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? My first amazing build for 1500€ (£1300) ($2050)

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February 1, 2013 11:09:30 AM

Hey all this is my first custom PC build that I have put together for said price in title. Anyway I am not a professional or anything on this and was just wondering dose this build all fit together physical and performance wise. What are the pros and cons and what changes would you do? My budget is maxed out at 1500€ (£1300) ($2050) so it can’t go over that. I’m mainly wondering does it fit and what case would you recommend. In case you’re wondering the specs (parts) below are a total of 1375€ (£1190) ($1880) I have left 125€ (£145) ($170) to buy the case. Your suggestions, comments and criticism are much appreciated, thank you.

SPECS (PARTS)

Mobo: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77
CPU: Intel 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge i7 3770K
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16GB 2 modules
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 120mm
GPU: EVGA GF GTX 670 2GB FTW
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST 24x Internal SATA DVD Drive
PSU: Corsair HX750 Professional Series 80 PLUS Gold
OS: Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit OEM/Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit OEM (Don’t know which one yet)
February 1, 2013 11:21:49 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($45.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($504.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($498.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2-W ATX Full Tower Case ($137.67 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $2032.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Here is what i would change everything to, you can get a lot more out of this computer than you can the one above.

A true critique of the system:
The i7 is unnecessary, you really don't need something like that, you will get 0 performance better in games.
The sabertooth motherboard is good but cost to much $$$, you can easily get another z77 for half the price with similar performance.
At a 2k price range you can easily get a 680 which will run upcoming next gen games no problem. (for multi-monitor setup if that is your plan you can get a pair of 7970s instead).
SSD is fine, though I haven't seen raving reviews for it.
HDD is fine lots of space those things last years.
And your PSU is a bit to much power, even if you end up in SLI the 670s don't draw that much power.
You did not include a case, so unless you already have one you may want to look into that.
February 1, 2013 11:47:38 AM

Thanks but I cant buy that case on amazon.co.uk (where im buying all my items) im from ireland so and other case suggestions, comments etc anyone
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February 1, 2013 1:56:52 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: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.23 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£44.51 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£149.60 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.32 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£371.35 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£97.00 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£86.10 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£17.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1222.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 15:56 GMT+0000)
February 1, 2013 3:32:26 PM

burritobob said:

A true critique of the system:
The i7 is unnecessary, you really don't need something like that, you will get 0 performance better in games.
The sabertooth motherboard is good but cost to much $$$, you can easily get another z77 for half the price with similar performance.
At a 2k price range you can easily get a 680 which will run upcoming next gen games no problem. (for multi-monitor setup if that is your plan you can get a pair of 7970s instead).


I agree with burritobob here - there's no reason to pay the money for a Sabertooth when you could get one that's 100 € like the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 and then put that money into getting a better GPU.

What is your country of origin and what store are you buying from? If you post that it will help to suggest parts. If you don't know one the link in my signature will point you in the right direction. It helps to buy local to avoid heavy duty import taxes and customs fees.
February 1, 2013 3:57:09 PM

- I want to game basically game (Play upcoming Elder scrolls Online and DayZ aswell as DayZ standalone) { both very high performance demanding games }

- I don't intend on overclocking any time soon so no

- I have 1 monitor

- I love Nvidia so ya my preference is Nvidia and intel

Btw im Irish so all my parts will be bought off http://www.amazon.co.uk/ and shipped for free. Im very new to all this so thanks for the help much appreciated.

I also download/stream alot aswell as other things like photoshop and editing etc
February 1, 2013 3:59:15 PM

SnakeZ said:
- I want to game basically game (Play upcoming Elder scrolls Online and DayZ aswell as DayZ standalone) { both very high performance demanding games }

- I don't intend on overclocking any time soon so no

- I have 1 monitor

- I love Nvidia so ya my preference is Nvidia and intel

Btw im Irish so all my parts will be bought off http://www.amazon.co.uk/ and shipped for free. Im very new to all this so thanks for the help much appreciated.

I also download/stream alot aswell as other things like photoshop and editing etc


There's sites that are Ireland based. Even if you're not paying shipping you won't avoid the import taxes and customs fees. That varies from country to country but most in the EU are pretty ridiculous. Even in the US we get heavy import taxes imposed on us. Maybe try this site: http://www.komplett.ie/k/k.aspx
February 1, 2013 5:32:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£165.14 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£63.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£119.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£47.38 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£86.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.59 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£300.69 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master SGC-2100-GWN1 ATX Mid Tower Case (£80.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£81.97 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£20.87 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1025.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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