade.

Parts I already plan on buying (Other suggestions are welcome);

MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, ATX, PCI-Express 3.0, USB 3.0, Asus Wi-Fi Go Remote, SLI/CrossFireX Support, Dual Intelligent Processors 3)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007KZQEGC/ref=ox_sc...

CPU: Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004FA8NX2/ref=ox_sc...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0068OI7T8/ref=ox_sc...

GPU: Sapphire 11196-09-40G HD7950 3GB Vapox-X Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0091MFBZC/ref=ox_sc...

RAM: Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu Memory Four Module Kit
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004RFBIUU/ref=ox_sc...

HDD/SSD: Undecided.

PSU: Undecided.

CD/DVD Drive: Undecided.

Case: Undecided.

Have at it Ladies and Gents, nothing is set in stone yet so I'm 100% open to any suggestions you put out there.

Thanks in advance,

Shaun.
March 8, 2013 6:52:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Iohh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Iohh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Iohh/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£164.34 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.43 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£124.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.40 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£115.00 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£103.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£349.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£95.08 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.70 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1180.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 20:48 GMT+0000)

If you plan on getting a second video card down the line you would need to get a PSU thats minimum 750w but shouldn't go much under 850w (assuming you keep this video card).
You can also cut costs by dumping/downgrading the SSD.

EIDT: A lot of the time when someone says "I plan on getting a second video card down the line" they mean "I want 2 cards because it looks sexy". If you don't get 2 cards now, typically, you never will.
March 8, 2013 6:55:33 PM

Suggestion: Not sure what you're doing with your current PC but you could strip out the Optical drive and HDD (for storage) to save money.

Recommendation: I really like Antec and Corsair PSUs. If you think you may do some SLI or CrossFire I'd recommend something around 750 watts such as this: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Series-Bronze-...

I hope that helps!
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March 9, 2013 12:35:37 AM

plankingdom said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Iohh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Iohh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Iohh/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£164.34 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.43 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£124.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.40 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£115.00 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£103.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£349.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£95.08 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.70 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1180.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 20:48 GMT+0000)

If you plan on getting a second video card down the line you would need to get a PSU thats minimum 750w but shouldn't go much under 850w (assuming you keep this video card).
You can also cut costs by dumping/downgrading the SSD.

EIDT: A lot of the time when someone says "I plan on getting a second video card down the line" they mean "I want 2 cards because it looks sexy". If you don't get 2 cards now, typically, you never will.


Really nice, I might end up changing the case, not too sure. Couple of things though, 3570k or 2500k for overclocking? I've heard the newer Ivy bridge CPUs heat up a lot faster than the older Sandy Bridge. &You're probably right about the second GPU.
March 9, 2013 12:38:58 AM

Kindredsouls said:
Suggestion: Not sure what you're doing with your current PC but you could strip out the Optical drive and HDD (for storage) to save money.

Recommendation: I really like Antec and Corsair PSUs. If you think you may do some SLI or CrossFire I'd recommend something around 750 watts such as this: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Series-Bronze-...

I hope that helps!


I would take the HDDs and Optical drive out of this computer but I'm giving this one to my sister's boyfriend and the RPM on my current HDDs aren't the best. Thanks for the suggestion though, appreciated.
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