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£1000 build, what you think?

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January 29, 2013 5:37:59 PM

Qouting a new build on dino pc and just seeing if anyone thinks I've made a decent setup

CPU - i5 3570k - overclocked to 4.3GHz
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V
RAM - 2x8Gb 1866MHz Corsair Vengence
GPU - MSI HD 7950 3Gb
PSU - Xigmatek 700W
CPU Cooler - Xigmatek Dark Knight Nighthawk
Case - Zalman z11 plus

total £937.80

A couple more extras but that's basically it.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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January 29, 2013 5:51:00 PM

You can do a lot better :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.85 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£126.98 @ Novatech)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.46 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.82 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£70.97 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£337.00 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £988.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
January 29, 2013 6:11:12 PM

ye a couple of different extras but I the overclock I've specified its under warranty so I prefer that than doing it myself since I've never done it before, an since I'm trying to future proof it I've chosen a high speed and bigger ram along with the GPU that can so be overclocked to basically the same as the HD 7970 and the overclocked CPU so that it saves me upgrading it by the end of the year with next gen games around the corner. Also the spec you've given doesnt come with an OS so i'd have to buy that aswell.

Thanks for the spec but I think I'm getting a gd deal for what I'm paying.
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January 29, 2013 6:21:20 PM

i have ordered from dino pc before and the shipping was fast and everything was well put together, definitely recommend them.

i would try get hold of a better cpu cooler maybe a noctua d14 like django said. your ram doesn't need to be 1866 you wont realize a big difference from 1600mhz. you also never mentioned your storage, i would highly recommend a ssd to speed everything up.
January 29, 2013 6:22:03 PM

This includes os :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.85 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£126.98 @ Novatech)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.46 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.82 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£70.97 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£229.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £949.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Don't forget it the same cpu and board, but with a much better cooler, that psu from xigmatek is also crap, this one has a good quality psu made by seasonic under the brand name xfx with 750(you can crossfire the 7950), and with a better case and a good ssd.
Also for gaming 8GB is plenty for today or for tomorrow games.
January 29, 2013 6:25:39 PM

Ok. I have planned to get an SSD and use it to run the OS but I am going to do that later on
January 29, 2013 6:37:24 PM

I'm not going to be using the crossfire capability because its going be used with a 42" tv
January 29, 2013 6:39:13 PM

Yes, a single 7950 is good for 1080p, i just said if in the future, if you want to add another 7950, you'll have no problems whatsoever.
January 29, 2013 6:43:09 PM

can you have multiple GPU's running through a single output? I thought crossfire and SLI was only used for multiple monitor configurations
January 29, 2013 6:44:00 PM

No, you can run multi gpus on a single screen, the performance will increase.
January 29, 2013 6:54:34 PM

Sorry for another question but I know very little about Crossfire tech. So the load is then shared across both GPU's but does the pc then know what port I'm using as both cards have HDMI's
January 29, 2013 7:15:00 PM

Yes, put the plug the hdmi on the primary card.
January 29, 2013 7:16:45 PM

right. thanks for the advice
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