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April 17, 2013 2:25:29 PM

Hi fellas,

Havn't made a computer in over 4 years due to money reasons so i'm very out of the game when with all the new tech. I've managed to save aside £900 for a new computer and after a week of searching and consulting with friends i have come up with
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/R83H

I'm really just looking at some opinions if everything will be alright/work together. A main issue of mine is if the cpu cooler will fit the case and also if i was to buy additional fans for my case, what would be the best to be looking at?

I really hope someone would be able to assit as i'm very close to buying and rather excited :D  so thanks in advance for any help offered.

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a c 207 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 2:40:03 PM

Looks good. I'd swap out the CPU Cooler with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. As for case fans, I'd suggest a combo of Silverstone AP121 and Corsair SP120 (which comes in Twin pack to save some money than buying them individually).

Also try to invest in a SSD. It'll make it run much faster. Not necessary of course.
April 17, 2013 2:44:58 PM

Ok fiddle around a bit, here's what I suggest:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.75 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£317.92 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT H2 Classic Silent (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.88 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£64.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £847.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 22:38 BST+0100)

Key Points:

-Lowered the z77 board, you don't really need that good a mobo unless you are actually gonna use all its functionality (most people don't) the board I suggested is a very good budget board which still allows you do a lot of stuff.

-Got you a better a graphics card, with that budget you should be aiming for 680s/7970s that way you will have a beast :D .

-Got you a better case - very nice quiet system. You can get the 300r if you want though, won't change must.

-Got a much better cooler, will be able to overclock nicely and keep the system very quiet.

-You can get a cheaper cooler + case if you aren't interested in overclocking/sound, and get a nice ssd (probs be able to fit an samsung 840 series 120gb ssd)

-Still have £50 to play around with, I'd suggest using that money to buy from reliable shops

-Got cheaper RAM, pretty much same performance, it won't matter anyways too much for gaming.

-The NH-D14 will fit in the NZXT, the cooler's height is 160mm, case supports upto 170mm.

-For additional case fans I like sticking to corsair SP120s there are some new noctua fans which are coming out which are practically silent, worth checking out those as well (NF-S12A)
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April 17, 2013 2:50:34 PM

Wow, you guys are fantastic! Posted on a few forums but didn't get much feedback, thanks a bunch guys - will have a look into all your listed changes as you're the first people who i feel confident they know what they are talking about rather than listing random stuff haha

Again, thanks :) 
April 17, 2013 3:07:07 PM

krthush V2 said:
Ok fiddle around a bit, here's what I suggest:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.75 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£317.92 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT H2 Classic Silent (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.88 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£64.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £847.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 22:38 BST+0100)

Key Points:

-Lowered the z77 board, you don't really need that good a mobo unless you are actually gonna use all its functionality (most people don't) the board I suggested is a very good budget board which still allows you do a lot of stuff.

-Got you a better a graphics card, with that budget you should be aiming for 680s/7970s that way you will have a beast :D .

-Got you a better case - very nice quiet system. You can get the 300r if you want though, won't change must.

-Got a much better cooler, will be able to overclock nicely and keep the system very quiet.

-You can get a cheaper cooler + case if you aren't interested in overclocking/sound, and get a nice ssd (probs be able to fit an samsung 840 series 120gb ssd)

-Still have £50 to play around with, I'd suggest using that money to buy from reliable shops

-Got cheaper RAM, pretty much same performance, it won't matter anyways too much for gaming.

-The NH-D14 will fit in the NZXT, the cooler's height is 160mm, case supports upto 170mm.

-For additional case fans I like sticking to corsair SP120s there are some new noctua fans which are coming out which are practically silent, worth checking out those as well (NF-S12A)


Thanks for such an informative post.

Just a few notes i wish i had put it the original post ( to be quite honest i'm astonished with the help you have given me, really unexpected ) I'm not too interested in overclocking at this time being, last time i tried on my Q6600 i had to reset the bios and it put me off. It's possible i'm going to look at it down the line when i feel my computer struggle to play games optimally.

I don't have a problem with most of the changes, but i will swap over a 680 - i'm a GeForce fan (not sure if that's a pun or not?? so would feel more confident sticking with them. Just have an issue with the buying, i picked most of my parts from Aria as it would be easier to buy in a pay monthly APR situation for myself. The problem with that is that a few of the parts list are not covered in Aria's store. Are there any alternatives that i can buy from them with a similar result?

I'm awfully sorry to be a pain, i'm geniunely thankful for the advice already given.
April 18, 2013 9:07:57 AM

-Ok I'm not gonna make you choose the HD 7970s vs 680s (imo the 7970s are better, but you can research + make your mind up about that yourself). If your a fan of geforce then just stick to 680, it won't matter too much...

