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Feedback on Proposed New Build (My First) £900 ($1400 approx.)

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May 20, 2013 11:12:54 AM

I’ve spent quite a bit of time planning out the parts for my first PC build and I was hoping to get some feedback and advice on my proposed components.

Budget £900 ($1400 Approx. at time of writing)

Requirements I will likely need to work some rather large high poly 3d models and at times do some intensive rendering. Also I would like it to do a decent job of running games like Arma 3 and Rome 2. ie. medium to high settings with smooth performance.

No peripherals This budget is for the main build and doesn't include a monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.

I will be aiming for a monitor resolution of 1920 x 1080 most likely.


I'll be returning to university soon and don’t want to be that annoying student with the unreasonably loud PC so I’m looking for a setup that will perform well without shaking the walls!

Case:
Fractal Design Define R3
I’ve already purchased this case as it has been discontinued by Fractal and seems to be a decent compromise between airflow and sound proofing whilst its dimensions are ideal compared to other similar ATX cases such as the successor R4 case.
http://fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=71

Additional Fans:
Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000
The case already comes with two fans front and back so I’ve opted for these to make it four overall, hopefully providing sufficient cooling without any one fan having to work too hard. I made my choice based on this round up by Bit Tech: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2009/09/28/what-s-the-best-case-fan/5
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharkoon-Silent-Eagle-1000-120x120x25/dp/B000FDE0CQ

Motherboard:
MSI Z77A-GD65 Intel Z77
With its apparently military grade components and popular ’Boost’ function for overclocking this board seemed a better option than the equivalent ASUS.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-199-MS&tool=3

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge)
I’m looking at achieving a modest overclock in the 4.0GHz range and this chip supposedly does well at this level while retaining the advantage Ivybridge provides for heat and energy performance over the Sandybridge.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-418-IN
(I will probably buy from elsewhere rather than get it OEM from Overclockers, I’m just trying to keep the links as consistent as possible for review information purposes)

Heat Sink:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
This heat sink seems to be well received across the board for its cooling performance and quietness
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-035-CM


Memory:
Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB)
I chose this from Kingston’s RAM finder feature on their website, seemed to receive favourable reviews and I think it should have a low enough profile to fit under CPU heat sink fan if I want to throw in another set for 16Gb in future.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-094-KS

GPU:
MSI GeForce GTX 660Ti Power Edition 2048MB
It’s powerful, quiet and the Twin Frozr feature where the fans spin in reverse on start up to clear out any dust sounds handy.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-172-MS&tool=3

Hard Disk Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Red 2TB SATA 6Gb/s
So many HDDs out there seem to have noise issues, so I’m hopefully playing it safe with the higher spec one, even though I have no need for NAS capabilities.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-397-WD

Solid State Drive:
Samsung 840 Series 120GB
Samsung seem to be producing the most reliable SSDs at the moment, as far as I can tell.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009LI7C5I/ref=pe_207311_34761361_pe_epc__1p_1_ti

PSU:
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M High Performance 650W '80 Plus Bronze' Modular
As far as I understand this PSU isn’t ‘fully’ modular but the non-removable wires are non-optional in any build anyway.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-052-CS&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat=1084

Well, thank you for taking the time to read that! If you have any feedback or advice I would be very grateful for it!
a b 4 Gaming
May 20, 2013 1:23:24 PM

If the programs you use are multi-threaded, you may want to look into an i7-3770K. If they are and you don't plan on overclocking, then consider the XEON E3-1230 V2. It has the same performance as the i7 with a much lower price tag. Other than that it should be solid. It sounds like you could benefit from a workstation GPU, but that isn't in your budget and you also game so the 660Ti should work well. You probably could trim back on the motherboard, additionally there have been some issues with MSI quality, I would stick to Gigabyte or Asus. The extra savings can go towards a better CPU.
May 21, 2013 9:30:33 AM

Thanks Transmanicon, I will have to look into the advantages of the i7 for the sort of work I will be doing. Just wondering, is multi-threading the same thing as hyper-threading, or are they both different things?
a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 9:35:48 AM

By multi-threaded, I mean the applications can take advantage of multiple cores.
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