Should I swap out the i3 for a lower CPU in order to get a better GPU?
I have seen people get demolished before for having cases that are half the price of their GPU, so in my defence, I would like this large case for heat purposes as I plan in the future to go Xfire. PLus it is sexy as f&@*.
Also, that is why the power supply is so large too, so that it can handle potential upgrades.
since you have budget oriented build you can downgrate the motherboard from z77 to a z75 chipset and save a couple of bucks there
the cpu gpu combo you have is okay but try to get the cheapest quad core as it will really benefit you
Compared to your build it has a :
Much better CPU, that can be overclocked.
High end motherboard
Faster, lower voltage RAM kit.
Faster graphics card
Less fancy, lower end case wth sufficient cooling
Better power supply
Do not worry about the case. This case is good for all but the highest-end PC's and thankfully yours isn't one of them.
So basicly you get a PC that is better in every aspect.
The hdd is an enterprise one, but don't worry, it's even more reliable and faster than the normal barracuda.
The corsair 300R is a fine case for it's price, and you can get the 7870 le.
Thanks a bunch everyone.
I actually really like what you've put forward here and I see now that dropping the case and perhaps upgrading later with extra £££ might be a good idea.
On initial observation I like that the 7870 is 2 levels above the 6870 on the tomshardware graphics card hierarchy and is equal to a 660 ti!
I will have to delve a little deeper with this card to discover the FPS differences between the 2 cards.
I am also quite surprised to see an i5 in there aswell .
I have a few more questions regarding this build now.
1) does the 7870 Xfire?
2) how would you rate Club 3D as a manufacturer, as I have never heard of them, basically what I am saying is would I be better going with a more well known manufacturer for a little extra £££?