-I wouldn't harm my system just because of shops. (anyways I personally would prefer buying from places like amazon and ebuyer), but I shall try checking out components in that area:

New List:

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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£50.39 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (£393.37 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£60.06 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£64.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £842.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 16:58 BST+0100)


*All those parts except the CPU cooler can be bought from Aria PC.*

Key points:

-Now that I look at that build it seems to be wasting a lot of money, especially where the 680 gpu in aria will cost you 400ish quid, when the better performing 7970 costs £350ish.... dafuq O.o? But i only do as asked >.>

-At least the FX-8350 beats the i5 3570k, but I probably gonna have a hard time explaining that one...

-You'll be wasting like £20 buying the ram from aria where its more expensive.

-The system will not be that quiet anymore >.>

For me this really seems to be wasting too much money... if you the best quiet system simply for £900ish just get this (put aside all biased company preferences, this just seems the most value worthy):

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/RuP6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/RuP6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/RuP6/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.75 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£57.10 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£354.55 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT H2 Classic Silent (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.88 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£64.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £841.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 17:07 BST+0100)
April 18, 2013 10:00:27 AM

krthush V2 said:
-Ok I'm not gonna make you choose the HD 7970s vs 680s (imo the 7970s are better, but you can research + make your mind up about that yourself). If your a fan of geforce then just stick to 680, it won't matter too much...

-I wouldn't harm my system just because of shops. (anyways I personally would prefer buying from places like amazon and ebuyer), but I shall try checking out components in that area:

New List:

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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£50.39 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (£393.37 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£60.06 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£64.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £842.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 16:58 BST+0100)


*All those parts except the CPU cooler can be bought from Aria PC.*

Key points:

-Now that I look at that build it seems to be wasting a lot of money, especially where the 680 gpu in aria will cost you 400ish quid, when the better performing 7970 costs £350ish.... dafuq O.o? But i only do as asked >.>

-At least the FX-8350 beats the i5 3570k, but I probably gonna have a hard time explaining that one...

-You'll be wasting like £20 buying the ram from aria where its more expensive.

-The system will not be that quiet anymore >.>

For me this really seems to be wasting too much money... if you the best quiet system simply for £900ish just get this (put aside all biased company preferences, this just seems the most value worthy):

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/RuP6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/RuP6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/RuP6/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.75 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£57.10 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£354.55 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT H2 Classic Silent (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.88 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£64.00 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £841.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 17:07 BST+0100)


Just got back from word and was mulling it over abit - i really do find you a trust worthy source and will go with your opinion on this matter, i thank you for the time and effort you put into the posts and will have a lot of fun playing around with the new system you have helped me make. Thanks :) 

*edit - just letting you know that i'm taking the advice on an SSD but will buy that outside my budget
a c 207 4 Gaming
April 18, 2013 10:36:11 AM

A bit over the £845. But if you really want to be strict, replace the case with a Zalman Z9 Plus.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.75 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£317.92 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.95 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.08 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £859.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I would still go for the i5. You stated that you don't want to OC for now. But that didn't sound like a definite answer.
April 18, 2013 11:01:10 AM

Fine... I'll clarify on the i5 3570k... too many people are still sticking to the old advice of i5 is better (times are changing, games are utilizing more cores now, and will be in the future), check these:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICVeN6WEGgg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-_SGDT-dzw

Linus and Logan are very famed + reputable when it comes to stuff to do with PCs.

N.B. I am not being an AMD fan boy, heck I have an intel i7 3770k and openly gave that same advice of getting the i5s a few weeks ago, but the way I see it, after these newer benchmarks, since AMD is putting so much money into games (how'd you think they getting so many gaming bundle's? all that advertising about AMD evolved crap?) game DEVs are basically just pressured into making their games run better with AMD stuff for the moment.

And games are only going to get better at utilizing more cores..

You can still overclock with the FX-8350, but since you weren't that keen on it, it is all the more a better choice since its still beastly at stock clocks.

The i5 3570k is completely a waste if you ain't overclocking (just get an i5 3470 or i5 3350p), and you can't over clock for crap with that Asrock B75 Pro3, at least get a z77 mobo if you are planning to OC a i5 3570k.

Also ksham's build with the Fractal case might be noticeably louder than the with NZXT case
a c 207 4 Gaming
April 18, 2013 11:15:56 AM

I botched that one. I was using the filters and looking at PRO3 part. Didn't even noticed it was B75. Anyway, I was not saying or even implying that the FX-8350 processor is bad. But for gaming, I personally would stick with the i5. Thanks for the correction on the motherboard. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£62.75 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£317.92 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.34 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.08 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £849.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
April 18, 2013 11:38:05 AM

kk ^^ I think the AMD is better atm, let the OP decide :D 
April 18, 2013 2:31:04 PM

You know what, i'm just grateful that so much helped has been given.

Going to look into different options, reviews, benchmarks etc, i will most likely respond to this thread once i've ordered and/or built the pc.

Thanks a bunch guys, got a bigger headache now! haha
April 18, 2013 3:20:14 PM

kk ^^ good luck with your build :D , hope it goes well!!
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