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August 4, 2014 1:30:32 PM

Hi all,

I am going to be building a PC which will have a variety of uses. I will be doing plenty of video editing/rendering, music editing, gaming, the occasional bit of 3D work, and just general day to day working.

I have crated a list of parts that should hopefully give me a working PC for just under £1,000, although that does not include an OS.

Would it be possible for some of you much more experienced chaps to have a look at what I have selected, and let me know if there is anything blatantly stupid I have done/missed, or if I could improve things by spending more/less on certain parts, or choosing different parts etc.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Parts list:

Case: Zalman Z11 Midi Plus
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007C008L2/ref=ox_sc...

PSU: Corsair RM850 (850W, 80+ Gold rated, fully modular)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00FG9FZS2/ref=ox_sc...

Mobo: Asus Z87-Pro
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CXK57KS/ref=ox_sc...

CPU: Intel i7 4770k (3.50ghz, Haswell, Socket 1150)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CO8TBQ0/ref=ox_sc...

Extra cooling: Noctua NH-D14 Fan
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002VKVZ1A/ref=ox_sc...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2X 4GB DDR3, 1600Mhz)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc...

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB (By Asus)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DBPKEOI/ref=ox_sc...

HDD: Western Digital 1TB 3.5 inch internal
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0088PUEPK/ref=ox_sc...

SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 250GB 2.5 inch (For OS)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00E391OX6/ref=ox_sc...

Optical: Asus DVD-RW drive, 24x speed (Very cheap, can be upgraded if need be) -
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BZF31UU/ref=ox_sc...

The one thing I have totally neglected is a sound card, not sure if I want to spend the money on that yet, but let me know if it should be considered.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, all advice is much appreciated. Hopefully it's a decent build for the money, but I will not be surprised if there are some stupid choices in there.

Thanks,

Rich.
August 4, 2014 2:56:48 PM

No need for a sound card, Also that power supply is a little much. A good 650w would be fine, see what's on sale.


There are a couple other things.
Can you please look at this link for the motherboard. I think that one is being overpriced by the vendor.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-Z87-PRO-Socket-4xDDR3-Disp...
August 4, 2014 3:54:22 PM

schau314 said:
No need for a sound card, Also that power supply is a little much. A good 650w would be fine, see what's on sale.


There are a couple other things.
Can you please look at this link for the motherboard. I think that one is being overpriced by the vendor.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-Z87-PRO-Socket-4xDDR3-Disp...


Thanks for the answer. The primary reason I went for 850W was just to ensure I had enough power should I decide to go with an SLI graphics card setup in the future. I will take a look and see if it would be worth while to go for a cheaper option.

Regarding the motherboard, isn't £117 inc shipping a fair price? I looked online and it seems about normal? Perhaps I could save £10 away from Amazon but I would prefer to get all my items from the same place, unless the price difference is quite large.

Thanks.
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August 4, 2014 5:28:03 PM

Yes that is a good price. But, you have the same motherboard linked for 150. I'm showing you that amazon is selling it for less than what your link is.
August 4, 2014 8:52:28 PM

Seems like a great price. If you prefer to get all your items from the same space that price is fine. It also doesn't seem like you missed anything at all although the PSU is 850W and I would personally go with 750W.
August 5, 2014 1:31:51 AM

schau314 said:
Yes that is a good price. But, you have the same motherboard linked for 150. I'm showing you that amazon is selling it for less than what your link is.


Hmm, perhaps it defaults the price based on the nearest supplier to where you live? As for me it's not £150 thankfully!

sora said:
Seems like a great price. If you prefer to get all your items from the same space that price is fine. It also doesn't seem like you missed anything at all although the PSU is 850W and I would personally go with 750W.


Thanks mate, would 750w be sufficient a bit further down the line if I was to put in another 760 GTX in SLI?
August 5, 2014 1:49:04 AM

Actually, it seems you are right, the original seller on Amazon must have run out of stock, so it defaulted to a much more expensive option.

Instead I am thinking perhaps moving to an Asus Z97 Maximus VII Ranger. There are some small improvements but most importantly it should help to keep the PC future proofed should I need to upgrade to the next line of CPU's.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00K80MMOO/ref=ox_sc...

Would this motherboard be a better idea than the Z87 Pro?
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