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January 23, 2013 8:36:55 PM

I am looking to build my new computer based upon a intel CPU preferably a 3570k and an asus motherboard. I already have 16gb 1333mhz ram so that doesn't need upgrading.

So I need you guys to help set up the best pc I can build for the money. Remember my budget is £1,500 and i want i5, asus mobo and I have the ram.
January 23, 2013 8:41:51 PM

Here's my suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£57.11 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£93.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£337.00 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£94.98 @ Aria PC)
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: £1050.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Make sure that your ram is rated at 1.5v.
In my opinion you should get this ram : http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m...
January 23, 2013 8:48:44 PM

djangoringo said:
Here's my suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£57.11 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£93.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£337.00 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£94.98 @ Aria PC)
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: £1050.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Make sure that your ram is rated at 1.5v.
In my opinion you should get this ram : http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m...

1) how can I check the rating of my ram
2) I was looking at the 650d what this be better or not much difference
3) for the CPU cooler I was looking at the h100 is this not better than the noctua because its water cooled?
4) why windows 7, I have windows 8 on my pc now should I not stick with windows 8 now I'm used to it?
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January 23, 2013 8:57:24 PM

1. CPU-Z
2. Not sure what 650d is. I assume you mean a gtx 650 for the GPU
3. The Noctua is comparable to the H100 and you will have less hassles with air cooling
4. Your preference.
January 23, 2013 8:59:27 PM

cball1311 said:
1. CPU-Z
2. Not sure what 650d is. I assume you mean a gtx 650 for the GPU
3. The Noctua is comparable to the H100 and you will have less hassles with air cooling
4. Your preference.

For 2) I mean the 650d case from corsair
January 23, 2013 9:04:01 PM

The os is your choice, you can change it, i personally recommend the windows 7, but since you have the windows 8, change the os.
There's no much difference in the cases, the 500R got plenty of good reviews.
But you can change the case for that one : http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/corsair-case-cc650dw1
The h100 isn't better than the noctua, not in terms of temperatures nor silence.
I recommend going with the noctua cooler.
Check the ram with cpu-z or in the bios.
January 23, 2013 9:05:56 PM

Okay will check tomorrow, my computer is off now :) 
January 23, 2013 9:06:21 PM

And what about the motherboards can I go with a maximus v gene and is it worth that price gap
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 23, 2013 9:07:54 PM

yo easy, do u need a monitor+windows+keyboard+mouse?

January 23, 2013 9:11:33 PM

EasyTransfer said:
For 2) I mean the 650d case from corsair


Oh, ok. So many to choose from, haven't seen that one. I personally like the 300R as a Corsair mid tower. Great cooling with side panel fan mounts.
January 23, 2013 9:12:39 PM

EasyTransfer said:
And what about the motherboards can I go with a maximus v gene and is it worth that price gap



That board is micro-atx, the LK has SLI/crossfire support with two pcie 3.0 slots.
But the maximus gene has a higher power phase, that board can beat many atx mobos priced at 150$.
There's also the P8Z77V with wifi, and higher power phases, and the pro with even more.
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77v
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77v...
January 23, 2013 9:16:38 PM

iceclock said:
yo easy, do u need a monitor+windows+keyboard+mouse?

I already have 2 x 24 inch monitors a gaming keyboard and mouse
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 23, 2013 9:17:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcAY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcAY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcAY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.13 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£113.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£93.79 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£199.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£199.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£89.54 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.62 @ Scan.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: £1172.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 23:17 GMT+0000)


Total: £1172.42

built like a tank :)  crossfired 7950s , no game will be able to stop u ;p

January 23, 2013 9:18:12 PM

djangoringo said:
That board is micro-atx, the LK has SLI/crossfire support with two pcie 3.0 slots.
But the maximus gene has a higher power phase, that board can beat many atx mobos priced at 150$.
There's also the P8Z77V with wifi, and higher power phases, and the pro with even more.
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77v
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77v...

So I am better off with the p8z77v series than the maximus?
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 23, 2013 9:18:49 PM

there both good easy, witch one is cheaper?

January 23, 2013 9:19:37 PM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcAY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcAY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcAY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.13 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£113.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£93.79 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£199.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£199.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£89.54 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.62 @ Scan.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: £1172.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 23:17 GMT+0000)


Total: £1172.42

built like a tank :)  crossfired 7950s , no game will be able to stop u ;p

Like I said at the beginning asus mobo please, what's your recommendation for asus motherboards?
January 23, 2013 9:20:01 PM

EasyTransfer said:
So I am better off with the p8z77v series than the maximus?


Yes.
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 23, 2013 9:20:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcCr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcCr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcCr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.13 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£126.98 @ Novatech)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£93.79 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£199.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£199.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£89.54 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.62 @ Scan.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: £1185.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 23:19 GMT+0000)

looks good, to me

a b Ĉ ASUS
January 23, 2013 9:20:19 PM

the p8z77-v is a fine choice my friend :D 

January 24, 2013 5:46:19 AM

So what is the difference between the p8z77-v and the pro.
January 24, 2013 1:54:05 PM

What about intel haswell is it worth waiting for it?

