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May 29, 2013 3:45:29 PM

Please read the bottom of the page for budget. I am looking for a gaming/rendering Build, just need one to better fit the new budget. I need at least 16gb ram, preferably 1833mhz and above, a motherboard that supports 3 way SLI/ crossfire
Preferably 2 graphics cards, more if possible, an SSD with at least 100GB, a HHD with at least 3TB, a 7.1 sound card, an additional networking card (450mbps an above) A 1200W+ power supply and a full tower case that doesn't look like a transformer.

Fixed Costs:
H100i water cooler £90
24" Hd screen 1ms response £150
Keyboard £40
Speakers £40
(Remaining funds/budget =£2180)

I know little about the brands( having only had one other build), the products reliability, that's where you lot come in.

Don't tell me my budget is too high

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a c 402 4 Gaming
May 29, 2013 4:10:40 PM

That H100i is a gimmick. If you're going liquid use the real thing or don't use it at all. The Noctua D14 will easily come close to matching overclocking performance. I wouldn't purchase one. Get a Noctua D14 instead. You don't necessarily need faster RAM and there's instances where Intel voids warranties if that happens. Don't purchase speakers for £40 or under, they'll sound about the equivalent of tin cans. The speakers built into your monitor are better than those. Save some money for a real pair of speakers.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor (£454.80 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler (£64.90 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard (£253.58 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£235.01 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£209.06 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£641.39 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£96.96 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£129.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£10.66 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£101.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £2318.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 00:09 BST+0100)
a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2013 4:38:34 PM

may want to wait for haswell, gtx 770 ect.
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May 29, 2013 4:52:24 PM

Have the site you used a shot, how does this look?
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£90.96 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£117.59 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£96.40 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Limited 100GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.97 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£550.97 @ Dabs)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£550.97 @ Dabs)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card (£51.50 @ Ebuyer)
Wireless Network Adapter: D-Link DWA-566 802.11a/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£59.13 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£200.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£63.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£101.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor (£143.86 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£46.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £2455.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 00:51 BST+0100)
a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2013 4:55:17 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£253.19 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£174.29 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£115.31 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£149.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£560.97 @ Dabs)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£560.97 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£100.90 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£10.66 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £2164.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 00:54 BST+0100)
a c 402 4 Gaming
May 29, 2013 4:56:00 PM

___ said:
Have the site you used a shot, how does this look?
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£90.96 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£117.59 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£96.40 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Limited 100GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.97 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£550.97 @ Dabs)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£550.97 @ Dabs)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card (£51.50 @ Ebuyer)
Wireless Network Adapter: D-Link DWA-566 802.11a/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£59.13 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£200.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£63.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£101.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor (£143.86 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£46.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £2455.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 00:51 BST+0100)


You don't need a sound card, and forget about buying extra case fans until you have the case in your possession. Don't get that SSD either - pay a bit more for one that's bigger and better quality. And if you're not overclocking a motherboard that expensive and the H100i are wasted purchases. Also - BDR on a PC is - unless you're using it for backups - worthless. Movie playing - the software is an extra $100 a license. And it's really finicky with the displays.
May 29, 2013 5:18:22 PM

g-unit1111 said:
___ said:
Have the site you used a shot, how does this look?
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1194x/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£90.96 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£117.59 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£96.40 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Limited 100GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.97 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£550.97 @ Dabs)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£550.97 @ Dabs)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card (£51.50 @ Ebuyer)
Wireless Network Adapter: D-Link DWA-566 802.11a/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£59.13 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case Fan: Xigmatek XAF-F1255 90.3 CFM 120mm Fan (£17.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£200.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£63.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£101.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor (£143.86 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£46.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £2455.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 00:51 BST+0100)


You don't need a sound card, and forget about buying extra case fans until you have the case in your possession. Don't get that SSD either - pay a bit more for one that's bigger and better quality. And if you're not overclocking a motherboard that expensive and the H100i are wasted purchases. Also - BDR on a PC is - unless you're using it for backups - worthless. Movie playing - the software is an extra $100 a license. And it's really finicky with the displays.

Actually I will be Overclocking, a friend is doing it for me at no cost, that's why I didn't list it. I will change the blue ray to a reader, as for the SSD I am only going to use it as a boot drive, so I feel no need in paying for extra space i won't be using. I don't think I need such a high power supply though, would 1050w do, how low can i go? I need to knock 50 off the price to get the aerocool predator (case) which isn't listed here (£103)
a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2013 5:55:09 PM

i own the aerocool xpredator
its a completly crap case!

buy a higher quality/better case such like corsair/fractal design/cooler master/nzxt/silverstone



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£253.19 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77 WS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£276.15 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£134.21 @ Dabs)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£86.89 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£641.39 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case (£149.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£10.66 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Other: corsair AX860 platinum (£136.00)http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Series-Platinum-CP-9020...
Other: swiftech h220 watercooler (£122.00)http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swiftech-H220-Casing-Power-Supp...
Total: £1996.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 02:21 BST+0100)

1600mhz and 1866mhz barely a difference
a c 402 4 Gaming
June 1, 2013 10:30:39 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
i own the aerocool xpredator
its a completly crap case!

buy a higher quality/better case such like corsair/fractal design/cooler master/nzxt/silverstone



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£253.19 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77 WS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£276.15 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£134.21 @ Dabs)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£86.89 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£641.39 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case (£149.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£10.66 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Other: corsair AX860 platinum (£136.00)http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Series-Platinum-CP-9020...
Other: swiftech h220 watercooler (£122.00)http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swiftech-H220-Casing-Power-Supp...
Total: £1996.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 02:21 BST+0100)

1600mhz and 1866mhz barely a difference


NEVER EVER pay the ridiculous premiums for Dominator Platinum. It costs 2 or 3 times as much as regular RAM, and with as volatile as RAM prices are now - you're just throwing money away needlessly purchasing that. It's better spent elsewhere.

a b 4 Gaming
June 3, 2013 4:40:18 AM

Haswell is out