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September 23, 2013 4:01:02 PM

Hi!

I'd like to ask your opinion on the new PC I want to assemble in the coming month. I reside in Poland and my target budget is 3500 PLN which translates roughly to 1100$ or 700£. There is no direct proportion in component prices - some kinds of parts are cheaper and some are more costly here than what pricepicker.com suggests, but the following build I've come up with so far equals my budget almost exactly:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.59 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£121.91 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (£84.02 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Plextor M5P Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£100.59 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£202.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£114.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £815.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 23:40 BST+0100)

I already own an old 1920x1200 monitor, a couple of 0,5TB HDD's (for RAID 1 array), a large classic cooper cooler (pentagram freezone) and an optical drive I'd like to reuse. This will be used mostly for gaming with no or only basic overclocking. After a couple of years I'd probably want to upgrade the CPU and/or GPU or maybe use dual GPUs in SLI or CrossFire configuration and overclock some more.

Do you think something could be improved in this build price- or performance-wise? Are there any overkills or underpowered parts? All suggestions are welcome.

Thank you!

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September 23, 2013 4:28:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£176.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£121.91 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£202.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£115.36 @ Dabs)
Total: £793.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-24 00:27 BST+0100)

-You need a "K" series processor to overclock.
-Cheaper ram. In games, there is no difference between 1600mhz and 2400mhz speed.
-Great SSD at a cheaper price. The EVO has great speeds and is very reliable.
-Same price psu, but rated at 80+ gold.

September 24, 2013 10:46:43 AM

realchaos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£176.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£121.91 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£202.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£115.36 @ Dabs)
Total: £793.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-24 00:27 BST+0100)

-You need a "K" series processor to overclock.
-Cheaper ram. In games, there is no difference between 1600mhz and 2400mhz speed.
-Great SSD at a cheaper price. The EVO has great speeds and is very reliable.
-Same price psu, but rated at 80+ gold.



Thanks for your valuable advice. I shall adjust my build accordingly.
Do you think I could actually go for a cheaper PSU like this one for ~115$ / £72 (not listed on partpicker):
LC-Power Netzteil ATX 850W (W) LC-POWER LC-8850 14cm (B) V2.x rt (PLUG) (LC8850)
It's rated 80+ bronze and has an actual maximum load of 720W according to this site. It's of a solid quality - its OEM is Channel Well who also supplies units for Corsair. Will it be enough to drive a dual SLI or CrossFire configuration in the future?
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September 24, 2013 4:00:21 PM

I never really heard of LC power before and if there's no legit review on it, I wouldn't.
You would never want to go with a cheapo psu brand, always stick with brand names on psu.
September 24, 2013 4:03:39 PM

I would go for RealChaos's build.
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