I can wait I do have a pc now, it's not an urgent these are my specs now:
I5-2310, 16gb 1333mhz, 2tb, ati 6670 and I can't remember my motherboard.

So it's not the biggest rush, but do you think I should wait for haswell?
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 24, 2013 1:56:27 PM

not really, u wont get super performance increase at best 10%, but that wont affect ur fps by only a few 1-3frames. so not worth it, also ur forgetting haswells gonna be costly at first, so u wont get as good price.

January 24, 2013 2:02:30 PM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcCr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcCr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zcCr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.13 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£126.98 @ Novatech)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£93.79 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£199.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£199.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£89.54 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.62 @ Scan.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: £1185.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 23:19 GMT+0000)

looks good, to me

I have read about a lot of problems when it come to crossfire/sli and don't want to risk it, so should I just go with a 7970?
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 24, 2013 2:06:47 PM

theres not alot of problems, is quite simple.

do u prefer one card or two?

January 24, 2013 2:14:21 PM

iceclock said:
theres not alot of problems, is quite simple.

do u prefer one card or two?

I always prefer 1 card, I think of 2 as a show off to friends or family members.

Unless you can change my views on it, I have just heard about like stuttering and blinking when using dual or quad gpus
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 24, 2013 2:36:05 PM

no that depends on what games, and programs and card ur using. if it setup right there isnt any issue.

heres a build with 1 card.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zk77
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zk77/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zk77/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£76.26 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£126.98 @ Novatech)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£101.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£366.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£91.73 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.62 @ Scan.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: £1163.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 16:35 GMT+0000)

ur all set my friend.

January 24, 2013 2:41:12 PM

EasyTransfer said:
What about intel haswell is it worth waiting for it?

I can wait I do have a pc now, it's not an urgent these are my specs now:
I5-2310, 16gb 1333mhz, 2tb, ati 6670 and I can't remember my motherboard.

So it's not the biggest rush, but do you think I should wait for haswell?



Haswell comes in June, it's up to you if you want to wait, you have a decent cpu, you could just upgrade the gpu and psu(if you don't have a decent one).
As for dual gpu setups, that's why reading this is important : http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/353572-13-build-upg...
The "SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe" on the thread and other stuff helps others helping you.
Since you prefer a single card, in the benchmarks the 7970 GHZ editions cards are the best, and a single one is suffice for 1080p.
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 24, 2013 2:43:13 PM

well dj u gotta also mention that the starting costs for a new haswell pc will outweight whats currently being offered for not a big performance increase, but ur wallet will suffer def, those are things to mention, people always forget that when its new it cost alot.

January 24, 2013 2:45:07 PM

iceclock said:
well dj u gotta also mention that the starting costs for a new haswell pc will outweight whats currently being offered for not a big performance increase, but ur wallet will suffer def, those are things to mention, people always forget that when its new it cost alot.


add 1
January 24, 2013 2:47:03 PM

iceclock said:
well dj u gotta also mention that the starting costs for a new haswell pc will outweight whats currently being offered for not a big performance increase, but ur wallet will suffer def, those are things to mention, people always forget that when its new it cost alot.


But didn't he goes for a complete new pc ?
Like new cpu and board, there's no mention of the haswell costs, without proof, i can't say otherwise.
January 24, 2013 2:51:07 PM

iceclock said:
no that depends on what games, and programs and card ur using. if it setup right there isnt any issue.

heres a build with 1 card.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zk77
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zk77/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/zk77/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£76.26 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£126.98 @ Novatech)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£101.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£366.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case (£91.73 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.62 @ Scan.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: £1163.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 16:35 GMT+0000)

ur all set my friend.

So what about haswell is that worth waiting for?
January 24, 2013 2:59:56 PM

Like i said, it was you brought the haswell cpus on equation, it's up to you to decide, toms hardware(and other several tech sites) reported that they come somewhere around June.
You have a decent i5(the one you listed, the I5-2310), you could just get a card and psu(if your psu isn't suffice for the card).
Or buy a whole new pc now.
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 24, 2013 3:32:20 PM

now u see here dj, each time they come out with a new plateform its always more expensive, i need not provide proof u can look back when 1156 came out, 1366, than 1155. than 2011, all the proof is in the pudding jack.

if u can wait and want to spend more for a new pc shur u can wait for haswell, but dont expect super big difference between haswell and the 1155 socket.

my advice if u can build now and need a pc whynot, if u can wait and got big cash pockets whynot, but the difference wont be worth the wait.

January 24, 2013 4:10:05 PM

Okay thanks guys for helping out think I will wait for haswell since it is not the most major upgrade. Maybe post again when haswells out so you might hear from me again about builds.

But thanks anyway.
a b Ĉ ASUS
January 24, 2013 8:30:50 PM

shur, anytime , if u require more help pm me :)  be glad to help

!